Kelly Coyle '16: NCAA Field Hockey Champion

Kelly Coyle '16 propels Middlebury to field hockey national title

Peddie standout Kelly Coyle '16 proudly clutched the national championship trophy after helping Middlebury to the NCAA Division III field hockey title with a 4-0 win over defending champion Messiah on Sunday in Louisville.

Coyle, a mainstay in the midfield, pocketed the eventual game-winning goal in the 11th minute for a Panther team that rattled off 16 straight wins to finish the 2017 campaign at 20-2.

Coyle spoke of the team's readiness for the game: "It was such an exhilarating and exciting day - our team has found a lot of success this year by scoring early in the game. Going up 3-0 in the first 18 minutes gave our team a lot of confidence and allowed us to play a calm and patient game. It was very exciting to score the first goal of the day, but it was just finishing off a rebound from Annie Leonard's great shot," she said. 

The four-goal margin of victory was the largest in NCAA Division III championship game history. This marked the first time Messiah was shutout by a Division III team in 58 games.

Coyle netted three goals (two game-winners) and dished out three assists for nine points.