BY BRANDAN BLOM // MARCH 8, 2012 //
Another year of winter sports at Curry is coming to a close, and the season brought lots of excitement.
Three senior hockey players (Payden Benning, Ryan Barlock and John Williams) reached an outstanding 100 career points while leading Curry to the No. 2 seed in the ECAC Northeast hockey tournament. And head coach Rob Davies notched his 200th career win. The Colonels also had six players—Benning, Barlock, Williams, Mike Kavanaugh, Josh Pineiro and Ian DeLong—earn ECAC Northeast All-Conference honors. Unfortunately, the Colonels’ season ended a bit early as they fell in overtime to Wentworth in the ECAC Tournament Championship, 1-0, last weekend.
Hockey is not the only winter sport here, though. The men’s basketball finished the year 11-15 record (9-9 in conference). The Colonels lost to Nichols in the conference tournament quarterfinals, 99-89. Junior guard Sedale Jones and sophomore guard Lambros Papalambros were selected to the All-TCCC men’s basketball team. Next season should be a good one for the team, losing only two seniors—Michael Connery and Andrew Veilleux—to graduation.
The women’s basketball teamput together a 9-17 record (7-11 in conference) and earned a No. 7 seed in the CCC tournament. Like their male counterparts, the Colonels fell in the quarterfinals, losing to Salve Regina, 54-33. Junior forward Hayley Rafferty was named to the All-CCC team. Without a single senior on the squad—and eight freshmen—Curry should have an experienced team next season.
Looking to the spring season, Curry’s teams have gotten off to a good start. The men’s lacrosse team began the year by winning its first two games. The team beat Mount Ida, 8-5, at home on Sunday to open the season, and then took care of business at Salem State with a 6-2 win. Junior Joe Natale scored a hat-trick to help lead the Colonels to a win in Salem. Natale and Russell Lanham top Curry’s offense with four goals each, while Lanham and John Castellano have three assists apiece. Goalie Mike Hibbard has notched an impressive 3.51 goals against average in the two games.
The women’s lacrosse team also opened its season with a victory over Mount Ida by an impressive score of 16-11. Junior Ana Bottary put on a show, leading the Colonels with six goals and three assists. The team’s next game is against Lasell on Wednesday, March 7.
Everything looks good for your Curry College Colonels in the pre-season coach’s polls, with the softball team ranked 5th out of 10. The baseball team is 6th of 9. Both teams are opening their seasons in Florida during spring break.