MILTON, Mass. – The Curry College men's lacrosse team earned their seventh-straight win defeating visiting Johnson & Wales, 9-7 on Wednesday afternoon at the Walter M. Katz Field. With the win the Colonels remain undefeated at 7-0 while the loss drops the Wildcats to 4-4 on the season.
Sophomores Jeffery Yates (Albany, N.Y) and Matt Serra (Haverhill, Mass.) led the way for the Colonels as they finished with three points each. Yates netted three goals while Serra dished out three assists.
The Colonels got on the board 45 seconds into the first period after sophomore Steve Grogan (Sandwich, Mass.) won the opening faceoff. At 14:15 Yates tallied his first goal on the day off a feed from Serra. Just 18 seconds later Curry notched another score off the stick of junior Brandon Flaim (Pembroke, Mass.) with an assist from freshman Ryan Ofgant (Natick, Mass.). The Wildcats responded minutes later after freshman Ben Farrell (Downingtown, Pa.) scored his first of two off a pass from freshman Bret Verderber (St. James, N.Y.). Freshman MJ Urbano (Wakefield, Mass.) tallied the final goal of the period sending the Colonels into the second with a 3-1 advantage.
JWU owned the second stanza as they outscored Curry, 2-0, and tying the match at 3-3 before the break. The Wildcats TJ Consiglio (New Fairfield, Conn.) buried a pass from sophomore Max Stone (Burlington, Conn.). With just under three minutes left in the half freshman Carter Lyle (North Kingstown, R.I.) netted an unassisted goal.
JWU opened the third period scoring back-to-back goals to take a 5-3 lead. Verderber found the back of the net when he received a pass from sophomore Sam Sears (Baltimore, Md.). Stone found an open sophomore Brian Peer (Huntington, N.Y.) in front of the net for his lone tally. Curry answered back off a goal by junior Dominick Marcella (Hull, Mass.), assisted by Urbano. The teams traded goals over the final minutes of the period with the Wildcats getting another from Lyle with Stone earning his third helper on the day. Senior Joe Shea (Arlington, Mass.) buried a pass from sophomore Tom Cashin (Boxford, Mass.) into the back of the twine to come within one of the visitors at 6-5 before the final period.
Curry tallied the first two scores with just two minutes off the clock in the fourth to regain the lead. Serra assisted on both goals with Yates firing first followed by Shea. Farrell netted his second on the afternoon for the 7-7 tie with 12:00 minutes left to play but that would be JWU's final score of the day. The Colonels held off the Wildcats while scoring two more in the final five minutes of the game. Marcella earned the game-winning goal with an assist from Urbano and Yates scored the insurance goal unassisted.
Junior Shane O'Brien (East Falmouth, Mass.) earned the victory in net for the Colonels, making 14 saves. The Wildcats sophomore JC Guido (Miller Place, N.Y.) took the loss on the day making an impressive 17 saves. Grogan continued his dominance at the faceoff dot, securing 10-16 face-offs on the day.
The Colonels will take the field next when they host Becker College on Friday, March 25. Game time is scheduled for 3:30 pm. The Wildcats will return to action on Saturday, March 26 as they host St. Josephs (Maine) for the 2:00 p.m. contest.