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.

Football Team is Confident Entering First CCC Matchup

BY KELLY LEWICKI // OCT. 13, 2017 //

Saturday marks the start of Commonwealth Coast Conference play for the Curry football team (4-1) as its takes on conference newcomer Becker College (0-5) in Worcester, Mass.

The stats look good for the Colonels. So far this season, they’ve outscored the Hawks by a whopping 112 points. In addition, Curry’s average yards per game on offense far exceed Becker’s. But none of that matters to head coach Skip Bandini.

“We don’t really look at stats because one team could have played four great teams and their stats could look awful, and then they go play an average team and they could be a great team,” said Bandini in a press conference Thursday.

Much of the Colonels’ success has been attributed to senior quarterback Alex Corvese, and notice has been taken of the team’s impressive start to the season. But being featured in a recent Boston Herald article, Corvese claimed, is not making the team feel any added pressure.

“I wouldn’t say pressure at all,” said Corverse, who passed for 377 yards with four total touchdowns last week in a 30-27 win over UMass-Dartmouth. “The recognition is cool, but it doesn’t add any pressure in my eyes. We’re still college kids who just want to win everyday down there.”

It is unsure how the Colonels starting lineup will be affected in Saturday’s game, as Bandini revealed there are multiple players who are injured and will not be playing. He declined to make any further comment on who. When asked why not, he simply responded with, “Because I don’t want to say. You’ll find out on game day.”

Becker is averaging just 5.4 points a game this season, so look for Curry’s defense to be aggressive.

The Colonels’ offense has been averaging approximately 400 yards per game, almost evenly split between rushing and passing (189.6 rushing and 207.8 passing). Expect another heavy mix of both in this game, especially against an opposing offense that can’t stay on the field.

Despite all of the odds seeming to be in favor of the Colonels, Bandini remained consistent that he was “nervous as hell” and “not comfortable in this game at all.”

However, the coach attempted to keep things in perspective.

“It’s just another football game,” said Bandini. “We’ve been focused and are going to stay focused. We never play down to an opponent; if we play to the best of our abilities, we will win.”

The teams face off at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Becker.

 

Additional reporting by Zachary Muller

Softball Rallies to Split Doubleheader with Western New England

BY TYLER MILLIKEN // APRIL 10, 2017 //

Despite entering extra innings for the third time this month, Curry walked off winners of the first game to earn a split with third-ranked Western New England yesterday.

Junior Rebecca Black started in the circle for the Colonels to begin the day, and she went the distance for the second time this season. Across eight innings of work, Black surrendered four runs, but only one was earned. She picked up her third win of the season while lowering her earned run average to 2.60.

The Golden Bears struck early against Black, as they tallied two runs in the second inning. A passed ball by freshman catcher Michaela Colleran allowed the first run to score before WNE manufactured another run via a groundout to shortstop.

In the bottom of the third, Curry answered right back and took the lead with the help of three hits with runners in scoring position.

Juniors Mikayla Lambert and Kevi Oatway started the rally, by mashing almost identical singles up the middle, to score senior captains Marissa Bruno and Mikayla Korona on back-to-back plays. It was then the junior first baseman, Rachel Byrd, gave the Colonels the lead with an RBI double to right field.

The Golden Bears tied the game at three in the top of the sixth, but that was the end of the scoring for the next two innings, sending Curry to extras for the second time in as many days.

Momentum began to swing Western New England’s way in the eighth after Gabby Lavinio lifted a sac fly to center to put the pressure on the home team.

Junior Morgan Bogardus made the last out in the seventh and was placed on second base to begin the eighth inning when freshman Hanna Fleming placed a bunt down the first baseline to put runners on the corners.

Bruno then sent a hard ground ball to shortstop, but Bogardus was cut down at home for the first out of the inning.

Korona stepped up to the plate next, and nearly ended the game with one swing. With the wind blowing out, Korona smoked a ball off the top of the right field wall, barely missing a home run. Fleming scampered home to equalize the game while Bruno strode into third and Korona took second standing up.

Junior second baseman Mikayla Lambert drew a walk to load the bases before classmate Kevi Oatway singled to center and brought the Colonels out of the dugout to mob the heroine.

Once the celebration slowed down, Oatway provided some insight into her thought process before heading up to bat.

“When they walked Mikayla, it was kinda like [them saying] ‘she’s better than the girl after her.’ So, I wanted to get up there and prove myself,” Oatway noted. “I was going in, knowing I was gonna get a hit.”

