Middlebury fared very well during the 92nd annual Middlebury Carnival with a third-place overall finish amassing 783 points. UVM won the event with 931 points, followed by Dartmouth (788) and the Panthers. Alpine events took place at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl, while nordic events were contested at the Rikert Nordic Center.
The Middlebury women’s hockey team increased its unbeaten streak to 18 games (15-0-3) with a pair of impressive victories last week. Rookie Maddie Winslow (Manchester, Vt.) scored the game-winner midway through the third with a five-on-three power play goal Friday in a 2-1 road win. The Panthers tallied a trio of third-period goals Saturday and pulled away from Williams for a 4-0 victory in Kenyon Arena. With the victory, Middlebury claimed the top seed in this year’s NESCAC Tournament.
The Middlebury women's squash team, the #5 seed in the Kurtz Cup (B Division), posted a 1-1 mark during the event hosted by Harvard. The Panthers, ranked 13th nationally, battled 12th-ranked Williams in a quarterfinal match on Friday before falling by a 7-2 score. In the back draw Saturday, the Panthers defeated 16th-ranked Bates by a 7-2 tally. With a winter storm that hit the area, Sunday's consolation final match against 15th-ranked Drexel was cancelled.
The Middlebury women’s swimming & diving team finished in third place during the three-day NESCAC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship hosted inside the Wesleyan Natatorium. Eighth-ranked Williams took home the team title with 2,103.5 points, while 17th-ranked Bates was a distant runner up with 1,345. Middlebury, ranked 19th nationally, finished third racking up 1,203 points, while #20 Amherst (1,042) and Bowdoin (932.5) rounded out the top five.
The Middlebury indoor track teams set a pair of school records and posted a Division III top time at a pair of meets in the Boston area this weekend. The squads took part in the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University's Track & Tennis Center as well as the Gordon Kelly Invitational hosted by M.I.T. Both meets were unscored and featured athletes from all three NCAA divisions and international running clubs.
The Middlebury men’s hockey team split a pair of NESCAC games last weekend with 14th-ranked Williams. The Panthers earned their second-straight shutout by a score of 2-0 on Friday in Kenyon Arena, but were defeated in a high-scoring back-and-forth game by a 5-4 count on Saturday in Massachusetts.
The Middlebury men’s basketball team went 2-1 during a trio of home games to conclude its season. On Tuesday, the Panthers slowly pulled away in the second half from visiting Lyndon State for an 88-74 win in a game rescheduled from late January. Middlebury returned to NESCAC action Friday falling to first-place Trinity 90-85 despite a late furious comeback attempt. In its season finale on Sunday, the Panthers rebounded for an 82-69 victory over Amherst. The Panthers will miss the NESCAC Tournament for the first time since 2005-06.
The Middlebury women’s basketball team fell during a pair of road conference games last week. The Panthers were edged by a 62-54 score at Trinity Friday night on Ogrodnik Court in Oosting Gymnasium. On Sunday, #11 Amherst clamped down on Middlebury in the second half and cruised to a 61-33 victory. Middlebury earned the seventh seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament and will travel to second-seeded and 18th-ranked Bowdoin for a quarterfinal game on Saturday.