Men's Soccer Headed To NCAA Sectional

November 17, 2010

The Middlebury College men's soccer team will take part in an NCAA Sectional this weekend at Bowdoin College. The Panthers will take on Babson at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at Bowdoin, while the host school meets Amherst at 1:00 p.m. The winners meet on Sunday at 1:00 p.m., with the victor advancing to the final four.

The Panthers are making their 10th NCAA Tournament appearance, entering the weekend with a 10-4-5 mark in tournament play, owning a 3-2 mark in games decided by penalty kicks. The Panthers picked up tournament wins in '96 and '00, before going 4-0-1 en route to the 2007 NCAA Championship.

Middlebury earned its way into the NCAA Tournament with an automatic bid after winning its third NESCAC Championship at Bowdoin on November 7th. The Panthers and Polar Bears finished in a scoreless tie, before Middlebury won the title on penalty kicks.

Middlebury owns a 15-3-1 mark entering the weekend, with its eighth straight 10+ win season. The Panthers opened the season 7-0 with seven shutout victories, before falling 2-1 at Colby on October 2nd. Middlebury then won four straight, dropped a pair and have bounced back with a 2-0-1 record over its last three games. The Panthers have 13 shutouts in 19 games this season. The team is third in the NESCAC with 2.16 goals/game, while ranking second with 0.46 goals allowed/contest. Head coach David Saward is now in his 26th year, sporting a career record of 291-93-43 (.732) entering the weekend.

Junior Tyler Macnee (6-2-14) leads the team in scoring this season and now has 23 goals in 53 games at Middlebury. Senior Jake Edwards (3-7-13) is tops in assists, with 14 in the last two seasons. Junior Otis Pitney (5-1-11), rookie Tyler Smith (3-5-11) and senior Harrison Watkins (5-0-10) round out the team's scoring leaders. In goal, junior Tim Cahill is 15-3-1 with a 0.48 GAA and 11 shutouts on the year.

2010 NCAA Men's Soccer Regional
Saturday, November 20th - Bowdoin College
Babson (16-3-2) vs. Middlebury (15-3-1) - 10:30 a.m.
Amherst (13-2-3) vs. Bowdoin (14-1-3) - 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 21st - Bowdoin College
Sectional Final - 1:00 p.m.