The victory itself marked Curry’s fourth walk-off win of the season and entering the second game, the Colonels were buzzing with energy.

Unfortunately, Curry’s biggest weakness of the 2017 season decided to reappear again.

Lambert started her tenth game of the season in the second part of the day’s doubleheader and she cruised through the first five innings before giving up two hits to start the sixth.

Senior McKenna Barlow entered the scoreless game and promptly struck out the first batter she faced. However, after inducing a ground ball, Bruno misfired from third base and one run came across unearned. Another groundout saw another Golden Bear score before one more ground ball got the Colonels back to the dugout.

Curry fell silent offensively though, as the second game came to an end. Only four hits were registered for the home team, all of them providing singles.

WNE’s pitcher Samantha DiGiovanni dominated, picking up the complete-game shutout. She kept the Colonels off balance while consistently changed speeds.

Picking up a win and loss against the Golden Bears gives Curry a 10-12 overall record. In the Commonwealth Coast Conference, the Colonels now sit at 5-5, marking an improvement upon last year’s Conference win total.

After the game Head Coach Bruce Weckworth put the game in perspective for the girls in their last year.

“These seniors have never beaten Western New England. Even a split now, is such a signature win in the conference,” Weckworth remarked. “A win like this, over one of the best teams in the conference, validates who we are.”

Korona harped upon the same points as her coach.

“We’re making some noise in the conference. Other teams will see we split with the best team,” Korona added. “It’s a good feeling to come off of a win; it was a crappy feeling to come off of two losses yesterday.”

Curry was rewarded with a day off on Monday and will return to action the 11th as they travel to Suffolk University for a non-conference doubleheader starting at 4 p.m.

In Victory, Men’s Lax Clinches CCC Tournament Berth

BY BRANDON WILFORE // APRIL 9, 2017 //

Before the game junior defenseman Jack Boillotat put the game in perspective and stated simply, “We lost to them last year, and we really want to beat them this year.”

‘They’ being the Wentworth Institute of Technology Leopards, who made the drive for a 3 p.m. Commonwealth Coast Conference tilt.

The Colonels seemed to let last year fuel them and they dominated every facet of the game, coming out victorious by a 23-2 margin.

The beginning of the game was shaping up to be a battle for both teams. Wentworth started the scoring with 14:26 left in the first quarter and Curry responded with two goals. The Leopards tied the game up with about six minutes to play and seemingly packed in the rest of their offense.

Over the rest of the first half, the Colonels racked up 11 more goals, and sophomore Devin Newell completed his hat trick in roughly 16 minutes of game-time.

Curry had the upper hand at halftime in every statistical category, seemingly owning Wentworth.  The Colonels only lost two faceoffs in the first half and led 13-2 at intermission.

They were halfway to something that hasn’t happened since 2012, a win over the Leopards. The Colonels were clearly out to prove a point.

They started the scoring party with around 12 minutes left in the third quarter when junior Tom Cashin sent a ball flying toward the net during a man-up advantage and found twine; 14-2 Curry. Sophomore Dakota Sanders, who was a wrecking ball on defense all day, added a goal to the beat down along with teammates senior Brandon Flaim, and junior Matt Serra.

Sophomore Dakota Sanders, who was a wrecking ball on defense all day, added a goal to the beat down along with teammates senior Brandon Flaim, and junior Matt Serra.

The final period was set to start with the Colonels holding a nice 16-goal lead. Freshmen started to substitute in for starters and get some experience. But that wasn’t going to stop the scoring.

The goals came early and often, and Wentworth’s backup goalie Scott Boucher came in for the final frame to close out the game and seemed shell-shocked after seeing so many shots within the first few minutes.

Things got a little chippy when the clock started to wind down and Curry added one more goal, to put some salt in the wound and send a message.

Colonels and Leopards joined a scrum for a ground ball when it turned more into a wrestling match than scooping up a ball.

A Wentworth player then came from about 15 yards away on a full sprint and laid out a defenseless Curry player…Here we go.

The Colonels’ bench came sprinting onto the field, and oddly enough, the Leopards’ didn’t.

Punches and players went flying and when all the dust settled, six players found themselves in the penalty box.

With only two minutes showing on the clock, the game was out of reach and the horn blared to conclude a Curry-dominated game.

