The Connecticut College women's water polo team will open its 2016 season with six matches at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. this weekend. The reigning Division III Champs will be seeking their fourth consecutive conference crown.
The Camels will certainly miss the accomplishments of its Class of 2015, which included All-Americans Nicky Jasbon (Greenacres, Fla.), Kate Jacobson (Collegeville, Pa.) and Isabel Baneux (Ithaca, N.Y.). Coach Anderson also lost three of his four goalies from last year's team.
Those losses aside, the Camels still return plenty of proven talent that should keep them in contention all season long with the best teams in the region. Senior Kelsey Millward (Baie D'Urfe, Quebec) and Abbey Wrobleski (Honolulu, Hawaii) will serve as team co-captains for the Camels this spring.
Twice honored as an All-American for the Camels, Millward led the Camels with 72 goals and 73 steals, adding 34 assists for the 2015 Division III Champs. Wrobleski enjoyed a breakthrough 2015 season in the pool, contributing 12 goals, 31 assist and 36 steals for Coach Anderson's squad.
Junior Brianna Harrity (Jeffersonville, Pa.) and sophmore Shannon Cry (Monterey, Calif.) should continue to build on solid rookie seasons in the pool. Harrity had 14 goals, 21 assists and 17 steals last year while Cry chipped in with 16 goals, 20 assist and 41 steals in a productive rookie campaign. Sophomores Emma Stephens (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and April Anderson (Mill Valley, Calif.) will look to build on their successful starts this spring. Stephens erupted with 27 goals, 13 assists and 10 steals. She is the team's second leading returning scorer behind Millward. Andersen netted 14 goals with eight helpers and 15 thefts in her rookie campaign.
Sophomores Sophia Soriano (Summerland, Calif.) and Paige Cackovic (New Albany, Ohio) are ready to build on their first year with the program. Soriano had 11 goals, five assists and nine steals while Cackovic finished with 13 steals a year ago.
Junior Sarah Sovia (Pottstown, Pa.) will have a terrific opportunity to be the team's starting keeper in the cage this spring. Sovia made 30 saves and grabbed 12 steals in limited action on a roster that featured four goalies in 2015 but she is ready to step up to the challenge in goal.
Senior Sam Pierce (Windsor, Conn.) and Cry will provide a nice boost to the team when they return from the NCAA Swimming Championship.
Senior Anne Speranza (Hopkinton, Mass.) is stepping off the water to make the transition after competing for the rowing program.
Anderson also welcomes five new first year student-athletes to the team in 2016: Sabrina Afshinnekoo/New York, N.Y.; Kendra Baity/Montclair, N.J.; Ashley Fitch/Deerfield, Mass.; Peri Hummel/Middlebury, Conn. and Sydney Rentsch/Wilkes Barre, Pa.
After they play their six matches in Wisconsin this weekend, the Camels return home to the Whaling City to host the Siena Saints this Thursday night at 6 p.m. in Lott Natatorium.
The 2016 Connecticut College women's water polo season has arrived. It's time to hop on over to Lott Natatorium and support the team.