Middlebury sophomore Noah Farrell (Wilton, Conn.) claimed the Division III singles national title at the USTA/ITA Small College Championships on Saturday morning over Rafe Mosetick of Emory by scores of 6-2, 6-2. With the victory, Farrell records the first singles national title in Panther men's tennis program history. The three-day event was held at the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter, South Carolina.
Middlebury exploded for 27 second-half points on its way to a 36-14 win over Williams (2-2) in a homecoming game on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. The Panthers have now taken four-straight wins from the Ephs and have won their last four home games.
The third-ranked Middlebury field hockey team posted a pair of home shutouts last week, increasing its winning streak to eight. The Panthers tallied four goals over nearly a 12-minute stretch in the first half, including a hat trick from junior Pam Schulman (Greenwich, Conn.), on their way to a 6-0 NESCAC victory Saturday afternoon over Trinity on Kohn Field. Middlebury followed that with another hot start scoring four goals in the opening 35 minutes of action en route to a 5-0 non-conference triumph Sunday afternoon over Husson.
The Middlebury women’s soccer team earned a pair of shutouts during a 2-0 week. Junior Adrianna Gildner (Woodinville, Wash.) continued her hot scoring streak, posting both goals as the Panthers blanked host Castleton on Thursday by a 2-0 score at Spartan Field. Middlebury followed that Saturday with a 3-0 home blanking in a key NESCAC victory over Trinity on Dragone Field.
The Middlebury women's cross country team finished second among Division III teams competing and 10th overall, while the men's squad was third and 12th during the 2015 Open New England Championships at Franklin Park in Boston. Each field featured nearly 40 teams from all three NCAA divisions.
The Middlebury volleyball team posted a perfect 2-0 record last weekend during a pair of NESCAC road matches in Maine. The Panthers needed five sets to edge Colby (22-25, 25-23, 25-16, 17-25, 15-11) on Friday evening inside Wadsworth Gymnasium. In a match on Saturday, Middlebury was victorious for the 13th time in its last 14 matches with a four-set victory in Alumni Gymnasium over Bates (25-19, 15-25, 25-14, 25-16).
The Middlebury men’s soccer team recorded a 2-0 record during a pair of exciting home matches last week. Senior Tyler Bonini (Avon, Conn.) scored twice, including the game-winner at the 66:50 mark, leading the Panthers to a 2-1 win over Castleton on Wednesday. On Saturday, senior Kirk Horton (San Francisco, Calif.) scored two goals, including the winning score at the 97:33 mark of overtime, propelling Middlebury to a key 2-1 NESCAC victory over Trinity. The match served as a Red Card Cancer match where funds raised would benefit Camp Ta-Kum-Ta and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.
The Middlebury women's golf team wrapped up its fall season with a third-place effort among nine teams competing at the Ann S. Batchelder Golf Invitational. The tournament, hosted by Wellesley, took place at the par-72, 5,860 yard Nehoiden Golf Course.
The Middlebury men's golf team hosted Williams and Trinity at the inaugural Ekwanok College Tournament held at the Ekwanok Country Club in Manchester, Vermont. Eight golfers participated for each team, with the top-five scores counting for each hole. Trinity edged out Williams for the Sap Bucket by the smallest of margins (360-361), while the Panthers came in with a 372.