The Connecticut College men´s water polo team will open the 2009 season Friday night with the ECAC Championship at Princeton University.
The Camels will turn to senior captains Connor Matzinger (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) and Brendan Kempf (Santa Monica, Calif.) to lead the Camels into competition. Matzinger is an explosive offensive scoring threat who netted 24 goals last fall. Kempf made 47 saves as the team´s starting goalkeeper but is a gifted athlete who can contribute in or out of the cage.
Senior Brian Sager (Nantucket, Mass.) is looking to end his college career on a high note and will do so with solid defense and a strong perimeter game. Juniors Hahn Je (Timonium, Md.) and Carson Miller (Wallingford, Pa.) will be counted on as impact players for the Camels. Je tickled the twine with 11 scores in 2008 and can wreak havoc with his powerful shot.
Sophomores Sean Hackett (Katonah, N.Y.) and Chris Swanson (New Orleans, La.) are gaining experience as second year players for the Camels.
Sophomore Sam Mitchell (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) netted 15 goals in a productive rookie season and is a skilled and versatile two-way player. James Green (Bay Head, N.J.) joins Matzinger and Kempf as the Camels´ third captain. Green netted nine goals in his rookie season and will be asked to provide leadership from the pool and the deck.
Addison is impressed with the progress of the freshman class. Sam Burns (Albuquerque, N.M.) and Dan Moorin (Fairfield, Conn.) are looking to make an immediate impact. Freshman Clayton Witter (New York, N.Y.) will anchor the team in goal while junior keeper Matt Brown (La Canada, Calif.) rehabs from shoulder surgery.
The Camels will play five consecutive matches at Lott Natatorium in October, kicking the home slate with a 7:30 p.m. match against Brown October 13.
September 15, 2009