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.

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.

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.

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?