Men's Lacrosse At Middlebury
The men's lacrosse team at Middlebury has established itself as one of the dominant teams in college lacrosse. The Panthers have made 15 NCAA Tournament appearances in the last 17 seasons, including taking part in the title game during six of the last 14 seasons. Middlebury emerged as national champions for three consecutive years, capturing the title in '00, '01 and '02. Over the past 12 years, Middlebury possesses an 198-48 overall record with a 32-10 record in NCAA Tournament play. The Panthers hosted and won the first six NESCAC Tournaments on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium, while capturing their seventh title in '07. The squad also won the "Ace" Adams Sportsmanship Award in 1996 and 2002.
Middlebury plays men's lacrosse in the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) as a member of the NCAA. The team's schedule begins with a southern trip during spring break, where the Panthers train and play two games before returning to New England. Upon returning home, Middlebury faces challenges from some NESCAC rivals; Amherst, Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Connecticut College, Trinity, Tufts, Wesleyan, and Williams.
Two important factors in Middlebury's success have been the program's ability to attract top scholar-athletes and to attract many two-sport athletes. Middlebury's team carries approximately 40 players, who appear in 13 games during the regular season. Practice begins February 15 on the Peter Kohn Astroturf facility.