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May 26, 2019 — From one championship level to another

Jane Earley finished last year’s lacrosse season at Falmouth (Mass.) Academy with the fifth most goals scored of all time.

She had originally made a verbal commitment to Boston College, and yep, she might have been an integral part of the preseason No. 1 team that fell today to the University of Maryland.

But Earley decommitted from Boston College and decided on attending Middlebury College, which just happened to be the defending NCAA Division III champion heading into this season.

Today, in Salem, Va., Earley’s decision came up trumps, as she had four goals in the Panthers’ 14-9 win over Salisbury State. Earley also had nine draw controls in the midfield.

Middlebury, it would seem, has got another building block for future success in both Division III, but in the New England Small College athletic Conference, the toughest conference in D3.

How tough? Think of this: Middlebury’s opening match of the season, way back in February, was a loss to Bates. The Panthers ran the table the rest of the way, winning 22 straight matches to take the Division III crown.