Colonels Rebound in Victory Against Westfield
BY COLE McNANNA // OCT. 1, 2015 //
The Colonels bounced back from their only loss this season, making short work of visiting Westfield State Wednesday night in a 4-0 non-conference win.
Curry took control from the start of the game, spending nearly six minutes in the offensive zone and taking three shots on net in the game’s first possession.
Soon after that, senior Rolando Montero scored a goal by finding a rebound off an Owls defender after a corner kick from classmate Matt Cotnoir fifteen minutes into the game.
With seven and a half minutes left in the first half, senior Tim Stein led Cotnoir with a through ball for a chip shot over sliding Westfield goalie Marc Patnaude.
Four minutes later, junior Garrett Lemoine connected with freshman Tristan Eckert for the third Colonels goal of the first half.
Coach Peter Mendel noted that despite a couple of injuries, as long as Curry played good defense, he had confidence in his forwards to get the offense going.
“We wanted to make sure we were good defensively,” said Mendel, “and if we knew we could have a good unit back there, then we would be pretty good in the midfield and the forwards… and once that was set, we were able to work the ball through the midfield and get some early goals which is always nice.”
It was much of the same domination in the second half, with Curry scoring one more time with nine minutes left in the game. This time, sophomore Hunter Duval led Cotnoir in the box to allow him to net his second of the game, and fourth for the Colonels.
After the game, Cotnoir said that the win was great timing after the team’s nine game win streak was snapped last Saturday.
“It gives us a lot of confidence,” he said. “We have a big game in conference coming up and coming off a loss on Saturday, it was a big win to get to get back on track and get the winning streak going again.”
Sophomore defenseman Giancarlo Orsini echoed that tonight was an important win for the team. In order to get back on track, he said the Colonel’s needed to win the game decisively. “We needed to punish Westfield so we can get back on track for Gordon,” he said.
Mendel added that although there are still things to “neaten up”, Curry is heading in the right direction.
“Huge conference game on Saturday, I was pleased with how we played tonight… but overall to get back on the winning streak and to keep a clean sheet and not allow any goals was always nice and it means we’re on the right track.”
Shutout Number Six for Johnson: Junior goaltender Dan Johnson notched his sixth shutout of the season Wednesday with ten saves, and his defense limited the Owls shots on goal. His counterpart Patnaude made just two saves on shots on goal.
Braving the Elements: Despite a torrential 2.8 inches of rainfall yesterday and strong winds, the game went on as planned. Sophomore Eric Miller clarified that the game would only be cancelled in the event of lightning, but that the weather obviously impacts the game conditions.
Conference Face-off On Deck: The Colonels travel to Gordon College in the aforementioned conference game this Saturday with a 3 p.m. kick-off. The Fighting Scots enter Saturday’s action with a much better record than the Owls had, at 7-2 overall with a five-game win streak, and should pose a challenge for the rebounding Colonels.