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PANTHERS ALIVE AND WELL

The Middlebury Panthers field hockey team advanced to the final four after defeating The College of New Jersey 2 - 1 in the regional finals last Sunday. Lindsay McBride led the Panthers with both goals in the huge win. McBrides first goal came 10:24 into the opening period on a penalty corner. Lacey Farrell stopped and dropped a corner that ws entered by Marnie Rowe and McBride drove into the goal. When they increased their lead to 2 - 0 later in the opening half it was a repeat performance by the same trio on yet another penalty corner. TCNJ would get one back in the second half, but Middleburys defense and goalie Caitlin Pentifallo would keep them from getting the game tying score. Pentifallo finished the game with seven saves. The Panthers advanced to Sundays Championship Game by dispatching Messiah College 4 - 3 in overtime in the semifinals on Saturday. McBride, Sundays hero scored in the semifinal win too, giving her three goals in two regional contests, after having just scored once all season. Rowe scored Middleburys other two regulation goals and it looked like they would get a 3 - 2 win. But with just a minute and a half left in regulation time Elizabeth Ziegler stroked one past Pentifallo, tying the game at 3 - 3 and sending the game into overtime. That set the stage for senior attacker Reid Berrien who scored her twenty first goal of the year, with an assist from Lacey Farrell and giving the Panthers the huge 4 - 3 and a spot in the Regional Championship. Berrien and Katie Love contributed assists to the win. The Panthers will take their 16 - 4 record and face Salisbury College this Friday in the National semifinals. A win their means a spot in Saturdays NCAA Championship, and a chance to play for a national title. The mens soccer team is riding high too, after defeating Amherst 1 - 0 on November 4th to capture the NESCAC Championship Middlebury opened up the NCAA tournament with a 5 - 0 first round thumping of Wheaton College last Saturday. The Panthers dominated the contest from the start, out-shooting Wheaton 31 - 6 over the course of the game. Senior forward Casey Ftorek led the attack with a hat trick. David LaRocca and Jake Edwards added single goals to the onslaught, while Brandon Jacksoncontributed a pair of assists. Middlebury goalie Brian Bush needed to make just one save to record the shutout, thanks to a dominating team performance. Next up for the 15 - 2 - 1 Panthers in the NCAA Sectionals is a rematch with Williams College. The last time these two teams met was two weeks ago in the NESCAC semifinals, which the Panthers won in double overtime. The two teams also met in Middlebury back on October 13th, with the Panthers escaping with a 1 - 0 game. This Saturdays game will also be played at Middlebury, starting at 11:00 AM. It is bound to be an exciting contest. Come on out and root the Panthers on, as they pursue a national title. The Middlebury Panthers football team improved to 7 - 1 on the season and became the 2007 NESCAC Champions after defeating the Tuft University Jumbos 21 - 19 in an exciting game last Saturday in Medford, Massachusetts. Panther quarterback Donald McKillop led the offensive attack, completing seventeen of his twenty-nine pass attempts for 150 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. McKillops favorite target was junior tight end Charles Holm who caught six passes for forty-eight yards and two touchdowns. Andrew Matson and Erik Rostad added four catches apiece to Middleburys ariel assault. Senior running back David Randolph led a ground attack that racked up 149 yards. Randolph carried the ball twenty-seven times for sebenty-four yards and a touchdown. Defensively the pace was set by senior linebacker Eeik Woodring who racked up eighteen tackles, eight of them unassisted. Woodrings performance was strong enough for him to be named the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week for the third time this season. The Jumbos finish the 2007 regular season at 6 - 2, one game behind the Conference Champion Panthers. The fall state champions have been decided, and there is just one more high school football game left to be played, and that will be played this weekend when the Norths best seniors take on the Souths best seniors in the 200 7 Senior Bowl. What does this all mean? Simple, the fall seasons are over and the winter seasons are about to start. High school basketball and hockey teams began practicing Monday for those seasons. So you can make plans to watch your local teams we will provide you with schedules in next weeks Addison Eagle, so dont forget to pick up a copy.

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