A Busy Day for Panther Athletics
Yesterday saw seven of Middlebury’s winter sports teams competing around New England.
Among the victorious were Men’s and Women’s Hockey, and Women’s Squash. Unfortunately, Swimming and Diving, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, and Men’s Squash had more difficult weekends.
The most surprising loss came from the Men’s Basketball team. Up until yesterday, they had put together a perfect season, having won their first sixteen games. Fellow NESCAC school, Williams, proved to be enough to end this streak, winning 69-64. Losing, although obviously frustrating, could ultimately be a positive experience for this team. With losing comes the opportunity to learn. They get to look back on that game, to see what went wrong. This presents the opportunity for creativity within practice, as they try and eradicate mistakes. Without a little dose of reality, undefeated teams run the risk of becoming overconfident in their strategies. It’s better to lose a game now, than in the playoffs.
The most needed victory came for the Men’s Hockey team. This season has been a little bit of a roller coaster ride for this team, as they have struggled to put together a strong set of consecutive wins. Their record stands at 8-5-3, but beating Bowdoin 4-2 on the road is definitely a step in the right direction. Last year, the same two teams met late in the season, fighting for the NESCAC Championship (which Middlebury won). Bowdoin has always had a strong team, so beating them may be a sign of a strong second half of the season for the Panthers.