Connecticut College Qualifies for 2012 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship
Camels Will Host Western New England University Wednesday for First Round Match Up
NEW LONDON, Conn.--For the second time in the past three years, the Connecticut College men's lacrosse program has qualified for the NCAA Championship. The Camels (10-6) will host Western New England University (12-4) in the first round of the Championship this Wednesday, May 9 at 4:30 p.m. on the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field.
Tickets are five dollars for adults, three dollars for students with valid identification and there is no charge for children twelve years of age and under.
The 28 team field was released Sunday night on the NCAA web site.
Under the direction of Head Coach Dave Cornell, the Camels put together an impressive five-game winning streak that culminated with an 11-6 home victory against Colby College in the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship Quarterfinal round April 28.
After starting the season at 0-3, Connecticut College rallied by winning eight out of its last 10 outings. A thrilling 8-7 four overtime win against Colby back on March 31 galvanized the team and set the stage for the surging Camels, who posted a 7-1 record in the month of April.
Cornell, the 2010 NESCAC and New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coach of the Year, was excited for his team, his senior class, the entire coaching staff and for all the dedicated supporters who have been with the program from day one.
"I am really proud of this group and for all that they achieved this year," Cornell said. "The seniors have shown great leadership. Qualifying for the NCAA Tournament for the second time in the past three years is an awesome accomplishment for them. We are looking forward to the challenge of taking on a talented Western New England University squad Wednesday."
On the field, the team has been led by captains Drew Green (Bryn Mawr, Pa.), Clay Hiller (South Windsor, Conn.), John Lyons (Barrington, R.I.), Michael
O'Donnell (Winchester, Mass.) and Nick Rodricks (Baltimore, Md.).
Hillyer, a second team All-NESCAC selection, has corralled 27 ground balls as a leader of the Camel defense this spring. O'Donnell (Winchester, Mass.), a long stick midfielder and 2010 All-NESCAC honoree continues to excel in riding and clearing situations and ranks second on the squad with 42 ground balls.
A second team All-NESCAC selection at midfield, Lyons leads a nascent offensive unit with 31 goals, 14 assists and 45 points. Lyons is tied for seventh in NESCAC point production and was tied for eighth place in goals scored.
The Camels will have experience on their side. 15 players were on the 2010 roster that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship.
Connecticut College was receiving votes in this past week's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) National Poll. Junior Andrew Freedman (Sudbury, Mass.) ranks second on the squad in scoring with 21 goals and 14 assists for 35 points while sophomore JR Hartgers (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) has accounted for 32 points (16 goals, 16 assists). Tyler Corcoran (Simsbury, Conn.) has scored 12 goals and is tied with Hartgers for eighth place in the league with 16 assists each.
Chuck Czerkawski (Cohasset, Mass.) is 186-for-330 (.564, fourth in NESCAC) on face-offs and has amassed 110 ground balls to rank second in the league. The starting defensive trio consisting of Hillyer, Brogan O'Connor (Haverhill, Mass.-22 gbs) and Mike Brennan (Chester Springs, Pa.-24 gbs) has been terrific.
Connecticut College has won six games in a row on its home turf with its last loss occurring back on March 28.
May 6, 2012