Annnnnnnnddddddd… we’re back! After a prolonged absence, Panthers for Life Weekly hosts Ben, Sam, Dan and Cole bring you the highlights from early-season winter NESCAC action. Men’s squash is undefeated, and we caught up with star sophomore Julian Sandoval ’25 to hear all about the matches so far and what to look forward to. Numerous fall athletes earn all-region and All-American honors. Field Hockey takes the national title in a 1–0 overtime contest. Ice hockey teams battle through tough early seasons. Men’s and women’s swimming and diving start the season 1–1, while Ryan Greguski ’25 impresses with consistency on the diving board. Women’s basketball starts the season at .500. Men’s basketball is hot sitting at 5–1. Next week, many teams take on their last opponents of the 2022 calendar year. Tune in, y’all!
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Amazing feats, crazy wins and all the accolades you could want. This past week has been a great week for Middlebury Athletics. The field hockey team is headed to the NCAA Final Four. Bob Ritter’s last game on the gridiron as head football coach was a high scoring contest against Tufts, landing the Panthers in second place in the NESCAC. The men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in a gritty race at regionals, with the men’s team punching their ticket to nationals. Men’s soccer’s season came to a close as Michael McFarlane ’22.5 and Jordan Saint-Louis ’24 earned All-NESCAC second-team honors. The winter season nears with openers for swim, ice hockey and basketball coming up this weekend. Check out our episode this week for this and an interview with Men’s Cross Country’s Alec Gironda ’24 as his team prepares for nationals.
Tough games, fierce competitions and sweet sweet victory: this past week has been all about NESCAC tourneys and the start of Panther winter practices. Field hockey claims its fifth consecutive NESCAC title. Men’s soccer concedes a hard-fought NESCAC semifinal in overtime vs. the Amherst Mammoths. Volleyball ends their season in the quarterfinals vs. No. 3-seeded Williams. Football takes another win against Hamilton, currently sitting at 7–1 with one game remaining.
Football improves to 6–1 with a thrilling last-minute touchdown drive. The PFL co-hosts catch up with Dave Filias ’25, a dominant edge rusher, to discuss double teams, persistence and the importance of excellent coaching. Men’s soccer snags a 2–0 win over Hamilton as Ryan Grady ’23 records another shutout, and prepares to face Amherst in a semi-final matchup at Williams next weekend. Field hockey beats the Ephs in a home quarterfinal matchup, and will host the NESCAC Championship next weekend. Women’s soccer falls 2–1 against Trinity in a quarterfinal game and awaits an NCAA bid determination. Volleyball goes 1–1 through the week, currently ranked #6 in the NESCAC, starting the NESCAC tournament on Nov. 4 against Williams. Men’s cross country comes in third in the NESCAC meet, and looks forward to the NCAA regional championship next weekend. It’s a great week to be a Panther!
No. 3-ranked Middlebury men’s tennis goes 11–3 at the Dartmouth Invitational as Neel Epstein ’25, Robby Ward ’23.5 and Julian Wu ’26 each win all three of their matches. Football improves to 5–1 with a monster 40–28 win at Bates College, as Donovan Wood ’24 takes the lead in NESCAC scoring. Field hockey wins at Tufts University, and the PFL team catches up with starting defender Emily Stone ’25, who talks about coming back from a tough loss against Trinity College last week and the role of leadership. The cross country teams take the weekend off as they prepare for the upcoming NESCAC championship. Men’s golf finishes second out of 23 at the NEIGA championship in Maine, while the women’s squad takes second out of 11. Men’s and women’s soccer both tie at Tufts. Stay tuned for more info about the upcoming NESCAC playoffs.
This week, the hosts take a look at Middlebury football’s strong 2–0 start to the season and the growing dynamic between quarterback Ben Tauber ’22.5 and receiver Donovan Wood ’24. After strong outings at St. Lawrence University this weekend, the men’s and women’s cross country teams look poised to hit their peaks just in time for NESCAC and national competitions. Field hockey gets a shoutout after continuing a strong start to the season, thanks in no small part to the impeccable play of the goalie Grace Harlan ’22.5. Harlan now boasts a 50–1 career record between the pipes. Earlier last week, sophomore Euijin Chae ’25 scored his first goal for men’s soccer off a sweet corner kick, making it into SportsCenter’s top 10 plays. Chae swings by the studio to talk about what that meant to him and how he ended up at Middlebury. Keep an eye out for more weekly Panther updates.
PFL Weekly returns for a second season, featuring new hosts Cole Siefer ’25, Ben Wagner ’25, Sam McGarrahan ’25 and Dan Urchuk ’25. Tune in to hear about Middlebury Athletics’ strong start to the opening weeks of the fall season, with all teams earning winning records thus far. Field hockey continues a long tradition of excellence, starting 5-0. Football snags a revenge win at Amherst, thanks in no small part to senior quarterback Ben Tauber’s 290 passing yards. Cross country first years speed to strong finishes. Both men’s and women’s golf swing for top-5 placings in opening meets, and the tennis teams prepare for a strong fall season. Tune in this week to hear all the weekly Panther updates.