Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/19/10
The Connecticut College men’s lacrosse team – featuring six Philly grads – is off to a brilliant 12-0 start and is ranked No. 6 in this week’s USILA Division III poll.
The Camels lead the powerful New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with a 7-0 mark after Saturday’s key 8-6 victory over previously undefeated Tufts University.
Connecticut College is led by sophomore goalie Rob Moccia (Great Valley), who has started in every game and a 6.87 goals against average and 126 saves (.633 average). Moccia, a former winner of the Wapner, Newman and Wigrizer/Phillylacrosse.com Scholar-Athlete of the Week award, had nine saves in the win over Tufts.
Also, freshman defenseman Mike Brennan (Downingtown East) has 10 groundballs in 12 games, sophomore midfielder Drew Green (Episcopal Academy) has 13 groundballs in 10 games, junior midfielder Dan Gallagher (Haverford School) has won 8 of 14 face-offs and freshman defenseman Brian Barasha (Hill School) has appeared in four games,
Also, the Camels’ assistant coach is Topher Grossman, a 2001 graduate of Haverford School. Head coach Dave Cornell is a Gettysburg grad who also was head coach at Muhlenberg.
Cornell was pleased to get the home win Saturday against an explosive and talented Tufts squad.
“I’m just so happy for our guys right now,” Cornell said. “They put in so much work. We’ve been working so hard every week to improve as a team. We think Tufts is a very a dangerous team in unsettled situations. We got caught a couple of times, but for the most part, we rode them very well.”
Tufts will host the Endicott Gulls Tuesday night for a 7:00 p.m. game in Medford, Mass. The Camels will host the Wheaton College Lyons Monday afternoon for a 4:30 p.m. game in New London. The NESCASC playoffs begin May 2.