MILTON, Mass. – The Curry College men's lacrosse team opens the 2020 season looking to build on last year's campaign, as the Colonels have won at least nine games in each of the last four seasons. The 2019 squad finished the season with a 9-9 overall record, including a 4-4 mark in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). The team earned the number four seed in the CCC Tournament, earning a home playoff game. After a rousing 14-13 victory over Nichols in the quarterfinal, the season ended in the semis at the top seed, Western New England. With a pair of 2019 All-Conference selections returning, Curry will look to them for leadership while multiple newcomers will be added to the mix.
Read Head Coach Tim Murphy's Season Outlook below, broken down by position:
Senior Harrison Fallon (Wrentham, Mass.), is the only returning starter at attack and is poised for a solid fourth year. He is joined by junior attackman Samuel Nielsen (Fairfield, Conn.) and freshman Joseph Stronach (Marshfield, Mass.), both of whom have made the most of their opportunities in the fall and pre-season. Look for senior Tyler Price (Oakdale, Conn.) to have an impact on special teams and sophomore Dane Hanson (East Providence, R.I.) to play his way into some minutes.
Senior midfielders Andrew DeLeary (Wakefield, Mass.) and Jake Stebbins (Colchester, Vt.) both return for their final campaign, after being named to the third and second teams All-CCC last season, respectively. After running on the first line together for the past two years, they are joined by junior midfielder Matthew Scahill (Gales Ferry, Conn.) to round out the line. Senior Cameron Nigro (Scarborough, Maine) will be looking at another year of wearing multiple hats and will find himself in a variety of roles on both sides of the ball, including a spot on the man-down unit. Keep an eye on the development of freshman Nick Perfetuo (Norwell, Mass.) as the year progresses.
Senior Matthew Lemay (Raynham, Mass.) is the returning elder statesman of the FOGO group and is looking to leave his imprint on the program. Working alongside Lemay will be sophomore Samrin LaPrise (Windsor, Conn.) and freshman Sam Patterson (Milton, Vt.).
Two juniors look to be the frontrunners at the long-stick midfield position. Clinton Wilson (Freehold, N.J.) is poised to make an impact in his third year, while classmate Zachary Mozzer (Ellington, Conn.) recently moved up to the middle of the field from close defense. Senior short-stick specialist Grant Callanan (Tewksbury, Mass.) has worked tirelessly to fill the top spot at his position. Newcomer Miles Cogdell (Hamden, Conn.) looks to have a opportunity to earn minutes here as well.
The log jam at defense is starting to take shape as a number of players are defining their roles. Senior Sean Ford (Barnstable, Mass.) looks to anchor a talented group including junior Ryan Duddy (Manchester Center, Vt.) and fellow senior Edward Branon (Franklin, Vt.). On special teams, seniors Raymond Makusiewicz (Wallingford, Conn.) and Patrick Webb (Duxbury, Mass.) look to solidify their roles on the man-down unit. Sophomore transfer Sam Fulton (Boston, Mass.) will be looking to battle down low to earn some playing time at close defense.
Sophomore Bobby Cannan (Bernardsville, N.J.) and senior Mike Collins (Franklin, Mass.) will look to be a solid tandem between the pipes. The staff has been happy with both players' development since last spring and are looking forward to their continued growth at the position. These two will work together for the year in order to make one another the best possible goalie they can be.
As it is every year, the goal for the 2020 men's lacrosse program is to advance as deep into May as possible. In two of the last three years, the Colonels have seen their season come to an end in the conference semifinals. The hope for 2020 is to advance past that point and into the finals for the first time in program history.
Curry opens the 2020 season on Saturday, February 29 at Norwich at 1:00 p.m.