Tracking the 2013 Camels
Head Coach-Dave Cornell (Sixth Season, Gettysburg '96)
Key Returnees: (Lyons, Sr., M, Barrington, R.I., 2012 USILA All-American/2012 All-NESCAC, 33 goals, 14 assists, 47 points, 18 ground balls), Andrew Freedman (Sr., A, Sudbury, Mass., (22g-15a-37 pts, 18 gb), JR Hartgers (Jr., A, Franklin Lakes, N.J., (16g, 17a, 33 pts), Tyler Corcoran (Sr., A, Simsbury, Conn., 12g-17a-29 pts, 14 gb), Stephen Eicher (Sr, M, Northport, N.Y., 17g, 2a, 19 pts), Briggs Barton (So., A, Rye, N.Y., 16g, 3a, 19 pts.), Brogan O'Connor (Sr., D, Haverhill, Mass., 22 gbs), Mike Brennan (Sr., D., Sherborn, Mass., 24 gbs), Brendan Schrader (Sr, FOM, Annapolis, Md., career-71-for-143 (.497), 21 gbs), John Hazard (Jr., M, South Setauket, N.Y., 2-for-3 on face; Nate Roy (Jr., G., Hofstra University/Essex, Conn.)
It's a special time of year for lacrosse fans in Southern Connecticut as the Connecticut College Camels prepare for what should be another exciting season on the turf. Under the direction of Head Coach Dave Cornell, the Camels have hosted NCAA Tournament games in two of the past three seasons.
The Camels, ranked #18 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association National Poll, will be tested immediately with their season opener being played at #15 Bowdoin Saturday before they return home for a classic showdown against #5 Tufts Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
There is talent and depth at almost every position but above all else, the Camels now play with confidence that they can win any game against anyone at any time.
Lyons, Eicher and Corcoran lead a talented offensive unit. Lyons possesses explosive speed and can score with both hands from just about any location in the scoring area. With 54 goals and 34 assists, he could register his 100th point within the first week of the season. Corcoran had an immediate impact upon his arrival from Hofstra. He has a great stick and his three game-winners prove that he is not afraid to take the key shot when the game is on the line. Eicher is another guy who can change the game with his drive and pure athleticism around the cage. With 52 career markers, he will need to be accounted for early and often.
O'Connor (48 career gbs) and Brennan (49 career gbs) are battle tested defenders who will be counted on by Cornell to handle the most challenging assignments with their comprehensive experience and knowledge of the game.
Junior John Hazard and senior Brendan Schrader will play critical roles as two of the team's top face-off midfielders. Schrader has won 71 battles in the trenches and is off to a strong start this season while Hazard has gotten off to a solid start in the pre-season.
In the cage, junior Nate Roy will get his opportunity to display his talents as the team's starting keeper.
Cornell has put together a talented coaching staff. Vincent Redko, a 2010 graduate of Ursinus College, enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Camels.
On April 2, the Camels will celebrate another special occasion with their first home night game being played against UMASS-Dartmouth on the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field.
With an exciting nucleus returning and a talented group of newcomers on board, 2013 should be another exciting season for Connecticut College lacrosse fans. Go Camels!