ON A PICTURESQUE late winter/early spring day — March 8 — the Middlebury men’s lacrosse team played against Connecticut College on Youngman Field. The Panthers defeated their NESCAC rival, 20-8, that day and three days later trounced Plattsburgh State in what ended up being the final Middlebury athletic event of the year. Many Middlebury seniors ended their athletic careers with a truncated season, including defending national champion women’s lax and baseball, which played a few games before shutting down. The competitive seasons of softball, tennis, and track and field never began.
Independent photo/Karl Lindholm
We “shelter in place,” practice “social distancing” hoping to “flatten the curve” of the “pandemic” afflicting the world. These are terms that were largely unfamiliar to us only a very short time ago but are now staples of our daily discourse.
We isolate ourselves from one another in this chilly and lovely late winter/early spring season in the hope that we can come together in the warm embrace of the season that follows.
But who knows when that will be? It could be a while. All is so uncertain.
Schools, from daycare to graduate school, have closed and sent their students home, wherever...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College athletes set to compete this weekend in NCAA championship events — including the Panther women’s hockey team — instead headed home after NCAA officials called off all such competitions as a measure to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.
In addition the Vermont Brew Professional Arena Football Team, which had planned to host games in Middlebury’s Memorial Sports Center, announced it has cancelled its inaugural 2020 season due to the COVID-19 threat. Team officials said in a press release they “will look to return in 2021.”
The college cancellations...
PANTHER SOPHOMORE MIDDIE Andrew McGurrin races upfield as Connecticut’s Jack Venturelli tries to defend during Saturday’s men’s lacrosse game at Middlebury, won by the Panthers, 20-8. Middlebury improved to 3-0 with a pair of recent wins.
Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Before the announcement that all school activities were being suspended and students were being sent home, early indications looked positive for the Middlebury College men’s lacrosse team after three seasons in which the Panthers hovered around .500.
Home wins on Saturday over NESCAC foe Connecticut, 20-8, and on Tuesday over Plattsburgh, 30-8, moved the Panthers to 3-0, the program’s best start since 2015.
An explosive and balanced offense led the way. Ten Panthers scored vs. Connecticut, six in their opening 16-12 victory at Bowdoin the week before, and 13 in Tuesday’s rout of...
MIDDLEBURY — The decision announced by Middlebury College Tuesday to suspend most on-campus operations due to the threat posed by COVID-19 will apparently not end the NCAA Division III championship dreams of the school’s women’s hockey or ski teams, but it will almost certainly cancel the rest of the college’s spring sports season.
The college’s announcement included the following language:
“Spring Athletic Events and Practices: Effective 10 p.m. tonight, we are suspending all spring athletic activities, including practices and home and away games, until further notice.
CASTLETON — Middlebury Union High School senior running back and defensive back Tyler Buxton will be the area’s only representative in the 67th Annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl.
Rosters were announced last week for the annual game, which will be played on Aug. 1 at the newly named Dave Wolk Stadium at Castleton University with kickoff at 5:30 p.m.
St. Johnsbury’s Rich Alercio will coach the Vermont team.
The Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl is played for the benefit of the Shriners Hospitals for Crippled and Burned Children and in its first 66 years has raised nearly $5 million. The game is one of 30...
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team picked up two lopsided road wins this past weekend to improve to 3-0, 2-0 in NESCAC play, and stretch the program’s winning streak to 25 games.
The defending NCAA Division III and NESCAC champion returns to action on Saturday at 2 p.m., when the Panthers host league foe Trinity.
On this past Sunday the Panthers rolled past non-league foe Springfield, 24-3, scoring 12 goals in each half.
Middlebury’s Jane Earley led the attack with three goals and two assists. Emily Barnard, Grace Getman, Kirsten Murphy, Niki Mormile and Susan...
OBERWISENTHAL, Germany — Middlebury College freshman Nordic skier Sophia Laukli helped the U.S. women’s junior women win a silver medal at the Nordic world championships last week in Germany.
Laukli, a Maine resident, joined Kendall Kramer, Novie McCabe and Sydney Palmer-Leger to help the U.S. finish second behind Sweden, 4.9 seconds back, in the junior women’s four-by-3.3-kilometer relay. It was the best-ever finish for U.S. women in the event.
Laukli has excelled this season for the Panther Nordic team, which has helped the Middlebury ski team win two carnivals this winter. The Panthers...
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...
BROCKPORT, N.Y. — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team won its first-round NCAA Division III tournament game on Friday, March 6, but fell the next day in a Regional final to host Brockport, N.Y., 84-81.
The Panthers, who entered the tournament ranked No. 19, finished their season 21-6. Their loss to No. 18 Brockport (26-3) was their first to a team outside of NESCAC competition. Brockport will take on NESCAC champion Tufts this weekend.
Brockport led throughout most of the first half on Saturday and survived a late Panther run to remain on top at the break, 39-37.
The teams traded...
GEORGETOWN, Texas — The Middlebury College baseball team opened its season by taking two out of three games this past Saturday and Sunday from Southwestern University in Texas. The Panthers return to action this weekend with three games in Pennsylvania, one on Saturday at Muhlenberg, followed by two at Swarthmore on Sunday.
On this past Sunday the Panthers edged Southwestern, 9-8, in 11 innings. In the decisive 11th, Andrew Gough doubled, Justin Han was hit by a pitch and Henry Strmecki reached on an error to load the bases with nobody out. An error on a ball hit by Andrew Hennings scored...