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TODAY: Soccer and Field Hockey at Home

WomenSoccer-Jiayi-Zhu-color-6-of-19-600x375Still got some first-week-of-classes time to spare in the afternoon? If you’re a sports fan, you’re in luck. Today, various Middlebury fall teams will be playing at home: Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, and Field Hockey. The soccer teams are doing pretty well so far, women are 1-1 and men are 0-0-1, though field hockey takes the lead with a 1-0 record. All the teams could use your support, and if you’ve got friends playing you gotta go. Go panthaas.

Men’s Soccer vs. Norwich: Wednesday, 9/10, 4:30-6pm at South Street Fields

Women’s Soccer vs. Keane: Wednesday, 9/10, 4-6pm at Dragone Field

Field Hockey: Wednesday, 9/10, 6-8pm at Peter Kohn Field

The Year in Sports

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:



Julia Favorito, NESCAC Player of the Year

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.


McCallum Foote

McCallum Foote, Offensive 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.

Catherine Fowler, Player of the Year

Catherine Fowler, Player of the Year

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.

Adam Glaser, Rookie of the Year

Adam Glaser, Rookie of the Year and Crush List star

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.

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SATURDAY: Run, Forrest, Run!

Click here to sign up to run the annual GlobeMed 5K this Saturday. If you run fast enough, you could leave with a gift card to the Grille or Daily Chocolate in Vergennes. If racing isn’t your thing, don’t let that turn you away! It’s a great opportunity to get outside with friends and start your weekend doing something healthy for your body, and the community. Registration is $15 if you sign up now, and $20 on the day of the race. All proceeds benefit Middlebury’s Partner Organization, Gardens for Health International.

Date: Saturday, April 26
Time: 12:00 PM
Place: Proctor Terrace
Cost: $15 pre-registration/$20 day-of registration

Fitness Center Woes

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Welcome to Middlebury College where, at any given time, there will be approximately ten times more Lulu Lemon Inspire Crop II pants in the gym than functioning treadmills. I’m not looking for an Equinox, but the fitness center has been left out of the highly publicized upgrades to the athletic center. Major, multi-million dollar upgrades occur while the most used facility receives no attention.

Unless you are an impossibly fit Brooker resident who frequents the rock climbing wall and ice climbs your way to physical perfection, or you are comfortable running outside in the midst of our never-ending winter, then the fitness center is your only option. For starters, that place is so hot and stuffy that the freezing temperatures outside become a welcome escape. The only time I am comfortable with no air is when it’s the 2007 hit song by Jordin Sparks featuring Chris Brown. If you’re like me, and refuse to settle for those moonwalk machines behind the treadmills or the demoralizing seated bike, your gym options are slim. I find the Cybex treadmills on the left to be better for shock absorption, but only if they don’t physically shock you already (an electrical phenomenon that I recently discovered). I’d be more than happy to settle for a spinning bike if I could actually lock my feet within the footholds, four of which are currently in shreds. The movement from handwritten to typed and capitalized signs that read “OUT OF ORDER” currently on 3 treadmills suggests a permanence that makes me uneasy. 

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Midd Grad earns new contract with Super Bowl champion Seahawks

Do you have aspirations of making millions of dollars a year as a professional athlete with your Middlebury degreeNeuroscience major Steven Hauschka ’07 just inked a three-year 9.15 million dollar deal with the Seattle Seahawks. Hauschka signed with Seattle this fall after bouncing from club to club for several years and his foot provided consistent quality for the Super Bowl champs, who have just made him the 11th-highest paid kicker in the NFL. Congratulations Steven!

Recap: Homophobia In Athletics

Last Tuesday, James Clifford and Katie Linder ’14.5 helped facilitate a discussion on homophobia and athletics at Middlebury.  Over the past few months, this topic has come up on numerous occasions, perhaps spurred on in part by Wade Davis’ talk over J-term.  middbeat caught up with the discussion leaders to see how the event went in their eyes.  Katie writes in:

Last Tuesday night about 100 athletes came to McCullogh Social Space to talk about homophobia in athletics at Middlebury. All the varsity and club level I sports were represented except one team that had practice at the time of the event. The turnout was astonishing. In the fall, when James Clifford I  started planning the event, I was thinking that we might get about 20 people, half of which would be from the women’s rugby team, as a favor to me. The idea for the event came from a meeting between members of the SGA Athletics Committee and the board of Middlebury Queers & Allies came together to find a way to talk about homophobia.

