NEW LONDON, Conn.—Saturday afternoon, Connecticut College Head Men's Hockey Coach Jim Ward and the entire Camel athletic program honored its Senior Class of 2016.
This class has enjoyed tremendous success on the ice, in the classroom and as leaders in the community.
#7 Sebastian Meltzer from Montreal, Quebec and Lower Canada College:
Sebastian's contributions on the penalty kill, in the face-off circle, and as a defensive specialist have been essential in the overall success of the Camels over his tenure.
His passion for the game and ability to be a good teammate has endeared Sebastian to all those who have played with him during his four years. His presence on the ice and around campus will be missed. Meltzer has amassed 21 points with nine goals and 12 assists in his career. He was honored for his academic prowess on the Dean's List this fall and will receive his economics degree this spring.
#9 Joe Birmingham from Medford, New Jersey and the Northfield Mount Hermon School:
Joe transferred from the University of Connecticut and has integrated seamlessly into the Camels offensive attack during his two years. Joe's experience and humility bolstered the Camels this season. His demeanor and resiliency will continue to inspire all who were fortunate enough to know him during his time as a Camel. In just two years with the program, Birmingham has posted strong offensive numbers, scoring 21 goals while assisting on 21 others for a career total of 42 points. Birmingham will be named to the NESCAC Winter All-Academic team when it is announced next month. He will receive his degree in American Studies and is carrying a minor in economics.
#13 Tim DiPretoro from Philadelphia, Pa and the Northfield Mount Hermon School
Tim has been an integral part of the offense from the moment he stepped foot on campus. His 24 points in 24 games this year has paced the Camel offense and made him one of the most dynamic players in the NESCAC. He has been an exemplary leader, teammate, and role-model during his time in a Camel uniform and he will be sorely missed. DiPretoro is the program's leading active scorer with 36 goals, 37 assists and 73 points.
He was recognized as the NESCAC's Player of the Week on December 8, 2014 and will be honored on the NESCAC's Winter All-Academic Team for the third consecutive year when it is announced next month. Tim is carrying a major in economics and will receive his minor in applied statistics.
#30 Tom Conlin from Norwood, Mass. and Norwood High School
Tom has been a stalwart in net for the Camels. He was named the MVP of the 50th Annual Codfish Bowl in 2015, was twice honored as the NESCAC Player of the Week, and was named to the 2014-2015 All-NESCAC Men's Hockey Second Team. His leadership and work ethic have been inspirational for all those he has played with during his time as a Camel. He is a Green Dot Captain and also holds a leadership position in residential life as a campus Housefellow.
His puck handling and his communication on and off the ice have been instrumental in helping defensemen and the entire team be successful. While we won't miss all the broken sticks, Tom's competitiveness and desire to always be better will be. His contributions not only with the hockey team but across campus will not be forgotten. Conlin has posted an impressive 2.92 goals against average with a .908 save percentage and has made 1,839 saves in his career. Conlin will be honored on the NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team for the third consecutive year when it is announced next month. He will receive his degree in computer science and is also earning a minor in economics.
Bowdoin College Head Men's Hockey Coach Terry Meagher posted the 542nd victory at the helm of the Polar Bear program in his final regular season conference game as the Polar Bears withstood a rally from Connecticut College to come away with a 4-3 victory at Dayton Arena Saturday night.
The visitors extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games, improving to 13-7-4 with a 9-5-4 mark in the NESCAC. They have earned home ice for the opening round of the upcoming NESCAC Championship, locking up the number three seed with their win today. The Camels wrap up the season with a mark of 3-18-3 while finishing at 0-15-3 in conference play.
Senior forward Matt Rubinoff (Oakville, Ont.) scored his eighth goal of the season with 3:13 remaining in regulation to lift the visitors to the win. Rubinoff and Matt Lison (Venetia, Pa.) both contributed with a goal and an assist in the win. Senior forward Chris Fenwick (Quispamsis, New Brunswick) and freshman Cody Todesco (Franklin, Mass.) chipped in with scores for the Polar Bears.
Sophomore Peter Cronin (Norwell, Mass.) made 23 saves in net for the visitors.
Birmingham potted his 10th goal of the season in his regular season finale with the Camels. Freshman Matt Michaud (South Portland, Maine) netted his fifth goal of the season while sophomore defenseman Erik Rost (Cumberland, Maine) chipped in with a score for the hosts.
Conlin made 26 saves in between the pipes for the Camels.