April 27th, 2016
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ lacrosse team on Monday shook off cobwebs from spring break, a 17-day layoff from their last game, and a rally by visiting Burr & Burton to improve to 3-0 with a 13-8 victory.
The Tigers bolted to a 5-1 lead in the first 12 minutes, but early in the second half the Bulldogs cut the lead to 7-6 and had a free-position shot lined up.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College softball team kept its postseason hopes alive this past weekend by sweeping three games from NESCAC West rival Hamilton (10-22, 3-9 league), and also picked up a pair of non-league wins on Monday.
The Panthers improved to 18-8, 4-4 in league play. The league mark does not include a suspended game in which they led host Amherst, 9-6, after five innings.
MONTPELIER — It’s almost time for spring turkey hunting in Vermont. Youth spring turkey hunting weekend was April 23-24 this year, and the regular spring turkey season is May 1-31.
For the record, I believe New England Patriots employees at the January 2015 AFC championship game deflated footballs to the lowest legal limit of 11.5 pounds per square inch preferred by quarterback Tom Brady. Cold weather did the rest, as has been proven by everybody from Lynn, Mass., 7th-graders to Washington, D.C., think-tankers.
That act led us to the saga of Deflategate, the latest chapter of which was written on Monday, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reinstated Brady’s suspension.
WATERVILLE, Maine — This past Saturday, the Middlebury College men’s lacrosse team defeated host Colby, 15-10, and moved closer to nailing down a home NESCAC quarterfinal.
The Panthers, ranked No. 9 in last week’s NCAA Division III poll, moved to 10-4 overall with their sixth straight win, 7-2 in NESCAC play, good for a three-way tie for second place with Amherst and Bowdoin behind 8-1 Tufts. Bates stood in fifth at 6-3.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Middlebury College men’s golf team tuned up for this Saturday’s NESCAC championship at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course by finishing second at this past weekend’s Williams Spring Classic.
The Panthers earned the right to host this weekend’s NESCAC tournament with their performance this past fall. This weekend’s winner earns the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Division III tournament.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team defeated visiting Colby on Saturday, 12-2, and the Panthers, 13-1 overall and 8-1 in NESCAC play, were set to visit Williams on Wednesday with a chance to overtake Trinity for first place in NESCAC.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s tennis team remained undefeated in NESCAC play with a 7-2 home triumph on Saturday over Amherst and a 9-0 win at Connecticut (3-13, 0-6 NESCAC) on Sunday.
Middlebury entered Saturday’s match ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division III, while Amherst (14-7, 3-4 NESCAC) was No. 14. The Panthers (12-2, 8-0 NESCAC), can wrap up their undefeated league campaign with a win over visiting Trinity (8-5, 3-4 NESCAC) on Saturday.