Middlebury Finishes Second In Directors' Cup - Year In Review

June 13, 2007

After another impressive season, Middlebury College has finished second in the U.S. Sports Academy Director's Cup race. The Panthers have finished in the top three for the past four seasons, with nine top-five finishes in the 12 years the cup has existed. Williams finished in first place, with Amherst in fourth and Tufts in 16th place. Points for the cup are awarded based on excellence in NCAA Tournament play.

The fall season was impressive as four teams advanced to NCAA Tournament play. The women's cross country team, under National Coach of the Year Terry Aldrich, won its fourth NCAA Championship.

The football team sported an impressive 6-2 mark, while the men's soccer, women's soccer and field hockey teams each advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The women's soccer team won its second NESCAC title behind NESCAC Coach of the Year Peter Kim, advanced to the NCAA "Sweet 16" and tied the school record with 15 wins. The field hockey squad made its fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, while the men's soccer made its seventh.

Both hockey teams advanced to the NCAA Championship game in the winter, but fell just short of the title. The men's team won its seventh NESCAC crown, while Abby Kurtz-Phelan earned NESCAC Player of the Year on the women's side.

Andrew Wagner helped lead the ski team to a sixth place finish at the NCAA's, earning All-American status in both the slalom and giant slalom. Simeon Hamilton was named an All-American for the nordic team.

In indoor track, Beth Butler was stellar in the 800, earning All-New England, All-ECAC and All-American honors. She was strong in the spring as well, capturing the NESCAC title in the 800.

Marika Ross won the NCAA Championship in both the 100 and 200 fly events for the women's swim team, leading them to an eighth place finish. Kate Soja and Alanna Hanson also earned All-American honors. On the men's side, Robert Collier earned All-American honors in both the 100 and 200 fly events, as the men finished 14th at the NCAA's.

The spring season was a busy one, with seven teams taking part in NCAA Tournament play. The women's lacrosse team won its seventh NESCAC Championship and made its 14th consecutive trip to the NCAA final four. All-American Kim Walker was named the NESCAC Player of the Year for the women. The men's squad also won its seventh straight crown and made its 10th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

The men's tennis team made its fifth straight trip in the NCAA quarterfinals, falling in the semifinal round. The Panthers were the NESCAC Champions for the fourth consecutive year, behind All-American singles and doubles player, Alex Scott. The women had an impressive year as well, making their fifth straight NCAA appearance, while advancing to the quarterfinals. All-American singles and doubles player Amy Roche paced the team.

On the links, both golf teams made their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearances. The women turned in an impressive performance, placing eighth overall in the four-day championship event. The men's squad earned their bid by winning the NESCAC Championship in the fall.

Mary Frederickson led the women's track and field team, capturing the NESCAC title in the javelin for the fourth straight year.

Enjoy the summer and we'll look forward to more updates in the fall.

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