MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE STRIKER Simone Ameer flies down the right wing past Stevens Institute of Technology defender Nicole Veraja during Sunday’s NCAA Division III Regional final. The Panthers lost to visiting Stevens despite outshooting the Ducks, 21-7. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — After Sunday’s NCAA Division III Regional final, Coach Peter Kim of the host Middlebury College women’s soccer team called his six seniors the most successful class in the program’s history. The six seniors — goalie Ursula Alwang, forward Ellie Greenberg, and midfielders Virginia Charman, Olivia Miller, Caitlin Magruder and Sabrina Glaser, all but Glaser starters on Sunday — had helped the Panthers to make four consecutive NCAA appearances, including a run to the 2018 final, and win the 2018 NESCAC playoff championship. But after what proved to be a heartbreaking, 2-1 loss to...

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....
TROY, N.Y. — The Middlebury College men’s soccer team did not allow a regulation goal in two games in an NCAA Division III Regional hosted by Rensselaer, this past weekend, but were eliminated by the home team on Sunday in penalty kicks. RPI improved to 15-2-3. Before falling to RPI, 5-3, in PKs, on Sunday, the 9-3-8 Panthers blanked Johnson & Wales on Saturday, 2-0. The Panthers finished the season with 12 shutouts in 20 outings. In Sunday’s game the Panthers had the first good chance, 10 minutes in. But Engineer goalie Luke Brezek (five saves) kicked a Ben Potter cross away from Brendan...

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...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s soccer team came up short to Amherst College, 1-0, in Sunday’s NESCAC championship game, but the 13-2-3 Panthers will host an NCAA Division III Regional this Saturday and Sunday. Middlebury made a run to the NCAA final a year ago before losing to Williams on penalty kicks, and the program is making its 12th NCAA appearance. Coach Peter Kim’s Panthers will open by facing the University of New England (13-5-2) at 11a.m. on Saturday. In the other Saturday Regional semifinal Stevens (15-3-1) will take on UMass Boston (19-2-1) at 1:30 p.m. The Regional...

PANTHER TEAMMATES CELEBRATE after Danielle Brown tallies the third Middlebury goal against Hamilton on Saturday in the NESCAC semifinal. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — In Sunday’s NESCAC championship game on its own turf, the Middlebury College field hockey team found itself trailing in the fourth quarter. The top-seeded Panthers had only trailed twice in the fourth quarter all season, including in their only loss, 1-0 on the road to No. 3 Tufts, their opponent on Sunday. But the Panthers rallied for the win, getting the tying goal from freshman Katie George — with plenty of help from junior Danielle Brown and seniors Allison Denby and Marissa Baker — and the game-winner from Baker with 3.9 seconds to go in overtime, on a rebound of a shot from...

THE PANTHER FOOTBALL team and Coach Bob Ritter celebrate their 9-0 season and sole possession of the NESCAC title after defeating host Tufts on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Middlebury College
MEDFORD, Mass. – The Middlebury College football team on Saturday defeated host Tufts, 31-24, to win the NESCAC championship and become the first program in NESCAC history to finish with a 9-0 record. The landmark victory came in a season during which Coach Bob Ritter also earned his 100th victory and third league title. The undefeated season is just the third in program history, as the 2019 squad joins the 8-0 teams of 1936 and 1972 in earning that distinction. Against the 4-5 Jumbos the Panthers took a 7-0 lead on their second possession, when quarterback Will Jernigan capped an eight-play...

FORWARD GRACE MURPHY jumps for joy in reaction to a goal by teammate Audrey Lazar in the second quarter of Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Trinity College. Photo by Benjy Renton
MIDDLEBURY — The top-seeded Middlebury College field hockey team defeated visiting No. 8 Trinity on Saturday, 3-1, in a NESCAC playoff quarterfinal and will host the league’s final four this weekend. The defending NESCAC and NCAA Division III champion Panthers (15-1) will meet No. 7 seed Hamilton at 11 a.m. Saturday, while No. 3 seed Tufts and No. 4 seed Williams will square off at 1:30 p.m. The winners will meet at noon on Sunday for the league title. NCAA pairing will be announced on Monday. The Panthers defeated Hamilton, which upset league No. 2 seed Bowdoin this past Saturday, during the...


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