Connecticut College Field Hockey Coach Debbie Lavigne has released the 2010 season schedule. The Camels fielded one of the youngest teams in the league in 2009 but clawed their way into the post-season for the first time in four years by pulling out key conference victories against Amherst, Colby and Bates College.
A closely contested 2-1 loss to their intrastate rivals at Trinity in the playoffs proved that this team can push the best teams in the nation. This fall, Lavigne will turn to seniors Abby Hine and Jess Lewis along with junior Liz Rosenfeld to lead the team onto the Turf as tri-captains.
Hine, a 2009 First Team All-NESCAC and NFHCA All-Region performer, is an explosive offensive scoring threat who has been the team´s go-to player in clutch situations. With 27 goals, 16 assists and 70 points, the senior forward is on target to break the school scoring record of 90 points.
Defense should be a strong suit for the Camels. Lewis and Rosenfeld are experience stoppers who combined to make five defensive saves on one of the most improved defensive backfields in New England.
With five NESCAC teams ranked among the top 15 in the NFHCA Pre-Season National Poll, the Camels will be tested early and often with one of the toughest schedules in the country.
Connecticut College will open the season September 11 with an 11:00 a.m. against Bates College on the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field in New London.
In the opening month of the season, the Camels will pack their bags to play four of their first six games on the road.
The team will close out the month on the 29th by visiting longtime rival Wellesley College for a non-conference game in the Bay State. The Camels and Blue have staged some of the closest contests in the region. Connecticut College has won six of its last seven meetings against Wellesley but five of those decisions have been decided by a single goal.
When the weather begins to cool down, the field hockey action really heats up in the month of October. After opening the month against Bowdoin, the Camels return home for a three-game home stand with conference games against Trinity on the 9th, Tufts on the 13th, and Middlebury on the 16th as a part of fall weekend festivities.
Connecticut College will play its final two conference games on the road, closing out the regular season on Friday the 29th with a 5:00 p.m. game at Wesleyan.
August 26, 2010