Curry Shut Out by CCC Foe on Senior Night

BY KELLY LEWICKI // Oct. 22, 2017 //

A physical second half had the Curry men’s soccer team seeing yellow in their 1-0 loss to Western New England University on Saturday evening.

As the clock ran down in the first half, it was looking like the first 45 minutes of play weren’t going to produce any action. Both teams had even possession of the ball, but neither could capitalize on their scoring opportunities.

But with less than a minute left, sophomore midfielder Ty Champagne booted one in to put the Golden Bears up 1-0 going into the half.

“Goal at the end, unlucky obviously,” said Curry’s senior goaltender Adam Dibrina. “But it was a good strike. Not much I could really do about it.”

A fire was lit inside Dibrina, who produced four saves in the second half. No matter how close WNE got, they could not penetrate the goal line, even sending two open net shots just wide of the posts.

Despite their goalie’s efforts defending the backfield, the Colonels could not create scoring opportunities, and their frustration started to show. The physicality of the half escalated, so much so that four yellow cards were issued.

Three of those went to Dave Stapleton, Ari Mench, and Mitchell Forbes of Curry.

When asked to comment on the calls, Forbes responded with, “It was a physical game. The [referee] called what he wanted to call. Can’t really go back on it now.”

As time expired, the Colonels remained scoreless, dropping the game to the #1 seed Golden Bears, now 11-5-1 overall and 6-1-1 in Commonwealth Coast Conference play.

“I already said to the guys, all we gotta do is put this one behind us. Honestly, I think it might have been our best game in conference of the entire year,” said Dibrina on the team’s mindset to finish out their season strong.

The Colonels dropped to 8-10-1 (2-6 in conference) and will be traveling to Wentworth on Tuesday for their final game of the season, hoping to snap their now four game skid.

  • Dibrina registered six saves on the night
  • Curry has been shut out in their last four games
  • 8th in the CCC, the Colonels must win on Tuesday to make playoffs

Curry Drops Points on Homecoming

BY GIANCARLO ORSINI // Oct. 21, 2017 //

The Curry women’s soccer team gave up an early goal that turned out to be decisive at full time.

The visiting Golden Bears of Western New England University interrupted the Homecoming Weekend celebrations on Friday night. An early surge gave them the advantage just 17 minutes into the contest as midfielder Kaeli Serafino knocked one past Curry goaltender Kristen Buzzotta for a 1-0 lead that would never change.

“We started off slow,” said Curry assistant coach Kaitlin Lima. “We weren’t clinical in the final third of the field and didn’t generate enough scoring opportunities.”

To be sure, the WNU dominated the opening 25 minutes as the Golden Bears made several personnel changes to keep their momentum. Curry had chanced to level the game, but couldn’t connect on their final passes.

The Colonels started the second half with greater precision. Curry had four consecutive shots in 13 minutes, led by Tayla Randall and Arianna Viscione, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Western New England goaltender Alex Lemekha made 6 saves on the night. Curry outshot Western New England 12-9.

It was yet another conference defeat for the Colonels, who dropped to 1-5-2 in Commonwealth Coast Conference action and 8-7-3 overall.

“It’s not how we pictured our last home game to turn out,” said Viscione, a senior. “We expect more from ourselves and are disappointed to lose another conference game.”

The Golden Bears moved to 9-6-2 (7-1 in conference). Curry will return to the pitch for the last time this regular season at Wentworth on Tuesday night.

  • Curry sits at 8th place in the CCC standings. A win on Tuesday could push the team to 7th.
  • Curry has lost four of its last five games.
  • To make playoffs, the Colonels must win Tuesday to stay atop Nichols and Eastern Nazarene.

 

Men’s Soccer Wins Third Consecutive Team Academic Award

BY STEVEN SOUSA // Oct. 16, 2017 //

United Soccer Coaches announced that the Curry College men’s soccer team is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Team Academic Award for the third year in a row.

The academic award is given out to teams that earn a collective grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.  The 2016-2017 academic year saw the Colonels check in at 3.08.

Head coach Peter Mendel feels it’s an incredible accomplishment for the program and the players in it.

“I’m very proud of the fact we’ve been able to maintain a 3.0 average for three straight years,” Mendel noted. “That’s another testament to the guys and them putting the work in the classroom as well.”

In his past 11 seasons as head coach for the Colonels, Mendel has tried to manufacture a successful soccer program without sacrificing anything in the classroom.  He said it has been a process but the past three years prove it is paying off.

Also in that span, he has become the winningest coach in Curry College men’s soccer history, further cementing his legacy.

The Colonels are one of five men’s teams in the Commonwealth Coast Conference to win the award which registers as half of the conference.  The other four include Western New England, Endicott, Roger Williams, and Salve Regina.

Curry has three games remaining on their schedule and they currently sit at an 8-8-1 overall record and remain 7th in the CCC. Its final two games will pit the Colonels against the third and fourth-place teams in WNE and Wentworth.

