#8 Connecticut College (11-0, 6-0) versus #6 Tufts University (10-0, 6-0)-Saturday, April 17-Freeman Field on Tempel Green, 1:00 p.m.
The wait is over lacrosse fans. Game on! The eighth ranked Camels (11-0) and the sixth ranked Jumbos (10-0) are ready to battle (Saturday, Freeman Field on Tempel Green, 1:00 p.m.). Two schools are riding their longest winning streaks in school history. Something has to give.
For Connecticut College Head Coach Dave Cornell, the 2010 season has been meticulously broken down into 11 chapters. The mantra is simple and clearly understood from player 1-35. There is only one thing more important than the game that has been played and that´s the next one. The Camels could not beat Middlebury until they knocked off SUNY-Farmingdale or Trinity College and an overtime win at Williams was worth the same as a 13-8 home victory against Bates.
The leadership the senior class has brought to the table has proved to be invaluable in the team´s rise in the regional and national rankings. Senior tri-captains Steve Dachille, Sean Driscoll and Will Schumann have conveyed the message to their teammates, the winning will take care of itself if everyone is committed to doing what is asked of them.
Dachille leads the NESCAC with 32 goals scored. In an 11-5 victory at the United States Merchant Marine Academy Tuesday, the senior attackman scored three goals to move into fourth place on the program´s all-time goal scoring list with 115 markers. Four of Dachille´s 32 goals have been game-winners, which ties him for the top spot in the league in that category.
Driscoll has made a seamless transition to his new position as a defensive midfielder. He collected 10 ground balls in a 13-8 triumph against Bates College April 10 and is second on the squad with 42 ground balls.
A model of consistency, Schumann has collected 22 ground balls from his defensive post and has totaled 134 ground balls in his career.
The explosive Tufts offense has put up 13.6 goals per game. USILA All-America D.J. Hessler leads the club with 21 goals, 24 assists and 45 points. Junior Ryan Molloy has tallied 18 goals, 15 assists and 33 points for the Jumbos.
Connecticut College´s stingy defense has surrendered just seven goals per game and will be tested against a potent offensive attack.
As you look at the stat sheets of these two disciplined teams, it´s hard to ignore what they have both done to dominate the third quarter.
Tufts has out-scored its opponents by greater than a 3-to-1 margin in the third, holding a 39-to-11 advantage on the scoreboard. The third has easily been the Camels´ most productive as they have out-scored their opponents 36-to-17 in the frame.
Connecticut College and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee promote good sportsmanship by student-athletes, coaches and spectators. We request your cooperation by supporting the participants and officials in a positive manner. We recommend support for the Camels and not against opponents. Profanity, racial or sexist comments, or other intimidating actions directed at officials, student-athletes, coaches or team representatives will not be tolerated and are grounds for removal from the site of competition. Also, the consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages at the site of competition is prohibited.
April 15, 2010