Men’s Lax Falls in Regular-Season Finale

BY JASON POMBO // APRIL 26, 2017 //

The Colonels faced off against the University of New England Nor’easters in what could be the last game for the senior class on the Walter M. Katz Field.

The rain compromised visibility and ran emotions high for both sides even before the opening whistle.

UNE began the game on a 3-0 run, converting on their first three shots. Sophomore Alex Zadworny then added two more goals to complete his hat trick with 1:20 remaining in the first quarter. That increased the Nor’easter lead to 5-1 after 15 minutes.

The Colonels clearly needed to make adjustments, and they failed to do so before they entered the second quarter of play. UNE began the quarter on fire and refused to let up as they piled up shots and pushed their advantage to 13-2 going into halftime.

The second half started out similar, but Curry showed some life. After letting up three straight goals to open the third quarter, the Colonels outscored the Nor’easters 4-3 over the last eight minutes of the third. Sophomore Devin Newell accounted for half of those to add to his 28 total goals this season, two shy of the team leader.

However, the fourth was much of the same with Curry struggling in the faceoff circle and defensive end. Newell registered his hat-trick goal with six and a half minutes to play in the final frame to cut the score to 20-8.

It would be the last goal the Colonels registered as the final whistle sent the 22-8 score, final.

That also sent their conference record to 3-5 which is still good enough for a tie for fifth place. With a 19-10 victory over Nichols College back on April 2, Curry owned the tie-breaker and walked away with the #5 seed in the CCC Tournament, scheduled to start Saturday.

 

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However, that was still to be determined by the time the game ended and left many Colonels with a bad taste in their mouth.

Senior Nick D’Innocenzo may have played his last game on the Katz field, but knows their work is cut out for them.

“It’s been a thrill to play here for 4 years, I’m going to miss it, and miss this program,” the Medway native remarked. “But we need to work harder,” he continued.

Head Coach Tim Murphy echoed his senior’s thoughts noting, “They all played hard today, but we need to go find a way to win one on Saturday.”

Curry finishes its season with a 9-8 overall record and a 3-5 mark in the CCC, flip-flopping last years’ 10-7 (2-6 CCC) record.

The Colonels will prepare to travel to the #4 Roger Williams Hawks for a 4:30 p.m. opening faceoff in the CCC Quarterfinals Saturday afternoon.

 

Softball Honors Seniors in Regular-Season Finale

BY TYLER MILLIKEN // APRIL 25, 2017 //

After being rained out over the weekend, the Colonels finally got the opportunity to honor their three seniors against the Salve Regina Seahawks at the D. Forbes Will Field.

It was the last chance for the three graduating members of the Curry Community to play the game of softball with a chance at a playoff berth on the line.

The three Colonel seniors from three different states. Marissa Bruno (left) of Milford, Conn., Mikayla Korona (center) from Bellingham, Mass., and McKenna Barlow (right) from Middletown, R.I. // PHOTO COURTESY OF CURRY COLLEGE ATHLETICS

It was of course a senior who got the starting nod for the Colonels and McKenna Barlow, of Middletown, R.I., took the circle for her fifth start of the season. However, the results were not exactly what she had hoped for.

The Seahawks’ ability to consistently make contact tormented Barlow, as she only picked up a single strikeout during the afternoon.

Curry’s offense failed to make any noise in the first game, as Salve Regina’s Kelsey Boarman dazzled in a complete-game shutout. Boarman allowed only one hit, while striking out and walking a single batter each.

The Seahawks pushed runs across in four different innings, with the help of some solid base running and steadily putting the ball in play. The Colonels seemed to be chasing hits all day, while Barlow battled to work through each inning. She did finish the entire game but not before surrendering six runs (four earned) on 13 hits.

The 6-0 final dropped Curry to 15-20 overall and 7-10 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference. That was a good enough mark to be hanging around sixth place, the final spot in the playoffs.

Once game two rolled around, junior Rebecca Black entered the circle for the Colonels, with the hope of ending the team’s four-game losing streak.

