November 13th, 2009
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Middlebury College President Ronald Liebowitz landed on Time Magazine’s list of the top 10 college presidents in the country this week, earning kudos for pushing environmental initiatives at the college.
Just what is a “sport” anyway? I was reminded of that age-old question two weeks ago. I wrote my “outdoor sports column” on deep woods raking. But my editor, alertly recognizing that raking isn’t actually a sport, moved me out of the sports section into the “Clippings” section.
ADDISON COUNTY — Ultimately, each of the local high school field hockey teams dealt with some disappointment this fall despite the fine individual performances honored here in the 2009 Addison Independent Field Hockey All-Star Team.
At the same time, each also had either much of which to be proud or plenty to build on for the future, or both.
MIDDLEBURY — On Monday, the Middlebury College field hockey team received an at-large NCAA Division III tournament bid the Panthers were not sure would come after their first-round loss in the NESCAC tournament on Nov. 1.
On Wednesday, the host Panthers made the most of it with a 5-1 win over UMass-Dartmouth (15-7) in which junior Chase Delano and freshman Lauren Greer each scored twice in the first half to give Middlebury a 4-0 lead.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College football team on Saturday won its third straight game, 37-14, over visiting Hamilton 37-14. It was the Panthers’ 15th win in their last 17 attempts on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. The Middlebury defense held Hamilton to just 202 yards — 2.8 per play — on the day, racking up seven sacks and 15 tackles for lost yardage in the process.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury women’s soccer team saw its hopes of a third NESCAC championship fall just short this past weekend, but the 12-3-2 Panthers earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament and will host a four-team regional playoff this weekend.
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — The Middlebury College men’s soccer team on Sunday dropped a 2-1 overtime heartbreaker to Williams at Wesleyan in the NESCAC playoff final, denying the Panthers the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.
Despite the Panthers’ late-season surge to 10-5-2, including ending the regular season with a win over Williams and then posting tournament victories over No. 3 Amherst and No. 1 Wesleyan, Middlebury did not receive an at-large bid to the NCAA dance. Wesleyan (11-1-4), Amherst (11-3-1) and Bowdoin (11-4-1) joined Williams (14-2-1) in the tourney.
MEDFORD, Mass. — The Middlebury College women’s volleyball team saw its season come to and end with a 3-2 (25-19, 21-25, 17-25, 25-21, 15-13) loss to Amherst in the NESCAC playoff quarterfinals at Tufts on Nov. 6. The Panthers finished the season with a 20-6 record.
Amherst controlled the first set, taking a lead that grew to 20-10. Middlebury fought back to 21-16, but Amherst finished off a 25-19 victory.