Parker Powers Women’s Lacrosse to Conference Victory on Senior Day

BY COLE McNANNA // APRIL 8 2017 //

With four games left in the season, the women’s lacrosse team honored their seniors and hosted the Wentworth Institute of Technology Leopards for a Commonwealth Coast Conference match-up.

With the season winding down and conference play running low, the Colonels need as many wins as they can get to help jockey for position before the CCC Tournament.

“We needed another conference win,” said Head Coach Caitlin Roberts. “In order to get into the tournament you need at least three conference wins, so coming into it we knew we had to catch this one because we know we already let two games get away.”

However, before they could quite get on the field to play the game, the seven graduating members of the team were honored with a pre-game ceremony of flowers, speeches and plenty of tears. Their family members joined them on the turf for a pre-game embrace before playing on the Walter M Katz Field for one of the last few times.

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Co-Captain Rachel Lawrence greets her parents on the field before the game. // IMAGE CREDIT COLE MCNANNA

Senior Kelly Parker leads Curry in scoring and has been near the top of the scoring log for all four years here and is currently in a battle for the top spot in the Conference for goals, to nobody’s surprise.

“It was our senior day so we were really excited but a little nervous,” Parker noted. “We knew it was a huge conference game and we’re finally at home in the late part of our schedule but we needed this win and we didn’t let the nerves get the best of us.”

There was a transition phase that they went through and despite trailing 2-1 five minutes into it; the Senior Takeover began for the Colonels.

Freshman Abby Dubel tied the game at two to make way for seniors Lauren Carroll, Malorie Knowlton and Parker to take over. The trio of seniors recorded eight of the next nine goals for Curry, spanning both halves and pushing their lead to the largest margin of the game in 11-6 with about 12 minutes to play.

The Leopards tried getting something going but the senior strength of Curry came through again as Abby Carnevale joined the fun and grabbed a goal of her own on senior day. It was of course Parker who closed the stat sheet with her goal showing 57 seconds remaining, marking her game-best fifth goal and conference second-best 41st goal through 13 games.

It was all five of those goals, married with Carroll’s three and Knowlton’s two that lifted the Colonels on Senior Day and Parker tried putting that effort into words after the game.

The senior players line up for photos with their families // IMAGE CREDIT COLE MCNANNA

“Honestly sometimes with us it’s just a spark, once one of us scores one nice goal everyone else just gets fired up,” remarked Parker. “Today was complete team effort, we started off playing a little individually but once we got that one goal, it turned everyone around and we started playing like a team then we got on fire.”

Carroll elaborated on that spark a little, noting the closeness of their bond.

“We’re like a family,” she said simply. “It’s so fun to be able to go out and play with your best friends and get the results you want to get.”

Coach Roberts was quick to note the connections as well, adding it was a long-time coming.

“This was the day they needed to, they haven’t all meshed all together the past couple games and the last two practices we worked solely on attack for them and they did it today, they finally played attack as a unit,” Roberts concluded.

There could have been no better stage for these players to make a difference in their final year and they will look to continue that success on Wednesday afternoon as Framingham State comes in for a 4 p.m. scheduled opening face-off.

Colonels open home schedule with Conference sweep of Eastern Nazarene College

BY CHRIS ARNAUDO and COLE McNANNA // April 8, 2017 //

The long-awaited home opener at the Jack Vallely Diamond saw both of the top starters in the Colonels’ rotation start a conference doubleheader against Eastern Nazarene College.

Junior David Griffin picked up his second win and first complete-game shutout of the year in Curry’s 1-0 victory in game one. The win put them at 2-1 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference, and in good shape for the ladder half of their doubleheader.

“These doubleheaders are brutal,” Head Coach Dave Perdios said postgame. “If you don’t win the first one it puts the pressure on.”

Sure enough, it was the Lions who applied the pressure early on with Andrew Santora swinging at the game’s first pitch and connected for a lead-off double.

