NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College Men's Lacrosse Program is ranked 10th in the Face-Off Yearbook and Lacrosse Magazine Pre-Season Division III Polls.
The national recognition comes on the heels of a memorable season for the Camel Lacrosse Program. Under the direction of Head Coach Dave Cornell, Connecticut College set a program record with 14 wins en route to their appearance in the second round of the NCAA Lacrosse Championship.
Cornell, the 2010 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) Coach of the Year, was pleased with the national attention but knows that the Camels will have to be ready for even bigger challenges in 2011 now that they are in the discussion as one of the elite teams in the country.
"The goal of our program is to be consistent," Cornell said. "We want to consistently work hard, consistently hold one another accountable and consistently compete for one another. We also want to be consistently relevant on a national level and we have a wonderful opportunity to accomplish that this year. The preseason ranking is awesome in that folks are starting to take notice but it won't mean a whole lot if we're not there at the end of the season. We're looking forward to the challenge."
In addition to the team ranking, junior tri-captain Michael O'Donnell garnered pre-season recognition in Face-Off Yearbook as an Honorable Mention All-American at the long stick midfield position.
O'Donnell was a 2010 All-NESCAC selection, corralling 32 ground balls as one of the Camels' most physical and effective defenders last year.
The Camels will open the 2011 season Saturday, March 12 with a home game against Trinity College in New London, Conn.
December 22, 2010