By Matt Noonan
The Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team has not lost a game in three years.
On Wednesday, the Panthers concluded its regular season slate by winning its 15th straight contest this season with a 15-5 victory over Williams College.
The 10-goal win is Middlebury’s 40th consecutive victory dating back to a 16-1 victory over Springfield College on March 8, 2019.
Middlebury secured the top spot in this year’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament, which begins this Saturday, April 30 with four quarterfinal matchups. The Panthers will welcome Amherst College to campus with the opening draw set for 12 p.m.
Amherst lost to Middlebury last weekend by a score of 15-7 before ending its regular-season slate last night with an 11-9 setback to Trinity College.
Colby College secured the second seed with a 13-2 overall record, including a 9-1 mark against NESCAC opponents, and will host seventh-seed Bowdoin College on Saturday. Tufts University, which is the third seed, will host Trinity while the fourth seed Wesleyan University will entertain Hamilton College.
All three matchups are scheduled to commence at 12 p.m.
Middlebury has appeared in 20 consecutive NESCAC Tournaments, winning 10 titles in 12 championship appearances. They have won two of the last three NESCAC titles with Tufts claiming the league crown last year en route to an appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship against Salisbury University (the Sea Gulls edged the Jumbos, 14-13).
Following the conclusion of Saturday’s quarterfinals, the four winning teams will advance to the highest remaining seed, which will host both the semifinals (Saturday, May 7) and championship (Sunday, May 8). The winner of this year’s NESCAC Championship will secure the league’s automatic bid for the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament, which is scheduled to begin Saturday, May 14.