Head Coach Caitlin Roberts Notches 200th Win With 15-9 Victory Over Salem State

BY CHRIS ARNAUDO // March 8, 2017 //

With the women’s lacrosse team handling non-conference Salem State University 15-9, head coach Caitlin Roberts tallied her 200th career win for the Colonels.

Roberts started the program 16 years ago and has retained the head coaching position ever since. “It feels great,” Roberts said postgame. “However, I don’t coach for my own personal wins. I coach for these girls,” she quickly elaborated.

Her girls already looked like they were in mid-season form, especially offensively. They were led by senior Kelly Parker who had three goals on nine shots on net, including an incredible backhander that beat Salem State goaltender Karlie McLear clean.

Parker pointed out that the Vikings played the same zone defense Curry played last year, so they knew which pockets to attack offensively. That allowed her, classmates Lauren Carroll (3) and Malorie Knowlton (4), and freshman Abby Dubel (4) all to have multi-goal games.

Roberts was quick to mention the play of her senior captain Knowlton, who added two assists, but wanted to talk more about her play on the defensive side of the ball. Salem’s Carolyn Woodin was virtually shut down (2 goals on 4 shots) thanks to the blanket defense from #9 in Purple and White.

The closest the game ever got was when the Colonels held a 6-4 lead going into halftime. Curry rattled off the next five goals in the second half, pushing the score to 11-4 to start to put the game out of reach for the Vikings.

The Colonels worked quick and scored fast in the offensive zone while Salem’s offense was much more methodical, using the perimeter to generate chances closer to the net. That is about the time senior Rachel Smith stepped up in net.

Her only other two years on the team were spent as a midfielder and she was forced between the pipes after Annie Douglas left the spot vacant by getting her degree and all. Smith saw 13 shots on the afternoon and stopped four in her first game action.

She gets the opportunity to continue to build on her improvement tomorrow afternoon as the Colonels sneak in one more game up here before they head to Florida for “Spring Break”. A road trip to Lasell and a flight is the only thing separating them from the warm sun at this point.

Women’s Lacrosse looks to build on past success

BY JASON POMBO // March 5, 2017 //

The women’s lacrosse team looks to build off the 10-8 record that sent them to their 13th Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament in the last 16 years.

Despite that run, the Colonels were tabbed 7th in the Conference’s preseason poll which Head Coach Caitlin Roberts knows means little.

“I don’t pay attention much to preseason polls, if that’s how we’re looked at by the conference, then I enjoy being the underdog,” said Roberts, entering her 17th season at the helm.

The 2017 version of the Colonels has seven seniors, five of whom have played consistently for their four years here. Coach Roberts will be looking to these seniors to provide leadership and success to the team. The graduating members are also tasked with being role models to the inexperienced crop of freshmen new to the campus.

“This [freshman] group reminds me of our current senior class…they are both extremely hard workers,” Roberts said, regarding her new additions. “We have sixnew girls, and they all bring something different to the table.”

All 18 women on the roster have a chance to play in coach’s eyes this season just from the way they continuously make each other better. “They are all one team, they push each other to be better players, and work extremely hard as a team, not as individuals,” said Roberts.

That fusion of players is a key component to winning games and if everyone is on the same page, Coach Roberts sees good things happening. She noted that it’s “the hard work, the dedication, the understanding of peoples’ roles, buying into the philosophy, and playing as a family” that ultimately brings championships.

But before they can get too far, the Colonels need to open the season on Tuesday. Roberts displayed her excitement for seeing how the units gel together in real game action and not against their own teammates in practice.

That start can’t come soon enough to Roberts and her staff who noted that the expectation is a top-four finish in the conference order to host a playoff game which they haven’t done in seven years.

The obvious main goal for the team is to win the championship, but Coach Roberts knows not to get too ahead of herself, one step at a time. That first step comes Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. as Salem State makes the voyage for the non-conference battle.

At the end of the day, Roberts feels her girls (along with all the other sports teams) deserve “as many people as possible to come out and support this team.”
Whaddya say, Curry?

Men’s lacrosse downs Husson University 25-7 in home opener

BY TYLER MILLIKEN // March 2, 2017 //

The Colonels men’s lacrosse team put on quite a show in their home opener Wednesday afternoon, defeating non-conference Husson University, 25-7, through intermittent rain.

Curry improved their season record to 2-0, while the Eagles fell to 0-1 to begin their 2017 campaign.

Once the first whistle blew, the Colonels took full control of this matchup and made sure to secure a lead early…39 seconds to be exact.

Midfielder Tom Cashin opened the scoring with an unassisted goal and only marked the start of a huge day for the junior, as he registered a total of four goals and three assists.

The lead would only continue to increase for Curry, as constant pressure on Husson’s net resulted in an early 5-0 lead before the Eagles locked in. By the end of the first quarter, the Colonels held a commanding 7-2 lead, but head coach Tim Murphy was adamant about not slowing down or coasting.

Freshman Harrison Fallon noted, “Coach does a good job of keeping us focused and making sure we win the game…I think we did a good job of keeping control and keeping the pace of the game.”

Curry displayed that control by not flinching when Husson drew first blood in the second quarter. It stayed on course and continued to bombard Eagle goalie Matt Martin with shots and before the half ended, seven different Colonels registered a goal to put the score at 14-5.

Despite the size of their lead, coach Murphy emphasized poise and consistency during the break according to sophomore Devin Newell: “Coach really kind of kept us all together…he knows how to keep the guys composed. I thought we all came out and played the same game we played in the first half, in the second.”

