PANTHER NORDIC SKIER Sophia Laukli finished second in the women’s 5-kilometer race on March 12 to help the Panthers win the event at the NCAA championships in Montana. Middlebury stood in third place overall when the meet was called off. Courtesy of NCAA Photos
BOZEMAN, Mont. — The Middlebury College ski team stood in third place after two days of racing at the NCAA skiing championships in Bozeman, Mont., last week before NCAA officials canceled the final two days of the event due to the threat posed by the novel coronavirus.  Utah led the competition with 293 points, followed by Denver (261) and the Panthers (216) in events hosted by Montana State University. In March 12 Nordic action the Middlebury women won the 5-kilometer freestyle event as Sophia Laukli and Alexandra Lawson earned All-American honors.   Laukli finished in second with a time of...
MIDDLEBURY — Despite Sunday’s upset loss to Amherst in the NESCAC playoff final, the 21-3-3 Middlebury College women’s hockey team will host an NCAA Division III quarterfinal game this Saturday. The Panthers will entertain Endicott (25-2) at 3 p.m. in Kenyon Arena. The two teams met earlier this season at Endicott, with Middlebury coming away with a 3-0 victory. Since then the Gulls have won 13 straight. Due to the college decision to send students home early because of the coronavirus, the status of this game is up in the air as of press time and fans may not be allowed to attend if it is...

PANTHER JUNIOR ERIN Nicholas was recently named the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Player of the Year for the second straight season. Nicholas helped the Panthers win their third straight NCAA championship this fall. Photo courtesy of Middlebury Athletics
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College junior field hockey player Erin Nicholas has been named the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Player of the Year for the second-consecutive season. Nicholas helped lead the Panthers to a 21-1 record en route to their third straight NCAA Division III championship and fourth in the last five years. She was named the NCAA tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Now a two-time All-American, Nicholas recently became the first NESCAC player to be named Rookie of the Year and then win back-to-back league Player of the Year honors. She finished the season tied...

THE MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE field hockey team poses with its championship trophy after Sunday’s 1-0 NCAA Division III final victory over Franklin & Marshall. The Panthers won their third straight title and fourth in five years after controlling play in both of their Final Four games in Manheim, Pa. Photo Courtesy of Middlebury Athletics
MANHEIM, Pa. — In winning its third straight NCAA Division III field hockey title — and fourth in five years — this past weekend Middlebury College left no doubt which team was the class of the field.  The games were close: In Sunday’s final in Manheim, Pa. at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex, the 21-1 Panthers defeated Franklin & Marshall, 1-0, and they eliminated Salisbury by the same score on Saturday. But the scores don’t reveal that Middlebury dominated possession and allowed each team just one shot on goal.  During Sunday’s post-game press conference, senior defender/midfielder...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Middlebury College women’s cross-country team finished 15th at the NCAA Division III championship meet hosted by Spaulding University in Louisville on Saturday, while the Panther men were 29th in the 32-team field.  Johns Hopkins captured the women’s NCAA crown with 125 points, followed by Washington University (138) and Williams (168). Parley Hannan of Ithaca won the 6-kilometer race in 20:53. Cassie Kearney was the first Panther to finish, taking 26th in 22:01. Next up for the Panthers was Talia Ruxin in 60th place in 22:30, followed by Meg Wilson in 125th (23:01),...

PANTHER JULIA RICHARDS raps in a rebound for the go-ahead goal past Babson College goalie Cassidy Riley during Saturday’s NCAA Division III Regional semifinal. Middlebury prevailed, 2-1, and defeated Kean, 4-1, in the Regional final on Sunday to reach the NCAA final four this coming weekend. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College field hockey team is going back to the NCAA Division III Final Four in Manheim, Penn., this weekend. There the Panthers will be trying to win the program’s third straight national championship, fourth in the past five years, and fifth overall. The Panthers this past weekend, in an NCAA Division III Regional they hosted, defeated both Kean University in Sunday’s final, 4-1, and Babson College in Saturday’s semifinal, 2-1. Middlebury Coach Katharine DeLorenzo also earned the 400th win of her collegiate coaching career this past weekend. Her record now stands...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Middlebury College cross country teams will compete this Saturday in the NCAA Division III Championship races hosted by Spaulding University and the Louisville Sports Commission. The teams earned an at-large bid to the national race after competing in an NCAA Regional at Bowdoin College this past Saturday.   Among the 54 teams at that Regional, the 22nd-ranked Middlebury women finished fifth, while the 21st-ranked men were sixth. Williams captured both the men’s and women’s races. Middlebury’s top finisher on the women’s side was Talia Ruxin, who placed 22nd in 22:07....

PANTHER GOALKEEPER GRACE Harlan dives to knock the ball away from Hamilton midfield Maura Holden in the first half of last Saturday’s NESCAC semifinal in Middlebury. The home team beat the Continentals, 3-0, and the next day beat Tufts, 3-2, to win the NESCAC title. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — As expected the 17-1 Middlebury College field hockey team will host an NCAA Division III Regional this coming Saturday and Sunday. Coach Katharine DeLorenzo’s Panthers, who defeated Tufts, 3-2 in overtime this past Sunday to win their third straight NESCAC title, are seeking their third straight NCAA title, their fourth in the past five years, and fifth overall. It appears the NCAA selection committee gave the Panthers the No. 2 overall seed for the tournament. They were ranked No. 2 behind No. 1 The College of New Jersey (18-0) in the most recent poll, and Middlebury is on the...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s soccer team fell to Tufts in Sunday’s NESCAC final in a game played at Amherst, but the 8-3-7 Panthers received a bid to the NCAA Division III tournament for the third straight season and 13th time overall. Coach Alex Elias’ Panthers will travel to an NCAA Regional tournament at Rensselaer this Saturday and Sunday. The Panthers will face Johnson & Wales (17-2-2) at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, after host RPI (14-2-2) meets Eastern Nazarene (16-3) at 11 a.m. The winners will meet in the Regional final on Sunday at 1 p.m. The winner will advance to a...

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