September 11th, 2014
BRISTOL — The new-look Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ soccer team on Tuesday survived a second-half surge from visiting BFA-Fairfax and prevailed, 3-1, and improved its record to 2-0.
The Eagles, because of graduation and the decision of a couple athletes to focus on club soccer, return just two starters from the team that in 2013 claimed the program’s second Division II title.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College field hockey team opened its season at home on Sunday by defeating NESCAC rival Amherst, 4-1, in a contest featuring two teams ranked in the top 10 in NCAA Division III.
The 1-0 Panthers, ranked No. 5, were set to host non-league foe St. Lawrence on Wednesday before a Saturday NESCAC game at Connecticut. Amherst dropped to 1-1 with Sunday’s setback.
MIDDLEBURY — Despite outshooting visiting Amherst by 18-6, the Middlebury College women’s soccer team lost its NESCAC opener on Sunday, 1-0, when the Panthers surrendered an own goal in the second half.
The 1-1 Panthers, who entered the contest ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division III after last fall’s run to the NCAA semifinal round, were set to host Keene State on Wednesday and will visit league foe Connecticut on Saturday.
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Rice edged the Middlebury Union High School field hockey team on Monday, 4-3, in overtime, for the Tigers’ first loss of the fall.
The Division I Tigers dropped to 1-1-1 heading into a game at Mount Abraham on Friday, while Rice, a D-II finalist each of the past two seasons, improved to 1-1.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Middlebury College men’s golf team opened its fall season with a win at the 2014 Bowdoin Invitational Tournament, held this past weekend at the 6,601-yard, par-72 Brunswick Golf Club.
The Panthers came in with a two-day total of 601, including a 299 on Sunday to become the only team to break 300 in the two-day event. Endicott (606), Providence (606), Bates (635) and St. Anselm (645) rounded out the top five at the 12-team tournament.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school soccer action, all on Tuesday, the Vergennes boys dropped a home game, while the Otter girls and Middlebury boys lost road contests.
The Mount Abraham boys also played their home opener; see story, Page 1B.
Undefeated Rice, which owns a win over Division I power Champlain Valley, nipped the Commodore boys, 2-1, by scoring twice in the second half.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
9/8 Rice vs. MUHS........................... 4-3 (OT)
9/9 Woodstock vs. OV............................. 2-0
9/9 Mt. Abe vs. Fairfax............................. 3-1
MIDDLEBURY — The host Middlebury College men’s soccer team and NESCAC rival Amherst settled for a 1-1 tie on Sunday in the Panthers’ opener. Both squads scored late goals — after the Panthers took the lead with 10 minutes left in regulation, the Jeffs equalized with 20 seconds to go.
Amherst, ranked No. 9 in NCAA Division III, is 1-0-1. The 0-0-1 Panthers were set to host Norwich on Wednesday and will visit league foe Connecticut on Saturday.