Double Trouble on the Camel Playing Fields as Four Pairs of Twins Are Ready to Compete for the Connecticut College Field Hockey & Women's Soccer Teams
Photography Provided by Anika Goodhue
NEW LONDON, Conn--"Twinning is trending at Connecticut College," said Connecticut College Head Women's Soccer Coach Norm Riker who opens the 2014 season with home games on Friday and Sunday of this weekend.
"It's a rare coincidence to have four sets of twins competing in the fall season," Riker added.
The Camel field hockey and women's soccer team share a common thread with two pairs of twins playing on their respective teams.
Returning for their second season on the pitch are sophomores Annie and Cathy Higgins of West Hartford, Conn.
Joining them on the field will be Miche and Nikki Medina of Hartford, Conn.
Meanwhile, on the Silfen Turf Field, recently appointed head field hockey coach Chrissy Needham welcomes Colbi and Berklee Vaillancourt of Manchester, N.H. while Myrta and Cheyanne Asplundh of Huntingdon Valley, Pa. join forces to help the Camels this fall.
Annie and Cathy Higgins enjoyed immediate success on the soccer field for Riker in 2013.
Annie was feted as the NESCAC Rookie of the Year, the first Camel to do so in the past decade. She shared the team lead with eight points, scoring two goals while assisting on four others.
Cathy proved to be a gifted playmaker in the midfield who will build on a successful rookie campaign for Connecticut College.
"I believe in twin telepathy," Cathy Higgins said. "I pass the ball and just know that Annie will be there!"
And twice last season the Higgins sisters connected for goals. The most memorable connection proved to be the game winner against Bates College. Annie crossed the ball for Cathy who deposited a header into the back of the netting for the home win with only 25 seconds left on the clock.
This fall, the Higgins sisters will welcome another sibling duo from Northwest Catholic, as Miche and Nikki Medina lace up their cleats for the Camels.
"Miche (Michelle) and I both see and think the same way." Nicky Medina said. "We know what the other is going to do and what will happen next."
The Higgins and Medina's relationship goes back a long way. They first met in middle school while playing premier soccer. All four attended Northwest Catholic High School and together the twins won two soccer championships in the Nutmeg State.
"Cathy would pass the ball to Nicky, Nicky would pass the ball to me, I would pass the ball to Miche, and Miche would score!" said Annie Higgins as she recounted the talented groups championship run.
Now, Camel nation is hoping that the synergy that these two sibling pairs have created will carry on to The Green.
The Camels will get their first opportunity to cheer on the women's soccer team this weekend. Friday afternoon, Connecticut College will kick-off the season with a 4:45 p.m. game against Albertus Magnus College before they host the Wildcats from Johnson & Wales University Sunday for a 4:00 p.m. tilt.
On the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field, Head Coach Chrissy Needham welcomes two pairs of twins to the fold.
Chyanne and Myrta Asplundh will be joined by Berklee and Colbi Vaillancourt.
"At first we were thinking of different colleges, but as the decision got closer we realized we wanted to be at the same school," said Cheyanne Asplundh about the decision she and her sister, Myrta, made about attending Connecticut College.
The Asplundhs were the first women to win back-to-back league championships for the Academy of the New Church in the Friends School League of Pa.
Meanwhile, Colbi and Berklee Vaillancourt arrive to New London after taking the State of New Hampshire by storm at the Derryfield School.
The talented tandem won three State Championships in the Granite State, posting a record of 66-3-1 during their four years of competition.
Colbi and Berklee were also doubles partners in high school tennis and captured the NHIAA Girls' Tennis Doubles State Championships in June of 2014.
The Camel field hockey team will hosts Babson College Saturday afternoon for a noon-time match up in New London.
"We can always magically find each other on the field because we know what the other one is doing!" Berklee Vaillancourt said.
It looks to be an exciting time for both teams, just be sure to check your game program so you can see who's who.