MOUNT ABE GOALIE Kira Murray makes a sensational second-half stick save to preserve the Eagles’ lead during their 1-0 victory at UVM earlier this month in the D-II field hockey final. Also pictured are OV’s Mackenzie McKay hoping for a rebound, and Eagles Carly Rougier (No. 4) and Abigail Hoff moving in to help. Independent file photo/Steve James
In reviewing notes from high school football and field hockey games this fall it struck me how many times the most memorable plays came on defense. In looking back at soccer highlights last week more often goals stood out, possibly because scoring is rare in the sport, but also because so many games were close and decided by moments of offensive brilliance amidst the steady defense by the several strong local teams. In football, before the Tigers’ Division I semifinal, the Middlebury Union High School football team allowed only 11 points per game. Obviously defense was a strength. In field...

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...
Here's what happened in Addison County high school and college sports this past week. See below for this week's schedule of games and events. ***  SCOREBOARD COLLEGE SPORTS Field Hockey NESCAC Final Four at Midd. 11/9 Midd. vs. Hamilton...................... 3-0 11/10 Midd. vs. Tufts................. 3-2 (OT) Men’s Soccer NESCAC Final Four at Amherst 11/9 Midd. vs. Amherst....................... 1-0 11/10 Tufts vs. Midd........................... 2-1 Women’s Soccer NESCAC Final Four at Tufts 11/9 Midd. vs. Williams...................... 2-0 11/9 Amherst vs. Midd........................ 1-0...

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...

PANTHER JUNIOR DANNY Diedrich tackles Hamilton senior Sam Robinson deep in Continentals territory during Saturday’s game in Middlebury. The Panthers won, 14-7, clenching a NESCAC league title heading into the final game of the season on Nov. 9. Photo by Benjy Renton
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College football team on this past Saturday clinched at least a share of first place in NESCAC by defeating visiting Hamilton, 14-7. The 8-0 Panthers are ranked No. 1 in New England, but NESCAC teams do not participate in postseason play. The Panthers are the league’s only undefeated team with one week left to play. Wesleyan (7-1) is alone in second place. Although the Panthers defeated Wesleyan this season, NESCAC does not recognize tiebreakers in football, and if Middlebury defeats Tufts (4-4) on the road this Saturday at 12:30 p.m. it can claim the NESCAC crown...

MIDDLEBURY SENIOR MIDFIELDER Sabrina Glaser, left, and Wesleyan sophomore Remi Feuerman battle for a ball during the Panthers-Cardinals game in Middlebury on Saturday. Middlebury won, 2-1, and advance to the NESCAC final four at Tufts this weekend. Photo by Benjy Renton
MIDDLEBURY — The second-seeded Middlebury College women’s soccer team edged visiting No. 7 Wesleyan, 2-1, in a Saturday NESCAC quarterfinal. The Panthers advanced to this weekend’s final four, to be hosted by top-seeded Tufts. The 12-1-3 Panthers will take on No. 3 seed Williams in a 1:30 p.m. Saturday semifinal. That game will be in a rematch of the 2018 NESCAC championship game, won by Middlebury; the 2018 NCAA Division III final, won by Williams; and the Oct. 29 meeting in Middlebury between the two teams that finished in a scoreless tie.  No. 1 Tufts will host No. 4 Amherst in the other...
ADDISON COUNTY — Many athletes from the Mount Abraham, Vergennes, Otter Valley and Middlebury union high school girls’ soccer teams received postseason honors. OV’s Olivia White; Mount Abe’s Grace Harvey, Addy Harris, Savannah Scrodin and Mae Peterson; and Tigers Ivy Doran and Merry Kimble earned Division II All-State honors. Commodores Emily Rooney, Sophie Hatch and Sydney Weber were named D-III All-State players. White and teammate Leah Pinkowski were named to MVL B Division First Team All Stars, and OV’s Julia Eastman was named an MVL B Division Second Team All Star. Rooney was named the...
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Middlebury College men’s cross-country team finished third at the NESCAC Championships on Saturday, while the women were fourth in races hosted by Williams at Mount Greylock High School. The Panthers return to action on Nov. 16 at the NCAA Regional Championships hosted by Bowdoin. Williams won the 11-team men’s race with 22 points. The Panther men scored 107 points, 10 behind second-place Amherst. Theo Henderson paced the Panther men by taking second out of 145 runners in the 8-kilometer race in 25:41.8. Henry Fleming was 10th (26:00.7), while Quinlan McGaugh...
MONTPELIER — Hunters are gearing up for the start of Vermont’s traditionally popular 16-day rifle deer season that begins Saturday, Nov. 16 and ends Sunday, Dec. 1. A hunter may take one buck during this season with at least one antler having two or more points one inch or longer. A point must be one inch or longer from base to tip. The main beam counts as a point, regardless of length. Spike-antlered deer, mostly yearlings, are protected during this season. “The greatest numbers of deer continue to be in the southwestern and northwestern regions of the state,” said Deer Project Leader Nick...


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