Bowdoin goaltender Kelly Thomas saved a season-high nine shots and Kit Hamley's well-timed first goal of the season led the Polar Bear women's soccer team to a 1-0 decision over Middlebury Saturday at Pickard Field. The Polar Bears (4-1-3, 2-1-2 NESCAC) earn their second-consecutive shutout and fifth overall while the Panthers (3-4-2, 2-2-0 NESCAC) see their four-game unbeaten streak come to an end.
In a battle between the nation's top two teams, the Bowdoin field hockey team claimed a 2-0 victory over rival Middlebury on Saturday at Ryan Field. The top-ranked Polar Bears (9-0, 5-0 NESCAC) claimed the rematch of the 2007 NCAA Division III Championship game thanks to a pair of goals from Lindsay McNamara to earn their 38th straight home win and 29th consecutive win overall. Second-ranked Middlebury falls for the first time this season and drops to 6-1 (3-1 NESCAC) on the year.
The Middlebury College women's volleyball team lost a marathon match on the road, as they fell to Skidmore 3-2. After dropping the first two sets 25-16 and 27-25, Middlebury battled back with 27-25 and 25-16 wins to tie the match at two sets apiece. The Thoroughbreds answered in the fifth set as they emerged with a 15-9 win.
The Panther women's tennis team hosted the second annual Gail Smith doubles tournament on campus. Eight draws in round robin play sent eight doubles teams to the championship bracket, where Brittany Berckes and Natasha Brown of Amherst emerged with the '08 title with an 8-6 win in the finals.
The Middlebury College men's golf team earned a third place finish at the 15-team Hamilton Fall Invitational Tournament. Skidmore won the event (585), followed by Salem State (613), Middlebury (617) and Williams (620).
The Panther men's soccer team remained unbeaten this season with a 1-0 victory over Bowdoin on Saturday at Pickard Field. The fourth-ranked Panthers earn their fourth shutout of the season and improve to 6-0-1 (3-0-1 NESCAC) this season, while Bowdoin falls to 2-4-0 (1-3-0) this year.
The Middlebury College cross country teams competed at the State Meet hosted by Castleton on Saturday. Both the Middlebury women's and men's teams placed second to the University of Vermont in the races. The Catamounts, who don't normally attend the meet, brought their top runners to the race for the first time since '86. The Panthers were resting several of their top runners on both the men's and women's sides.
The Panther football team held Amherst to just 22 yards rushing on the day as the Panthers moved to 2-1 with a 31-14 victory over the Jeff (2-1) on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. Amherst entered the game averaging 199 yards/contest on the ground, second in the league. Middlebury put the game away in the fourth quarter with a 9:18 scoring drive that gave them a 17-point lead. The Panthers have now beaten the Jeffs in each of their last three meetings.
The Middlebury College women's golf team captured the 2008 Middlebury College Women's Golf Invitational Tournament with a two-day total of 648. The Panthers sliced 16 strokes off their day one score with a 316 on the final day of the tournament. NESCAC foe Amherst placed second with a 667, followed by Mt. Holyoke in third with a 673.