Despite a tough start to begin the day, Curry started the second game with some punch at the plate. In her final game on Forbes Field, Marissa Bruno added to her legacy by launching a solo home run to center field to start the bottom of the first. The captain rounded the bases only to be mobbed by her teammates at home.

However, the Seahawks formulated a response right away and pushed three runs across to steal the lead the Colonels just got. Salve added two more in the fourth and Curry could only get one more run across before seven innings were played.

Black got tagged with the loss in her 11th start to drop her record to 5-6 while giving up five earned runs on nine hits in her seventh complete game.

The Seahawks handed the Colonels a sweep to end their season on a five-game losing streak to cement their regular season record at 15-21 overall and 7-11 in the CCC.

At the end of the day Curry found itself in a tie with Gordon College for the sixth and final playoff spot in the CCC Tournament. The Fighting Scots traveled to Nichols College yesterday and earned a split to finish their season at 14-20 overall and an identical 7-11 in the CCC.

The one extra non-conference victory for the Purple and White nudged their overall winning percentage to .417, ahead of Gordon’s .412 to sit at the #6 seed.

However, that was still to be determined by the time the final out was recorded and there was a lingering cloud of emotion after the game.

“I’m trying not to cry right now,” Barlow explained, thinking about the end of her Curry career. “It’s tough, I had to put up a fight to get back on the team and everything…it’s crazy to think I was a freshman just four years ago.”

Despite the season ending on such a tough note, co-captain Mikayla Korona was optimistic about what the future holds after softball.

“In everybody’s life your athletics end, and my post-career will start soon,” the Bellingham-native remarked. “I’ve had a good career all in all from when I was little, to now. In my eyes I thought we fought till the end, but one team has to win at the end of the day, and it wasn’t us.”

At the end of the day’s celebrations, Head Coach Bruce Weckworth helped breakdown just what his seniors meant to him over the years.

“It’s devastating for us,” Weckworth put simply. “They’ve grown as young women from where they were as freshman to where they are today. This group…I wish I could coach them forever.”

The final games of the Commonwealth Coast Conference schedule consist of Wentworth traveling to Nichols which was scheduled for today, but rain has postponed it.

The CCC Tournament is scheduled to begin on April 28, and the Colonels will be waiting patiently for the final seedings.

 

 

Serra Grabs 100th Career Point in Win Over Dean College

BY TYLER MILLIKEN // April 19, 2017 //

The men’s lacrosse team overwhelmed the Dean College Bulldogs, dominating time of possession and shots en route to a 15-7 non-conference win at the Walter M. Katz Field.

On a windy, spring night, both sidelines were brimming with energy before the opening whistle even blew. However, it was the Colonels’ constant pressure from the get co that put the Bulldogs down early and set the tone for the rest of the game.

Curry’s physicality highlighted the first few minutes of play with 6’ 3” sophomore defenseman Dakota Sanders delivering huge hits all over the field on a few different Dean Defenders.

Senior Jack McMenomey put the Colonels on the board first with a bounce-shot after sophomore Devin Newell placed a perfect pass in front of the net with 10:51 remaining in the opening quarter.

By the end of the first quarter, Curry owned a 4-2 advantage thanks to the offense’s seamless communication. Once the second quarter started, the Colonels began feeding their scorers with multiple shot opportunities on each drive.

Curry was able to net a trio of goals before halftime to extend their lead to 7-4. The Bulldogs continued to scratch their way back but were failing to successfully move the ball.

Coming out of the halftime break, the Colonels’ persistent attack finally toppled the Dean Defenses.

Curry registered three goals in third before adding another fistful in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs failed to match the Colonels’ firepower and could not keep up with the parade of shots finding the back of the net. Only three more shots found twine for Dean over the final two frames.

Serra Score
Junior Matt Serra leads the team with 28 Goals through 15 games. Photo Credit: Curry College Athletics

Most of the fourth quarter was all academic with the margin being too much for the Bulldogs to overcome. McMenomey and classmate Brandon Flaim secured their hat tricks in the third and fourth quarter respectively, pushing their goal totals to 25 and 11 each.

