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.

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.

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?