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Connecticut College previews

Published March 08. 2013 4:00AM

Men's lacrosse

Coach: Dave Cornell (sixth year)

Key returnees: Sr. M John Lyons, Sr. A Andrew Freedman, Jr. A J.R. Hartgers, Sr. A Tyler Corcoran, Sr. M Stephen Eicher, So. A Briggs Barton, Sr. D Brogan O'Connor, Sr. D Mike Brennan, Sr. F Brendan Schrader, Jr. M John Hazard, Jr. G Nate Roy.

Outlook: The Camels, No. 18 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Div. III Poll, will be tested immediately with their season opener being played at No. 15 Bowdoin Saturday before they return home for a showdown against No. 5 Tufts Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Conn has talent and depth at almost every position and Lyons, Eicher and Corcoran lead a talented offensive unit.

Lyons has 54 goals and 34 assists, Corcoran had an immediate impact upon his arrival from Hofstra and Eicher has 52 career goals. O'Connor and Brennan are battle tested defenders and Hazard and Schrader will play critical roles as two of the team's top face-off midfielders. Roy, a former Williams School standout, will get his opportunity as the team's starting keeper.

Women's lacrosse

Coach: Liz Longley (second year)

Key returnees: Sr. A Libby Nichols, Jr. A Lowell Abbott, Sr. M Bri Miller, Jr. M Izzy Marx, So. D Lindsey Macdonald, So. M Cecily Cushman, Jr. M Haley Dumke, Sr. G Kelsey Burke, Jr. G Caitlin Cataldo.

Outlook: Nichols, Miller and Abbott make up a talented trio that will serve as the team's leadership. Nichols has scored 50 goals during her first three years, Abbott had 45 goals in a breakout sophomore season and Miller flourished last season, scoring 30 goals and 10 assists. Marx collected 56 draws and lasy year.

Macdonald, Cushman and Dumke are experienced defenders and Burke and Cataldo are experienced goalies.

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