Revisiting The Opening Weekend of NESCAC Lacrosse

Erin Nicholas and the Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team scored an opening day win against Bowdoin College this past weekend. (PHOTO COURTESY: Colin Bourque)

By NoontimeSports.com

The winning streak continues for Middlebury College women’s lacrosse.

Middlebury, which captured the 2019 NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse championship, extended its current winning streak to 26 games with a 19-12 victory this past weekend against Bowdoin College.

Erin Nicholas stuffed the stat sheet with six goals, eight draw controls, and two ground balls to go with a caused turnovers in her team’s first win in two years.

Jane Earley recorded five goals, three draw controls, and two ground balls against the Polar Bears while Grace Getman and Hope Shue combined for five goals and two helpers.

Middlebury raced out to a 5-1 lead after one quarter with the four-goal advantage ballooning to an 11-6 lead at the break. The Panthers outscored the visiting Polar Bears, 8-6, over the final two sessions to clinch their second-straight opening day win dating back to a 16-12 victory against Bowdoin on February 29, 2020.

The opening day win for the Panthers should provide the Blue and White with some momentum heading into a pair of games this week against Connecticut College on Saturday, March 12, and Babson College on Sunday, March 13.

Middlebury wasn’t the only New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) squad to score an opening day win this past weekend as Colby College, Hamilton College, Trinity College, and Wesleyan University each cracked the win column.

Tufts University, which dropped its season-opener to Colby (9-4), bounced back with a 13-9 victory yesterday against Williams College.

Connecticut College opened its season with a non-conference win against the United States Merchant Marine Academy and will be in action on Wednesday, March 9 when they visit Smith College.

Amherst College men’s lacrosse scored its first win in two years this past weekend with an 11-9 victory over Hamilton.

Brock Gonzalez and PJ Clementi highlighted the win by combining for eight goals and two assists.

The Mammoths overcame a one-goal (5-4) deficit at the break by outscoring the Continentals, 7-4, over the final two quarters to secure their first win since March 10, 2020.

Saturday’s win over Hamilton was coach Sean Woods’ initial victory with the Purple and White — Woods had previously coached the Colorado College men’s lacrosse team.

Bowdoin, Tufts, Wesleyan, and Williams each scored opening day wins while Connecticut College outlasted Endicott College, 11-10 in overtime.

The Camels will play their first league game on Saturday when they visit Middlebury for a 1 p.m. face-off.

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