The Middlebury College men's golf team opened up its spring season by taking part in the two-day Sunshine Invitational over spring break in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Luther College (592) won the event, followed by Huntingdon College (598), Williams (630) and Middlebury (637). Senior Michael McCormick (Oak Park, Ill.) led the Panthers with a pair of 76's, to finish in seventh place with a 152.
The Panther softball team had a busy week with seven games, including three NESCAC West league games at Wesleyan. The Panthers picked up a pair of non-league wins over visiting Skidmore on Tuesday, beating the Thoroughbreds 3-1 in game one and 7-6 in eight innings in the night cap. Middlebury then took two from in-state foe Castleton on Thursday.
The Middlebury College baseball team played its first games of the year on Forbes Field as the Panthers hosted Southern Vermont and Wesleyan. Junior Erich Enns (Lansdale, Pa.) singled in sophomore Matt LoRusso (Medfield, Mass.) in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Middlebury an 8-7 win over Southern Vermont in the team's home-opener. The Panthers left 16 men on base in the game, while the Mountaineers stranded a dozen on a cold, rainy afternoon at Forbes Field.
The Panther women's lacrosse team jumped out to an 11-3 halftime lead on its way to a 16-9 NESCAC win over Bowdoin on Kohn Field. The Panthers improve to 27-2 all-time against the Polar Bears, including 26 straight wins.
The Middlebury College men's tennis team improved to 11-2 overall with three wins at home last week. The Panthers won a pair of matches on Saturday as they topped Skidmore 7-2 before earning an 8-1 NESCAC win over Wesleyan in the Nelson Rec Center. All but one singles victory over both Skidmore and Wesleyan were in straight sets, as the Panthers swept all six doubles matches over the two matches.
The Panther women's golf team opened up its spring season with a second place finish at the Vassar Invitational. Ten teams competed in the event, as Amherst won with a 668, followed by Middlebury in second with a 670. Sophomore Courtney Mazzei (Larkin Valley, Calif.) led the Panthers with an overall third place finish, shooting a two-day total of 161 on the weekend.
The Middlebury College men's lacrosse team won a pair of NESCAC road games last week to improve to 7-1 overall, 5-1 in NESCAC play. Middlebury won its fifth straight game as the Panthers picked up a 13-11 NESCAC road win at Amherst. Amherst's Tom McDonnel scored the first goal of the game less than two minutes into the first quarter, finishing off a feed from Brett Miller. Middlebury senior Tom Petty (Newburyport, Mass.) responded to score a pair of goals with 12:47, and 10:39, to play in the first quarter, putting the Panthers on top 2-1.
The Panther track and field teams competed in their first east coast competition of the spring, battling Williams, Amherst and Stevens at the Springfield Invitational. Seven different Middlebury athletes won individual events at the meet as the women won, while the men placed third. Senior Kelley Coughlan (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) qualified for the NCAA's in the triple jump and broke her own school record with a 37'5.25" effort, finishing in second place.
The Middlebury College women's tennis team won three home matches last week, all of them played at home. The Panthers played their first home match of the spring as #13 Middlebury picked up a 5-4 win over #25 Skidmore. Middlebury trailed 2-1 after doubles play, but received wins from seniors Elizabeth Stone (Cohasset, Mass.) and Clare Burke (Summit, N.J.), along with first-year player Victoria Aiello (Milton, Mass.) to take a 4-2 lead in the match.