Playing the same game would mean scoring (a lot), of course, and freshman Andrew DeLeary provided that spark in the third frame. He registered a hat trick in the quarter alone to push the score to 20-6.

Once in the fourth quarter, the Colonels cruised to a 14-12 shot advantage and a 5-1 goal advantage in front of freshman Gavin Guarino who continued to impress in his second start between the pipes.

After a big win, head coach Tim Murphy was all smiles but explained that the team already has its sights on their next opponent.

“You know we are taking it one game at a time. We got Mitchell on Saturday, that’s our focus right now,” Murphy vocalized. “We have a strong conference that we play in, and we hope we take care of business every game up until then and then we’ll figure that out once we get there.”

Curry returns to action this Saturday as out-of-conference Mitchell College (0-2) makes the trip up from Connecticut for a Noontime faceoff.

Men’s Lacrosse looks to bounce back

BY STEVEN SOUSA // Feb. 28, 2017 //

The Curry men’s lacrosse team looks to change the tides in the Commonwealth Coast Conference after their 10-7 overall record landed them 7th in the conference last year.

Fourth-year head coach Tim Murphy set the team’s expectations very clearly; “We do not expect to end up in 7th place; we want to be up around that [top four] area.”

That elusive top-four finish would also mean hosting a playoff game which is “going to be a huge step for us a program,” added coach Murphy.

Two players that will be pivotal to the Colonels’ success will be junior Matt Serra and sophomore MJ Urbano.  Serra led the team in goals and finished 11th in the conference with 36 while Urbano finished close behind with 26, landing him 20th in the league.

Murphy certainly expects a similar type of production from the duo, but also wants to see everyone else get involved on offense in order to not rely on only a couple of guys.

A big change from last year to this year is experience; the 2016 squad had only five seniors which forced a lot of underclassmen to get substantial playing time. Despite that being a weakness last year, Murphy hopes it will turn into a strength this year as those younger players hopefully benefitted from the involvement.

One of those underclassmen seeing a lot of the action was midfielder Wade Prajer. He registered 21 points as a freshman and has now been voted by his teammates as a captain.

“First time for any team that I’ve coached, [the team] voted a sophomore in Wade Prajer as a captain,” said Murphy. “It speaks to his work ethic and the time and effort he puts into his craft.”

Joining him will be senior members of the team in goaltender Shane O’Brien and attackman Dominick Marcella. All three will be crucial components of the team to help reverse the trend of last season.

Despite finishing above .500 overall, the Colonels were a lackluster 2-6 in one of the best conferences in the northeast.

Murphy has added a little bit of variety in this years’ schedule, with non-conference opponents mixed into their conference schedule. The thought is to be able to take a step back and better adjust to the conference teams with the more time in between games.

At the end of the day his players have to go out and play the game from whistle to whistle and coach Murphy seems to like what he’s got; “I think we are little bit more stout across the board in terms of our roster than we have been in years past,” noted Murphy.

He believes that versatility combined with their experience will allow the Colonels to win the closer games that did not go their way last year.

One example of that is their season opener at Umass Dartmouth where Curry came back from a 6-2 deficit after the first quarter and came out with a 13-12 win.

The opportunity to continue the success comes tomorrow afternoon right here at the Walter M. Katz field with the opening faceoff scheduled for 3:30 p.m. against Husson University.

Men’s Hockey comes up short in CCC Quarterfinal

BY CHRIS ARNAUDO // Feb. 26, 2017 //

The Curry Colonels’ men’s hockey season came to a bitter end last night at the hands of the University of New England. However, the 4-2 tally does not tell the story of this slow demise.

Curry came in with high hopes as the #4 seed in the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament, earning the right to host the #5 seed Nor’easters. The Colonels also already registered 8-4 and 3-2 victories over UNE this regular season.

However, the Nor’easters probably had that in the back of their minds too and came out fast on their way to outshooting Curry 10-4 in the opening period. “We couldn’t find the start we wanted to,” senior Tyler Vankleef said postgame.

Just thirteen minutes into the game, senior Chris Harlow netted the games’ first goal. The Colonels we’re only down 1-0, but their body language suggested a much larger deficit.

“Sometimes there’s games where all the effort is there, but it doesn’t look like it,” said head coach T.J. Manastersky about his team’s energy.

Things went from bad to worse in the second period when UNE added a trio of goals. Two of them came on power plays from sophomore defenseman Tucker Ross. CCC Player of the year and First Team All-CCC member Brady Fleurent registered the fourth goal sandwiched in between Ross’ goals.

Sophomore Lionel Mauron finally formulated a response and put Curry on the board three minutes before the period ended.

However, during the intermission, a few Colonels sat outside of the locker room. None of them had their heads down, but all showed signs of defeat.

What would be the final period of Curry’s 2016-17 season lacked intensity and sense of urgency. It took over 12 minutes, and a 5-on-3 power play for the Colonels to claw back to within 2 goals. Mauron was credited with the goal again with assists from Vankleef and senior Jake Heisinger.

With two minutes still showing on the clock, senior goaltender Brett Sinclair was pulled from the net to provide an extra attacker. The Nor’easters didn’t give up any good looks, though, despite four forwards loading the slot with one pressuring the puck carrier. The clock bled down to zero before the Colonels could ring another one home.

Curry ends the season with a 14-10-2 record overall and despite the tough end; Manastersky had only positive things to say about his first recruit class ending their Colonel Careers.

“I told them that I love them and I’m gonna miss [all 11 of them]. They’ve set such a great foundation for this program,” said coach Manastersky.

We wish all the best to the graduating members of the Curry Hockey team and thank them for their time gracing our campus and the Max Ulin Rink.