The Middlebury College field hockey team scored a pair of first-half goals and held off Bowdoin for an eventual 2-1 win in a battle between nationally-ranked squads on Saturday afternoon at Kohn Field. The #3 Panthers dealt the fifth-ranked Polar Bears their first regular season loss since October of 2010, snapping a string of 18 consecutive wins.
The ninth-ranked Panther women’s soccer team earned a 1-0 overtime road win at Plattsburgh on Tuesday night. Junior Scarlett Kirk (San Francisco, Calif.) scored the game’s only goal 99:51 into the contest to improve the Panthers to 4-0, while the Cardinals fell to 4-4 with the loss.
The Middlebury offense amassed 416 yards of offense, pulling away from Bowdoin to earn a 42-18 win in the season-opener for both squads. The Panthers return to action next week at Colby, while Bowdoin will host Amherst in its home-opener.
The Panther cross country teams were in action on Saturday, competing at Williams in the Purple Valley Classic held at Mt. Greylock High School. The meet featured teams spanning all three divisions of the NCAA. The ninth-ranked Panther men were second only to Williams in the 17-team race, while the third-ranked women were third to Williams and MIT in a race featuring 15 squads.
The Middlebury men's golf team placed second among 18 teams at the Williams Invitational. The Ephs won the event with an impressive pair of 292's for a 584, followed by Middlebury (599), Babson (602) and Trinity (603).
The Panther women's volleyball team dropped its opening match to the host school 3-1 at the Bear Classic hosted by the United States Coast Guard Academy. The Bears, who dropped the first set 25-19, won the next three 25-18, 25-21 and 25-19 to improve to 6-5 on the season and run their home winning streak to 20 dating back to the 2010 season.
The Middlebury College women's golf team placed fourth among 15 teams at the Mount Holyoke Invitational. Williams won the event with a 647, followed by Merrimack (651), Wagner (651) and Middlebury (654).
Bowdoin sophomore Andrew Gray came off the bench to score the game-winning goal with 10:01 remaining as the Polar Bears earned a 1-0 road win at Middlebury on Saturday afternoon.