The Panther women's basketball team opened up NESCAC play with an 80-67 loss at Bates. Val Beckwith scored a season-high 26 points to go with eight rebounds and seven assists to lead the Bobcats to the win. The Bobcats (12-4, 1-0 NESCAC) shot 58.9 percent from the field and held Middlebury to 40.7% shooting while overcoming a 36-26 rebounding deficit.
The Middlebury College indoor track teams competed at Wesleyan over the weekend, with several athletes turning in top performances. Senior Kelley Coughlan (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) and Jennifer Brenes (Lawrence, Mass.) both won two events each to pace the women. Coughlan won the triple jump (35'8.5") and the high jump (4'9"), while Brenes earned wins in the 55 hurdles (8.84) and the long jump (16'6.5").
The Panther women's hockey team outshot Trinity 48-14, but was forced to settle for a 2-2 tie with the Bantams in Kenyon Arena. The tie is the second straight between the schools after a 2-2 tie last January.
The Middlebury College swimming and diving teams each won their third straight contest as they picked up wins at Hamilton. The women cruised to a 212-88 win, while the men edged out the Continentals, 151-133.
The Panther women's squash team earned a 3-1 mark over the weekend at the Yale Round Robin Tournament. Middlebury defeated Colby 8-1 on Friday, before falling in a tightly-contested 5-4 match with #13 Bowdoin. Junior Liz McMorris (New York, N.Y.) lost just three points the entire weekend at #7, earning a 4-0 mark.
The Middlebury College men's hockey team got back on track last week as they picked up a pair of key NESCAC road wins in Maine. The Panthers closed Bowdoin's Dayton Arena the same way they opened it 52 years ago, by defeating the Polar Bears on Friday night. Middlebury scored in each period on their way to a 5-2 win.
The Panther men's squash team had another solid weekend as Middlebury won four of five matches at the Yale Round Robin Tournament. Middlebury defeated Colby 8-1 before dropping a tight 5-4 match to #13 Bowdoin later that night. The next day, the Panthers bounced back with 8-1 wins over George Washington and Connecticut College, before ending the weekend with a 9-0 victory over Wesleyan. The win over the Cardinals avenges a loss just a year ago at nationals.
The Middlebury College men's basketball team continued to roll last week, opening up NESCAC play with a pair of wins in Pepin Gym. Senior Ben Rudin (Scarsdale, N.Y.) scored a career-high 28 points to lead Middlebury to a 73-65 win over Bates in the NESCAC opener for both teams. The Panthers overcame 18-31 free throw shooting with a strong surge late in the game, forcing the contest into OT.