New Games to Come

BY BRANDAN BLOM // MARCH 8, 2012 //

Another year of winter sports at Curry is coming to a close, and the season brought lots of excitement.

Three senior hockey players (Payden Benning, Ryan Barlock and John Williams) reached an outstanding 100 career points while leading Curry to the No. 2 seed in the ECAC Northeast hockey tournament. And head coach Rob Davies notched his 200th career win. The Colonels also had six players—Benning, Barlock, Williams, Mike Kavanaugh, Josh Pineiro and Ian DeLong—earn ECAC Northeast All-Conference honors. Unfortunately, the Colonels’ season ended a bit early as they fell in overtime to Wentworth in the ECAC Tournament Championship, 1-0, last weekend.

Junior Sedale Jones earned all-conference honors this season in leading the Colonels with 21 points per game. // PHOTO COURTESY OF CURRY ATHLETICS.

Hockey is not the only winter sport here, though. The men’s basketball finished the year 11-15 record (9-9 in conference). The Colonels lost to Nichols in the conference tournament quarterfinals, 99-89. Junior guard Sedale Jones and sophomore guard Lambros Papalambros were selected to the All-TCCC men’s basketball team. Next season should be a good one for the team, losing only two seniors—Michael Connery and Andrew Veilleux—to graduation.

The women’s basketball teamput together a 9-17 record (7-11 in conference) and earned a No. 7 seed in the CCC tournament. Like their male counterparts, the Colonels fell in the quarterfinals, losing to Salve Regina, 54-33. Junior forward Hayley Rafferty was named to the All-CCC team. Without a single senior on the squad—and eight freshmen—Curry should have an experienced team next season.

Looking to the spring season, Curry’s teams have gotten off to a good start. The men’s lacrosse team began the year by winning its first two games. The team beat Mount Ida, 8-5, at home on Sunday to open the season, and then took care of business at Salem State with a 6-2 win. Junior Joe Natale scored a hat-trick to help lead the Colonels to a win in Salem. Natale and Russell Lanham top Curry’s offense with four goals each, while Lanham and John Castellano have three assists apiece. Goalie Mike Hibbard has notched an impressive 3.51 goals against average in the two games.

The women’s lacrosse team also opened its season with a victory over Mount Ida by an impressive score of 16-11. Junior Ana Bottary put on a show, leading the Colonels with six goals and three assists. The team’s next game is against Lasell on Wednesday, March 7.

Everything looks good for your Curry College Colonels in the pre-season coach’s polls, with the softball team ranked 5th out of 10. The baseball team is 6th of 9. Both teams are opening their seasons in Florida during spring break.

Hockey Team Notches Wins, Milestones

BY BRANDAN BLOM // FEB. 13, 2012 //

For those of you who don’t know, your Curry College hockey team is doing great this season. The Colonels have a 12-9-2 overall record and sit atop the ECAC Northeast standings at 10-2-0. The team’s first loss came from Western New England last week.

The team's leader in both points and asists, defensman Ryan Barlock, above, recently joined his teammate Payden Benning on the Curry College all-time career 100-point scorers list. // PHOTO COURTESY OF CURRY ATHLETICS

The Colonels’ success is due in part to the outstanding play of senior forward Payden Benning, who leads the team in scoring with 18 goals. Yet, the team leader in points with 35 is senior defenseman—that’s right, defenseman!—Ryan Barlock. He leads the Colonels in assists with 26 and has nine goals.

The goalies are no joke either. Junior Joe Dawson and freshman Derek Mohney have split time in net and account for more than 450 saves this season, each with save percentages of around .900.

The Colonels have played particularly well at home all season. They have a 7-2-1 record at the Ulin Rink in Milton, compared to 5-7-1 away. Their last home game was a big 11-2 win against Salve Regina, giving head coach Rob Davies his 200th career victory. However, the team fell to Nichols College on Feb. 11, 3-2.

It’s still been an incredible season so far, and it’s by no means over. There are still two tough opponents left to play before the ECAC Northeast Tournament starts. Curry plays at Wentworth on Feb. 16 (8 p.m.) and hosts Johnson & Wales Feb. 18 (4:35 p.m.).

Having won the ECAC Northeast championship the last two seasons and with four ECAC tournament appearances in the last eight years, there is some pressure to win it all again and return to the NCAA Division III tournament.