Colonels Down Amcats, 42-3, in Non-Conference Action

BY ZACH MULLER // SEPT. 18, 2016 //

The Curry College football team defeated Anna Maria College, 42-3 coming off their bye week. The victory puts the Colonels at 2-0 ahead of their first conference game next week.

Coming off a strong performance against Bridgewater state, junior quarterback Alex Corvese shined yet again. He finished with 26 completions on 38 throws for 296 yards and a pair of scores. He added six yards and another pair of touchdowns on the ground as well.

Corvese’s most impressive play came in the second quarter when the play broke down at the Anna Maria 7 yard-line. He rolled to his right, pump-faked a throw to the end zone, which sent a defender flying, then ran the ball in on his own.

Senior Anthony Nastasi had another impressive game, catching nine balls for 93 yards and a touchdown.  Classmate Jake Cawlina one-upped him, however, catching only four passes, for a total of 98 yards.

Freshman Tyler Furey and sophomore Fervon Philips paced the running game, racking up 39 yards on 10 carries and 24 yards on five carries, respectively.

The defense had themselves a day as well.  Sophomores Michael Gugliotti and Marc Mrozek, as well as junior Jack O’Rourke all recorded interceptions, with O’Rourke returning his 33 yards for a touchdown. Sophomore Jeremy Eliades and junior Steven Grogan led the Colonels, tallying seven tackles while Grogan added a sack.

Curry got off to a fast start, scoring on their first drive with a 14-play, 80-yard drive, capped off by Corvese’s first rushing touchdown. The defense started equally as strong, forcing a three-and-out and a pick-six their first two possessions out. After the first frame, the Colonels owned a 21-0 lead.

The Amcats opened the scoring in the second quarter with a field goal, but it would be their only score on the afternoon.

Curry ended the half on their best drive of the day when they stormed 74 yards down the field with only 1:28 to play. From eight yards out, on 4th and goal, Corvese found Nastasi in the back of the end zone to close out the first half with a 35-3 score.

Anna Maria had no answer and the Colonels ended up cruising to a 42-3 final score.

After the game, Coach Skip Bandini was visibly happy with the team’s performance. “We’re 2-0,” he said, “exactly where we need to be.”

Rev it up: Curry’s defense held the Amcats to 3-13 on third down conversions when the entire Colonels sideline “Revs it up,” and makes noise.

M-(Cor)V-P: Over the first 2 games. Alex Corvese has 555 passing yards and 7 total touchdowns. Talk about an amazing start!

Conference-Ready: The Colonels have their first New England Football Conference matchup next week at 3-0 Western New England.
Someone’s unbeaten record is going to fall next Saturday afternoon.

Too Early to Hit Panic Button for Women’s Soccer

By ANDREW PENACHO // SEPT. 16, 2016 //

Curry’s Women soccer team has completed about one-third of their regular season, and the Colonels seem to be leaving their fans with more questions than answers.

Last season was coach Jason Tassinari’s fourth year and he was able to display a team that was picked completely under his control. That team started the season 9-1 but went on to finish 13-6-2 with quarterfinal exits in both the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) tournaments.

This season looked to start off with the same bang as the last. The Colonels won their first three games pretty decisively with scores of 8-1, 2-0 and 5-0.

The script has flipped ever since.

Before the end of the first half of Curry’s game at Wheaton last Wednesday, the Colonels came back from an early 1-0 deficit and claimed a 3-1 lead going into intermission. However, the wheels fell off for Tassinari’s girls, and the Lions scored three unanswered goals of their own to hand Curry its first loss of the season.

Since that game, the Colonels have played three more games but failed to record a goal in any. For Curry fans, this is news since last year’s Colonels never had a string of multiple goalless games in a row.

After Tuesday’s tie with Clark University, Coach Tassinari noted that “Sometimes ties feel like wins, and sometimes ties feel like losses.”

Tassinari went on to say that the Clark tie felt more like a loss.

The good news for Curry fans is that Tassinari is not down on his team, more so, just a little discouraged. The bigger names for Curry, like seniors Kaitlyn Lima and Kelly Parker, along with junior Korinna Tsonis have failed to spark anything through this slump. However, those same names already have a total of 11 goals and seven assists in the first four games of this season.

