Baseball ready to hit the diamond again

BY COLE McNANNA // March 23, 2017 //

With plenty of arms ready to throw innings, the baseball team will soon be playing after this extended winter’s snow finally leaves the fields to reveal only green grass.

The squad has already seen plenty clear baseball fields playing 11 games between two visits to the southern region of the nation in Georgia and Florida. Although holding a 2-9 record wasn’t exactly the expectation.

Senior captain Brian Burke noted that, “Obviously we didn’t get the results we wanted but I think there are positives we can take out of the trip and most importantly we know what we need to improve on going into conference play.”

One of the strengths that did show itself in the warm weather was the pitching staff. Led by conference all-stars, junior Dave Griffin and sophomore Matt Fogarty, the bullpen houses plenty of hurlers to get the Colonels through the dog days of spring with another roughly 30 games to play in roughly 40 days.

The trio of Burke, Griffin, and Fogarty will headline the starting pitching with freshman James Mello also getting starts according to head coach Dave Perdios, entering his 17th year in the dugout. In the relief part of the staff, Perdios was excited about the way one junior threw the ball over his time on the mound in Florida.

“Kevin Jones threw the ball excellent down in Florida over two outings,” Perdios remarked, “very pleased.” After him, classmates Matt Hailey and Nick Kinsella will also be relied on as well as freshman Tyler Nadeau, among others.

One area of concern will certainly be the infield and it is already throwing the skipper for a loop. Freshman Mike Moreau was thought to hold down the second base slot, but soreness in his arm forced backup outfielder junior John Cave to fill the void for the end of the Florida trip.

“Tough day that last day we lost in 12 innings and made eight errors,” Perdios noted. “We were ahead twice in bottom of innings and we couldn’t hold it and it was errors both times…guys just broke down, our depth caught up to us that last day.”

Another key to their success is going to be staying healthy, already being exemplified with the outfielder in the infield. In addition, Fogarty has been battling an ankle issue since the first day of the trip and despite no break showing up on an X-Ray, he is still limited in practice as of now.

“He was back to practice two days ago (Monday), still taking it slow, but I expect him to be in the lineup the next time we play,” Coach Perdios said.

That next time out should not be too much farther away as the hopes are high that the snow will be gone by early next week. Once the season really gets going, Perdios expects it to come down to the bats he arranges to keep them in and win games.

“If we hit .270 as a team I think we’ll be fine. If we don’t, I think we’ll struggle to be in games because we just can’t score runs,” coach said simply.

At the end of the day the guys just want to play baseball and nearing the ends of some careers can make some think. Senior co-captain Vinny LoPriore reflected on his time and mentioned, “In my last year it would be great to go out on top but if I’m not lucky enough for that, then I just want to lead the way and show the younger guys how to win so they can carry on the tradition for years to come.”

Soon enough the ping of the bat will fill the Jack Vallely Diamond and there will be baseball at Curry College once again.

Men’s Lacrosse looks to bounce back

BY STEVEN SOUSA // Feb. 28, 2017 //

The Curry men’s lacrosse team looks to change the tides in the Commonwealth Coast Conference after their 10-7 overall record landed them 7th in the conference last year.

Fourth-year head coach Tim Murphy set the team’s expectations very clearly; “We do not expect to end up in 7th place; we want to be up around that [top four] area.”

That elusive top-four finish would also mean hosting a playoff game which is “going to be a huge step for us a program,” added coach Murphy.

Two players that will be pivotal to the Colonels’ success will be junior Matt Serra and sophomore MJ Urbano.  Serra led the team in goals and finished 11th in the conference with 36 while Urbano finished close behind with 26, landing him 20th in the league.

Murphy certainly expects a similar type of production from the duo, but also wants to see everyone else get involved on offense in order to not rely on only a couple of guys.

A big change from last year to this year is experience; the 2016 squad had only five seniors which forced a lot of underclassmen to get substantial playing time. Despite that being a weakness last year, Murphy hopes it will turn into a strength this year as those younger players hopefully benefitted from the involvement.

One of those underclassmen seeing a lot of the action was midfielder Wade Prajer. He registered 21 points as a freshman and has now been voted by his teammates as a captain.

