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 19 seasons, the Panthers have an impressive 413-80-23 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 up 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 and 2013, falling in the finals in 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 38 All-American players in the 14 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. Kenyon 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 teammates 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.