The Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team has never had a losing season. The squad has won five NCAA Championships since 1997, including four perfect seasons (1999, 2001, 2002, 2004). The Panthers made 14-straight trips to the final four from 1994-2007 and have appeared in eight NCAA title games. The Panthers have also hosted eight of 15 NESCAC Tournaments, winning the title seven times.
Over the past 26 seasons, the team boasts a 367-75 record and has ranked in the top 10 nationally each of those years. The Panthers are recognized as a national power in women’s lacrosse, boasting a 51-game winning streak during the 2001, 2002 and a majority of the 2003 seasons.
The team begins practice in the spring, working indoors in the state-of-the-art Virtue Field House or outdoors on Kohn Field. During spring break, the squad travels south for a week of practices and games. Upon returning to Vermont, the Panthers jump into their New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) schedule with challenges from some of the top teams nationally. Middlebury fields both the varsity team and a “B” team for the development of promising young players.
Before NESCAC rules permitted participation in the NCAA Tournament, the Panthers appeared in postseason play by advancing to the finals of the ECAC Division III New England tournament in 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993, and were also ECAC champions in 1991 and 1992. Middlebury players have earned 79 All-American honors since 1985. The Panthers have also had the national Player of the Year in each position area on the field as well as the overall Player of the Year.