BY TYLER MILLIKEN //
The Colonels collapsed down the stretch last season as injuries and inconsistency plagued the roster but with a talented group of incoming freshman providing depth, this year’s team promises to be different.
As head coach Peter Mendel enters his 11th season at Curry College, the talent surrounding his roster has inspired a different type of approach from him. He’s been transparent with his team, letting each player know their role isn’t safe.
“I think first and foremost, we’re extremely deep this year. We’ve tried to do a good job of bringing in guys at spots that we maybe need a little extra help or need some coverage in,” Mendel said.
With this newfound depth, Mendel made his message to his players very clear.
“Guys are going to have to earn their playing time,” said Mendel.
Leadership continues to be a strength for this team, despite five seniors graduating last spring. Forward Ben Silvia has transitioned into one of the captain roles smoothly, as the team expects him to lead the offense once again.
“I think Silvia feels that there’s still more to come from himself as well, and that he has some unfinished business to do,” said Mendel.
Throughout the offseason, expectations continued to rise amongst the team and coaching staff. The Colonels worked to recapture their confidence which showed when Mendel talked to them about their goals for this season.
“We want a top three seed in the conference. We think we’re capable of that, and we want a conference home game for the playoffs,” said Mendel. “That’s where we think we can be.”
Despite the season opener being right around the corner, there’s still some roles open on the team. Mendel wants to make sure each athlete on his roster is continuing to work for their spot.
After watching their team react poorly to some losses last season, Curry’s coaching staff is hoping to maintain a positive attitude. New assistant head coach Alvaro Amaral was brought to help the team with just that. Amaral, who has experience on the collegiate and professional level, is someone the players can can look to when facing the ups and downs of the season.
Following a disappointing season last year, the Colonels seem to be on the right track for 2017. With an improved roster and a rediscovered confidence, the team will be looking to achieve their goals and more.
The Colonels will kick off their season on Friday, Sept. 1 as they travel to Emerson College for a non-conference matchup at 6 p.m.
Curry’s home crowd will have their first chance to cheer on their team at Walter M. Katz Field when the Colonels host Salem State on Monday, Sept. 4 at 4 p.m.