Middlebury senior captain Charlie Townsend (Pennington, N.J.) scored the game-winning goal with 1:42 remaining in the third period to give the Panthers their eighth NESCAC Men's Ice Hockey Championship, 3-2, over Bowdoin on Sunday at Sidney J. Watson Arena. With their fourth win over the Polar Bears in the title game, the Panthers (19-4-4) earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Leading by 15 at the half, Rhode Island College shot .520 from the floor in the second half to hold off Middlebury on its way to a 75-59 win over the Panthers in Pepin Gym. The Anchormen (22-7) advance to next weekend's round of 16 at Williams, while the Panthers (25-4) end their season with a school-record for wins.
The Middlebury College women's hockey team Middlebury fell to Trinity in the NESCAC semifinals 2-1 in 4OT, in the longest Division III Women's Hockey game ever played. Payson Sword scored the game-winner 3:49 into the fourth extra session, as the Bantams picked up the win at Amherst College's Orr Rink.
The Panther indoor track teams sent athletes to the ECAC Championships at Smith College over the weekend. Winning the ECAC Championship was the women's DMR team, who finished with a time of 11:59.40, setting a new school record. First-year athlete Juliet Ryan-Davis (Newton, Mass.), senior Anjuli Demers (Dracut, Mass.) and sophomores Rebecca Fanning (Ipswich, Mass.) and Margo Cramer (Seattle, Wash.) made up the championship team.