MILTON, Mass. – Behind an eight point performance from Devin Newell (Medford, Mass.), the Curry College men's lacrosse team notched its third Commonwealth Coast Conference victory on Saturday afternoon with a 23-2 win over Wentworth at the Walter M. Katz Field. The Colonels improve to 7-5 overall and 3-2 in the CCC while the Leopards fall to 5-6 overall and 1-4 in league play.
Wentworth opened the contest with an unassisted goal by Kevin Butler (Jefferson, Mass.). Curry answered back at the 11:37 mark when Newell netted his first goal of the contest with the assist going to Matt Serra (Haverhill, Mass.). Just under a minute later, the Colonels would grab the 2-1 lead on a goal by Andrew DeLeary (Wakefield, Mass.) with a helper from Newell. The Leopards tied the match with 5:53 left in the quarter when Jason Buck (Manlius, N.Y.) assisted Riley Smith (Plaistow, N.H.). The score would be the last for the visitors as the Colonels would answer back with three to close out the period followed by 18 unanswered. Curry's run came off the sticks of Serra from Newell, Wade Prajer (Southbury, Conn.) to Dominick Marcella (Hull, Mass.) and a man-down tally by Newell from MJ Urbano (Wakefield, Mass.).
The Colonels second period saw eight goals from seven different scorers. Newell continued his strong play as he got his team on the board off an unassisted tally. Tom Cashin (Boxford, Mass.) put one into the back of the net off a feed from Newell. Dominick Marcella (Hull, Mass.) ripped in an unassisted goal at the 11:29 minute mark. Urbano netted his lone goal off a pass from Jack McMenomey (West Linn, Ore.). The assist for McMenomey marked the 100th career point for the senior. He followed the assist by netting back-to-back goals with helpers from Zachary White (Milford, Conn.) and Cashin. Newell and Andrew DeLeary (Wakefield, Mass.) closed out the half with unassisted goals to head into intermission with a demanding 13-2 lead. Curry's goaltender Shane O'Brien (East Falmouth, Mass.) was solid between the pipes as he made seven stops, four in the second frame.
Curry netted five goals in both the third quarter and fourth for another 10 points along with shutting out Wentworth on eight saves. O'Brien had six before giving way to Josh Teller (Milford, Conn.) who came in at the last two minutes of regulation and had two stops.
Cashin got his team on the board early in the third off a dish from Urbano. Dakota Sanders (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) followed with his lone goal on the day, unassisted. Serra tallied an unassisted before Brandon Flaim (Pembroke, Mass.) would get on the score sheet with back-to-back goals. His first was unassisted with Prajer helping on his second.
Jake Stebbins (Colchester, Vt.) earned his first of the game just seconds into the final period. Cashin tallied two unassisted, Marcella got his hat trick off a feed from Newell and McMenomey netted the last for the 23-2 victory.
Newell led all players with eight points on four goals and four assists. Cashin finished with five points on four tallies and a helper. McMenomey netted a hat trick with an assist for four points.
White had a solid day as he went 24-27 on face-offs while also picking up a game-high 13 ground balls.
O'Brien picked up the win in the cage, recording 13 saves in 57:58 minutes. Teller made two stops in 2:02 minutes in net. Adam Dufault (Lexington, Mass.) was credited with the loss as he allowed 18 goals in 45 minutes of action. Scott Boucher (Salisbury, N.H.) played in 15 minutes as he allowed five goals making just one stop.
Curry returns to action on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. when they travel to Southern Maine. Wentworth hosts Emerson on Thursday for a 7:00 p.m. start.