Middlebury Finishes Fourth In Director's Cup

June 24, 2010

Middlebury College has finished fourth in the 2010 Learfield Sports Director's Cup race. The Panthers earned their seventh consecutive top-five finish, including four second place honors. Williams won the cup, followed by Amherst and Washington Univ., while Tufts came in sixth place. Points for the cup are awarded based on excellence in NCAA Tournament play.

The fall began with the women's cross country team making another run at a national title. The Panthers finished fourth at the NCAA's after winning the NESCAC and NCAA Regional titles. The women's soccer team hosted and won an NCAA Regional, finishing the season with a 14-4-2 mark. The Panther field hockey team earned its seventh straight NCAA Tournament appearance, while the men's soccer team advanced to the NESCAC Championship game. The football team won its last four games of the year as Donald McKillop was named the NESCAC Player of the Year.

The men's basketball team enjoyed its best season in school history, going 25-4 en route to its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance, hosting a regional in a jam-packed Pepin Gym. John Dillon was magical at the NCAA's in the pool, winning national titles in the 100 and 200 fly, earning National Swimmer of the Meet honors. The men's hockey team won its eighth NESCAC Championship, returning to NCAA Tournament play. Patrick Johnson and Bobby Poehling earned All-American honors for the ski team, after impressive performances all season long. Both squash teams set school records for wins (20) as the women finished 14th and the men 17th nationally.

The spring season saw the school win its 30th National Title in the last 15 years as the men's tennis team won its second crown. The team also won its sixth NESCAC Championship, setting a school record with a 23-2 record. NESCAC Player of the Year Andrew Lee earned All-American honors in both singles and doubles. The women's tennis team made its seventh trip to the NCAA's, falling in the regional final and finishing with a  14-6 record. The Panther men's lacrosse team advanced to the NESCAC Championship game and won a pair of NCAA games, playing in the tournament for the 14th time.