Camel Athletics Hosts Four NESCAC Events in New London Friday

Alex Martland ´10
Alex Martland ´10
Connecticut College will host Wesleyan University for four NESCAC events Friday in New London. The Camels and Cardinals will collide in a 3:00 p.m. triple-header in field hockey and men's and women's soccer. Later on at 8:00 p.m., head coach Josh Edmed´s volleyball team will play its final home match of the regular season in Luce Fieldhouse. The men´s and women´s soccer games will be played on Tempel Green while the field hockey game will be played on the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field. It will be an emotional day for 20 Connecticut College senior student-athletes who will be playing their final regular season home game. One of the biggest developments this fall has been the emergence of the Camel men´s soccer program. Connecticut College (8-4-1, 5-3), ranked #7 in New England, will be tested against the top ranked Cardinals (9-0-4, 5-0-3) and their stingy defense that has surrendered just three goals in eight conference games. The Cardinals are trying to hold on to the top seed to clinch home field advantage throughout playoffs while the Camels could play themselves into an advantageous position for a home game Sunday with a tie or a win and some help from other NESCAC teams. The women´s soccer team is looking to give its seven seniors a warm sendoff with a victory. In the last home meeting in this series back in 2007, Sharon Katz ´10 assisted on the game-winning goal for the Camels. The Camel field hockey team (5-8, 3-5) will host Wesleyan (7-6, 2-6) on the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field. In last year´s meeting at Middletown, Jen Wallace ´10 scored on the final play of regulation and the Camels went on to take their first road victory in the intrastate rivalry since 1997 but were eliminated from the post-season by a tie-breaker. Connecticut College will play Friday´s game knowing that is has already stamped its ticket for a road playoff game versus Trinity or Tufts. Wesleyan however, is in need of a win to assure themselves of a spot in Sunday´s playoffs because Colby College could still pass the Cardinals with a home victory against Bates. The Connecticut College volleyball team (20-5, 7-2) is enjoying another excellent season but the Camels will have to be ready for a dangerous Wesleyan University team (13-12, 4-5) that has already scored a huge conference win at Luce Fieldhouse back on Oct. 9 when the Cardinals defeated Williams in a five game battle. Senior co-captains Lauren Wise and Meg Christman have won 70% of their matches (76-32) as Camels and will be honored prior to the 8:00 p.m. match in a special ceremony. Connecticut College will be playing in its fifth consecutive NESCAC Championship Quarterfinal next Friday, Nov. 6.

October 29, 2009

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