LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Connecticut College men's lacrosse team cracked the USILA National Poll and is ranked No. 20 in the country following a perfect 3-0 start.
The Camels opened the season with an 8-6 victory over Bowdoin on March 3, routed reigning Great Northeast Athletic Conference champion Lasell by a 23-11 score on March 6, and then beat Middlebury by an 8-6 decision on March 10 to begin the spring on a high note. In addition, the team snapped a four-game losing streak against the Polar Bears and a three-game slide against the Panthers in the process.
The program's instant success can be attributed to balanced scoring and excellent goaltending through three games. Led by junior Jordan Foster (Las Vegas, Nev.) and senior A.J. Vazquez (Bedford, Mass.), thirteen players have combined to score 39 goals and nine have found the back of the net either three, four or five times so far. The Camels have also scored on 57.1 percent of their man-up opportunities, which ranks second in the league.
Defensively, the team is second in the conference with a 7.67 goals against average, and four goalies have combined for a 62.9 percent save percentage. Junior netminder Jameson Hill (Wilton, Conn.), who was named the NESCAC Player of the Week on March 5, has turned away 14 of the 20 shots he has faced in each conference victory against Bowdoin and Middlebury. He also leads all NESCAC goalies with a 6.83 goals against average and is second with a .660 save percentage.
Connecticut College (3-0) will look to stay hot when it faces Transylvania at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore tomorrow afternoon at 12 p.m.