BY JASON POMBO // APRIL 26, 2017 //
The Colonels faced off against the University of New England Nor’easters in what could be the last game for the senior class on the Walter M. Katz Field.
The rain compromised visibility and ran emotions high for both sides even before the opening whistle.
UNE began the game on a 3-0 run, converting on their first three shots. Sophomore Alex Zadworny then added two more goals to complete his hat trick with 1:20 remaining in the first quarter. That increased the Nor’easter lead to 5-1 after 15 minutes.
The Colonels clearly needed to make adjustments, and they failed to do so before they entered the second quarter of play. UNE began the quarter on fire and refused to let up as they piled up shots and pushed their advantage to 13-2 going into halftime.
The second half started out similar, but Curry showed some life. After letting up three straight goals to open the third quarter, the Colonels outscored the Nor’easters 4-3 over the last eight minutes of the third. Sophomore Devin Newell accounted for half of those to add to his 28 total goals this season, two shy of the team leader.
However, the fourth was much of the same with Curry struggling in the faceoff circle and defensive end. Newell registered his hat-trick goal with six and a half minutes to play in the final frame to cut the score to 20-8.
It would be the last goal the Colonels registered as the final whistle sent the 22-8 score, final.
That also sent their conference record to 3-5 which is still good enough for a tie for fifth place. With a 19-10 victory over Nichols College back on April 2, Curry owned the tie-breaker and walked away with the #5 seed in the CCC Tournament, scheduled to start Saturday.
However, that was still to be determined by the time the game ended and left many Colonels with a bad taste in their mouth.
Senior Nick D’Innocenzo may have played his last game on the Katz field, but knows their work is cut out for them.
“It’s been a thrill to play here for 4 years, I’m going to miss it, and miss this program,” the Medway native remarked. “But we need to work harder,” he continued.
Head Coach Tim Murphy echoed his senior’s thoughts noting, “They all played hard today, but we need to go find a way to win one on Saturday.”
Curry finishes its season with a 9-8 overall record and a 3-5 mark in the CCC, flip-flopping last years’ 10-7 (2-6 CCC) record.
The Colonels will prepare to travel to the #4 Roger Williams Hawks for a 4:30 p.m. opening faceoff in the CCC Quarterfinals Saturday afternoon.