Serving as the host to the NESCAC Tournament Championship, the third-ranked and second-seeded Middlebury men's tennis team captured its seventh NESCAC Championship with a 5-2 victory Sunday over fifth-seeded Williams on Proctor Courts. The Panthers advanced to Sunday’s final with a 5-3 victory Saturday over third-seeded Bowdoin. Middlebury collects the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament and will host an NCAA Regional next weekend. The Panthers will play the winner of the first-round match between Ramapo and Nichols.
The third-ranked Middlebury women's lacrosse team was knocked out of the NESCAC Tournament in the semifinal round by fifth-ranked Bowdoin Saturday afternoon at Trinity. The Polar Bears (15-2) jumped out to a 5-1 lead and never led by less than two goals in the game. The win snaps a 32-game losing streak for Bowdoin against the Panthers that dates back to 1987. Middlebury will host an NCAA First-Round game on Saturday with M.I.T. and Regis playing for the right to take on the Panthers on Sunday. Both games will take place at 1:00 p.m.
The Panther men's lacrosse team ran into a buzz saw in the NESCAC Semifinals, as sixth-ranked Tufts jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back on its way to a 23-9 win played at Amherst. Despite the setback to the eventual tournament champions, the Panthers earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament and they will host Montclair State on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
Sophomore Hannah Blackburn (Chapel Hill, N.C.) broke a 15-year old school record in the heptathlon, highlighting the Middlebury track & field teams' performances in the Division III New England Championships hosted by M.I.T. The Panther women finished tied for 10th out of 31 teams competing with 32 points, while the men were 22nd out of 29 teams. Top-eight finishers in each event earned All-New England honors.
The Middlebury women's tennis team, ranked sixth nationally and seeded second in the NESCAC Tournament, fell to third-seeded Amherst by a narrow 5-4 tally on Proctor Courts at Middlebury College. The Panthers garnered an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, as Middlebury will play the winner of a first-round matchup between Simmons and Plymouth State in a regional played at Bowdoin.
The Middlebury softball team posted a 1-2 weekend during the NESCAC Tournament at Tufts. In the double-elimination tournament, the Panthers fell to the host Jumbos on Friday by a 2-0 score, but rebounded for a 2-0 victory over Bowdoin in Saturday morning’s game. Middlebury saw its tournament come to an end with a 6-3 setback against Williams.
The Middlebury baseball team went 1-5 during its final week of the season. The Panthers exploded for 10 runs in the top of the ninth during a 14-4 victory Tuesday on the road over Skidmore, but lost 8-4 in the home finale to Plymouth State. In the final weekend of the spring, the Panthers dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Bowdoin on Saturday by scores of 3-2 and 8-2. A day later at Tufts, Middlebury fell to the Jumbos by identical 3-2 and 8-2 tallies.