Women’s Lacrosse Falls Just Short of Western New England in Conference Play

BY BRANDON WILFORE // April 6, 2017 //

In a home battle against a Commonwealth Coast Conference foe in the Western New England Golden Bears, the Curry Colonels women’s lacrosse team fell short by an 11-7 score.

Coming off a blowout win against Worcester State and a conference victory against CCC rival Nichols College, Curry was looking to keep the ball rolling against the visiting Golden Bears. But WNE had other plans.

After falling behind 3-0 early, the Colonels’ offense finally warmed up on a chilly spring evening and answered with two goals of their own by senior Kelly Parker who is now second in the conference in scoring.

But like they did all night, the Golden Bears wouldn’t allow Curry to gain any momentum, scoring the next four goals and taking all the wind out of the Colonels’ sails.

With 11:38 left in the first half Curry trailed 7-2 and was desperate for a goal to narrow the gap before the half, where they could work out the defensive kinks.

That came a few minutes later when WNE fouled and the possession was switched to the Colonels. After a successful clear, they worked the ball around and found senior Malorie Knowlton with seven minutes left in the first half.

After another Golden Bear foul, Knowlton was set up with a free position shot and capitalized to keep the momentum on Curry’s side by narrowing the deficit to only three with four minutes to play in the half.

After the teams traded shots and saves, the Colonels’ Head Coach Caitlin Roberts called a timeout to draw something up with two minutes until the half, hoping to inch closer to the lead.

However, it resulted in a turnover and Western New England’s Lindsey Phillips completed the first-half hat trick with nine seconds remaining.

At the intermission, Curry was trailing 8-4. The Colonels had more shots, fewer turnovers and more ground balls than the Golden Bears…the only thing they trailed in were balls that hit the back of the net.

The halftime adjustments seemed to work as Curry got two good looks, one hitting post, right out of the break.

That second look finally found the back of the net when; you guessed it, Parker scored with about 23 minutes left in the game to bring the Colonels to within three with a lot of time to work.

But Western New England’s Rachel Canning had other plans, netting a pair of goals four minutes in between. With 10-5 showing on the scoreboard, it seemed like Curry wouldn’t be able to take the lead from the Golden Bears who answered all of the Colonels’ goals with a few of their own.

A timeout by Curry after the goals was a clear indication the fans weren’t the only people feeling this slip away. The teams traded shots and saves for the next few minutes before WNE added more salt to the wound when Emily Dolan scored their 11th goal of the night.

Curry wouldn’t give up though, playing gritty defense and not letting the offense die down although trailing by six goals with 13 minutes to play.

The pressure finally paid off when senior Abby Carnevale scored, just a minute after a Colonel Timeout. This narrowed the Golden Bears lead to five with just about five minutes left, doable.

With the time winding down, and a win seeming less and less likely, Curry’s last hope came when senior Lauren Carroll made it a manageable four-goal deficit with around three minutes left.

The Colonels couldn’t get another shot off in the closing minutes and sent the 11-7 score final, falling to 5-7 on the season and 1-3 in the conference.

Seniority:  All of Curry’s 7 goals Wednesday night came from seniors.

The games that matter: Four of the Colonels’ five remaining games this season are against CCC teams, with the next one scheduled for Saturday at noon with Wentworth coming to town.

Offensive minded: Curry’s Kelly Parker and Malorie Knowlton are now #2 and #3 in the Conference in goals, racking up 36 and 34 respectively.

Men’s Lacrosse Drops Conference Showdown Against Western New England

BY JASON POMBO// April 6, 2017 //

The men’s lacrosse team squared off against Commonwealth Coast Conference opponent Western New England, and it did not go as planned for the Colonels.

The Golden Bears came out of the gates swinging, opening the scoring within the first two minutes of the game. The momentum seemed to be on WNE’s side.

Curry then went on an offensive run, scoring a pair of goals in the last minute of the opening period. The charge was led by two dynamic Colonel Sophomores in Dakota Sanders and Devin Newell. Despite evening the score, it was not shifting any momentum towards the Purple and White.

Curry was shut out the entire second period and struggled defensively. Frank Medlicott registered his third goal of the game for the Golden Bears, sending the score at halftime to 6-2.

Once the faceoff started the second half, WNE did not look back and practically owned the final two frames.

