Established as an intercollegiate varsity sport in 1981, Middlebury women’s hockey has developed a tradition of excellence that is well-known throughout the women’s hockey world. During the past 21 seasons, the Panthers have an impressive 454-91-29 record. The team convincingly captured the ECAC Division III Championship from 1996-2001 and won the 2000 and 2001 Division III National Championships. Middlebury followed that stint with an impressive three-year run, capturing the NCAA titles in 2004, 2005 and 2006. The team advanced to the final four in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2016, falling in the national final in both 2007 and 2013. The Panthers hosted the NCAA Championship in 2004 and 2009, and the program has won seven NESCAC Championships.
Middlebury has been honored with 41 All-American players in the 16 years that the College Division All-American team has existed. Included in this list are the National Players of the Year Sylvia Ryan ’00, Michelle Labbe ’01, Angela Kapus ’03 and Emily Quizon ’06.
STYLE OF PLAY
Middlebury plays an exciting style of hockey that emphasizes skating, puck control and a team first mentality. Chip Kenyon ’85 Arena’s large ice surface encourages speed, crisp passing and offensive creativity. In addition, the Panthers employ an aggressive defense that fosters a dynamic and efficient transition to offense.
Practices are often composed of “small games,” which allow for an intense and highly-competitive learning environment. Players are able to develop their skills and mental processes at game pace, while building off of teammate’s ideas and abilities. Each practice demands hard work, a will to compete and a passion to play and play together.
Routine weekly off-ice conditioning helps to engage athleticism and develop quickness, strength and coordination. Players safely learn to apply various speed, strength and agility techniques to their hockey training. They use the off-ice conditioning sessions to develop as teammates and individuals.