Here at Middbeat, we endeavor to give you an extensive knowledge of everything that goes on here at Middlebury, which is, as the great William Shakespeare wrote, “the greatest college in the history of history.” This includes athletics, an area that has received somewhat less of Middbeat’s attention. But no longer! An avid sports fan myself, I have joined the team to help bring you everything you need to know about Midd athletics. To catch you up on the thriving Middlebury sports scene, here’s a review of the top three highlights of each season:
1: Women’s Soccer- I wasn’t here to see the fall sports season first hand, as I was busy getting food poisoning and trying to assuage my white privilege in Cameroon, West Africa. But, despite my absence, the fall sports season was very successful for Middlebury. The women’s soccer team grabbed the NESCAC title, and carried it with them all the way to the NCAA semifinals, where they lost in a nail biter to Trinity. The Panthers dominated the All-NESCAC team selections, holding 5 out of the 11 first team spots, with Julia Favorito ruling over them as Player of the Year.
2: Football- From my extensive research and the incoherent shouts of parties at Atwater, I can tell you that the football team had a very successful year. They went 7-1, and took home the NESCAC championship for the first time since 2007. Quarterback McCallum Foote won Offensive Player of the Year honors, and was one of four players on the team who were named Academic All-Americans.
3: Field Hockey- The field hockey team continued a run of success that has spanned most of the last five years, claiming their second consecutive NESCAC title in a heart stopping overtime win over Bowdoin. They would take this momentum to the NESCAC quarterfinals, where they fell to Skidmore. But, rest assured, this won’t be the last time I write about the Middlebury field hockey program. They’re here to stay.
Honorable Mention: Adam Glaser- The men’s soccer team’s season was very good as well, ending in a loss to Williams in the NESCAC quarterfinals. However, the standout highlight of the season was freshman Adam Glaser, who took home Rookie of the Year honors AND first team All-Conference, a very impressive achievement. Four more years of Glaser is definitely something to be excited about. You can also see Glaser’s name on several Crush Lists in Procter, as if being great at soccer wasn’t enough.