The fifth-ranked Middlebury women's lacrosse team jumped out to an 11-0 halftime lead and cruised to a 14-6 NESCAC victory over host Bates College on Saturday afternoon at Campus Avenue Field. The Panthers (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) received six goals and two assists from sophomore Chase Delano (Greenwich, Conn.), including four goals in the first 11 minutes of the game as Middlebury quickly seized a commanding lead.
Middlebury overcame a pair of three goal deficits in the first half en route to a 16-13 victory over Bates College at Kohn Field on Saturday. Last season's NESCAC Player of the Year Mike Stone (Boston, Mass.) began the 2009 season red-hot, scoring five goals on only six shots. With the win, the fourth-ranked Panthers (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC) improve their unbeaten streak against the Bobcats (0-2 overall, 0-1 NESCAC) to 22-0 all-time. Middlebury returns to action, travelling to Wesleyan for a NESCAC tilt next Saturday, while Bates hosts Western New England College in a non-league contest on Wednesday.
The Panther men's hockey team fell 5-2 at Amherst in the NESCAC Championship game on Saturday night. The Jeffs receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, while the Panthers did not receive a bid for the second straight season. The NESCAC title is the first for the Amherst men, as they hosted the tourney in Orr Rink.
The Panther men's basketball team saw Bridgewater State's Stace Garrick hit two clutch three-pointers in the final 37 seconds of the game to lift the Bears to a 78-76 victory over Middlebury in a sold-out Pepin Gym (1,200). Bridgewater (22-6) earns its school-record 22nd win of the season and third NCAA Tournament victory, as they advance to the NCAA sectionals next weekend. Middlebury (24-4) ends the year with a school-record 24 victories and its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
The Middlebury College women's hockey team won its fifth NESCAC Championship and improved to 14-4 in tournament play, as they earned a 4-3 overtime win at Amherst. The loss avenges a pair of regular season losses to the Jeffs, as the Panthers earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Middlebury improves to 19-3-4, while Amherst falls to 21-5-0. Middlebury will host the eighth-annual NCAA Division III Women's Hockey Championship. The Panthers drew a first-round bye, and will host the semifinals and finals on Friday, March 20th and Saturday, March 21st in Kenyon Arena. This will mark the second time Middlebury has hosted the event, earning a 2-1 win over Wis.-Stevens Point in '04. Ticket information will be available on Monday, March 16th.