The Middlebury College track & field teams both turned in solid finishes at the 2013 NESCAC Championships hosted by Tufts. The Jumbos won both conference titles, with the Panther women placing second and the men coming in third.
Middlebury rookie Jon Broome’s (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) NESCAC tournament-record eight goals propelled Middlebury past Amherst 19-9 in a NESCAC Quarterfinal game on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. The 19 Panther goals were also a tourney record as Middlebury (13-2) advanced to the NESCAC semifinals, hosting fourth-seed Wesleyan on Saturday, May 4th at noon.
The Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team advanced to the NESCAC semifinals with a 16-7 quarterfinal victory over Bates on Kohn Field. The Panthers will take on Colby in the NESCAC semifinals on Saturday, May 4th at Trinity, while the host school meets Hamilton in the other match-up.
Middlebury swept Wesleyan in a double-header to wrap up the top seed in the NESCAC West softball standings with a 10-2 conference mark while improving to 23-9 overall. Wesleyan slipped to 24-10 overall and 7-5 in league action, but still qualified for the upcoming NESCAC tourney at host Tufts.
The Panther women’s golf team finished second among seven teams at the 2013 Williams Spring Invitational. The Ephs won the event with a two-day total of 644, followed by the Panthers (672), Amherst (697) and Vassar (700).
The third-ranked Middlebury women’s tennis team had little trouble with Skidmore (9-7) on Saturday, topping the Thoroughbreds by a score of 9-0. The highlight of the match was a key doubles win by ninth-ranked senior Brittney Faber (Minnetonka, Minn.) and senior Leah Kepping (Northport, N.Y). The duo topped #17 Lee Ford and Nataly Mendoze of Skidmore, 8-1.
The Middlebury College men’s golf team finished in a third place tie at the 2013 NESCAC Men's Golf Championship. Williams won the title with a 592, followed by Trinity (594), Middlebury (605) and Hamilton (605). Trinity hosted the event at the Shuttle Meadow Country Club in Kensington, Conn.
Ninth-ranked Middlebury earned a 6-3 road win at #27 Skidmore (9-7) on Tuesday afternoon. The Panthers fell behind 2-1 after doubles play, with juniors Alex Johnston (Leeds, England) and Andrew Lebovitz (Weston, Mas.) earning an 8-4 win at #1.
Middlebury sophomore Noah Bakker (Deerfield, Mass.) tossed a two-hit shutout in game two, salvaging a split for the Panthers (9-14) against in-state foe St. Michael’s. The Purple Knights (11-23) earned a 7-1 victory in the first game, while the Panthers were 7-0 victors in the nightcap.