Armed and Determined

BY BRANDAN BLOM // DEC. 13, 2013 // 

From an early age, Kevin Fruwirth was impressing people with his ability to throw a football.

Daniel Fruwirth, Kevin’s father, remembers a day when Kevin was 7 and tossing a football around during his dad’s slow-pitch softball game. Everyone said that little Kevin was going to be a quarterback.

Fruwirth_head EditAt 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, he’s no longer little. But Fruwirth did realize his athletic destiny. As a captain on this year’s football team, the senior led the Colonels to a 4-5 record. He threw for 2,223 passing yards and 24 touchdowns, and was named to the All-NEFC second team. On Dec. 8, he also traveled to Miami, Fla., and played in the 2013 National Bowl Senior All-Star game, which featured many of the nation’s top Division II and III players. But the path that got him here wasn’t always smooth.

Following Fruwirth’s sophomore season at Agawam (Mass.) High School, where he was sharing snaps with another quarterback, his coaches moved him to defensive end. Fruwirth was not happy with that decision, but he played his role in helping the team. However, he spent the following summer at a variety of football camps with the goal of proving his worth as a quarterback. The hard work paid off and Fruwirth won the starting position his senior year.

He was named to the All-Suburban League team, the All-Western Massachusetts team, and led the region in passing yards. Fruwirth chose to attend Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., a Division II school. But after just one semester there, Fruwirth transferred to Curry.

“It just didn’t feel right, being on the football team,” says Fruwirth, a criminal justice major who is scheduled to graduate from Curry this spring. “I wanted the opportunity to play and I didn’t see myself getting that chance in the future at St. A’s.”

Fruwirth says he had known about Curry, but wasn’t recruited by the college. However, after visiting the school “it felt right from the moment I got on campus.”

Fruwirth spent his sophomore season largely on the bench, playing behind Curry senior quarterbacks Mark Gilson and Anthony Carnevale. However, he earned the starting position in 2012 and amassed huge numbers: 266 completions for 2,770 yards (both school records) and 27 touchdowns, with only eight interceptions. Fruwirth led the team to a 6-4 record, including three late-game comebacks, and was ranked 7th in the nation among Division III quarterbacks in passing yards.

Entering this season, Fruwirth’s teammates elected him one of their captains. “He is a good leader because he leads by example,” says Curry head coach Skip Bandini. “He is tough as nails. He may be one of the best competitors I’ve been around.”

But football isn’t the only thing Fruwirth is serious about. With a 3.69 GPA, he is among the best student-athletes on campus. Fruwirth says he hopes to become a Massachusetts state trooper following graduation. “I hold myself to high standards,” he says. “And that is what state troopers are: the best.”

“Keeping a good GPA really just comes down to time management,” Fruwirth adds. “The work isn’t going to get done if you don’t do it, so I force myself to just do it….I am just trying to get a return on my investment.”

If history is any indication, he will surely realize that goal.

Seniors Win PowderPuff Tourney

PHOTOS BY EMILY ARONICA // NOV. 19, 2013 // 

The Curry College PowderPuff football tournament took place on Sunday, Nov. 17 in the pouring rain. Four teams, representing the freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior classes, competed for the 2013 title.

In the first round, Seniors (nicknamed “Twinning. It’s a Lifestyle”) took on Freshmen (“Tough Enuff for PowderPuff”), while Sophomores (“Can’t Tough This”) and Juniors (“Keepin’ It C1A55Y”) competed against each other.

In the final round, the Seniors defeated the Juniors, 14-0.

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Homecoming Weekend for Colonels

BY BRANDAN BLOM // OCT. 18, 2013 //

It’s homecoming weekend at Curry College, which means there will be a plethora of games and excitement around campus.

All of the action kicks off tonight at 7 when the Curry football team takes on Salve Regina at the Walter M. Katz Field. The football team is riding a two-game winning streak, after an 0-3 start to the season.

