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Undefeated Camels Crack Top 20 in NSCAA National Ranking

Undefeated Camels Crack Top 20 in NSCAA National Ranking

NEW LONDON, Conn.—The undefeated Connecticut College women's soccer is now receiving national acclaim from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Under the direction of Head Coach Norm Riker, the Camels (7-0) moved up two spots this week to #20 in this week's national ranking. 

The Camels notched four wins this week. Monday night, Connecticut College knocked off Eastern Connecticut State University in double overtime, 2-1. Then on Wednesday, the Camels scored a pair of second half goals en route to a 2-0 shutout victory against the Coast Guard. The Camels capped off the week with a sweep of NESCAC opponents Hamilton and Colby College.

Junior Caroline Kelleher (Holden, Mass.) had a hat-trick to lead the Camels in Saturday's win at Hamilton. Classmate Livi Block (New York, N.Y.) supplied a key first half score in the team's victory against Colby. 

Sophomore Alex Baltazar (Ludlow, Mass.) is leading the NESCAC with seven goals and 16 points. Junior Michelle Medina (Hartford, Conn.) sits atop the conference with six assists and has amassed eight points for the Camels. Junior Bryanna Montalvo (Rocky Hill, Conn.) posted back-to-back shutouts in her first two starts for the Camels this weekend.

Riker has dubbed his junior class as the Nuclear Nine.  Other key contributors from the Class of 2018 include Mackenzie Kingston (Charlotte, Vt.), Lauren Steele (Westford, Mass.), Nicole Medina (Hartford, Conn.), Alexa Tribelli (Cranston, R.I.), and Alex Bukovac (Winnetka, Ill.). 

Up next for the Camels will be a huge conference tilt against second ranked Williams College Saturday in a rematch of the 2014 NESCAC Championship game that will be played here at noon in New London.

In 2014, Riker and the Camels captured the College's first NESCAC Team Championship, setting a program record with 16 wins. Central midfielder Astrid Kempainen '15 was honored as an NSCAA First Team All-American for Connecticut College.