Women's Lacrosse Faces Middlebury in NCAA Third Round Saturday (VIDEO)

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BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College women's lacrosse team heads to Middlebury, Vt., for an NCAA Division III Tournament regional beginning on Saturday.

The Polar Bears (10-7), ranked 14th in the latest IWLCA Division III poll, will battle host school third-ranked Middlebury (18-1) at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. The other game in the regional will feature Franklin & Marshall (16-4) and Illinois Wesleyan (18-2) at 2:30 p.m. The winners will meet on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. for a trip to the national semifinals.

Click here to watch a video interview with seniors Paige Brown and Sophia Lubrano

Bowdoin Notes: The Bowdoin women's lacrosse team is making its eighth appearance all-time in the NCAA Division III Tournament after earning an at-large bid to the championship…the Polar Bears advanced with an impressive 13-5 win at William Smith on Sunday…Bowdoin unquestionably had one of the most difficult schedules in the nation this year, as 11 of their 17 opponents were ranked this season…four members of the program received All-NESCAC recognition, including sophomores Eliza Denious and Katie Miller, who were named First Team All-Conference. Juniors Kara Finnerty and Caroline Maxwell were tabbed as Second Team selections…Miller surpassed the 100 career goal mark earlier this season, the fastest of any player in school history, and led the league with 59 goals this year… the winningest head coach in the history of the program, Liz Grote is in her 17th season at Bowdoin and owns a 194-101 record all-time at the helm of the team.

Polar Bears in NCAA Play/vs. Regional Opponents: Bowdoin is 11-7 all-time in NCAA Tournament play, going as far as the NCAA title match in 2011 where they ended as the Division III runners-up…the Polar Bears are looking to advance to the regional finals for the first time since 2013…the Polar Bears are familiar with NESCAC foe Middlebury and lost a hard-fought regular season match to the Panthers, 21-18, on March 23…Bowdoin snapped a 28-year losing streak to Middlebury when they defeated them in the 2015 NESCAC semifinals…The Panthers have won the last three meetings overall and both previous NCAA Tournament meetings (2005, '06)…Bowdoin lost a regular-season match to Franklin & Marshall, 14-12, on March 13 in the team's only meeting ever…Bowdoin has never played Illinois Wesleyan.