The Middlebury College women's tennis team took part in its first official competition over the weekend as they competed at the ITA Regional hosted by M.I.T. Senior Clare Burke (Summit, N.J.) picked up a pair of wins at the regional, before falling in the round of 16. Senior Elizabeth Stone (Cohasset, Mass.) and first-year player Victoria Aiello (Milton, Mass.) both earned first-round wins before being eliminated.
Colby held off a late charge by Middlebury as the Mules picked up a 24-19 win over the Panthers at Alfond Stadium in Maine. The loss snaps a five-game winning streak for Middlebury that dates back to last season. The game was penalty-ridden as the teams combined for 21 penalties, costing them a combined 231 yards, with the Panther penalties coming at some costly spots in the game. Colby out-gained the Panthers 223-55 on the ground as the Panthers held a 343-92 advantage in the air.
The Middlebury College women's volleyball team opened its home season with a marathon match against Union. The Panthers dropped the first set 29-27 before tying the match with a win in the second set. The teams split the next two, before Union picked up a 15-11 win in the fifth and final set.
The Panther women's soccer team scored three times in the final 25:19 of the game to extend its unbeaten streak to four as the Panthers picked up a 3-0 NESCAC road win at Colby. Sophomore Gabriella Curbelo-Zeidman's (Brooklyn, N.Y.) goal at 25:19 proved to be the game-winning tally as the Panthers emerged victorious.
The Middlebury College women's golf team captured the first annual Ann S. Batchelder Golf Invitational hosted by Wellesley in a steady rain. Originally scheduled as a two-day affair, the rain shortened event took place at the par-72 Nehoiden Golf Course with Middlebury taking the 2008 team title with a 335 in the seven-team event.
The Panther cross country teams took part in the Purple Valley Classic races hosted by Williams over the weekend. The women placed second to the host school in the 18-team race, while the men placed fifth as the Ephs captured the win.
The Middlebury College men's soccer team received two goals from first-year player Tyler Macnee (Williston, Vt.) in the first half to remain unbeaten with a 3-0 NESCAC road win at Colby on Saturday. Macnee tallied unassisted just 3:40 into the game and then added another goal at 35:40 when he placed a shot into the left corner of the net. Senior Baer Fisher (Kenilworth, Ill.) got past Colby's defense and scored on a one-on-one situation on goalkeeper Doug Sibor at 71:03 of the second half.
The Panther men's tennis team enjoyed success at the ITA Regional over the weekend hosted by Williams. Senior Conrad Olson (Waterloo, Belgium) was on a roll at the tourney, picking up five wins en route to a win in the 56-man bracket. Olson received a first-round bye and then won five straight-set victories, including a 6-1, 6-1 win in the finals.
The Middlebury College field hockey team broke open a 3-2 game with four second half goals on its way to a 7-3 NESCAC road win at Colby. The Panthers (6-0 overall, 3-0 NESCAC) are ranked second in the country, while Colby falls to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the league.
Middlebury earned the top spot at the 2008-09 NESCAC Golf Qualifier hosted on campus at the par 71 Ralph Myhre Golf Course. With the first place finish, the Panthers have earned the right to host the four-team NESCAC Championship on Saturday and Sunday, April 25th and 26th. Middlebury held a two-shot lead over Trinity after one day of play and saw their lead cut to one as they captured the event with a two-day total of 593. The Bantams shot a 594, followed by Hamilton (606) and Williams (611) to round out the top four qualifiers.