Junior Matt Serra also registered his second point of the game in the final frame, grabbing his 100th career point with a goal on the man-advantage.

Once the clock ran out, the final score read 15-7 and the final shot chart had Curry outshooting Dean by a 54-30 gap.

It marked an important win for the Colonels, who improved their record to 9-6 overall.

After picking up the victory, Newell described the team’s mentality heading into a non-conference competition like this one.

“These types of games just have to be treated like a conference game,” Newell explained. “We seem to do pretty well because we keep the right mindset. It’s just a big mental thing.”

Coming off a big team win, Flaim reiterated that the squad has but one goal with only two games left before tournament time.

“We’re focused on heading into the playoffs. We need one more win in our conference to get home field advantage,” Flaim noted.

While looking ahead to that tournament play, Head Coach Tim Murphy explained the mindset he wants his players to get into.

“We just need to have some fun,” Murphy remarked. “That’s the name of the game for us heading down the stretch. It’s important for the guys to remember why they want to play this game.”

Curry gets to have some more fun this Saturday as they travel to Newport, R.I. to face off against the Salve Regina Seahawks for a Commonwealth Coast Conference matchup starting at noon.

Freshman James Mello’s Home Debut Spoiled by Suffolk University

BY CHRIS ARNAUDO // APRIL 12, 2017 //

With temperatures setting records across Massachusetts, Curry hosted nearby Suffolk University for a non-conference, nine-inning game in nearly perfect baseball weather.

In what was dubbed a ‘staff day’ by most of the players on the team, Head Coach Dave Perdios called upon five hurlers to take the mound in a losing effort.

Freshman James Mello, hailing from Fall River, got the nod to begin the day and sliced through the lineup like butter, allowing only two baserunners over the first three innings. Mello said he simply approached his first home college start “like any other game.”

Before he retired the side in the top of the third, however, the Colonels had already given him insurance. Senior Vincent LoPriore, converting from pitcher to first baseman, jacked his second home run of the season to kick off the bottom of the second.

“I was seeing a lot of fastballs early on…I got one inside and swung as hard as I could,” said the former pitcher.

After stringing together a couple hits and walks, classmate Alex McLean plated sophomore Tyler Jenkins to give Curry a 2-0 lead after two full innings.

Jenkins returned the favor the next time out in the bottom of the third and hit in LoPriore while senior Nick Crivello followed it up and sent Jenkins home with a RBI double to extend the Colonel lead to 4-0.

Things got a little shaky for Mello the second time through the lineup, however, and he ended up giving two runs back in the top of the fourth only to surrender the lead for good the next inning.

One run had scored already but Mello had two outs and only one runner on in the top of the fifth. However, he put another runner on by plunking him with a pitch and the next man up did the most damage. The Rams’ freshman catcher Matt Brenner curled one around the leftfield foul pole to supply a 6-4 lead they would not surrender.

Mello let up one more run before getting out of his fifth and final inning of work, allowing seven total
runs, only five of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks while striking one batter out.

Curry never regained the lead, and could only muster up two more runs the rest of the game thanks to a sacrifice fly from junior John Cave and Crivello reaching on an error allowing LoPriore to score.

LoPriore, who is still listed as a Pitcher on the roster, has seemingly not missed a beat so far in his transition back to the plate, racking up 37 at bats over 16 games smacking 13 hits (three doubles, two home runs) and driving in seven runs. On top of that, he leads the team with a .351 batting average right now.

“[That] feels good but I just wanna get some more wins together. That’s what most important right now,” the Boston native said about being at the top of the team’s batting category.

The Colonels gets right back up on that horse as they welcome in Commonwealth Coast Conference foe Western New England, barring inclement weather, for a doubleheader starting at 2:30 this afternoon, Wednesday the 12th. Two games that have huge implications in the standings.

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.