13-1 Camels Will Host Two Games in New London this Weekend
NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College Men´s Lacrosse Team (13-1, 7-1 NESCAC) will host two home games on the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field in New London this weekend. The Camels climbed all the way up to #8 in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) National Poll.
Friday afternoon, the Camels will host Wesleyan University (7-6, 3-5) for a 4:00 p.m. conference tilt in the regular season finale. A victory for the Camels against the Cardinals would lock up the #1 seed for the 2010 NESCAC Championship Tournament. Regardless of Friday´s outcome, the Camels know that they will play a Quarterfinal game on their home turf this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in New London.
The Camels are a perfect 7-0 at home this season. The team has earned two of its seven home wins against previously undefeated teams that were ranked in the top 10. Back on March 27, the Camels tripped up fifth ranked Middlebury College in an 8-7 win. The Camels earned an 8-6 victory against #6 Tufts University April 17.
Senior Steve Dachille (Garden City, N.Y.) leads the NESCAC with 41 goals scored and ranks second in the league with 45 points. In the goals per game category, Dachille is ranked 14th in the nation with an average of 2.93 scores per contest.
Dachille has tallied 125 goals, 24 assists and 149 points in his career. He needs four more goals to pass Connecticut College Hall of Famer Tom Gately ´91 and move into second place on the program´s all-time goal scoring list.
Eric Doran (21 goals, eight assists) and Ryan Hayes (17 goals, 12 assists) have contributed 29 points each. Doran is tied for the league lead with four game-winning goals. Junior Mark Mangano (Basking Ridge, N.J.) has doled out a team-high 14 assists (8th in NESCAC) to go with 11 goals for 25 points.
Chuck Czerkawski (Cohasset, Mass.) has won 63% of his face-offs (109-for-173) to rank third in the NESCAC and 17th nationally. He is tied for fifth place in the NESCAC with his team-leading 58 ground balls.
Sean Driscoll (Peabody, Mass.) has corralled 53 ground balls in his first season as a defensive midfielder. Will Schumann (East Hampton, N.Y.) has collected 27 ground balls this year and totaled 139 in his career.
Sophomore net-minder Rob Moccia (Malvern, Pa.) is ranked fourth in NESCAC goals against average (7.26 GAA) and save percentage (.617) and has added 26 ground balls this season.
Junior Dan Gallagher (Wayne, Pa.) was 15-for-20 in face-offs over the course of the team´s two games this past week. Sophomore Mike O´Donnell (Winchester, Mass.) has been excelling in riding and clearing situations with 25 ground balls.
Head Coach Dave Cornell has praised the efforts of Pete Crisafulli (Garden City, N.Y.) for his consistent play at the defensive end.
Here is how the Camels stack up nationally in some other key categories. The Camels are fifth in winning percentage (.929). The Camels are 22nd out of 161 ranked teams with a 60% winning percentage in face offs. The team is ranked in the 16th percentile in goals against average (7.07 GAA, 25th).
The Camels have out-scored their opponents by a 2-to-1 margin in the third quarter, holding a 42-21 advantage on the scoreboard.
April 29, 2010