Middlebury seniors Jake Wolfin (Woodcliff, Lake, N.J.) and Nolan Thompson (Akron, Ohio) each went 6-10 from three-point range to lead the Panthers to a 73-72 win over Ithaca in an NCAA sweet 16 game before a sold out crowd in Pepin Gym. The Panthers improved to 25-3 on the season and advanced to next weekend’s quarterfinal/semifinal round in Salem, Virginia.
Middlebury saw its hopes of a fourth NCAA Championship come to an end as they fell 1-0 to Elmira in the title game in Superior, Wisconsin. The Panthers, who were making their fifth title game appearance, finish the season with a 20-8-2 record. Elmira wins its third NCAA title and first since ’03, ending the year with a 24-5-1 mark.
The Panther men’s lacrosse team jumped out to an 8-1 lead midway through the second quarter, holding off a third quarter Springfield surge for an 18-12 victory on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. In the 40match-ups between the schools, the Panthers hold a 29-11 advantage in the series, winning seven of the last eight contests.
The Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team had little trouble with Connecticut College, as the fifth-ranked Panthers (2-0, 2-0) handed the Camels (1-3, 0-3) an 18-3 loss on Kohn Field. Middlebury has now outscored its first two opponents 38-7 on year.