Women’s hockey, men’s hoop win for Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY — In recent Middlebury College sports action, the women’s hockey and men’s basketball teams kept up their winning ways, men’s hockey won once in three outings, and women’s basketball dropped its only game.


On Monday, Panther women’s hockey, ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division III, remained unbeaten by topping visiting UMass-Boston, 8-0. The Panthers improved to 8-0 and are next scheduled to host No. 10 Endicott on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Madie Leidt made it 1-0 with an assist from Mary Thompson 31 seconds into the game, and Middlebury added goals by Kylie Quinlan and Cat Appleyard in the first period.

Middlebury struck for four more goals in the second period, with Ellie Barney and Eve Hendrikson scoring before Leidt completed a hat trick in the final 4:26. Thompson completed the scoring in the third period.

Leidt’s goals gave her 100 points as a Panther, with 54 goals and 46 assists in 90 games.

Middlebury goalies Caroline Silk (nine) and Elinor Keehn (seven in the third period) combined for 16 saves. Two net-minders combined for 24 saves for the Beacons, who dropped to 4-7.


The men’s basketball team (9-2) on Tuesday extended its win streak to seven by edging visiting Skidmore, 78-74. The Panthers trailed by three at the half, 42-39, but quickly took the lead in the second half and never trailed again.

The first half saw Middlebury lead by nine early, but Skidmore go on a 23-6 run to go up by 42-34. But the Panthers scored the final five points of the half.

Trailing 46-43 early in the second half, the Panthers went on a 9-0 run in which Sam Stevens sank two three pointers to lead, 52-46.

After Skidmore came back within three, the Panthers made it 76-69 on a jumper from Dave Brennan with 2:43 to go. Skidmore responded with a 5-0 burst to make it 76-74 at 0:17, but Noah Osher’s two free throws nailed down the win.

Osher led the Panthers with 22 points, while Stevens tossed in 20. Alex Sobel contributed 15 points and nine rebounds to go along with three blocks. Brennan also grabbed nine boards for Middlebury and chipped in six points.

Skidmore center Greg Skoric led his team with 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Harrison Eichelberger scored 20 points.


On Saturday, the Panther men’s hockey team broke into the win column by defeating visiting St. Michael’s, 5-1.  The Purple Knights dropped to 1-6.

The Panthers took a 1-0 lead with six minutes to go in the first on Andrew Malatesta’s shorthanded strike, a one-timer set up by Matt Myers.

Middlebury made it 2-0 at the 9:47 mark of the second period, when Jin Lee put a Nolan Moore rebound past Purple Knight goaltender Hugo Turcotte. The Panthers made it 3-0 with a second left in the period on the power play. Chris Garbe snuck the puck inside the right post for his first career tally.

Saint Michael’s Nathan Smith netted a rebound on a power play with 6:30 gone in the third period, but the Panthers added two goals. At 9:44 Tyler Capello scored after a scramble in front of the goal, and Middlebury’s Garbe made it 5-1 at 13:20 by one-timing a rebound home.

Middlebury goalie Jake Horoho made 20 saves, while Turcotte made 30 stops. The Panthers killed six of seven penalties.

On Sunday, Hobart — ranked No. 5 in the most recent NCAA Division III poll — skated out of Kenyon Arena with a 4-1 victory.

Hobart (9-2-1) took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Reid Lindsay and Blake Coffrey, the latter one on a power play.

The Panthers made it 2-1 halfway through the second period, when Paddy Bogart potted a Billy Dobensky rebound. But Hobart scored twice in the third period to ice the win, including a late empty-netter.

Adam Wisco made 28 saves for the Panthers, while Hobart goalie Joe Halstrom made 16 saves.

On Tuesday, host Bowdoin defeated the Panthers, 1-0, in overtime. The Polar Bears improved to 2-4-1 as the Panthers dropped to 1-4.

Albert Washco netted the game’s lone goal at 3:05 of overtime. Joe Alexander sent a pass from the bottom of the left circle, and the onrushing Washco rapped it inside the right post.

That was the only one of 40 Bowdoin shots to get past Horoho, whose 39 saves included stopping two first-period breakaways and several point-blank bids.

The Panthers’ best chances came from Jack Clarner, who hit a post; Wyatt Pastor, who Polar Bear netminder Alex Kozic stopped from the doorstep three times; and Emack Bentley, who in overtime redirected a centering pass just wide. Kozic made 24 saves.


On Dec. 31, host Union (2-5) defeated the Panther women’s basketball team, 77-45. The Dutchwomen led at the half, 39-23, and put the game out of reach with a 23-9 third period.

Union shot 51.4%, held Middlebury to 31.3%, and outrebounded the Panthers, 53-28.  Olivia Pachla (18 points and 13 rebounds) and Megan Lee (15 points and 10 boards) led Union.

Alexa Mustafaj scored 16 for Middlebury, and Augusta Dixon had nine points and nine boards.

The Panthers dropped to 6-4. Their Tuesday game at New Paltz was canceled.

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