The Middlebury nordic ski teams both return relatively experienced groups back to the race course for the 2018 season. Last year’s team results saw the Panthers come on strong with third-place finishes in the final three carnivals of the season prior to NCAA competition.
After announcing his intentions last January, Middlebury College men’s soccer coach David Saward will officially retire as of December 31. Alex Elias ’08, who has served as the team’s assistant coach for the past four seasons, will take over the program in January of 2018.
The Middlebury women’s alpine ski team returns nearly a full squad to the slopes for the 2018 campaign. Last year’s team results saw the Panthers come on strong with third-place finishes in the final three carnivals of the season prior to NCAA competition. Middlebury qualified five of six potential racers to the NCAAs, where the team finished 14th overall.
The seventh-ranked Middlebury women’s hockey team capped off the first-semester portion of its schedule with a 6-0 triumph over visiting Castleton (4-6-1), as goalie Anna Goldstein made nine saves for her first collegiate victory. The Panthers (4-3-0) are idle until 2018, when they resume play on January 5 and 6 with a two-game NESCAC series at Amherst.
The Panther swimming and diving teams concluded the first semester by hosting a dual meet on Saturday with Springfield. The men cruised by a 178-116 score for their first win of the season, while the women edged the Pride, 153-146. The Panthers take a break for the holidays before returning to action on Saturday, January 13, when they travel to Colby for a dual meet starting at 1:00 p.m.
The 15th-ranked Middlebury women's squash team concluded its first-semester action at home, falling to 10th-ranked Dartmouth by an 8-1 score on Saturday. The Panthers (2-1) have nearly a month off from competition before returning to the court Saturday, January 6 for a road match at Williams beginning at 3:00 p.m.
The Middlebury men’s hockey team suffered a 4-1 NESCAC setback on Saturday in Massachusetts, as Amherst’s Patrick Daly recorded a hat trick for the Mammoths (4-1-3, 2-0-3). The Panthers (1-7-0, 1-5-0) are idle until the end of the month when they host the Middlebury Holiday Classic on December 30 and 31.
The 19th-ranked Middlebury men's squash team concluded its opening semester at home, falling to 10th-ranked Dartmouth by a 9-0 score on Saturday. The Panthers (1-1) have nearly a month off from competition before returning to the court Saturday, January 6 for a road match at Williams beginning at 3:00 p.m.
The Middlebury men’s basketball team utilized a 13-0 run during the second half en route to a 91-76 victory at 16th-ranked Skidmore (6-1). The Panthers conclude their first-semester schedule with a 6-0 record. Middlebury is idle until Friday, December 29, when it faces York at the Washington & Lee Tournament.
The Middlebury women's basketball team battled back from a nine-point halftime deficit on Friday, tying the score in the fourth quarter, before host Skidmore pulled away for a 55-49 victory. Middlebury (8-1) sees its season-opening eight-game winning streak come to an end, while the Thoroughbreds improve to 4-3. Following a busy stretch with three games in four days, the Panthers have three weeks off for finals and the holidays before returning to action on December 29 at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in California.
Hamilton scored four unanswered goals, as the 13th-ranked Continentals (4-2-1, 1-2-1) skated to a 4-1 victory over visiting Middlebury on Friday. The Panthers (1-6-0, 1-4-0) continue conference action Saturday at 3:00 p.m. with a road contest at Amherst.
Middlebury’s swimming & diving dual meet against Springfield on Saturday will serve as a Green Dot event. The Panther program is the third Middlebury varsity sport, joining softball and football in becoming an official Green Dot team, each having completed team training sessions.
The Middlebury women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to eight-straight games, as the Panthers broke a 41-41 tie in the fourth quarter en route to a 56-50 victory Thursday over Sage. Middlebury (8-0) is right back in action Friday for an 8:00 p.m. start at Skidmore, while the Gators (4-3) travel to Union on Saturday.
The Middlebury College field hockey coaching staff was honored when the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) released its 2017 Division III Regional Coaching Staffs of the Year. The coaching staff was lauded with New England West Region accolades, guiding the Panthers to the program’s second NCAA Championship in the last three years and third overall with a school-record tying 20 wins (20-2).
Three Middlebury College field hockey players were honored when the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) released its 2017 Division III All-American teams. Junior forward Grace Jennings (Ghent, N.Y.) and senior defender Lauren Schweppe (Chester Springs, Pa.) were both selected to the first team, while senior forward Annie Leonard (Darien, Conn.) earned third-team accolades. The All-American nod is the second-straight accolade for Jennings, while Schweppe and Leonard tally their first. The trio helped lead the Panthers to the program’s second NCAA Championship in the last three years and third overall with a school-record tying 20 wins (20-2).