The WNE game is a part of Homecoming Weekend, with all in-season sports teams playing on the campus of Curry College. Men’s soccer will kick off at 5:30 p.m.

Women’s Soccer Absorbs 4-0 Loss to First-Place Endicott

BY STEVEN SOUSA // Oct. 14, 2017//

Endicott’s overwhelming offensive attack proved to be too much for the women’s soccer team Saturday afternoon, as final score registered 4-0 in favor of the first-place Gulls.

Much of the first half was spent in the Colonels’ own side of the field and initially didn’t result in a lot of goals. But they were clearly playing with fire.

Endicott broke the tie in the 37th minute when forward Samantha Lello tapped in a rebound for a score, but it didn’t come without controversy.  Gull defenseman Shannon Hickey took a corner kick that bounced off the hands of Curry’s goalkeeper, Haley Rice, and Lello was able to clean up.

Colonels head coach Jason Tassinari felt the call could have easily gone the other way and he let the referee know.

“With the way college officials protect the goalkeepers, I thought that the referee could have blown a quick whistle thinking that maybe the ball was close to her fingers where one finger is technically considered possession,” said Tassinari.  “If we go into halftime 0-0, maybe it’s a different game in the second half.”

The second half was more of the same for Curry but this time, Endicott converted many more opportunities.

The Gulls erupted for three goals in an eight-minute span. The Colonels, who averaged over 18 shots per game heading into the contest, could only muster four on the afternoon, compared to Endicott’s 22.

Tassinari said that the defensive scheme they deployed combined with the skill of the Gulls; it was no surprise that the possession battle turned out in Endicott’s favor, but Curry wasn’t totally without chances.

“We had self-inflicted wounds,” Tassinari explained. “We had chances to attack, chances to play in the offensive third but our own technical skill let us down, we weren’t attacking with that intensity level.”

The loss puts the Colonels at 8-5-3 on the season, but 1-3-2 within the Commonwealth Coast Conference, placing them at 6th.  Their last two losses came against the top two teams in the CCC in Endicott and Roger Williams.

Next up for the Colonels are three “very winnable” games according to Tassinari.  They will need to win out in order to host a home playoff game.

Curry heads to Biddeford, ME on Wednesday to face the eighth-place University of New England Nor’easters, who are 1-4-1 in the conference.

Eric Miller’s Late Goal Secures Coach Mendel’s 100th Win

BY STEVEN SOUSA // Oct. 7, 2017 //

Giancarlo Orsini found Co-captain Eric Miller with just over 10 minutes to play to top conference-rival Eastern Nazarene for Head Coach Peter Mendel’s 100th career win.

Despite the Lions coming into Walter M. Katz Field 0-9 on the season, Mendel’s milestone did not come easy. Both teams finished the first half scoreless with quality opportunities coming few and far between.

Curry earned four corners but the Eastern Nazarene goalkeeper nabbed the ball out of the air on each attempt, not allowing the Colonels to take advantage of their opportunities.

After the first 45, Curry finished with zero shots on net while the Lions’ lone shot came on a free kick in the 43rd minute. Sophomore goalkeeper Paul DeMaio stepped up and protected his net from junior Nabil Chamoun’s shot.

Mendel felt that his team backed off a little bit in the first half but halftime adjustments called for the Colonels to turn up the pressure.

The Purple and White came out firing in the second half, racking up 20 shots in the period with 13 of them landing on net.

Those shots continued to pile up as the clock bore on, racing towards the 90-minute mark. However, Coach Mendel knew that some adjustments had to be made to get one behind freshman Tim Eddings.

“We knew we needed better service,” said Mendel.  “[Their] goalie played tremendously and he did a great job of catching everything in the air so we knew we had to drive balls a little more and keep him on his line.”

Senior Dave Stapleton used those adjustments as the second half went on but entering the 79th minute, he finally found some success. Setting the ball up in the offensive zone, classmate Giancarlo Orsini eventually found the foot of another senior, Eric Miller, who ripped one past Eddings with 79:32 showing on the clock.

Curry retained the score advantage and stymied any attempts from the Eastern Nazarene offense to improve to 7-5-1 overall and 2-2-0 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference, putting them right in the thick of things with the CCC schedule ramping up.

“We knew we needed this one and I think the guys didn’t panic,” Mendel said of his team. “They stayed within the game plan and I think we are right where we needed to be.”

Coach Mendel now reflects a 100-99-18 overall record after 11 years at the helm, already establishing records for both wins and years coaching. Three years ago, he surpassed the first Curry Men’s Soccer Coach, Jim Kaufman, who registered a 71-80-6 record over 10 years.

“It’s a testament to every player that’s ever been here,” Mendel noted. “Every player that’s put on a Curry uniform is a part of this and it’s a great honor, it’s something that I don’t take for granted.”

After all the dust settled, the Colonels regrouped and headed out to Williams College for a 3 p.m. start this afternoon. Mendel will look to move Curry to 8-5-1 while the Ephs kickoff with a 4-3-1 record.