10-1 Camels Crack NSCAA Top 25 for First Time This Season

10-1 Camels Crack NSCAA Top 25 for First Time This Season

NEW LONDON, Conn.--On the heels of their weekend sweep of NESCAC rivals Tufts University and Colby College, the 10-1 Connecticut College women's soccer team has cracked the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Top 25 for the first time this season.

Connecticut College is the 22nd ranked team in the nation and has already secured the most wins for the program since 2002.

The Camels have vaulted their way up to #3 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division III Women's New England Poll.

"Breaking into the top 25 is a nice milestone for our program, but the team realizes that rankings can quickly evaporate if we are not focused on having a good practice today and concentrating on the next game on our schedule,"  Connecticut College Head Women's Soccer Coach Norm Riker said. "The notoriety feels good, but it has been our leadership, team-first mentality, and hard work that have brought us to this point. A national ranking encourages us to keep the same approach heading into this week's practice and Saturday's game."

The Camels continue to get strong support from a defense that includes Amanda Onofrio (Greenwich, Conn.), Morgan Cowie-Haskell (Marshfield, Mass.) and Cathy Higggins (West Hartford, Conn.).

Sophomore Bryanna Montalvo (Rocky Hill, Conn.) has posted seven shutouts while leading the NESCAC with a .45 goals against average.

Senior midfielder Astrid Kempainen (Chazy, N.Y.) ranks second in the NESCAC and 30th nationally with .64 assists per game. Kempainen has contributed four goals and seven assists to lead the team with 15 points.

Michelle Medina (Hartford, Conn.) has contributed five goals and four assists for a total of 14 points in her rookie season.

The Camels will visit Bowdoin College Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. game in Brunswick, Maine.

The game will be webcasted live at this link