The Panther women's lacrosse team suffered its first ever loss to Union as the 15-ranked Dutchwomen knocked off the eighth-ranked Panthers 12-8 in N.Y. Middlebury held a 33-0 series advantage prior to the games, with the teams first meeting in '76. Kristin Joyce scored five goals and Jill LaForest scored four to lead the Dutchwomen (6-2), as Middlebury fell to 5-3.
The Middlebury College baseball team had a busy week with five games, including a four-game series with Tufts. The Panthers scored eight runs in the seventh inning Wednesday afternoon, breaking open a 5-5 game and spoiling Plymouth State University's home opener with a 14-5 victory over the home team at Panther Park. Middlebury led 5-4 after an inning and a half, and it stayed that way until PSU plated a run in the last of the sixth inning to knot the score.
The Middlebury College women's tennis team earned a split in Maine over the weekend, falling to #12 Bowdoin 6-3, before earning an 8-1 win over Colby. The 13th ranked Panthers saw senior Elizabeth Stone (Cohasset, Mass.) and sophomore Whitney Hanson (Wayne, Pa.) earn singles wins over Bowdoin, while first-year players Victoria Aiello (Milton, Mass.) and Alexandra Guynn (Chicago, Ill.) won their doubles contest.
The Panther men's tennis team won two more matches over the weekend, defeating 11th ranked Bowdoin 6-3 before handing Colby a 7-2 loss in Maine. The Panthers are ranked fourth nationally and have now won five straight. Middlebury trailed 2-1 at Bowdoin before taking five of six singles matches to pick up the victory. The Panthers again trailed 2-1 at Colby after doubles play, but came back to sweep all six singles matches.
The Middlebury College track and field teams hosted their only meet of the spring at the Dragone Track and Field Complex on Saturday. The Panther men and women both won the meet, defeating the University of Vermont and Plattsburgh. Three different Middlebury women won two events on the afternoon, as did first-year runner Michael Schmidt (Wilmette, Ill.) won who both the 1500 (4:08.53) and the 5000 (15:33.36).
Senior Mike Stone's (Boston, Mass.) goal at 6:03 in the fourth proved to be the difference, giving Middlebury an 11-10 victory over Tufts on Saturday at Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. The Jumbos had two opportunities to tie the game in the final minute, but were denied the equalizer. In the battle of two nationally ranked teams, the fourth-ranked Panthers improve to 9-1 and 6-1 in NESCAC play, while #10 Tufts drops to 9-2 overall and 5-2 in conference action.
The Middlebury College softball team picked up three NESCAC wins over the weekend, taking all three games played at Hamilton. Middlebury's top four hitters collected 17 hits as the visiting Panthers took two from the Continentals on Saturday.