Salem, Mass. – Seniors Haley Carey (New Milford, CT) and Mel Brickey (Chelmsford, MA) each scored four goals and an assist as the Colonels of Curry College defeated the Vikings of Salem State, 17-4 Monday night at Alumni Field. With the victory the Colonels improve to 4-3 on the season while the Vikings slide to 1-4.
Curry got off to a strong start, scoring eight unanswered goals through the first fifteen minutes. Senior Kelly Ethier (Merrimack, NH) got the Colonels on the board just 1:31 into the opening frame, her first of the season. During the eight goal run, the Colonel's got two goals from Ethier and senior Mel Brickey (Chelmsford, MA) and one each from Carey, senior Deanna Monfredo (West Islip, NY) and freshman Alli Schoff (Berwick, Maine). Katie Hart (Beverly, MA) put the Vikings on the board with 17:25 remaining in the half. With a demanding 10-goal lead, the clock would remain running until Salem State came within 10 scores. Carey netted three more goals for her four game total and Brickey one before heading into halftime with a commanding 12-1 lead.
Ethier took no time to put the Colonels on the board in the second period, as she scored her second free-position goal on the night to put Curry up 13-1. Kristina Conlon (Dracut, MA) added Salem State's second goal of the night with 23:30 remaining in the second. Minutes later, Hart tacked on another Vikings' goal to cut the deficit to 10 and would end running time. Brickey, scored again on an assist from sophomore Emma Bolton (Mahwah, NJ) with 11:34 left that gave the Colonels a 14-3 advantage. Schoff and Bolton combined for another three goals that would secure a Curry victory. Before time expired Hart added one more goal to end the contest, as the Vikings would go on to lose 17-4.
Sophomore Annie Douglas (Manchester, NH) stopped five Salem State shots on nine attempts. On 28 shots, Vikings' goalie Chvenne Jackson (Peabody, MA) blocked 11 and allowed all 17 goals.
For the Colonels, Brickey and Carey each finished with four goals and one assist including two goals and two assists from Monfredo, Bolton and Schoff. Ethier finished the night with three.
Brickey also led both teams with a season-high 14 draw controls. She won seven of her team's nine in the first period and seven of her teams eight in the second period. She also scooped up seven ground balls and caused seven turnovers.
Hart scored three of the four Salem State goals in addition to a goal from Conlon in the second.
Salem State travels to Westfield State to take on the Owls at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 29th. Curry hosts Salve Regina Wednesday, March 26th at 7:00 p.m. (Game Recap Courtesy of Salem State Sports Information)