What else should pump some positive in this squad is their senior goalkeeper, Morgan Stott. Despite a mere 3-3-1 record, she boasts a save percentage of .783, and has two shutouts- maybe trying to recreate what she did last year when she collected nine. Stott does average 1.66 GA, which is just fine when your team, excluding the prior three games, is averaging 3.00 goals a game.

So yes, playing 270 minutes of soccer and failing to score a goal can be unnerving, or even disheartening. But with the group of players like Tassinari’s, Curry fans should feel humble saying a three-game skid for our girls is too much.

The Colonels will look to change the pace and reload for a conference matchup at Endicott College tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

 

Volleyball Drops Home Opener to Mount Ida.

BY COLE MCNANNA // SEPT. 14, 2016 //

The first home game of the 2016 women’s volleyball season saw Mount Ida College come to Curry for a non-conference match-up Tuesday night.

The Mustangs, however, took three straight games away from the Colonels to escape victorious to improve their record to 4-3 on the season. Curry evens out to 2-2 following the match.

It was the first game of the new campaign, which is also under new leadership. Coach Elizabeth Morris was brought in over the off-season and has already been acquainted with her new squad three times over before coming into last night’s contest.

She noted that coming out looking like a new team was important to her and her players. “It wasn’t so much the win or loss it was more about showing up to play…we wanted to show a different team; a faster-paced team, a more aggressive team.”

The Colonels looked to do just that in the first game and jumped out to a 10-8 lead. However, Mount Ida responded and twice rattled off five straight points to reach an 18-11 lead.

Curry formulated an answer of their own and later rallied to a five-point run of their own to bring the score to 23-21. It was just a little too late, and the Colonels couldn’t manage four points before the Mustangs got two and Mount Ida took the first game.

The middle game was another back-and-forth affair with both teams gaining the lead. After trailing 21-15, the Colonels bounced back and forced a timeout after sophomore Grace Stafford produced three straight service aces to bring the score to 22-19. However, the Mustangs’ coaching staff must have had the right message and they finished out the second game to a 25-19 final score.

Again in the last game, neither team could really get a run going for themselves and it came down to the last handful of points. Curry rallied to a 23-18 score and coach Morris rallied her troops in a timeout.

Even on the verge of match-point, the Colonels won the serve back, down by a 24-20 score. However, in the last play, senior Nicole Grambley’s block fell out of bounds and the game ended at a 25-21 score and the Mustangs completed the sweep.

The game ended and saw junior Nicole Rice tally eight kills and Grambley was right behind with six. Senior Makayla Hughes finished the night with 11 assists and junior Courtney Carroll racked up 17 digs.

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Women’s Volleyball ends home opener with a loss to Mount Ida. // Image By COLE MCNANNA

After the game, Grambley echoed her coach’s thoughts and noted that the Colonels wanted to come out looking like a new team. “We came out strong, we started off talking, we definitely started off better than last year.”

However, with the new team, there have also been some growing pains between the new team members and coaching staff. Grambley noted that the more practice scenarios they run through in practice the better off they’ll be.

Point, Rice: Nicole Rice accounted for 10 total points, second-most on the night only to Mary Kate Reidy who accounted 10.5 for Mount Ida.

Road Trip: The Colonels return to action Thursday evening when they travel to Becker College for another non-conference match before going to a tournament Saturday afternoon, also on the road.

Killer 20’s: Curry now has three attackers registered with over 20 kills on the season already; Grace Stafford has 29 while Grambley and Rice both totaled 25 so far.

 

Men’s Soccer Shut Out by Framingham

BY COLE MCNANNA // SEPT. 14, 2016

The Curry men’s soccer team suffered a 1-0 non-conference loss to visiting Framingham State University Tuesday evening in Milton. The loss drops the Colonels to 2-3-1 and lifts the Rams to 2-3.

Curry came into the contest 0-1-1 in their last two games and were hoping to change that trend on their home turf where they have already collected a non-conference win over Emerson.

The match did not start off the way that they had hoped, however, as senior Simon Appiah found the back of the net, thanks to Ken Stahovish’s assist, less than ten minutes into play to give Framingham the lead.

The Colonels worked to respond, and developed plenty of opportunities, but all to no avail as none of the five first-half shots found the back of the net for Curry.

Junior forward Ben Silvi a noted that they “Came out flat in the first half…we weren’t ready for this game.” He added that that team will most certainly will learn from this and go back to work to prepare for a conference matchup with Endicott College, a team near the top of the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

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“We weren’t ready for this game,” says junior forward Ben Siliva. // Image By COLE MCNANNA

Classmate Eric Miller, who anchors the defense, echoed his teammates’ thoughts and said, “We didn’t show up for the first half, we have to be able to put a full 90 minutes together.”

