The Middlebury field hockey team, seeded second in the NESCAC Tournament, claimed its third-consecutive title with a thrilling last-minute 2-1 win Sunday over top-seeded Bowdoin on Ryan Field. The Panthers advanced to the finals with a 3-1 victory Saturday over ninth-ranked Trinity. Middlebury clinched the conference’s automatic qualifier and will host an NCAA regional this weekend at Kohn Field.
Middlebury junior quarterback Matt Milano (New Canaan, Conn.) accounted for all seven touchdowns as the Panthers closed their season with a 48-13 win over Tufts on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. Middlebury finishes the season with five-consecutive victories to earn a 6-2 record, good for third place in the NESCAC. The Jumbos enjoyed their best season since 2008, finishing with an even 4-4 mark. Middlebury has now won 20 of 24 games over the past three seasons.
After 110 minutes of scoreless soccer, Bowdoin edged Middlebury by a 3-2 count in penalty kicks to give the sixth-seeded Polar Bears a thrilling victory over the fourth-seeded Panthers in Saturday's NESCAC semifinal contest at Amherst's Hitchcock Field.
The Middlebury volleyball team, seeded #4, saw its season come to an end with a 3-1 (25-18, 18-25, 25-22, 25-23) loss to fifth-seeded Bowdoin in a NESCAC Quarterfinal match Friday evening played at Tufts.
The Middlebury cross country teams took part in the ECAC Championships at Stanley Park hosted by Westfield State in Massachusetts. In an event where both teams rested their top runners, the third-ranked Panther women finished third with 85 points behind sixth-ranked Williams (48) and the University of New England (60) in the 48-team race. The Middlebury men finished the event sixth among 43 teams competing.