“It was a two-seamer that I left over half of the plate and he was expecting fastball,” said starting pitcher Dave Griffin.

He was able to eliminate the threat however, and went on to retire the next three batters to get out of the inning unscathed.

An inning later, with the bases empty and no one out, senior Vincent LoPriore provided the Colonels with the only run they needed.

LoPriore lifted one deep to left and took advantage of the howling wind which sent the ball flying to the bleachers to give Curry a 1-0 lead.

That was more than enough support for Griffin, who went seven full innings. He struck out four while only allowing four hits.

LoPriore, in his fourth and final year as a member of the Curry College baseball team, is in his first year as a position player. Formally a reliever, LoPriore has found a way to get his bat in the lineup as a first baseman.

Coach Perdios praised LoPriore for working hard in the offseason trying to find a new position. LoPriore currently leads the team with a .345 batting average.

It was seemingly a tale of two games as the final game of the two-game set saw fireworks from the Colonels’ bats and a parade of runs.

LoPriore was again in the mix, supplying a two-run single after junior Justin Cage delivered an RBI double to get things going in the bottom of the second.

An early lead for the sophomore stud Matt Fogarty was all he needed to start his day. Although surrendering a run in the following half inning, he was strong all day, finishing with four strikeouts over five innings.

The Curry bats came back to life and provided another three-run inning thanks to the bottom part of the lineup in sophomore Jack Kallinich, freshman Adam Duarte and senior Alex McLean. Fogarty went back to work for one more half inning and got the Colonels back to the dugout to get some more insurance.

Walks plagued Eastern Nazarene and Duarte grabbed another RBI after freshman Mitchell Carvalho was walked around the bases to make the score 8-1 with only two innings to play.

Junior Kevin Jones and senior Brian Burke came in from the bullpen after Fogarty and shut the game down, scattering two hits without allowing a run and fanning a pair to secure the sweep for Curry.

Both Fogarty and Griffin should have enough rest before Sunday’s non-conference doubleheader with Middlebury College, rescheduled from late March. The first pitch of those two games is scheduled for noon.

Women’s lacrosse drops non-conference battle to Umass Dartmouth

BY COLE McNANNA // March 24, 2017 //

The women’s lacrosse team returned to Walter M. Katz Field only to be greeted by non-conference UMass Dartmouth who went up early and didn’t look back.

The Colonels dropped to 3-4 on the early season with their first Commonwealth Coast Conference game scheduled for later this afternoon.

Curry went up early thanks to freshman Abby Dubel and senior Malorie Knowlton just over four minutes into the game. However, the Corsairs responded with an 8-0 run over the next 15 minutes to solidify their lead.

Senior classmates Abby Carnevale and Kelly Parker finally broke the streak before halftime and sent the 9-4 game to break. Although before the game head coaches Caitlin Roberts and Keith Cory decided to shorten the intermission to only five minutes due to the cold weather.

After the abbreviated break, Carnevale netted another goal to open the scoring for the Colonels. UMass Dartmouth had similar plans and in turn went on another run, this time scoring six straight to extend their lead to 15-5 to keep the clock moving through all whistles.

Senior Rachael Lawrence recorded another Curry goal to start to bring them back and freshman Abigail Gulfoil netted one more goal to make the final score 16-7 after 60 minutes.

“I have faith in them that they’ll come in and be pumped to play Gordon tomorrow,” said Coach Roberts after the game. “Sometimes you need a loss like this to put you back in perspective.”

They have the opportunity to get right back into it this afternoon with the opening face-off with Gordon College scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Baseball ready to hit the diamond again

BY COLE McNANNA // March 23, 2017 //

With plenty of arms ready to throw innings, the baseball team will soon be playing after this extended winter’s snow finally leaves the fields to reveal only green grass.

The squad has already seen plenty clear baseball fields playing 11 games between two visits to the southern region of the nation in Georgia and Florida. Although holding a 2-9 record wasn’t exactly the expectation.