Sophomore Wade Prajer and junior Matt Serra netted goals in the last two quarters respectively before the final horn sent the 10-4 score final. It was certainly a sloppy performance from the Colonels, and one to move on from.

“Transitionally we have to play a little bit better all over the field, and we need to push the issue a little bit more on the offensive end,” said Head Coach Murphy after the game.

However, Freshman Keyshawn Evans is still very optimistic about this team’s chances moving forward, saying; “We could definitely work on some things, but we’ll be ready to get back at it Saturday against Wentworth.”

That CCC Matchup is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. at the Walter M. Katz Field. The Leopards bring their 5-5 (1-3) record to Curry, currently owning a three-game losing streak, to compare to the Colonels’ 6-5 (2-2) record on the season.

Softball Splits Doubleheader with Conference foe Nichols College

BY TYLER MILLIKEN // March 31, 2017 //

The Curry bats failed to come alive in the first home game of the 2017 season at the D. Forbes Will Field but battled back and walked-off winners to earn a split with Nichols College.

Although the Colonels already had a couple Commonwealth Coast Conference games under their belt, the Bison were playing in their first conference action, already needing to make up ground.

Junior Mikayla Lambert was given the ball to start the game and came through, delivering a complete game while allowing only three runs. However, those unearned runs would prove to be costly.

Even to start the fourth she had a no-hitter, but the bases were loaded due to walks and errors. After another error allowed the first run to score, the floodgates opened, but only for a short while as Lambert hung in and got Curry out of the inning.

The errors and free passes gave Nichols the scoring chances they couldn’t create and the Colonels just couldn’t match the production. That might have partially been because of the other pitcher in the circle; freshman Alexis Ferris.

The 3-0 victory marked the Bison’s first Conference win of the season in the first game of the doubleheader, and Ferris’ fifth win on the season. Curry totaled four hits through seven innings, while Nichols only accumulated two.

In the second game of the evening, junior Jordan Lizotte got the starting nod for the Colonels, and immediately found a rhythm. She cruised through the first five frames scattering six hits while striking out four Bison.

On top of that, she helped herself out at the plate and drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth. Junior Jess Saluti followed with an RBI single and Lizotte returned to the circle with a 2-0 cushion.

However, the opposing pitcher, senior Meghan Sears, had similar plans and helped her own cause by lifting a two-run home run to even the score in the top of the sixth.

After the game, Lizotte mentioned, “At that point, you have to realize a hit like that is going to happen, and if you get down, a lot worse can happen. I just had to hold my head up high and go at the next batter.”

She was able to do just that and sent the 2-2 score past regulation and gave the fans free softball, although it wouldn’t last long.

Madeline Critch was placed on second base to begin the bottom of the eighth inning, and Rachel Byrd stepped to the plate. Byrd laced a ground ball to center field, which got away from the outfielder and allowed Critch to go home. Although a strong relay cut her down before the plate, Byrd advanced to third on the error.

Just a few pitches into the next at-bat, Sears fired a pitch into the dirt, and Byrd raced home for the win.

The Colonels move to 3-1 in conference play this season, which is a huge improvement on the four conference wins that came from 2016.

While reflecting on the win, senior captain Marissa Bruno noted some struggles the team has been going through off the field.

“Our assistant coach is having some issues, so, before the last inning we got in the huddle and said let’s just do it for Katy, so we had her on our mind and in our hearts,” Bruno explained.

Head Coach Bruce Weckworth was all smiles after the win, proud of his team’s performance.

“There was a nice energy coming out. Jordan did a great job keeping the ball down and away,” Weckworth noted. “This is our time.”

The D. Forbes Will Field goes right back to action as its set to host another CCC doubleheader on Sunday, this time with the first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m. with Gordon College.

Women’s Lacrosse Downs Worcester State, 20-8

BY JASON POMBO // March 31, 2017 //

The women’s lacrosse team welcomed the non-conference Worcester State Lancers to the Walter M. Katz Field Thursday afternoon in hopes of kicking their three-game skid.

The Colonels had started their season 3-6 while the Lancers just broke a three-game skid of their own to open their 2017 campaign 1-3.

Both teams came out firing, trading goals for about half of the first period. By the time there were 12 minutes left in the opening half, the game was tied at four. However, after that, it was nothing but Colonels.

Curry ended the half on a 5-1 run and went into the intermission with a 9-5 advantage over Worcester State thanks in part to a trio of seniors in Kelly Parker, Malorie Knowlton, and Abby Carnevale registering a pair of goals each in the first half.

