September 11th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Despite outshooting visiting Amherst by 18-6, the Middlebury College women’s soccer team lost its NESCAC opener on Sunday, 1-0, when the Panthers surrendered an own goal in the second half.
The 1-1 Panthers, who entered the contest ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division III after last fall’s run to the NCAA semifinal round, were set to host Keene State on Wednesday and will visit league foe Connecticut on Saturday.
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Rice edged the Middlebury Union High School field hockey team on Monday, 4-3, in overtime, for the Tigers’ first loss of the fall.
The Division I Tigers dropped to 1-1-1 heading into a game at Mount Abraham on Friday, while Rice, a D-II finalist each of the past two seasons, improved to 1-1.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Middlebury College men’s golf team opened its fall season with a win at the 2014 Bowdoin Invitational Tournament, held this past weekend at the 6,601-yard, par-72 Brunswick Golf Club.
The Panthers came in with a two-day total of 601, including a 299 on Sunday to become the only team to break 300 in the two-day event. Endicott (606), Providence (606), Bates (635) and St. Anselm (645) rounded out the top five at the 12-team tournament.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school soccer action, all on Tuesday, the Vergennes boys dropped a home game, while the Otter girls and Middlebury boys lost road contests.
The Mount Abraham boys also played their home opener; see story, Page 1B.
Undefeated Rice, which owns a win over Division I power Champlain Valley, nipped the Commodore boys, 2-1, by scoring twice in the second half.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
9/8 Rice vs. MUHS........................... 4-3 (OT)
9/9 Woodstock vs. OV............................. 2-0
9/9 Mt. Abe vs. Fairfax............................. 3-1
MIDDLEBURY — The host Middlebury College men’s soccer team and NESCAC rival Amherst settled for a 1-1 tie on Sunday in the Panthers’ opener. Both squads scored late goals — after the Panthers took the lead with 10 minutes left in regulation, the Jeffs equalized with 20 seconds to go.
Amherst, ranked No. 9 in NCAA Division III, is 1-0-1. The 0-0-1 Panthers were set to host Norwich on Wednesday and will visit league foe Connecticut on Saturday.
Hey, has anybody else heard that Derek Jeter is retiring?
No, really, it’s true.
Captain Clutch, the Man With the Calm Eyes (I think Tim McCarver trademarked that phrase), the man New Yorkers voted the city’s Greatest Athlete Ever in a 2011 Quinnipiac University poll (in a tie with Babe Ruth), and the man the readers of the New York Post in a 2011 poll decided was the Greatest Yankee Ever will hang up his cleats.
VERMONT — The Vermont Sports Media Association has chosen Montgomery resident and University of New Hampshire freshman track and field athlete Elle Purrier as its July Athlete of the Month.
Purrier outpolled six other nominees, including Addison County American Legion baseball player Wade Steele, for the honor in statewide balloting of VSMA members. Each was first nominated by a VSMA member for his or her outstanding efforts in July.