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November 19th, 2014
LEXINGTON, Va. — With this past weekend’s two convincing wins at home in an NCAA Division III Regional, the Middlebury College field hockey team earned a berth in this weekend’s final four at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va., where the Panthers will try to win the program’s first national championship since 1998.
I know, it’s football season and here we are basking in the glow of the Middlebury Tigers championship, and excellent seasons from the Middlebury College team and the Otters down the road at Otter Valley Union High.
Next week, we will cook a bird and overeat and collapse, many of us, in front of the TV to watch football. But as the temperature drops and winter beckons, I have baseball, the summer game, on my mind.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s hockey team opened its campaign by sweeping two games from visiting NESCAC foe Colby this past weekend, 2-0 on Sunday and 7-1 on Saturday. The Panthers, ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division III, do not play at home again until January. Next up are two games at Trinity this weekend.
WATERVILLE, Maine — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team opened with a tie and a loss over the weekend in Maine, tying Colby on Sunday, 2-2, after falling to Bowdoin on Saturday, 6-0. The 0-1-1 Panthers will open at home this weekend with two more NESCAC games, vs. Tufts on Friday evening and vs. Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The young swimmers of the Middlebury Aquatic Club are off to a strong start, according to club officials, after a pair of meets in early November, one Nov. 2 at St. Michael’s College and one at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction on Nov. 7, 8 and 9.
Organizers said between the two meets several club swimmers have already qualified to swim in events at February’s New England Regional Championship Meet and the New England Silver Championships Meet.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Middlebury College women’s cross-country team took second and the men were fifth at an NCAA Division III New England Regional hosted by Williams College on this past Saturday.
The Panther women earned an automatic bid to this coming Saturday’s national championship meet at Wilmington College in Ohio, while the men were awarded an at-large bid.
The women, ranked No. 3 in the country, came in at 105 points, trailing fourth-ranked MIT’s winning total of 40. The 12th-ranked men finished fifth with 136 points.
NCAA Final Four in Lexington, Va.
11/22 Midd. vs. College of N.J............ 2 p.m.
11/22 Bowdoin vs. Salisbury............ 11 a.m.
11/23 Final........................................... 1 p.m.
BIDDEFORD, Maine — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team opened its season by winning a four-team tournament at the University of New England this past weekend. The Panthers defeated the host Nor’easters (1-1) in Sunday’s final, 69-67, after topping Mitchell in Saturday’s first round, 101-71. Middlebury returns to action this weekend at another tournament, this one at Bridgewater (Mass.) State.
On Sunday, Connor Huff’s offensive rebound as time expired snapped a 67-67 tie and gave the Panthers (2-0) the victory.