BY JAMISON ETTING // APRIL 13, 2015 //
The Curry men’s lacrosse team will host the University of New England Nor’easters in a conference matchup tomorrow (Tuesday, April 14, 7 p.m.). The Colonels are looking to end a three-game losing streak.
Curry (4-8) has won only one game in its last eight played.
The Colonels will look to their two main offensive leaders in sophomore John McMenomey and senior Ron Jensen. Both have compiled 22 points on the year; Jensen has been more of a playmaker, whereas McMenomey leads the team in goals.
With an average of 36.6 shots per game, the Colonels need to put more shots on goal to earn their first home victory of the season (0-5 at Katz Field). Curry is coming off a 15-4 loss to Western New England; the Colonials fell behind 8-0 in the first period of that game.
After getting off to their own slow start this season, the Nor’easters (7-7) have been howling as of late, winning three of their last four games. Most recently, they were able to hold Salve Regina to only four goals in a 9-4 victory.
Dan Auger is the Nor’easters’ main source of offense, with an impressive 45 points on the year. He and Dan Rubenstein are both tied with 23 goals.
And let’s not forget that defense is what wins games. UNE goaltender David Pearson has 107 saves on the year. He seemed almost unbeatable at times against Salve, as he stopped all 10 shots that came his way in the final 30 minutes. Pearson recently won CCC Defensive Player of the Week.
Curry is 1-4 in conference play, which makes this game a must-win for any hope of a conference postseason spot. The Colonials are just one game back from the Nor’easters and Gordon College, who are both 2-3 in conference play.
Curry head coach Tim Murphy is looking to make the playoffs for the first time, as Nor’easters coach Charlie Burch is working toward a return ticket. UNE missed the playoffs last year, after winning the conference championship the year before. Both coaches are in their third year with their respective teams.
With additional reporting by Chris Smith and Sean Nelson.