Playoff Notebook Surging Camels Visit Trinity for 11:30 a.m. Quarterfinal Saturday

Connecticut College Men's Soccer Notes The Connecticut College Men's Soccer Team will visit Trinity College Saturday for a NESCAC Championship Quarterfinal match up in the Capital City of Hartford. Kick off has been moved up to 11:30 a.m. The Camels finished the regular season with a record of 9-4-1 and are the sixth seeded team in the field, while the host Bantams captured the #3 seed with a record of 8-4-2. Last Meeting Trinity defeated the Camels 2-0 back on Sept. 24 in New London. Yes, Yes We Ken Connecticut College head men's soccer coach has impressed the college in his coaching peers with what he has accomplished in just three years at the helm. Murphy carries a record of 22-17-3 into Saturday's game. This will mark the second post-season appearance for Murphy as head coach at Connecticut College. In 2009, the Camels had their first winning season in more than a decade (8-6-1) and earned the #7 seed in the NESCAC Championship Tournament. Defense Propels Camels Into Post-Season Connecticut College boasts one of the strongest and most experience defenses in the region. Anchored by senior captains Isaac Hancock (Gettysburg, Pa.) and Andrew Lee (Darien, Conn.), the Camels have limited the opposition to just .86 goals per game. Mike Crosby (Sudbury, Mass.) provides experience on the outside and has the ability to launch long throw-ins. #7 Oscar Brown Senior midfielder Oscar Brown (Ridgefield, Conn.) has devastating speed on the outside and is not afraid to take on larger backs when he needs to get to the goal. Brown has tallied two goals, two assists and six points this season. Over the course of his career, Brown has amassed nine goals, nine assists and 27 points for the Camels. #8 Kevin O'Brien Kevin O'Brien (Wellesley, Mass.) has enjoyed an exceptional rookie season on the forward line. O'Brien has netted five goals this season and leads the squad with three game-winning markers. O'Brien scored twice and put in the difference making goal in the 87th minute of a 3-2 win at Amherst College Wednesday. The fifth ranked Lord Jeffs carried a perfect 11-0-2 record onto the pitch and are the top ranked team in New England. #14 Billy Hawkey Sophomore forward Billy Hawkey (Pennington, N.J.) has been a go-to player on the offensive side of the ball. Hawkey ranks second on the club with four goals and nine points. Marini's Magic Sophomore keeper Casey Marini (Hampden, Mass.) continues to improve in his second season in goal. Working with assistant coach Peter Carli has proved to be beneficial for the Western Mass. product. This season, Marini has registered a .87 goals against average to go with a .815 save percentage. Marini has registered four shutouts to rank fifth among NESCAC goaltenders. The 2011 NESCAC Men's Soccer Championship Quarterfinal Round Saturday, Oct. 29 No. 8 Colby at No. 1 Amherst - 2:30 p.m. No. 7 Middlebury at No. 2 Wesleyan - 12:30 p.m. No. 6 Conn. College at No. 3 Trinity - 12:30 p.m. No. 5 Tufts at No. 4 Williams - 1:30 p.m. Semifinals Saturday, Nov. 5 at Highest Remaining Seed 11:00 a.m./1:30 p.m. Championship (Automatically Qualifies for 2011 NCAA Men's Soccer Championship) Sunday, Nov. 6 Semifinal Winners-12:00 pm

October 28, 2011

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