Season Preview: Tracking the 2013 Camels

The 2013 Camel women's lacrosse season has arrived, and optimism and enthusiasm have reached an all-time high. Under the direction of head coach Liz Longley, the Camels took a solid step forward in 2012 with clutch wins against Williams and Wesleyan.

Longley looks to an experienced group of newcomers along with an energized class of first year players to take the program to an even higher level.

Seniors Libby Nichols, Bri Miller and junior Lowell Abbott make up a talented troika that will serve as the team's leadership team. Nichols has netted 50 goals during her first three years of action for the Camels. Abbott exploded with 45 goals in a breakout sophomore season and should continue to be a force for the Camel blue. Miller flourished in Longley's offense last season, putting up career numbers with 30 goals and 10 assists. With 72 goals and 21 assists, Miller is closing on the 100 point plateau.

Marx helped the Camels win the battles in the trenches. She collected 56 draws while corralling 20 ground balls and will continue to be a major factor if the Camels are going to control time of possession.

Sophomore Lindsey Macdonald (12 gb, 6 dcs), Cecily Cushman (13 gb, 9 dcs) along with junior Haley Dumke (19 gbs, 9 cts) are experienced defenders who will play a critical role in 2013.

In goal, the Camels have two experienced keepers in senior Kelsey Burke and junior Caitlin Cataldo. Burke started all 16 games in 2012 and improved significantly under the direction of former National Champion keeper and Assistant Coach Kate Fowler, posting a 10.84 GAA. Cataldo was the team's starter in 2011 and finished with a 10.05 GAA.

With four NESCAC teams ranked among the top eight in the nation and seven schools in the conference presently ranked in the top 20 of the IWLCA National Poll, the Camels will be challenged on a regular basis. But the Camels should continue to gain confidence and improve under the direction of the winning coaching tandem of Longley and Fowler.

The Camels will open the season Saturday with a noon-time NESCAC match-up against #13 Bowdoin College in New London.


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