“That was a huge win,” Boillotat said matter-of-fact after the game, summing up the entire team’s attitude toward the win; business-like.

  • Clear Mind: The Colonels finished 31 successful Clears on 32 Clear-Attempts.
  • Shots Fired: Curry registered 23 goals, while Wentworth only had 25 shots in the entire game.
  • Hat Clean Up: Four Colonels had hat tricks, resulting in plenty of lost hats for the fans in attendance.

Softball Drops Doubleheader Against Roger Williams

BY TYLER MILLIKEN and STEVEN SOUSA // APRIL 9, 2017 //

Inconsistency at the plate not only left Curry trailing most of the day but it also left plenty of runners on base as the Colonels fell in both games of a conference doubleheader to Roger Williams.

Junior Mikayla Lambert got the nod to start the day for the Colonels, and the results were not exactly ideal. She did go the distance and registered her eighth complete game to rank second in the Commonwealth Coast Conference nor did she allow an earned run.

Her teammates provided her support right out of the gates and pushed across two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Junior Kevi Oatway drew a walk with the bases loaded to break the tie before classmate Rachel Byrd lifted a sacrifice fly to centerfield.

Despite falling behind early, the Hawks were able to respond right away in the second inning and took advantage of some defensive miscues. Colonel shortstop Jessica Saluti committed a throwing error and allowed two runs to score unearned to tie the game.

Curry went silent until the seventh inning, as the team attempted to earn their fourth walk-off win of the season with the game tied entering the final regulation inning. The Colonels strung two hits and a walk together to load the bases and Lambert came up to help her own cause.

However, she was not able to get it done and instead grounded out to send the game to extras innings, but maybe not for long.

Failing to come through in the seventh ended up being the demise for Curry. Another error plagued the Colonels and right fielder Molly Horn opened the gates for four runs to eventually come in, again unearned to Lambert.

Juliet Hulme secured the victory in the bottom of the eighth for the Hawks, by stalling Curry’s comeback attempt at one run.

At the end of the doubleheader, head coach Bruce Weckworth stated after the games that it probably could have ended before the fans saw free softball.

“Today, that first game, we had it. It shouldn’t have even come down to the late innings,” Weckworth noted. “It’s all about finishing, and putting people in the right spot late in games.”

The Colonels fell to Roger Williams by a 6-3 margin, before entering the second matchup of the day. With their work cut out for them, junior Jordan Lizotte took the circle for Curry in game two but she quickly found herself in trouble.

The Hawks wasted no time stringing together hits for themselves and Julianna Vesce and Mikaela Grosso provided the RBI’s putting the Colonels in an early 2-0 hole.

“I don’t think they reacted as well as they could have,” coach Weckworth noted after the game. “Some games we get down early and we answer right back…today they punched and we didn’t punch back.”

Roger Williams tacked on another run in the top of the third when Vesce drove in her second RBI of the game to give the Hawks a 3-0 lead.

It all seemed to be paying off for Roger Williams as they clearly had more energy from the first pitch on and were never quiet on the diamond. The lone exception for their opposition was Colonel centerfield and co-captain Mikayla Korona.

“I feel as though we could have had more energy, and that fire in our bellies to really succeed in the second game,” remarked Korona.

After conceding two more runs in the fourth inning, Curry responded with two of their own in the bottom of the fifth when Lambert lifted a sacrifice fly and Oatway ripped an RBI single.

McKenna Barlow came in and pitched two innings of relief for the Colonels but the Hawk bats continued to be too much. She gave up four runs in the top of the sixth inning although only two were earned.

In the bottom of the seventh, it appeared that the Colonels were starting to put something together and had the bases loaded. However, Saluti got jammed and popped out to end the game, continuing the theme of leaving runners on base.

Curry now finds itself 4-4 in conference play, while the Hawks improve to 7-1 in that category. The Colonels get right back up on that horse and host Western New England for another conference doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. this Sunday afternoon.

  • It was a brisk day down at the D. Forbes Will Athletic Complex. According to the National Weather Service, it was 47 degrees at first pitch but felt like 32 degrees because of the 20 MPH winds.
  • According to Weckworth, Curry was missing two juniors for today’s games: Morgan Bogardus who was hit in the chin by a ball in pregame warmups and is now in the concussion protocol, and Carolyn Lynch who is currently serving her guard week as she is a United States Marine.
  • This afternoon’s doubleheader marks their fifth and sixth games in three days.