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September 17th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — The new-look Middlebury College field hockey team got off to a 2-0 start with wins on Sunday and Monday, and Coach Katharine DeLorenzo saw signs the Panthers could answer their biggest question entering the 2015 season.
Middlebury — ranked No. 4 in the early NCAA Division III poll — returns its entire starting defense and seven of its top 10 scorers, but graduated most of its starting midfield, including two all-Americans, from the team that won the NESCAC tournament for the third straight time and reached the NCAA semifinal round.
MIDDLEBURY — As dorms reopen, classes begin and Middlebury College embarks on its 216th year of expanding and sharpening young minds through the rigors of a liberal arts education, a woman takes the helm for the first time in the institution’s history.
Laurie L. Patton began her tenure as Middlebury College’s 17th president on July 1. She will be officially inaugurated on Oct. 11.
“I love the community,” said Patton, 53. “The warmth of the welcome has been truly overwhelming.”
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s soccer team opened its season with a tie and a win in two recent home games. On Sunday, the Panthers and NESCAC rival Connecticut settled for a 1-1 stalemate, and on Sept. 9 the Panthers blanked visiting Colby-Sawyer, 4-0. The Panthers next play at Amherst on Saturday.
My wife and I have been celebrating milestones lately — by which I mean opportunities to be more aware of my increasing age. Two summers ago our oldest son graduated from college, got engaged and declared his fiscal independence. Last summer we hit the point where we had been married for half our lives. This summer our oldest son got married, our middle son spent his first summer away from home, our youngest graduated from high school, and we crossed the barrier of having lived in Vermont for half of our lives.
VERGENNES — “These are your neighbors. They’ve just walked off the back road and gotten onto the stage,” says Brookfield composer Eric Nielson. He’s talking about “A Fleeting Animal: An Opera from Judevine,” his collaboration with noted Vermont poet and playwright David Budbill.
“A Fleeting Animal” opened last Friday at the Barre Opera House. This coming Saturday, Sept. 19, it makes its stop at the Vergennes Opera House as part of its tour around the state.
WHITINGHAM — The Otter Valley Union High School girls’ soccer team picked up a Division III road win on Tuesday, 2-0 at Twin Valley.
The Otters improved to 4-2 and unofficially are in the top four in the D-III standings.
Goalie Gabby Poalino stopped eight shots and recorded her fourth shutout of the fall. Coach Rick Hedding said some of her saves were critical, and also credited midfielders Abbie Pinkowski and Nicole Rossi for their ball movement and defensive work.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s soccer team opened its season with three wins, sandwiching a home NESCAC win on Saturday between road wins on Sept. 9 and Sept. 15. The 3-0 Panthers play at Amherst on Saturday.
On Sept. 9, the Panthers defeated host Norwich, 1-0, dropping the Cadets to 3-1.
MIDDLEBURY — This past Saturday and Sunday saw Ralph Myhre Golf Course host the annual Middlebury College Alumni Golf Tournament, an event held in honor 1949 college alumnus Gordon Perine.
Earning Meacham Plaques for individual low gross scores were John Giebink and Carolyn Perine (Gordon’s daughter-in-law).