The 1998 Panthers started the season with three consecutive shutouts, posting a cumulative +11 advantage in the three games. They followed that with four more wins, moving to 7-0 before a 1-0 loss on the road broke the winning streak. Behind All-Americans Heidi Howard and Heidi Dripps, the Panthers surged ahead with an overtime win over Amherst to start a ten-game winning streak that culminated in the national championship. Four wins on the road brought Midd to the end of the regular season and the fourth seed in the NCAA tournament. Two wins at home sent the Panthers to the semifinals, where they knocked off conference-rival Trinity to advance to the final against reigning champion William Smith. Middlebury won in overtime to give the Panthers their first NCAA crown.
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