Senior receiver Richard Johnson has 18 catches for 192 yards, as well as 10 kick returns for 320 yards. // PHOTO BY EMILY ARONICA
Senior receiver Richard Johnson has 18 catches for 192 yards, as well as 10 kick returns for 320 yards. // PHOTO BY EMILY ARONICA

Curry likes to throw the ball, and senior quarterback Kevin Fruwirth already has more than 1,000 yards passing on the season. The offense averages 25.4 points and 374.4 yards per game; Fruwirth has thrown for an average of 201.2 yards per game.

That’s all well and good, but Salve Regina has one of the best cover cornerbacks in the conference in junior Frank Musco, who was named to the National D3football.com team of the week after making seven tackles—six of them solo—and three pass breakups in last week’s game against Western New England.

For Curry to pull out the win, it will need a strong showing on the ground from senior running back Phil Bigelow and juniors Jordan Shairs and Trae Weathers. The ground game opened up in an Oct. 5 game at MIT. Curry rushed for 201 yards and two touchdowns in the 26-21 victory. The dominance continued last Saturday, Oct. 12, in the Colonels’ 27-24 win over Coast Guard. Curry racked up 275 yards rushing, 161 of which came from Shairs. The offensive line is getting healthier and will need to have a big game.

Curry is currently in third place in the NEFC, with a 2-1 conference record. Salve Regina is in first place with a perfect 3-0 conference record.

Football isn’t the only team in action this weekend. The men’s soccer team will take on rival Endicott Saturday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. at Curry. The team is currently 6-5-3 (2-2-2 in conference) and is coming off a 0-2 loss to Gordon and a 2-2 tie with Western New England.

The women’s soccer team has a homecoming game of its own against Endicott tomorrow, Oct. 19, at 1:30 p.m. The team hasn’t won a game yet this month. After a 5-1 start to the season, the Colonels have lost six of their last eight games, including a 0-0 tie against Mass Maritime on Oct. 15. The team is sitting on a 6-7-1 record. Freshman Kaitlyn Lima has 11 of the team’s goals on the season.

Saturday will end with the rugby team’s home game against Lyndon State, at 5 p.m. on the Walter M. Katz Field. Rugby is currently the only unbeaten team (club) on campus. The team is 2-0 after defeating Champlain College and Massachusetts College of the Liberal Arts.

Don’t miss out on one of the most exciting sports weekends of the year.

The Great Bambini

BY KELSEY MARCHETTI // DEC. 7, 2012 //

Wide receiver Rob Bambini made his senior season a memorable one.

In his final year of football at Curry, the Westwood, Mass., native broke three all-time records. Bambini now owns the records for the most receptions (210), most receiving yards (2,922) and most touchdown receptions (38).

Senior wide receiver Rob Bambini set three school records this past season. // COURTESY OF CURRY ATHLETICS //
Senior wide receiver Rob Bambini set three school records this past season. // COURTESY OF CURRY ATHLETICS //

“I had to catch a lot of passes, work hard on and off the field,” said Bambini, a criminal justice major. “There’s a lot of things people don’t see until game day, when you get to showcase all of your hard work. It just takes a lot of hard work and determination.”

Along with his records, Bambini won two major awards this year: the New England Football Writers Association’s Gold Helmet Award for the week of Oct. 8, and the NEFC’s Boyd Division Offensive Player of the Year. The Gold Helmet is awarded weekly, and it goes to the top Division I and the top Division II/III players in New England.

On Oct. 8, Bambini’s last-gasp heroics led Curry to victory over Western New England, 35-32. He had two 39-yard touchdown receptions in the final 15 minutes of the game, including one with exactly one second left in regulation. That game stood out as Bambini’s best performance of the season, as he totaled 14 receptions and 177 receiving yards. He also had two first-half touchdown receptions to add to his tally, making it a four-touchdown game.

“I love the game of football,” explains Bambini, who, amazingly, played only one season of high school football. “It teaches you a lot of life lessons, responsibility and friendship. I don’t think any other sport except for football can give you that.”

In a Sept. 21 game against M.I.T., Bambini caught the game-winning touchdown pass and marshaled a Curry comeback win, 31-28. Bambini thrived against the M.I.T. defense, amassing 13 catches for 221 yards and one touchdown.

Despite playing in only eight of the 10 games this season due to injury, Bambini recorded a whopping 74 receptions, totaling 908 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.