It was a productive spring for the Camel sports teams.
The Camel men’s lacrosse team (7-9, 3-7 NESCAC) posted clutch conference wins against Trinity and Hamilton to qualify for the NESCAC Championship. Sophomore Ben Parens set the tone at the X. Parens won 214-of-325 battles at the X to rank fourth (tied) in NESCAC face-off wins. He corralled 118 ground balls to rank fifth in the conference. At the conclusion of the season, Parens made history as the program’s inaugural First Team USILA All-American selection. Parens was also recognized on the All-NESCAC First Team. Senior Derek Bertolini had another huge season as the team’s facilitator on offense. Bertolini had 19 goals and 30 assists, wrapping up his brief two-year career as a Camel tied for sixth on the program’s all-time leader list with 74 assists while also being tied for 17th place in total offensive production with 114 points. Senior Bobby Bleistein wrapped up his terrific career in the cage as the school’s all-time leader with 725 saves.
The Camel women’s lacrosse team earned a victory against a nationally ranked Tufts team. Connecticut College seniors Maggie Hogan (Arnold, Md.) and Erin Moran (Lincoln, N.H.) were named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Berkshires Region Second Team.
A leader in the defensive corps, Hogan made her third appearance on the IWLCA All-Region squad for the Camels. Over the course of her productive playing career, Hogan corralled 107 ground balls to go with 27 draws and 28 caused turnovers. Hogan was recognized on the Synapse Sports All-Rookie Team in 2013. Moran scored 32 goals to lead the Camel midfield in a breakout senior campaign. In a 14-13 victory against then ranked #11 Tufts April 2, Moran erupted with six goals and one assist, adding a pair of draw controls and a caused turnover to lead the Camels past the Jumbos in the Whaling City. Moran was named the NESCAC Player of the Week in recognition of her superlative effort April 4.
A young Camel men’s rowing team placed third in the petite final of the varsity four at the New England Rowing Championship. Sophomore Greg Montenegro was honored on the All-Sportsmanship Team for the Camels. The Connecticut College Women's Varsity Four won the New England Rowing Championships April 30 on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Rowing in the Grand Final of the event the crew bested the field of Bowdoin College, UMass-Lowell, Merrimack College, Bryant University, and Clark University. Connecticut College, who raced in Lane one on the course, nearly missed Bowdoin College's challenge from Lane six in the final 300 meters of the course. Senior captain coxswain Sophie Sharps made a critical call to the crew with 30 strokes of the race remaining edging Bowdoin at the finish line with a time of 7:56.66 to Bowdoin's 7:57.38.
The crew consisted of senior captain Natalie Calhoun at the stroke seat, sophomore Maddy Fenderson in the three seat, senior Charlotte Hecht in the two seat and Junior Meg Murray in the bow seat. Connecticut College won the event previously in 2011 and 2006.
It was a great spring for the Camel Sailing program. The Camels qualified for the Gill College Sailing Coed National Championship. The team advanced in the West Region in the Semifinal Round. In the finals, the Camels rallied to finish 15th in the nation.
Senior Bryce Kopp of Fairfield, Conn., Tori Allen of Jamestown, R.I., Charlotte List of Fair Haven, N.J., Issy Pieper of Westport, Conn. and Allie Maurillo of Shelter Island, N.Y. all contributed to a 17th place finish and score of 217 points in the A division.
Juniors Hugh MacGillivray of Portsmouth, R.I. and Eliza Garry of Marblehead, Mass. placed 13th in the B division with a score of 185 points for Connecticut College.
The Camel men’s tennis team rallied to take a late-season NESCAC victory against Hamilton. Senior Jonathan Kraiger impressed at #1 singles for the Camels.
The Camel women posted their first winning record since 2007, wrapping up the season at 11-10. Senior Charlotte Marcoux was a key contributor between #2-3 singles. Sophomore Aleksandra Drljaca paced the Camels in her spot at #1 singles.
The Camel track team continued to build on their success in the indoor season.
Bella Franz qualified for the NCAA Championship in the 1500 meters, finishing ninth in the finals for the Camels. It was her best finish of her four NCAA appearances. Franz garnered All-NESCAC Honors in the 1500 as did rookie Emily Senatore in the discus, Lauren Kennedy in the shot put and Ben Bosworth in the 1500 meters. Senior Niall Williams and junior Ashley Curran were both recognized on the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team and will find out later this month if they have been named to the All-American team.
Down in Lott Natatorium, water polo coach Matt Anderson follows a saying started by a famous quarterback in these parts. There is only one thing better than raising the CWPA Division III Crown and that’s winning the next one. The Camels stormed back from a second quarter deficit to take down rival Washington & Jefferson 13-9 for their fourth consecutive Division III Championship. Senior Kelsey Millward was honored as the CWPA Division III Regular Season and Post-Season MVP and closed out her career as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 256 goals scored. Anderson was named Coach of the Tournament.
Four Camels were honored as CWPA All-Americans. Millward became the first Camel, men or women, to earn first team recognition. Classmate and co-captain Abbey Wrobleski, junior Sarah Sovia and sophomore April Anderson were all recognized as Honorable Mention All-Americans.
Millward will be named to the CoSIDA Academic At-Large All-America Team this week, becoming the first Camel water polo player to receive this national honor.
Ben Parens (Men’s Lacrosse, First Team All-NESCAC)
Ben Parens (Men’s Lacrosse, USILA First Team All-American)
Maggie Hogan (Women’s Lacrosse, IWLCA All-Berkshires Region 2nd Team)
Erin Moran (Women’s Lacrosse, IWLCA All-Berkshires Region, 2nd Team)
Charlotte Hecht (Women’s Rowing, All-NESCAC 2nd Team)
Natalie Calhoun, Maddy Fenderson, Charlotte Hecht, Meg Murray, Sophie Sharps (Women’s Rowing, Gold Medalists, New England Rowing Championship)
Bella Franz (Women’s Track, All-NESCAC 800 Meters)
Emily Senatore (Women’s Track, All-NESCAC Discus)
Lauren Kennedy (Women’s Track, All-NESCAC Shot Put)
Ben Bosworth (Men’s Track, All-NESCAC 1500 Meters)
Bella Franz (Women’s Track, NCAA Qualifier, 1500 Meters 9th Place)
Niall Williams (Men’s Track, CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 First Team)
Ashley Curran (Women’s Track, CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 First Team)
Kelsey Millward (Women’s Water Polo, CWPA D. 3 MVP, First Team All-Conference)
Abbey Wrobleski (Women’s Water Polo, CWPA D. 3, All-Conference Second Team)
April Anderson (Women’s Water Polo, CWPA D. 3, All-Conference Second Team)
Brianna Harrity (Women’s Water Polo, CWPA D. 3, All-Conference Second Team)
Kelsey Millward (Women’s Water Polo, CWPA D. 3 Championship MVP, First Team All-Tournament)
Brianna Harrity (Women’s Water Polo, CWPA D. 3, All-Tournament First Team)
Sam Pierce (Women’s Water Polo, CWPA D. 3, All-Tournament Second Team)
Kelsey Millward (Women’s Water Polo, NCAA First Team All-American)
April Anderson (Women’s Water Polo, NCAA Honorable Mention All-American)
Abbey Wrobleski (Women’s Water Polo, NCAA Honorable Mention All-American)
Sarah Sovia (Women’s Water Polo, NCAA Honorable Mention All-American)
Kelsey Millward (Women’s Water Polo, CoSIDA Academic At Large All-America Third Team)
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