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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!
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, our PFL Weekly hosts dissect a highly successful slate of Fall Family Weekend games. Football advances to 4–0 with a stunner over perennial rival Williams College. Volleyball’s Gabbie O’Toole ’25 leads the NESCAC assist tally by 111. Field hockey wins its 50th home game in a row. Men’s soccer beats defending national champions Connecticut College 1–0 as goalkeeper Ryan Grady moves into second place in the all-time Panther shutout rankings. Women’s soccer goes 2–0 on the weekend, snagging wins against Colby College and Connecticut College. Our hosts caught up with midfielder Emma Binks ’23.5, who scored both of the weekend’s game-winning-goals. Binks gives us the scoop on leadership, preparation and… sea animals?
The PFL Weekly hosts chat with Victoria Fawcett ’26, a first-year runner on the Panthers’ cross country team. On Oct. 1, Fawcett followed up two recent second place finishes with a top-20 performance at the Mike Woods Invitational. Men’s soccer goalkeeper Ryan Grady ’24 ties the Middlebury second-place record with 24 shutouts as the team snags a win at ninth-ranked Wesleyan. After a 9–0 victory over St. John Fisher in their home opener on a fresh turf field, the field hockey team’s win streak reaches a staggering 39-straight games. Panther football starts the season 3–0. Women’s golf placed fifth at home for the George Phinney Classic, while men’s golf faced Division I competition at the Adirondack Invitational at the Lake Placid Golf Club. The hosts preview an exciting upcoming fall Family Weekend, chock full of home games. Tune in for updates on all things Middlebury Athletics.
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.