The Connecticut College men's lacrosse team has surged in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), garnering regional and national acclaim over the past five years.
Under the direction of Head Coach Dave Cornell, the Camels have qualified for the NCAA Championship in 2010 and 2012 averaging better than 10 wins per season during this half decade of dominance.
"We are clearly not where we want to be yet but we've certainly made lot of progress over the past few years," Cornell said. "It's been an enjoyable experience to go through. There is no question that we're garnering interest from more talented players in 2014 than we did before 2010. That is a sign of progress. That being said, the challenge we face as a staff and program is to continuously evaluate where we are and what you need to do to reach our goal of winning a NESCAC and National Championship. We need to be bold in our decision making and not be afraid to make mistakes. I think you'll see that this year from us. Our staff has spent a lot of time this summer discussing the direction we want to take this program. I believe you'll see it in the make-up of our 2015 roster and the recruits that will be applying early decision this fall and moving forward. Following the 2009 season, we felt there was a certain direction we needed to go to make our program competitive within the NESCAC and we did that. We now feel the time is right to shift gears in an attempt to get us to the next level. I know it's a very exciting time for our coaching staff."
Cornell's 2010 squad posted a record of 14-3, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Championship. The Camels posted an 8-1 mark in NESCAC play, earning the #1 seed in the NESCAC Championship.
Since 2010, Connecticut College has posted a .604 winning percentage against NESCAC competition with the second highest win total in conference play during the same timeframe.
The Camels have qualified for five consecutive NESCAC Championships.
Connecticut College advanced to the NESCAC Semifinal Round in both 2010 and 2012.
The team posted the best regular season NESCAC record in 2010 (8-1) and 2013 (tied-8-2) and has been ranked nationally in the United State Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association National poll during each of the past five years.