Senior captain Brian Burke noted that, “Obviously we didn’t get the results we wanted but I think there are positives we can take out of the trip and most importantly we know what we need to improve on going into conference play.”

One of the strengths that did show itself in the warm weather was the pitching staff. Led by conference all-stars, junior Dave Griffin and sophomore Matt Fogarty, the bullpen houses plenty of hurlers to get the Colonels through the dog days of spring with another roughly 30 games to play in roughly 40 days.

The trio of Burke, Griffin, and Fogarty will headline the starting pitching with freshman James Mello also getting starts according to head coach Dave Perdios, entering his 17th year in the dugout. In the relief part of the staff, Perdios was excited about the way one junior threw the ball over his time on the mound in Florida.

“Kevin Jones threw the ball excellent down in Florida over two outings,” Perdios remarked, “very pleased.” After him, classmates Matt Hailey and Nick Kinsella will also be relied on as well as freshman Tyler Nadeau, among others.

One area of concern will certainly be the infield and it is already throwing the skipper for a loop. Freshman Mike Moreau was thought to hold down the second base slot, but soreness in his arm forced backup outfielder junior John Cave to fill the void for the end of the Florida trip.

“Tough day that last day we lost in 12 innings and made eight errors,” Perdios noted. “We were ahead twice in bottom of innings and we couldn’t hold it and it was errors both times…guys just broke down, our depth caught up to us that last day.”

Another key to their success is going to be staying healthy, already being exemplified with the outfielder in the infield. In addition, Fogarty has been battling an ankle issue since the first day of the trip and despite no break showing up on an X-Ray, he is still limited in practice as of now.

“He was back to practice two days ago (Monday), still taking it slow, but I expect him to be in the lineup the next time we play,” Coach Perdios said.

That next time out should not be too much farther away as the hopes are high that the snow will be gone by early next week. Once the season really gets going, Perdios expects it to come down to the bats he arranges to keep them in and win games.

“If we hit .270 as a team I think we’ll be fine. If we don’t, I think we’ll struggle to be in games because we just can’t score runs,” coach said simply.

At the end of the day the guys just want to play baseball and nearing the ends of some careers can make some think. Senior co-captain Vinny LoPriore reflected on his time and mentioned, “In my last year it would be great to go out on top but if I’m not lucky enough for that, then I just want to lead the way and show the younger guys how to win so they can carry on the tradition for years to come.”

Soon enough the ping of the bat will fill the Jack Vallely Diamond and there will be baseball at Curry College once again.

Women’s basketball falls in opening round of CCC Tournament

BY COLE McNANNA // Feb. 22, 2017 //

The Colonels opened the Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament with a drive to Springfield to face the third-seeded Western New England Golden Bears.

No. 6 Curry stole the lead with an early three-pointer but that would be the last time they held onto a lead. After the 7:52 mark, the Golden Bears maintained a lead and went on to take the opening-round matchup, 57-39.

The Colonels end the season with a 10-16 record overall and an 8-10 record in the CCC while WNE moves on to face No. 2 Roger Williams on Thursday.

After being named to the All-CCC First Team on Monday, sophomore Emily Irwin cemented that status by scoring a game-high 14 points while grabbing four rebounds and a game-best four steals. Classmate Molly Plunkett finished close behind with nine points, and along with Irwin looks to take control of this Curry squad for the next two winters.

Irwin finishes the season at the top of the scoring list for the conference, tied with WNE senior Emily Anderson for 16.1 points per game. Irwin also sits atop the steals leaderboard, with 4.4 steals per her 25 games.

The Colonels now have the entire off-season to think about the end of their season but will only lose one player to graduation. Douglas’ Amanda Gresian wore the Purple and White for her last time and we all thank her for all of her contributions over her career, and wish her the best post-college.

Head coach Fran Elms along with assistant Stacy Cotter are now tasked with the reformation of the team once everything shakes out with the additions and subtractions of his squad.

There will be more basketball played and until then, be on the lookout for our spring sports previews over the next couple of weeks.

Go Colonels.