“First time for any team that I’ve coached, [the team] voted a sophomore in Wade Prajer as a captain,” said Murphy. “It speaks to his work ethic and the time and effort he puts into his craft.”

Joining him will be senior members of the team in goaltender Shane O’Brien and attackman Dominick Marcella. All three will be crucial components of the team to help reverse the trend of last season.

Despite finishing above .500 overall, the Colonels were a lackluster 2-6 in one of the best conferences in the northeast.

Murphy has added a little bit of variety in this years’ schedule, with non-conference opponents mixed into their conference schedule. The thought is to be able to take a step back and better adjust to the conference teams with the more time in between games.

At the end of the day his players have to go out and play the game from whistle to whistle and coach Murphy seems to like what he’s got; “I think we are little bit more stout across the board in terms of our roster than we have been in years past,” noted Murphy.

He believes that versatility combined with their experience will allow the Colonels to win the closer games that did not go their way last year.

One example of that is their season opener at Umass Dartmouth where Curry came back from a 6-2 deficit after the first quarter and came out with a 13-12 win.

The opportunity to continue the success comes tomorrow afternoon right here at the Walter M. Katz field with the opening faceoff scheduled for 3:30 p.m. against Husson University.

Eastern Nazarene basketball defeats Colonels 89-75, in season-ending loss

BY RYAN RANDALL // Feb. 19, 2017 //

The Curry College men’s team basketball finished the season with an 89-75 defeat to Eastern Nazarene College this past Saturday at the Katz Gymnasium in Milton.

The victory moves the Lions to 12-13 overall and 9-9 in the CCC while the loss leaves the Colonels at 1-24 overall and 0-18 in league play.

The game opened with a 12-0 run by the Lions, until Curry guard Jared Johnson got his team on the board with two three throws. At 8:24 Curry tied the game at 20 going on a 9-0 run with a layup by Thorpe-Johnson and a jump shot by Jalen George-Bellitti.

Curry could not maintain the close score, as the Lions themselves went on the run, scoring ten unanswered ending the half with a 12 point lead over Curry.

Following halftime, the Colonel’s struggles would continue, with the Lions gaining a 20 point lead. The rest of the game would stay this way, as the Lions held the Colonels to 16 points and would go on to win the game with a final score of 89-75.

Jared Johnson led the Colonels with 21 points, as well as Kieran Carroll with 15 and Ryan Beatty with 10 points and six rebounds respectively.

For the Lions, it was Christian Lynch (Alpharetta, Ga.) and Corey Doran who led the Lions with 26 points each.

Junior Barak Swarttz said, “We have a trend of playing decently in the beginning, but then start to fall behind, and we play catch up, and we can never seem to catch up.”

Swarttz, who did not play this past season because of a leg injury, spent the whole season on the bench watching the struggles of this team.

Barack added that the team struggles with boxing out and lacks an aggressive defense. He also said there is not enough communication on the court, contributing to the lack of teamwork.

  • During the second half, senior and Captain Christian Lynch for the Lions scored his 1000th point of his college career.
  • In the final game of the season, the Colonels finish with one win; one more than they had last season.

Eastern Nazarene downs Women’s Basketball 65-35

BY TIM NOONAN // Feb. 19 2017 //

In their regular season finale, the Curry Colonels women’s basketball team hosted the Eastern Nazarene Lions and fell short 30 points.

Early on Curry was even with the Lions who were playing a tough man to man defense that gave the Colonels little breathing room. Despite this Curry was never behind more than single digits in the first half.

Sophomore Emily Irwin showed her slashing ability and converted multiple layups to pace Curry. At the end of the first quarter, Curry trailed Nazarene 14-9. However, the second quarter brought new life to the Colonels as freshman Paige Senatore drained a three from the corner to cut the deficit to 14-12.

Both teams traded buckets over the next few minutes but then on one of the nicer plays of the day, freshman Sam Bamford dropped a dime to Emily Irwin who put the ball off the glass for two more which made the lead 20-15 Nazarene. Emily Irwin fell hard and needed to be taken out of the game and freshman Erica Ulrich entered and calmly made two free throws to give the Colonels the edge 21-20. Irwin returned to the game again and converted an offensive rebound off of her own miss for two to give Curry the 25-20 lead at halftime.

