The winter sports season is in full swing, and competition is heating up in anticipation of the postseason. Here is a complete look at this week’s home events:
Women’s Ice Hockey (8–4–1) vs. Bowdoin: Friday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. & Saturday, Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. @ Chip Kenyon Arena
After a lengthy road trip that concluded with a pair of wins against Colby, women’s ice hockey returns to Middlebury this weekend for a double header against Bowdoin. The Panthers look to continue their four-game winning streak against the Polar Bears at Chip Kenyon Arena. This matchup comes at a critical juncture in the Panthers’ season, as they hope to push for a top seed in the NESCAC Championships. This will be the team’s last home matchup until their match against Wesleyan in February.
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, Middlebury Winter Classic: Saturday, Jan. 21 at 12 p.m. @ Virtue Field House
Both men’s and women’s track and field hit the ground running at the Snowflake Invitational, breaking the school 60m records and edging out UVM to take first place. The Panthers will look to build off of their early success as they host the Middlebury Winter Classic in Virtue Field House, the last home event for the Panthers until Feb. 11.
Women’s (3–3) and Men’s (3–3) Swimming and Diving vs. Hamilton & Williams: Saturday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. @ Natatorium
The swim and dive teams will host Hamilton and Williams this weekend. This meet presents an amazing opportunity for the Panthers to make a run for a high seed in the NESCAC Championships. These meets fall on each team’s Senior Weekend and kick off a stretch of home events leading up to the NESCAC Championships.
Womens’ Basketball (10–6) vs. Williams: Saturday, Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. @ Pepin Gymnasium
Since the season began, womens’ basketball has run with their season and haven’t looked back. The Panthers strong record places them second in the NESCAC standings, and the team will be pushing to bolster their record against Williams. With a slew of in-conference matchups approaching, the team will be looking to continue their impressive form as they try to secure a top seed in the NESCAC Championships.
Men’s Squash (7–3) vs. Tufts: Sunday, Jan. 22 at 11 a.m.; vs. Amherst: Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. @ Botswick Family Squash Center
After a long journey on the road, men’s squash will return home for their second home contest of the season against Tufts. Coming off of a bumpy stretch of matches against in and out of conference opponents, the Panthers will work to take back momentum heading into their Senior Weekend game against Amherst. These will be the last home matches before the NESCAC Championships in February.
Women’s Squash (9–1) vs. Tufts: Sunday, Jan. 22 at 11 a.m.; vs. Amherst: Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. @ Botswick Family Squash Center
Women’s squash continues to soar, now returning home after three months on the road and boasting an impressive record of 9–1. The team’s road to a high seed in the NESCAC Championships ran right through Maine, capping off a dominant tour with thrashings of Colby, Bates and Bowdoin. The Panthers will look to continue their NESCAC hot streak during their matches against Tufts and Amherst. These will be the last home matches before the NESCAC Championships in February.