The men’s lacrosse team at Middlebury has established itself as one of the dominant teams in college lacrosse. The Panthers have made 17 NCAA Tournament appearances in the last 21 seasons, including taking part in the national title game six times. Middlebury emerged as national champions for three-consecutive years, capturing the title in 2000, 2001 and 2002. Over the past 16 years, Middlebury possesses a 244-72 overall record with a 33-12 record in NCAA Tournament play. The Panthers hosted and won the first six NESCAC Tournaments on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium, while capturing their seventh title in 2007. The squad also won the “Ace” Adams Sportsmanship Award in 1996 and 2002.
Middlebury plays in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) as a member of NCAA Division III. The team’s schedule is one of the toughest in the nation as it plays in one of the top conferences in the country. Aside from its NESCAC games, the Panthers take on some high-ranked non-league opponents.
Two important factors in Middlebury’s success have been the program’s ability to attract top scholar-athletes and to attract many two-sport athletes. Middlebury’s team carries approximately 45-50 players, who appear in 15 games during the regular season.