NEW LONDON, Conn.--The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) announced the 2014 Winter All-Sportsmanship Team for each sport sponsored by the conference and eight Camels were named to the squad.
Seniors Pat Deegan (Weymouth, Mass.), Caitlin Cimino (Falmouth, Maine), Kevin Reich (Montvale, N.J.) and John Sluder (Sudbury, Mass.) were joined by juniors Kelsie Fralick (West Chester, Pa.), Leah Puklin (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.) and freshman Valerie Urban (Lancaster, Pa.) on the squad for the Camels.
The All-Sportsmanship Team is composed of one student-athlete from each institution for each sport and is selected by the players and coaches from their respective team for their positive contributions to sportsmanship. The student-athlete selected must be in good academic standing and a member of the team at the conclusion of the season in order to be eligible for selection.
The All-Sportsmanship Team recognizes student-athletes from each varsity sport who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to sportsmanship. These student-athletes exhibit respect for themselves, teammates, coaches, opponents, and spectators. They display sportsmanship not only as a participant in their sport but also as a spectator and in their everyday lives. Through their positive actions and example, these student-athletes inspire others to adhere to the quality of sportsmanship that the NESCAC and the NCAA endorse.
Deegan, a guard on the Camel men's basketball team, is graduating early from the College in just three years with a degree in economics. Deegan netted six points on 3-fo-4 shooting in an early season victory against the University of Maine-Presque Isle.
Cimino, a forward for the Camel women's basketball squad, will graduate in third place on the program's all-time leader list with 126 blocked shots. Cimino had 18 points, five rebounds, five blocked shots and four assists in a NESCAC Quarterfinal game played at Trinity in February.
Reich helped lead the Camel men's hockey team to their first NESCAC Tournament berth since 2009. He also served as a co-captain for the Green-Dot Program, a campus initiative to prevent power-based personal violence through bystander intervention.
Fralick has earned the respect of her teammates, opponents and coaches as one of the top goaltenders in America. Her 39 save effort against top seeded Middlebury College propelled the Camels into the Semifinal Round of the NESCAC Women's Hockey Championship for the second consecutive year.
Sluder led the Camel men's squash team to a Conroy Division Crown. In crunch time in the finals against Hobart, Sluder gutted out a 3-1 victory that paved the way for a Camel triumph in the Conroy Division Championship match for the Camels at the College Squash Association National Championship.
Playing at the #2 slot on the ladder for the women's squash team, Puklin garnered All-NESCAC Honors for the Camels. Connecticut College posted even victories this season, including a 7-2 triumph against Johns Hopkins University in the College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championship.
Matson was a contributor for the Camel men's swimming team that placed third at the NESCAC Championship for the second consecutive year. He will receive his degree in psychology this spring.
In the 1000 yard free style, Urban posted a time of 10:18.68 en route to her second place showing, landing a spot on the All-NESCAC squad for women's swimming team.