Undefeated Camels Crack Top 10 in USILA National Poll
NEW LONDON, Conn.--The undefeated Connecticut College Men's Lacrosse Team (6-0, 3-0) has vaulted its way all the way up to #10 in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) National Poll .
John Lyons (Barrington, R.I.) buried a shot from the left side of the box with 2:48 remaining to lift the Camels (6-0, 3-0) to an 8-7 victory against fifth ranked Middlebury College (4-1, 2-1) in a grueling battle between undefeated NESCAC rivals on the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field Saturday.
Stephen Eicher (Northport, N.Y.) led all scorers with three goals in the triumph. Ryan Hayes (Darien, Conn.) chipped in with a goal and an assist and Rob Moccia (Malvern, Pa.) made 15 saves in the victory for Connecticut College.
Connecticut College Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Dave Cornell, who is featured on Lacrosse Magazine Online this week, was pleased with the team's performance but is cognizant of the challenges that lie ahead in a tough schedule.
"We have a selfless team," Cornell said. "We understand that we are not playing for ourselves. We have guys on this team that do not want to let their teammates down."
The Camels have been finding different ways to win. Sophomore Chuck Czerkawski (Cohasset, Mass.) has won 75% of his face-offs (65-of-87) with a team-leading 40 ground balls. The Camels are limiting their opponents to a 58% success rate on clears with their physical ride.
Senior Steve Dachille (Garden City, N.Y.) leads the club with 13 goals and 17 points, and is just four scores shy of 100 in his prolific playing career. Hayes has nine goals, seven assists and 16 points with career totals of 38 goals, 27 assists and 65 points. Junior midfielders Mark Mangano (Basking Ridge, N.J.) (6 goals, 9 assists, 15 points) and Eric Doran (Pennington, N.J.) (11 goals, 3 assists, 14 points) are third and fourth on the club in scoring.
Senior defensive midfielder Sean Driscoll (Peabody, Mass.) has corralled 20 ground balls while classmate and close defender Will Schumann (East Hampton, N.Y.) has collected 17 ground balls.
In goal, Moccia has posted a 6.58 goals against average with a .682 save percentage, with 58 saves. John Lenehan (Hingham, Mass.) has a 6.93 goals against average and .609 save percentage with 14 saves in three games played.
March 29, 2010