NEW LONDON, Conn.--For the second straight week, the Connecticut College women's soccer team is holding steady at #6 in the NCAA New England Regional Ranking.
The Camels (10-5-1) are training for what they planning and hoping will be their second appearance in the NCAA Championship in the past three years. The 64 team field is made up of 43 automatic qualifying teams from conference champions, one pool b bid for an independent institution and 20 at large selections from around the nation. The 2016 NCAA Championship field will be released Monday, November 7 at 1:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.
"Our team energy is incredibly high," Connecticut College Head Women's Soccer Coach Norm Riker said. "We just finished off a great Wednesday practice in the hopes of receiving an at large bid this coming week."
The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) is well represented in the latest regional ranking. Williams College, the reigning NCAA Champion, is ranked #1 in the region with an unblemished record of 15-0-1. Amherst College is in the second slot with a record of 13-2-1.
Playing out of the UAA, the Brandeis University Judges are ranked third in the region at 13-3-2. The NESCAC is vacating the next three spots with the Middlebury Panthers ranked #4 (13-3), followed by #5 Trinity College (11-3-2) and the Camels in the sixth slot. WPI, MIT, Bowdoin, Eastern Connecticut State, Wentworth and Springfield are ranked 7-12.
Connecticut College has a strong strength of schedule record of .609 and is 2-4-1 in the field with victories against Middlebury and Eastern Connecticut along with a draw against Bowdoin. Four of the team's five losses have been realized against teams ranked among the top five in the region.
Under the direction of Head Coach Norm Riker, the Camels captured the program's first NESCAC Championship in 2014, advancing into the second round of the NCAA Championship with a school record of 16 wins.
Sophomore forward Alex Baltazar (Ludlow, Mass.) has scored nine goals to rank fourth in the NESCAC and has assisted on four others to lead the Camels while ranking fourth in the conference with 22 points. Junior midfielder Michelle Medina (Hartford, Conn.), a 2016 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar, has dished out eight assists to rank second in the NESCAC and has scored three goals for a total of 14 points. Junior Bryanna Montalvo (Rocky Hill, Conn.) has posted five shutouts to rank fourth in the conference.
Senior captain Amanda Proulx (Smithfield, R.I.) anchors an improved Camel defense that has trimmed its goals against average by 0.43 from a year ago. Classmate and fellow senior Katelyn Murray (Medfield, Mass.) has been a leader for the program. This senior tandem has compiled an impressive record of 32-24-9 (.562).
"We've had great senior leadership," Riker said. It would be great way to continue our season and represent the College at the NCAA Championship."