Recently projected to finish second in the Little East Conference, Caron will lead a Southern Maine squad that feature seven returning players from last season's 9-6 team. The Huskies' nine wins in 2011 marked the program's most single season wins since 2004. The Huskies' went 3-3 in the Little East and close out the season strong winning four of its final six match. Southern Maine advanced to the LEC's semifinal tournament, defeating Bridgewater State 5-0, before falling to eventual champion UMass Dartmouth.
UMass Dartmouth is picked to repeat as LEC champions, receiving five of the seven first place votes and a total of 46 points in a vote by LEC coaches. Southern Maine received the remaining two first places votes and a total of 38 points. Bridgewater State University (32) and the University of Massachusetts Boston (24) complete the top-half of the seven-team preseason rankings.
Along with Caron, the Huskies also return sophomores Christopher G. Ross (Somerset, Mass.) and Corey Dyke (Monmouth, Maine/Monmouth Academy). Ross earned second team All-Little East Conference at fifth singles. Ross finished a solid rookie campaign with an overall record of 8-4 and a 4-2 record against LEC opponents. Ross and Dyke both earned second team all-conference honors at third doubles with a record of 10-5.
Caron led the Huskies at the top of the singles line up last season compiling a respectable 5-7 overall record and a 2-4 mark in the LEC. In doubles action, Caron teamed with junior Jonathan Sproul (Bristol, Maine/Lincoln Academy) for a solid 6-7 mark in doubles action, including a 3-3 mark against conference opponents. Caron and Sproul were 5-4 at second doubles and 1-3 in first doubles.
Through three seasons, Caron has sported an 18-21 record in singles action working his way to the top of the Huskies' order. In doubles action, Caron has an even record of 17-17.
Southern Maine travels to UMass Boston (1:00 p.m.) on Saturday for its first Little East Conference match of the season.