Middlebury wrapped up its regular season with an 18-9 win over Williams (7-8, 3-7) Wednesday night on Kohn Field. The third-ranked Panthers (14-1, 9-1) clinch the top seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament and will host eighth-seeded Bates in a quarterfinal game on Saturday at noon. The Bobcats handed Middlebury its only loss of the season, 11-10 in overtime, in the season opener on March 2.
Middlebury (18-8) scored seven times in the first three innings, before posting a 9-4 home victory over Plymouth State on Wednesday. The hosts open a three-game NESCAC West series with Wesleyan on Friday at 4:00 p.m. at Forbes Field, while Plymouth State (11-18) is home tomorrow against New England College at 3:30 p.m.
Middlebury outscored No. 8 Williams 7-2 over the final two quarters, falling by a 14-12 score on Wednesday to the Ephs (13-2, 8-2) in the regular-season finale for both teams. The Panthers (7-8, 4-6) earned the seventh seed in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament and will hit the road on Saturday for a quarterfinal game at second-seeded Wesleyan.
Middlebury looks for its fourth NESCAC Championship title in six years and its ninth overall when it hosts the 2019 NESCAC Men's Golf Championship. The two-day event will be held Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course in Middlebury, Vermont. Middlebury won the fall qualifier to earn the right to host the spring event and is hosting the NESCAC Championship for the seventh time since 2000-01 and the first time since the 2015-16 season. The 36-hole event gets underway at 11:00 a.m. each day.
Middlebury College women’s lacrosse player Jane Earley (North Falmouth, Mass.) has been named the NESCAC Player of the Week. The rookie midfielder scored four goals and had one ground ball during the third-ranked Panthers’ 10-9 victory over No. 5 Tufts in the team’s lone contest of the week. She scored the final two goals of the first half to put Middlebury up 5-4, before netting the game-winner with 2:29 remaining.
Middlebury homered four times in a doubleheader at Castleton on Monday, but the Spartans pulled out a pair of one-run decisions against the Panthers. The hosts won the opener 5-4 and then posted an 11-10 triumph in the nightcap. Middlebury (12-14) returns home this weekend, kicking off a three-game NESCAC West series with Amherst on Friday at 5:00 p.m.
The Panther women’s golf team opened up spring play with a fourth-place finish at the 12-team Vassar College Invitational. Williams won the event with a 609, followed by NYU (615), Wellesley (639) and Middlebury (646). Action took place at the Casperkill Golf Club in Poughkeepsie, New York.
The Middlebury men’s golf finished third among nine teams at the Williams Spring Invitational. Trinity won the event with a 572, followed by Williams (573) and the Panthers (585). Action took place at the Taconic Golf Club Championship course. Middlebury is back in action next weekend when it hosts the NESCAC Championship.
Middlebury's Jane Earley scored with 2:29 left in Saturday's contest with fifth-ranked Tufts (13-1, 8-1), lifting the Panthers to a narrow 10-9 win on a wet Kohn Field. Third-ranked Middlebury (13-1, 8-1) runs its winning streak to 13 and moves into a tie with the Jumbos for the top spot in the NESCAC standings. The Panthers can clinch the top seed in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament with a win over Williams or a Tufts loss to No. 14 Bowdoin on Wednesday.
In a showdown of perennial top-10 teams Saturday, the eighth-ranked Middlebury men's tennis team posted a 5-4 victory at fourth-ranked Bowdoin (12-3, 4-2) in a rematch of last spring’s NCAA Championship contest. Middlebury (12-5, 5-1) returns to action next Saturday when it wraps up the regular season with a 12:00 p.m. match at No. 7 Amherst.
The Middlebury women's tennis team posted a pair of impressive victories on Saturday in Maine. The third-ranked Panthers eased past No. 6 Bowdoin (11-4, 5-2) by an 8-1 score, before cruising past Bates, 7-2. Middlebury, which improves to 13-1 overall and 7-0 in the league, returns to action Saturday when it hosts No. 7 Amherst at 1:00 p.m.
Middlebury bounced back from an 18-6 setback in five innings in the opening game of Saturday’s NESCAC West doubleheader at Hamilton, with a 6-4 triumph in the second contest to earn a split. The Panthers (12-12, 4-5) have a quick turnaround, heading back on the road Monday for a doubleheader at Castleton with the first game starting at 3:30 p.m.
The Middlebury track and field teams boasted numerous winning performances on Saturday when the Panthers competed at the Williams Invitational Quad Meet. The event had no team scores in a meet that featured Rensselaer, WPI, Middlebury and the host Ephs. The Panthers return to action next weekend, hosting the 2019 NESCAC Championships.
Fourth-ranked Tufts (13-1, 8-1) outscored Middlebury 6-1 in the fourth quarter on its way to a 23-14 victory on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers (7-7, 4-5) wrap up their regular season on Wednesday with a 6:00 p.m. game at #8 Williams.
The eighth-ranked Middlebury men's tennis team began its weekend in Maine with a 7-2 victory Friday over NESCAC foe Bates (5-9, 3-2) at the Wallach Tennis Center. Middlebury (12-5, 5-1) returns to action tomorrow with a 2:00 p.m. contest at fourth-ranked Bowdoin in a rematch of last spring’s NCAA Championship match.