Diana Milne graduated from Dexter High School this past spring, having competed four years playing varsity field hockey for Dexter. As a Dreadnaught, she helped her team win the Division II State Championship in 2014, contributing significant goals in the playoffs. The following year, as Dexter entered Division I, the Dreadnaughts made it to the state semifinal, finishing as the runner-up her senior year.
Diana is continuing that success this year as a freshman at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt. She is averaging over 20 minutes per game as a freshman on this nationally recognized top team. For the third time in program history, and second in the past three years, the Middlebury Panthers were the Division 3 field hockey national champions after beating Messiah 4-0 in the Sunday’s final in Louisville.
Diana will had the support of many of her former teammates and coaches who were there to cheer her on as she played for the top honor in college field hockey.
The bonds that Diana made in Dexter are deep in the field hockey program. As a captain her senior year, Diana was relied upon for her knowledge of the game, willingness to play multiple positions and calm demeanor. On a team with many highly competitive and talented players, her role of being cool under pressure was not an easy one, but it came naturally to her.
Coach Trish Machemer said: “Diana really was key to setting the right tone for the team with respect to teamwork and working hard. She also demonstrated the right balance for viewing athletics in your life and its proper place. Diana’s choice for college really demonstrated that commitment.”
Diana played field hockey for Dexter since the inception of its program in Community Ed. She was a key part of the class of girls who raised the level of play for the Dexter program. In developing her play, Diana also worked outside Dexter, playing for Pinnacle Field Hockey club, travelling the US competing against teams from around the country. That investment allowed her to bring new skill levels back home, and raise the bar, as her team qualified for National Club Championships both years she played U19.
In addition to playing field hockey in Dexter, Diana was also a standout player in Ice Hockey for both DHS and club teams.
Diana had several choices for where she would play field hockey and attend college, but saw the right fit with Middlebury College. High level play and the right academic environment drew her from Dexter to Vermont.