The latter 45 minutes of the game were positive for the Colonels, however, nothing ever did matriculate. Curry outshot Framingham 11-6 in the second half and earned all three of their corners in the second half as well.

Opportunities presented themselves but the ball just didn’t seem to want to go into the net.

Junior Hunter Duval led the Colonels’ shooters with four shots on net with senior Steven Depina, sophomore Christian Mancini and freshman Brandon Rinaldi all right behind with three shots.

The coaching staff and bench players tried to reassure the 11 on the field to just keep at it and keep doing what they’ve been doing and the opportunities will come. The opportunity for the ball to find the net did not unfortunately.

The Colonels have their work cut out for them and Miller knows it. “It’s gotta start in training, we mope around and ask why we’re doing this drill-forget that, we just gotta do the 30 second drill and just keep going forward and then you bring it to the game and then things will happen in the game.”

Silva added that on top of that, the team needs to come together more and get to the same wavelength. “We need to be on the same page…we have to clean up the mistakes, get on the same page, not fight with each other and it’ll all come together at that point.”

Coach Peter Mendel shared similar thoughts, noting a poor first half, a better second half but also acknowledging the notion of playing a full game.

They’ll get right back up on that horse and head out to practice tomorrow afternoon.

Dan The Man: Senior Dan Johnson steps in net for his senior year and is already working towards the 1.44 Goal Against Average he amassed last year after seeing 155 shots. Through the five games he’s played he’s up at a 1.47 GAA after seeing 42 shots.

Youth Movement: Coach Mendel rotated in plenty of new faces on campus, giving six underclassmen the opportunity to see the field last night.

Gull-Vision: Silva himself regarded Endicott as “probably the best team in the conference.” The Colonels get their shot September 17th at 7 p.m. when they travel to Beverly.

Curry College Advocates for Suicide Prevention

BY CHRISTIANNA CASALETTO  // SEPT. 9, 2016 //

Mental health and suicide can be difficult topics to discuss, but Curry College is making strides in opening the discussion and advocating prevention ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, each year, over 42,000 Americans die by suicide, making it the 10th leading killer in the US.

Because of these troubling statistics, various organizations are taking action to alter this trend. Faculty, staff and students alike at Curry College are joining the efforts to minimize the severity of this issue.

The Curry College Counseling Center, just past the basketball courts near the library, offers a variety of counseling services, including individual, couple and group. These services also include various outreach programs like First Year Seminar visits, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response programs, stress management, and more.

Alison Markson, the Director of the Counseling Center, is just one of the many staff members Curry College students can turn to in times of crisis. “Students come to us, sharing deeply personal stories and we talk with them about how their thoughts, feelings and behaviors may impact their overall stress levels, mood and quality of life.”

Markson added that the two most common reasons that students come to the Counseling Center involve anxiety and depression. “This is consistent with national trends at college and university based counseling centers, with anxiety ranking the number one concern.”

Students can also visit the Counseling Center for diverse reasons that include, but are not limited to, grief and loss, homesickness/adjustment to college and relationship or family issues. In addition, counselors will meet with students about mood changes, personal stressors such as finances or academics, as well as the impact(s) that trauma, drugs and alcohol may have on their lives.

“The important thing is that students discuss the issues that are important to them,” says Markson.

Out of all the advice Markson has for suicide prevention, she stressed the trust in your own instincts. “If you believe a friend is in distress, or you notice that they are exhibiting worrisome changes in behavior and/or mood, take it seriously.”

Markson recommends that if you are looking for pointers about how to approach your friend, consider talking with a counselor at the Counseling Center first. She also says that if you yourself are having a difficult time, please let someone know. A friend, an RA, a coach, a professor, advisor, etc. “There are many people out there who can help, and who care about your well-being.”

The Curry College Counseling Center is located in Smith House (up the hill from the basketball courts) and can be reached at 617-333-2182. You can contact the Counseling Center during business hours (8:30am-4:30pm, M-F).  After hours, contact the Counselor on Call via Public Safety at 617-333-2222 or the CD on Duty. They also offer anonymous mental health online screenings at http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/CURRY

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline immediately at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or dial 911.