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Hig Roberts '14 celebrates his big win

Hig Roberts ’14 celebrates his big win

As the 91st Winter Carnival comes to a close, here’s a look at the Middlebury Ski Team’s great weekend of racing.  You can read all about the results on the Team’s blog or see the full time report here.

Gilbert-elle-photocreditdustinsatloffMiddlebury-Carnival-2-22-14-50811-XLBailey-Nick-photcreditdustinsatloffWilliams-Carnival-2-15-14-49757-XLHig Roberts ’14 (above) was the big winner, placing first the the Men’s Giant Slalom on Saturday with a combined time of 1:54:75, beating UVM skier Kevin Drury by nearly a second.  Elle Gilbert ’16 (left) and Nick Bailey ’14 (right) both had their career best result, taking 4th and 5th respectively.


The rowdy crowd cheering up the Randy's Roost on Saturday

The rowdy crowd cheering up the Randy’s Roost on Saturday


The Alpine skiers get a lot of attention, but we can’t forget about our Nordic team!  Ben Lustgarten ’14 (left) won the Men’s 10K by a big margin, not to mention the career best time from Emily Attwood ’14 (right).


 Stella Holt ’15 and Adam Luban ’17 both wrote in with a nice summary of their cross-country endeavors that gives us an idea of how much this carnival means to the skiers themselves.  Here’s what Stella had to say:

The nordic team experienced so many different emotions this weekend I think some of us are still trying to process it all. To put things in perspective, we started training for this winter last May and this weekend was the last of six weekends of back to back racing. Not only was it Regional Championships, but it was also our single home carnival of the season, a combination that is known to put an enormous amount of pressure on racers.

On Friday the general emotion of the day was excitement and Middlebury pride as Ben Lustgarten won the men’s race by 50 seconds. This is a HUGE margin. Despite the fact that several of us on the women’s team that have had strong results this season failed to finish within our expectations, we were quick to leave our races at the finish line and rally behind Ben and his most incredible performance. Ben has had a pretty interesting season this year. Continue reading

Final Home Hockey Game and Senior Night!

Louis Belise ’14

Mike Longo ’14

Today at 4pm, the Men’s Hockey Team (10-10-3) will take on Hamilton (5-14-3) in their final regular season game. The Panther’s have picked up a little momentum in the NESCAC recently, defeating Amherst yesterday 3-2 and securing home field advantage for NECSCAC quarterfinal match.

Come out and cheer on the seniors!


Panther fanatic Ben Custer ’14.5 writes in: “Today is the kind of day when you wake up and thank God you are a hockey fan. Get ready ‘cuz here we come.”

Date: Today
Time: 4pm
Place: Kenyon Arena

REPOST: Hig Roberts ’14 is famous, watch him race this weekend

Private equity summer analyst Hig Roberts is currently nationally ranked in the top five for college ski racers.

(lifted from Business Insider)

Finance Job: Roberts worked at Philadelphia-area Graham Partners last summer. He plans to work in finance upon graduation.

Education: Middlebury College (expected graduation: May 2014)

Ski Highlights: He’s the captain of Middlebury College’s Division I ski team. He’s also a two-time All-American and a member of the NCAA National Championship Slalom Team for 2012 and 2013. In December 2013, he competed for Team USA at the World University Games in Trentino, Italy where he finished 7th overall in the Giant Slalom and 19th in the Slalom event (the top American in both events). This competition featured the most elite college and professional athletes in the world. Roberts is currently nationally ranked in the top 5 and has been invited to National Team champs.

Thanks for the info, Business Insider. Hig will be racing at the Carnival today and tomorrow.


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