2005-06 Year In Review
June 12, 2006
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.