For the just the second time since the tournament’s inception in 2002 (13th year), the Middlebury women’s hockey team will not take part in the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers were hoping for an at-large berth, but were left out of the field after some of the nation’s top teams fell in their respective conference tournaments to earn the at-large bids. Middlebury ends the season with a 17-4-4 mark.
The sixth-ranked Middlebury women’s tennis team opened up its spring season with a pair of indoor matches at home against Colby and Brandeis. The Panthers opened with a 9-0 win over Colby, before defeating 24th-ranked Brandeis by the same score.
The 10th-ranked Panther men’s tennis team played its first two spring matches of the season picking up a pair of 8-1 home victories against Colby and Brandeis in the Duke Nelson Recreation Center. Middlebury returns to action during its spring break trip with two matches on March 23rd in Atlanta.
The Panther indoor track teams were in action on Saturday competing at the ECAC Championships. The meet, comprised of more than 60 men’s and 60 women’s teams, was held at the Reggie Lewis Center just outside Boston with athletes looking to qualify and better their respective marks for next weekend's NCAA Championships.
Mary O’Connell scored two goals while assisting on three others to lead third-ranked Middlebury to a 12-4 victory at Connecticut College Saturday. The Panthers improve to 2-0 for the season, while the Camels fall to 1-1, 0-1 in NESCAC play.