Another great season has come to an end at Middlebury College, with the Panthers once again turning in some amazing performances. Two Middlebury teams won NCAA titles, while six captured NESCAC Championships. The Panthers finished the year ranked third among Division III schools in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup, based on excellence in NCAA play.
The fall season saw five Middlebury teams advance to the post-season. The field hockey team advanced to the NCAA Regionals, while the women's cross country team placed 12th overall at the NCAA Championship. On the links, Harrison Bane earned NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors for the men's golf team, while Julie Ellenberger was honored, as she won the district shootout for the women in the spring. The men's soccer, women's soccer and women's volleyball team all advanced into NESCAC Tournament play.
The winter saw the men's and women's hockey teams both win NCAA titles for the third consecutive season. The men finished the year at 26-2-2, while National Player of the Year Emily Quizon paced the women to a 27-2 mark. The ski team had a solid showing at the NCAA's, placing seventh, as did the women's swimmers at the NCAA Championships, with an eighth place finish. The men's basketball team made school history with a 7-0 start, sparked by NESCAC Rookie of the Year, Ben Rudin.
The spring of '06 may of have the most successful one in school history, despite no team bringing home a NCAA Championship trophy. The baseball team set a school record with 26 wins as they captured their first NESCAC Championship and made the team's inaugural appearance in the NCAA Regionals. The men's tennis team also set a school record for wins (22), while capturing their third straight NESCAC crown and advancing to the NCAA title match. Brian Waldron was named ITA Senior Player of the Year, while Nate Edmunds was the recipient of the Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship. Both lacrosse teams won their fifth straight NESCAC Championships, with the men advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals and the women to the semifinals. Elizabeth Renehan repeated as NESCAC Player of the Year for the women's squad. Women's tennis made another appearance in the NCAA Tournament, while the track and field teams placed third at NESCAC's. Kevin Bright led the men's team, earning the NESCAC Most Outstanding Male Performer Award for the second straight season.
Special congratulations to Russ Reilly, who will retire June 30 after 29 years in the athletic department, nine as the Director of Athletics.
Emily Millard has been named the Assistant Athletic Trainer at Middlebury College. She will join the Sports Medicine staff in the fall of '06.
"We are pleased that Emily will join our Sports Medicine staff this fall," said Director of Sports Medicine Dave Matthews. "Her experience has prepared her well for the duties she will undertake and we're looking forward to working with her during the upcoming season."
Middlebury College recently recognized six seniors with its annual Athletic Awards at a senior luncheon.
The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has announced its 2006 Spring All-Academic Selections. To be honored, a student-athlete must have reached junior academic standing and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35.
Middlebury College Men's Lacrosse Coach Erin Quinn has been named the school's new director of athletics. Quinn will continue to lead the men's lacrosse program through the current season and assume his new duties on July 1. He will succeed nine-year Director of Athletics Russ Reilly, who will retire on June 30 after 29 years of service to the college.
Middlebury College hockey goaltenders Kate Kogut (Springfield, Mass.) and Doug Raeder (Needham, Mass.) will appear in the "Faces In The Crowd" section of Sports Illustrated in the upcoming April 10th issue that hits newsstands Wednesday, the 5th. The duo are the 13th and 14th people to represent Middlebury College Athletics in the magazine since 1996.
Middlebury College will host a celebration for the 2006 NCAA Championship men's and women's hockey teams on Wednesday, April 5. The event will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. in Kenyon Arena, with players and coaching staffs from both teams on hand to sign autographs and take pictures. According to the coaches and the players, they look forward to the chance to see their fans and thank the community for its support throughout the season at what has become an annual celebration. The event is free and open to the public.
You can purchase tickets now for the 2006 NCAA Men's Hockey Championship HERE.
NCAA Women's Hockey Championship tickets can be purchased/reserved by calling 518-564-2121, Monday-Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $20 for adults and $10 for students for the weekend package. Tickets will also be available at the door.
The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has announced its 2006 Winter All-Academic Selections. To be honored, a student-athlete must have reached junior academic standing and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35.
The NESCAC announced today that it will once again partner with D3Cast to provide live coverage via the internet of the 2006 NESCAC Men's and Women's Ice Hockey Championships this coming weekend. Fans wishing to follow their favorite NESCAC squad will have access to streaming audio and video from Kenyon Arena on the campus of Middlebury College beginning Friday evening at no charge through D3Cast's website, www.d3cast.com.
Over 1,000 people were on hand in the Kenyon Arena on Monday to watch the U.S.A. Women's Hockey Olympic Team take on the Green Mountain Glades boy's team. Hundreds of canned goods were donated at the door and were delivered to the Addison County Food Shelf.
The USA Women's Hockey team will take on the Green Mountain Glades midget boys team on Monday, January 16th at 1:00 p.m. in the Kenyon Arena on the campus of Middlebury College. The game will be the final tune-up for the U.S. squad before they head to Italy for the Winter Olympics later this month. Admission is free, with the athletic department requesting you bring a canned good to be donated to the Addison County Food Shelf.
12/12/05 - What a great start to the winter season for the Middlebury College athletic teams. The swimming and squash teams are off to solid starts, while the men's and women's hockey and basketball teams have a combined record of 28-2-1 through the first semester.
Middlebury returns to action on December 31st when the men's hockey team hosts the annual Holiday Classic Tournament at the Chip Kenyon Arena. Southern Maine battles Amherst at 1:00 p.m., while Middlebury hosts Babson at 4:00 p.m. The consolation and championship games are slated for New Years Day at 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.
From all of us in the Department of Athletics at Middlebury, Happy Holidays.
11/23/05 - The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has announced its 2005 Fall All-Academic Selections. To be honored, a student-athlete must have reached junior academic standing and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35. A transfer student must have completed one year of study at the institution. The following are Middlebury's representatives:
11/2/05 - After nine years as director of athletics at Middlebury College and 29 years of service to the department, Russ Reilly will retire effective June 30, 2006. The man synonymous with Middlebury athletics leaves behind a remarkable career that has coincided with tremendous expansion as well as amazing success for the college.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
10/20/05 - Bryan Merrill has been hired as the Athletic Department's Equipment Manager at <?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Middlebury College. He replaces 19-year veteran Jerry Sodano, who left the College earlier in the month to pursue other interests in North Carolina.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
10/4/05 - After 19 years as the Athletic Department's Equipment Manager, Jerry Sodano has decided to leave the position. Sodano will be moving to <?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />North Carolina with his wife Nina, to begin a new chapter in their lives. <?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
Almost 300 Middlebury College students have returned to campus with the start of the fall sports season just around the corner. Teams have begun or will begin practice soon with the season opening up on Saturday, September 10th. On that day, the men's and women's soccer teams, along with the field hockey team will host Connecticut College at 1:30. The cross country teams will race at the Williams Dual on that day.