No Luggage Needed

BY COURTNEY DIBIASIO // MARCH 6, 2012 //

Being car-less on campus this time of year won’t be as terrible as you think—there’s a bunch of things to do at Curry this month. On top of it all, we have a week off for spring break.

On Tuesday, March 6, the women’s lacrosse team plays its first home game. The Colonels take on Mount Ida College down on the Katz football field. The game starts at 4:30 p.m., so make sure you bring a blanket or two to keep warm. Curry is back at it the following day, March 7, with another 4:30 home game, this time against Lasell College.

The men’s team, which won its season-opener March 4, a 8-5 victory over Mount Ida College, is back at home on Thursday, March 8, against Husson University at 3:30 p.m. The rest of the men’s and women’s lacrosse schedules can be found on the Curry athletics Web site.

At 7 p.m. on Friday, March 9, spring break officially starts. Residence halls will reopen on Sunday, March 18 at 12 p.m.

The softball team plays its home opener on Tuesday, March 20, against Johnson & Whales University. The first pitch will be at 3 p.m. down on the D. Forbes Will Field. The rest of the team’s schedule can be found online.

The following day, Wednesday, March 21, students can take a trip to the Dedham Food Pantry to help the elderly with food shopping. The Curry van will leave the Student Center at 1 p.m.

Also on March 21, screenings will take place for Curry Kool Jamz, an event where Curry students have an opportunity to share their own poetry and music with other students. Screenings start at 7:30 p.m. in the second-floor small meeting room in the Student Center. Additional screenings will be held Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23.

90's boy band the Backstreet Boys // PHOTO BY ANIRUDH KOUL

If you like to sing and have a great time, the Live Band Karaoke event is an awesome opportunity. Taking place on Friday, March 23 in the Student Center, students can sing their favorite songs. This shindig starts at 7 p.m.

After the baseball team returns from its spring break trip to Winter Haven, Fla., the Colonels will host Gordon College on the D. Forbes Will Field on Saturday, March 24, at 12 p.m. The remainder of the team’s schedule can be found online.

Later that day, a ’90s-themed dance party will take over the ARC, located on the south side of campus across from SCRH. The dance calls for ’90s-like clothing, and will consist of music from the decade. If you’re into grunge music from the likes of Nirvana, pop beats from The Spice Girls or the angry musings of Alanis Morissette, this is the dance for you.

If you’re pleasure is on the hardwood, join your classmates on a trip to the TD Garden to watch the Boston Celtics take on the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, March 28. Curry Up and Go is hosting the opportunity. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased from the Student Center starting Monday, March 19. Transportation is including, with a van leaving the Student Center at 6 p.m. on game night.

So, get yourselves out of those stuffy dorm rooms and have some fun that you can share with anyone on campus.

From Shadows to Spotlight

BY BRANDAN BLOM // MARCH 2, 2012 //

(UPDATE: After defeating Nichols College in the ECAC Northeast semifinal earlier this week, 7-2, the Colonels now take on Wentworth this Saturday, March 3, for the ECAC Northeast championship and a spot in the NCAA Division III Tournament. The game starts at 2 p.m. at Matthews Arena in Boston. Curry is providing free shuttle service to the game, with a 1 p.m. departure from the Student Center.)

As a defenseman on the Curry College hockey team, Ryan Barlock has often stood in the shadow of others.

Last season, he played alongside senior Ryan Warsofsky, who was among the nation’s top defensemen in all of Division II and III and has since taken his talents to a professional league in Europe. This season, Barlock has largely played in the shadow of classmate Payden Benning, a senior forward and two-time captain. Benning amassed a team-best 19 goals during the regular season, leading Curry to an 11-3-0 conference record.

Colonels defensman Ryan Barlock

But while goals often get most of the attention, someone is usually assisting in the offensive output. And that’s where Barlock shines.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound native of Chicago tallied a team-high 27 assists this season, to go along with 11 goals, in leading the Colonels in points. Moreover, Barlock broke the career 100-point mark this season, a spectacular feat considering he plays from the blue line. He is just the 26th Curry player to score 100 points in his career; teammates Benning and senior forward John Williams also reached the milestone this season.

“It feels pretty good,” said Barlock, 24, who played two years of junior hockey before coming to Curry. “It’s an honor to be in that group, to be with the other players in that club. A lot of hard work was put into it.”

He also just topped another record, becoming the top scoring defenseman in Curry history. Barlock has 33 goals in his college career—he scored 8 goals in both his freshman and sophomore years, along with 6 last season and 11 so far this year. The previous record was 31.

An assistant captain, Barlock attributes his skills to long, hard practice sessions, and also to his teammates. “When players around me make plays, it makes it easier for me,” he said.

Head Coach Rob Davies said it’s often the other way around. “He has always brought that grit to every game,” said Davies, who earned his 200th career victory this season. “He always shows up and gives it his all. His physical play opens up the ice for the other players.

“He’s absolutely a leader,” the coach added. “He is a good player, a good student, and he works hard on and off the ice.”

A management major and two-time member of the ECAC All-Academic squad—“I think my competitive nature transitions well into the world of business,” he said—Barlock wants to continue playing hockey after graduating from Curry this spring. He said his preference would be to play in the United States but is open to playing in Europe. “I definitely will play somewhere,” he said.

For now, Barlock is focused on helping the Curry hockey team reach its goals. The team has struggled out of conference this season with a 2-7-2 record, and ended its regular season on a sour note. The Colonels lost two of its final four games, all in-conference affairs, but the team is working to earn yet another birth in the NCAA Division III tournament.

Curry won the ECAC Northeast title the past two seasons, earning a place in the national tournament, but has failed to win a single game on that stage.

Said Barlock, “We want to take it to the next level.”