Women's Hockey At Middlebury
Established as an intercollegiate varsity sport in 1981, Middlebury women's hockey has developed a tradition of excellence that is well-known throughout the women's hockey world. During the past 18 seasons, the Panthers have an impressive 396-76-19 overall record. The team convincingly captured the ECAC Division III Championship from 1996-2001 and won the 2000 and 2001 Division III National Championships. Middlebury then went on a three-year run, capturing the NCAA titles in '04, '05 and '06, while advancing to the '07 and '12 title games. The Panthers hosted the championship in '04 and '09 and have won six NESCAC Championships.
Middlebury has been honored with 35 All-American players in the 14 years that the College Division All-American team has existed. Included in this list are the National Players of the Year, Sylvia Ryan (2000), Michelle Labbe (2001), Angela Kapus (2003) and Emily Quizon (2006).
STYLE OF PLAY
Middlebury plays an exciting style of hockey that emphasizes skating and puck control. Kenyon Arena's large ice surface encourages speed, crisp passing, and offensive creativity. In addition, the Panther's employ an aggressive defense that fosters a quick transition to offense.
Practices are often composed of "small games", which allows the ice to be used as the teacher. Off-ice conditioning helps to develop strength, coordination, balance and quickness.