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.

 

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.

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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.

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.

Parker Powers Women’s Lacrosse to Conference Victory on Senior Day

BY COLE McNANNA // APRIL 8 2017 //

With four games left in the season, the women’s lacrosse team honored their seniors and hosted the Wentworth Institute of Technology Leopards for a Commonwealth Coast Conference match-up.

With the season winding down and conference play running low, the Colonels need as many wins as they can get to help jockey for position before the CCC Tournament.

“We needed another conference win,” said Head Coach Caitlin Roberts. “In order to get into the tournament you need at least three conference wins, so coming into it we knew we had to catch this one because we know we already let two games get away.”

However, before they could quite get on the field to play the game, the seven graduating members of the team were honored with a pre-game ceremony of flowers, speeches and plenty of tears. Their family members joined them on the turf for a pre-game embrace before playing on the Walter M Katz Field for one of the last few times.

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Co-Captain Rachel Lawrence greets her parents on the field before the game. // IMAGE CREDIT COLE MCNANNA

Senior Kelly Parker leads Curry in scoring and has been near the top of the scoring log for all four years here and is currently in a battle for the top spot in the Conference for goals, to nobody’s surprise.

“It was our senior day so we were really excited but a little nervous,” Parker noted. “We knew it was a huge conference game and we’re finally at home in the late part of our schedule but we needed this win and we didn’t let the nerves get the best of us.”

There was a transition phase that they went through and despite trailing 2-1 five minutes into it; the Senior Takeover began for the Colonels.

Freshman Abby Dubel tied the game at two to make way for seniors Lauren Carroll, Malorie Knowlton and Parker to take over. The trio of seniors recorded eight of the next nine goals for Curry, spanning both halves and pushing their lead to the largest margin of the game in 11-6 with about 12 minutes to play.

The Leopards tried getting something going but the senior strength of Curry came through again as Abby Carnevale joined the fun and grabbed a goal of her own on senior day. It was of course Parker who closed the stat sheet with her goal showing 57 seconds remaining, marking her game-best fifth goal and conference second-best 41st goal through 13 games.

It was all five of those goals, married with Carroll’s three and Knowlton’s two that lifted the Colonels on Senior Day and Parker tried putting that effort into words after the game.

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The senior players line up for photos with their families // IMAGE CREDIT COLE MCNANNA

“Honestly sometimes with us it’s just a spark, once one of us scores one nice goal everyone else just gets fired up,” remarked Parker. “Today was complete team effort, we started off playing a little individually but once we got that one goal, it turned everyone around and we started playing like a team then we got on fire.”

Carroll elaborated on that spark a little, noting the closeness of their bond.

“We’re like a family,” she said simply. “It’s so fun to be able to go out and play with your best friends and get the results you want to get.”

Coach Roberts was quick to note the connections as well, adding it was a long-time coming.

“This was the day they needed to, they haven’t all meshed all together the past couple games and the last two practices we worked solely on attack for them and they did it today, they finally played attack as a unit,” Roberts concluded.

There could have been no better stage for these players to make a difference in their final year and they will look to continue that success on Wednesday afternoon as Framingham State comes in for a 4 p.m. scheduled opening face-off.

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.