11 Oct SportsNotes – October 11, 2021
Women’s Golf Qualifies for NESCAC Championship
The women’s golf team finished in second place among eight teams competing at the 2021 NESCAC Fall Golf Qualifier and will advance to the four-team championship event in the spring. On Saturday, Audrey Tir was the only player who came in under par with a -1, 70. She shot a 73 on Sunday to finish with a two-day total of 143, good for a second-place tie. Katie Murphy shot the low round of the tournament on Sunday, firing a red-hot 67 to come in with a 144 to tie for fourth place. Sophia Hwang was Middlebury’s third golfer, shooting a 79 to finish in a tie for 12th place with a 151.
*End of fall season
Top-ranked Field Hockey Extends Pair of Win Streaks
The top-ranked field hockey team extended its win streak to 20 and recorded its 44th-straight victory on Kohn Field with a pair of NESCAC triumphs over the weekend. The Panthers blanked Bates 4-0 on Saturday, with Erin Nicholas scoring twice to eclipse the 50 career-goal mark, and Grace Harlan recording her third shutout of the season in the cage. Middlebury celebrated its six seniors (Joan Vera, Isabel Chandler, Danielle Brown, Nicholas, Selin Everett and Meg Fearey) on Sunday with a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory against #4 Tufts.
The Panthers handed the Jumbos their first loss of the season and remain the only unbeaten team in the NESCAC with a 12-0 mark. Middlebury leads the conference in points (164), goals (62) and assists (40). Nicholas is tied for first with goals (14) and Amy Griffin ranks second with seven assists.
Up Next: 10/16 at Colby – 12:00 p.m.
Women’s Soccer Sweeps Weekend of NESCAC Competitions
The women’s soccer team downed a pair of NESCAC opponents over the weekend. On Saturday, the Panthers celebrated their nine seniors (Simone Ameer, Anna Glovin, Isabelle Hartnett, Gretchen McGrath, Kristen Monten, Magnolia Moskun, Eliza Robinson, Leah Salzman and Eliza Van Voorhis) with a 2-0 victory against visiting Bates. Goalie Lucy VanNewkirk recorded her fourth shutout of the season. The following day, Gretchen McGrath scored the overtime game-winner as Middlebury knocked off #21 Tufts 2-1.
Olivia Reilly tallied an assist in each game, while Fanny Lodge recorded a goal and an assist against the Bobcats.
Up Next: 10/16 at Colby – 11:00 a.m.
Men’s Soccer Hosts Pair of Conference Opponents
The men’s soccer team recorded a win and a tie against two conference opponents last weekend. Middlebury honored its five seniors (Raffi Barsamian, Marco Kaper, Androy Proctor, Brandon Reid, and Charles Sakouvogui) with a 3-0 win against Bates on Saturday, winning the Reynold’s Cup for the 12th time. The following day, the Panthers battled #3 Tufts to a scoreless draw, recording the team’s seventh shutout of the season.
Goalkeeper Ryan Grady now leads the NESCAC with six shutouts and is third with a 0.29 goals-against average, allowing just three goals over 10 games. Jordan Saint-Louis is tied for second in the conference with 13 points (5G, 3A).
Up Next: 10/13 vs. Eastern Nazarene – 3:00 p.m., 10/16 at Colby – 2:00 p.m.
Volleyball Suffers First Loss, Bounces Back For Weekend Split
The volleyball team saw its program-record 14-game winning streak come to an end, as the Panthers dropped a tight 3-2 match at Wesleyan on Friday. Middlebury bounced back the following day, cruising past Connecticut College 3-0.
Maggie Wise earned 3.38 kills and 4.0 digs/set over the weekend, while Gabby O’Toole dished out 84 assists over two matches, including a match-high 52 against the Cardinals. Middlebury leads the conference in hitting percentage (.265) and service aces (2.51/set).
Up Next: 10/15 at Bowdoin – 7:30 p.m., 10/16 at Tufts – 1:30 p.m.
Women’s Tennis Hosts the Middlebury Invitational
The women’s tennis team hosted Bowdoin and Tufts at the Middlebury Invitational on Saturday and Sunday, featuring a hidden-dual format. The Panthers won 10 singles matches and three doubles bouts over the two-day event.
Panther Sahana Raman is back in action next weekend, traveling to the ITA Cup in Rome, Georgia to compete in the singles bracket after winning the New England title, while the rest of the team will be idle until the spring.
Up Next: 10/14-16 at ITA Cup
Men’s Golf Competes at Saratoga National Invitational
The men’s golf team placed seventh among nine teams competing at the Saratoga National Invitational, coming in with a two-day total of 614. Leading Middlebury was Phin Choukas, who tied for 12th overall with a two-day total of 151 (74-77). One stroke back in a tie for 14th was Hogan Beazley, who came in with a 152 (74-78).
Up Next: 10/12 – hosting the Sap Bucket Challenge (Manchester, Vt.)
Football Edged by Amherst in Close Game
Middlebury threatened to tie the game twice in the fourth quarter, but Amherst held them off, as the Panthers suffered a 17-10 loss on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. Cole Kennon went 6-9 for 81 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions before being relieved due to injury by Ben Tauber, who was 21-38 for 180 with an interception. Peter Scibilia carried the ball 25 times for 69 yards, while catching eight passes for 40 yards. Gordon Pollock paced the defense with 12 tackles, while Jack Pistorius finished with nine stops, including a pair of sacks.
Up Next: 10/16 at Colby – 1:00 p.m.
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