Vin Curran’s older brother, Garrett, preceded him on the men’s lacrosse team at Lynchburg College in Virginia, where as starting goalkeeper, he earned Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Year and All-America honors.
Now Vin has developed into an impact player for the Hornets.
Curran, a senior captain and midfielder from Hull, fired a low bouncer into the net with 15 seconds to play on Feb. 16 to lift Lynchburg to a 13-12 opening game victory over visiting Salisbury, the two-time defending Division 3 national champion and top-ranked entering the 2013 season.
Curran, who was coached by his dad, Stew, at Cohasset High, was honored as the conference and Inside Lacrosse/Nike Player of the Week.
”It was a pretty cool feeling and definitely exciting,” said Curran, who dodged his way through the Salisbury defense on a designed play.
“It was just an awesome day all-around. Our 2003 team was the last to beat Salisbury and we had the honor of meeting them at our faceoff dinner.”
Garrett Curran (Class of 2008), who now works in Hanover, Md., was huddled around a computer with two other Lynchburg alums watching the webcast.
“It was like we were still playing. We were shaking from the adrenaline rush,” said Garrett, who starred at Tabor Academy in Marion. “Vin and I had many days of indoor and outdoor lacrosse practice together as well as many nights of mini lacrosse in our room. I would throw him in the cage and pelt him with shots, to make sure he was ready for the next level. I think it just made him hate the goalie position, which worked out well for him.”
Lynchburg head coach Steve Kudelka, whose conference championship team was 17-1 last season and advanced to the NCAA tournament’s second round, said Curran has improved through hard work in the weight room and on his stick skills.
“Vin has the desire to be the best player he can be,” said Kudelka. “Last year was a breakout season for him on our second-line midfield and now he’s really taken to his role on the first line.”
He’s also embraced his duties as one of four team captains.
“It’s humbling and just a special honor because of my brother being a captain here,” said Curran, an Eastern Mass. All-Star who played on Cohasset’s state championship team as a sophomore, then helped the Skippers to the state finals and semis his final two seasons.
“I love everything about lacrosse. It’s complex and demanding and when you take the field with your teammates, it’s a feeling that’s hard to describe.”
His father, now boys lacrosse coach at Thayer Academy in Braintree, and his mother, Marianne Buckley-Curran, met at Plymouth State College. where they were varsity lacrosse players.
“The boys, frankly, get much of their athletic genes from their mother who was a fine two-sport athlete in college where she was on the gymnastics team, picked up lacrosse and played for the 1976 team that went undefeated,” recalled Stew Curran, who was introduced to the sport at Framingham High by football coaches Jack Diatelevi and Jim Walker.
Diatelevi and Walker “wanted a spring sport that fit their desire to help the boys who didn’t play baseball very well,” said Curran who also coached at Boston College High and for seven seasons at Cohasset before taking a similar position at Thayer two years ago.
The reason Vin played at Scituate instead of Hull High?
“We have lived in Hull for 15 years,” his dad said, “but from 2007 through 2009, while renovating a new home in Hull, we lived in a small home in Cohasset.”
Garrett Curran said his father is a great ambassador for the sport.
“I can’t begin to tell the tales of how many pieces of equipment or sticks our dad gave away to complete strangers,” he said. “Vin and I were initially taught the sport by Dad and then the sport taught us.”
The younger Curran’s teammates include senior attack Derek Sweet (Duxbury High), sophomore midfielder Luke Ernst of Cohasset (Thayer) and sophomore attack Todd Galvin of Whitman (BC High).
“Derek played well the entire game against Salisbury and he’s on track to have his best season,” said Kudelka. “Luke plays an important defensive role and matches up well against opposing midfielders and Todd had a great freshman year. He has a knack for the getting to the goal.”
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