After ending the opening stanza on fire, the Colonels came out for the second half

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Kelly Parker (3) celebrates with Malorie Knowlton (9) and teammates after a goal. Photo Credit: Curry College Ahtletics

without missing a beat. They steamrolled through the second half, scoring at will. Curry ended the game on a 9-1 run, extending their lead to double digits.

 

Parker concluded with a game-high five goals, and Knowlton finished close behind with four of her own. Carnevale and freshman Abby Dubel also added three goals each to help the Colonels win by a 20-8 margin.

Seniors Rachael Lawrence and Lauren Carroll both added a pair of goals as well, with both of Carroll’s coming in the second half on her birthday (Happy Birthday Lauren!).

The 12-point spread was their most dominant performance of the season. The Lancer defense showed little to no resistance, and the scoreboard reflected that. Head Coach Caitlin Roberts was very proud of her squad and thrilled by their performance.

“Today was the best overall game that we have played as a team, this entire season,” remarked Roberts. “We’ve been changing things up moving positions around, changing our strategy and today we finally executed it.”

Curry will look to keep moving forward going into their conference matchup with Nichols College Saturday afternoon in Dudley.

Softball Looks to Revitalize Postseason Success

BY TYLER MILLIKEN // March 8, 2017 //

For the first time in 20 years, the softball team failed to make the Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament and the only thing on their mind this year is redemption.

Since suffering their final sweep of the season at the hands of Suffolk University last May 4, Head Coach Bruce Weckworth has added six freshmen and named another captain in senior center fielder Mikayla Korona.

The Bellingham native joins classmate Marissa Bruno who held the title along with Amy Nolan last year before Nolan graduated. As the team has changed personnel and leadership roles, the dynamic of the squad is a little different compared to years past; “I think that there’s more energy to the team this year, positive energy,” Korona explained.

While a majority of the team is returning players, Korona and Bruno have played a major part in helping freshman adapt to this new level of competition. Neither captain is willing to take things slowly, with this being the last time they can represent Curry on the diamond.

Their first crack at that last shot comes this Sunday down in sunny Fort Myers, Florida, starting the day early with a 9 a.m. first pitch with SUNY Brockport. That first pitch is just the start of a grueling 40-game season spanning just six weeks of the calendar.

Over that month and a half, a lot of things can happen and Coach Weckworth knows that to be true entering his 22nd year at the helm and owning the program’s all-time Win record. But more than anything, with 40 games in 42 days, strengths and weaknesses of teams are exposed over that breakneck sprint.

In his eyes, one big struggle that plagued the Colonels last season was the inconsistency in the pitcher’s circle. Starters were failing to set the tone early in games, or the bullpen squandered leads in later innings.

With new pitching coach Kathy Berardi assuming the role close to the beginning of the season she did not have much time to acquaint herself with the pitching and catching staffs. Now with an entire offseason to advise her personnel groups, things have shifted in the circle.

Berardi has implemented her own throwing program while developing relationships with the four catchers under her watch. Coach Weckworth has been quite impressed with the development of the girls behind the dish this offseason.

“I also think who you throw to matters. I’m really comfortable. It doesn’t make the pitching better, but it can make the pitching better,” he noted.

Of course, the pitchers can throw their best stuff but if the seven fielders behind her can’t make plays, that’s a big problem.

Defense is a significant component to coach Weckworth’s philosophy in building a successful pitching staff and a well-rounded team. While the team may have some questions in certain departments, their ability to make the routine plays has been a key focus each day in practice.

However, the corner outfield spots have been sort of a revolving door in those practices, with nobody quite stepping up and making Weckworth call one a starter. “We’re looking for a right fielder and a left fielder to come in and play hard, hit [well, and] hit cutoffs when they’re making throws,” Weckworth said. “Defense wins championships.”

Since the first practice of the offseason, coach Weckworth has been preaching one message to his team: “It’s about getting back to the playoffs. [But] it’s not just about getting back, it’s about making some noise and causing some damage,” he vocalized.

According to Captain Korona, the team has run with this message and is using it as motivation to help get the softball team get back to their winning ways.

For the second year in a row, the Colonels have a doubleheader scheduled every time they take the diamond and will play six days in the Sunshine State to kick their season off. Their home opener is the Tuesday after they get back, March 21, as they host Wheelock College for a non-conference matchup.