Springfield College junior Nick Sienkiewicz woke up early to take shots in preparation for Tuesday night’s season-opening game against Western New England University.
It was from that point on that he knew he would have a great game, scoring a game-high 21 points en route to a 95-69 win over the Golden Bears.
“I got a lot of shots up this morning on the gun with Coach Mack,” Sienkiewicz said. “It was just one of those days you feel like you’re not going to miss. I was just happy to get a few good looks in the first half.”
Sienkiewicz would tie his career-high in points with 21, scoring 19 in the first half alone. That type of shooting is something that coach Charlie Brock believes will play to the strength of his team.
After losing both Alex Berthiaume and Jordan Rote to graduation, there was a significant opening in leadership, but Brock says that issue is non-existent. The three captains, Sean Martin, Robbie Burke and Nick Sienkiewicz, have filled the void effortlessly.
“We’re not looking for leadership, and that’s a compliment to the three captains who have done a great job stepping in,” Brock said. “There’s certainly a different look to this team than there has been in the past couple years.”
The Pride played to their strength, which is their ability to shoot. All but two players registered points, including a string of three players with nine points. After Sienkiewicz, Robbie Burke posted 16 points while Tim Swenson owned the battle on the boards, securing 18 rebounds along with seven blocks.
“We have some pistons to go to, and I’m not sure which ones are going to be firing at any given time,” Brock said confidently after the game. “I think the beauty of this group is that they don’t care who it is. They’re just enjoying it.”
The Pride will take the road to face Elms College this Thursday at 7 p.m. Their next home game will be against Keene State on November 26 at 5 p.m.