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They're Back! Camels Set to Open 2015 Season at Roger Williams Saturday

They're Back! Camels Set to Open 2015 Season at Roger Williams Saturday

The temperature may be hovering in the teens and the ground might be covered with snow, but the Camels are back and the 2015 Connecticut College men's lacrosse season is just about here.

Under the direction of Head Coach Dave Cornell, Connecticut College has made two appearances in the NCAA Championship. Over the past five seasons, the Camels have averaged over 10 wins a season giving the second best record in the NESCAC over that time period.  

The Camels have posted 10 wins or more in three of the past five years.

This spring, the Camels will be led by senior specialist Jack Griffin (pictured, Seaford, N.Y.) and junior midfielder Penn Sednaoui (Bedford, N.Y.).

Griffin corralled 70 ground balls and caused 14 turnovers in his sophomore season and has worked his tail off to return from a season ending injury a year ago.

Sednaoui is another experienced midfielder who can move the ball in transition. He dished out five assists a year ago and should continue to build on those numbers this spring.

Sophomore midfielder John Cunningham (Cheshire, Conn.) collected 14 ground balls in his rookie season, sandwiching a goal around two assists and is eager to take on a larger role after starting four games a year ago.

Senior Briggs Barton (Rye, N.Y.) is the team's leading active scorer with 61 goals, 13 assists and 74 points. Barton can score from anywhere in the box with his powerful shot. He exploded with 30 goals in 2014 and will continue to be a go-to player for Cornell's Camels.

Seniors Kieran Morris (Ridgewood, N.J.) and Nate Milne (Manchester, N.H.) along with sophomore Timothy Covel (Cheshire, Conn.) return as experienced starting close defenders.  

Junior net-minder Bobby Bleistein (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) has emerged as one of the unsung heroes in the Camel athletic program. Bleistein won the starting job in his freshman year and was honored as a USILA All-American (2013, 7.34 GAA, .651 Save Pct., 190 Saves) in a memorable rookie season between the pipes.

A former All-Conference lineman on Long Island, Bleistein has no blind side.  He made a miraculous return to finish the 2014 season after suffering an early season injury. Bleistein was terrific in a pre-season scrimmage against UMass-Dartmouth and is ready for another big season in the cage.

The Camels open the season Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. game at Roger Williams University.

Connecticut College will play its home opener Saturday, March 7 when Middlebury College visits New London for a 1:00 p.m. in New London.