Jeremy Yudin, Sports Reporter
First team all-star Brady Lumley knew it was the men’s curling team’s year when the squad won silver at the national tournament on March 19.
The rookie’s prediction at the start of the school year that something good would happen came true. Humber’s podium finish was just the second national medal won by the men’s team in Hawks history.
“It’s just a matter of who shows up to the college that year, and this year as soon as I saw tryouts, I knew that we had a good shot,” he said. “We had a lot of good names at tryouts.”
“It was an excellent result for a team that really just came together this year,” said Ray Chateau, Athletics and Recreation director at Humber .
Lumley and fellow all-star Benjamin Hughes started off the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association tournament in Fredericton, N.B., poorly, losing three out of their first four draws. The Hawks were able to turn it around and won four straight matches en route to the gold medal game.
“We were playing to try to set ourselves up well, and we just had a lot of bad luck at the start,” Lumley said. “We changed our mindset and said, ‘okay, let’s stop complaining about the bad luck and let’s just go out there and do what we have to do to get the job done.’”
Head coach Sean Turriff wasn’t at all worried about the slow start.
“The goal at the end of the day is to get into the playoffs and just get a chance at gold. It doesn’t matter if you go undefeated,” he said. “We weren’t too stressed losing one or two on the way.”
Humber was later able to turn it up against number one seeded Fanshawe, beating them 7-5 and knocking them into the bronze medal game.
“You always want to beat Fanshawe, it’s kind of Humber’s thing,” Turriff said. “Anytime we can put them further back, we’re happy about that.”
In the gold medal round, the Hawks conceded to the Concordia University of Edmonton Thunder, losing 10-4 in the final round.
“Concordia came out really strong in the final game. There wasn’t a whole lot we could do,” Lumley said.
Still, the Hawks are buoyant on winning silver and Lumley owes it to former gold medalist Zack Shurtleff. The veteran and coach of the curling team won gold for Humber in 2017, the school’s only other medal in men’s curling.
“We had him to talk to for what to expect. We just worked through the week like it was a normal tournament,” he said.
Hughes, who was Humber’s lead, will not be returning in gold and blue next year.