The third quarter was a different story entirely. Eastern Nazarene looked more confident shooting the ball as Jacquelin Arretche converted a deep three-pointer which set the tone for the rest of the game. The lions outscored the Colonels 18-8 in the quarter.

As the fourth quarter began it was clear the Lions had more confidence and momentum as they made three out of four 3-point attempts and grabbed many offensive rebounds to dominate the time of possession. On the other end, the Colonels sloppy play led to turnover after turnover and Curry had no rhythm at all. Every loose ball ended up in the Lions hands who took advantage of the miscues. Nazarene outscored Curry 27-2 in the 4th quarter.

Nazarene was led in scoring by juniors Jaysa Cooper and Shelby Holmes who each had 14. The leading scorer for the Colonels was sophomore Emily Irwin with 19. Freshman point guard Sam Bamford showed a lot of hustle and grit as she stripped her opponent from behind on defense and dove on the floor for the loose ball before passing it to a teammate. Bamford’s quick hands and ability to get into the lane proved vital to the Colonels and caused problems for the Lions at times. She finished the contest with 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals showing promise for the future.

Facing a largely negative vibe after the loss, Curry assistant coach Stacey Cotter gave her opinion. “We didn’t play defense, you can’t give up 65 points and win a game. The first half was fine, the second half we lost the game.”

 

As the last home game before the conference tournament, the Colonels commemorated their lone senior, Amanda Gresian, who has been a member of the Curry basketball program the past four years.

“It was very overwhelming because I was the only senior and I am going to miss the program,” says Gresian. “I miss all the girls but I’m glad that I stuck with it the four years and I’m glad that I played with the teammates I did.” Gresian contributed 2 points, 1 rebound and a steal in 13 minutes of playing time.

The Colonels will now shift their attention to the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament. Gresian added, “It was a rough game today but we’re gonna take that game and push it towards Tuesday’s game, we’re gonna come out strong.”

Men’s hockey picks up 13th win with 3-2 decision over conference foe UNE

BY CHRIS ARNAUDO // Feb. 17, 2017 //

Curry Hockey skated to a season-sweep of the University of New England while also locking in a home playoff game for the Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament with a 3-2 victory.

However, head coach T.J. Manastersky wasn’t getting too far ahead of himself, saying, “Immediately you’re thinking, holy smokes we might have to play them again.”

A big reason the Colonels earned the two points was thanks to the play of senior defensemen Ellery O’Hara and Mike Apreda. Manastersky made sure the pair looked right into the teeth of the top line for the Nor’easters every time a Bloom and two Fleurents spilled over the boards.

Freshman Ryan Bloom, sophomore Brady Fleurent, and senior Trevor Fleurent entered the game being responsible for 116 of UNE’s 260 points on the season. Last night, they were held to just one, which didn’t even come until a third-period power play.

Despite not having much production from their top guys, the Nor’easters still managed to draw first blood with 30 seconds left in the opening period. However, about seven minutes later, freshman Thomas Brejcha changed that narrative.

“I have to work hard, hit bodies and do the dirty job for them,” the Prague-native remarked, crediting his junior linemates, Shane Tracy and Adam Valadao. “It works. We’ve scored a lot of goals the last three-four games.”

That goal changed the momentum and shifted the winds as Curry was getting out-shot and out-worked prior to his play. It also opened the floodgates for his buddy Tracy, as well as senior Tyler Vankleef.

Another seven minutes into the third period, Tracy and Vankleef scored back-to-back goals, allowing only 88 seconds to elapse. Vankleef’s goal was the third unanswered for the Colonels and left only 11 minutes for UNE to score three goals…which wasn’t going to happen with senior Brett Sinclair between the pipes.

Sinclair stopped 18 shots on 20 tries in the winning effort and Manastersky added he’s “number 1 in my heart” after the game. He noted that Sinclair had an outstanding night, coming up big when they needed it most.

Manastersky also credited the referees for doing their job, saying, “The officials called the goals that went over the line, and waved off the ones that didn’t go over the line.”

Coach was alluding to Saturday night’s 6-4 loss to Endicott, where film allegedly showed two Gull goals never actually went into the net.

Curry will now travel to Nichols College, who sits atop the CCC, for a 4:40 p.m. start on Saturday. The Bison have already notched a 4-1 win over the Colonels last month.