This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: April 3-9

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: April 3-9

Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, April 11
Men's Lacrosse vs. Saint Anselm, 3 p.m.*
Softball vs. Southern New Hampshire, 3 p.m.*

Baseball @ Franklin Pierce, 7 p.m.*

Wednesday, April 12
Women's Lacrosse @ Le Moyne, 3 p.m.*
Baseball vs. Southern New Hampshire, 3:30 p.m.*

Thursday, April 13
Softball vs. Merrimack (2), 3 p.m.*

Friday, April 14
Men's Golf @ Mike Bello Invitational (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), 8 a.m.
Men's Lacrosse @ Le Moyne, 12 p.m.*
Softball @ Assumption (2), 2 p.m.*
Baseball vs. Assumption, 3 p.m.*

Saturday, April 15
Baseball vs. Assumption (2), 10 a.m.*
Softball @ Assumption, 10 a.m.*
Women's Lacrosse @ New Haven, 1 p.m.*
Men's Tennis vs. Franklin Pierce, 2 p.m.*

* Northeast-10 Conference Event

 

Baseball (0-10, 0-10) Suffers Setbacks on Long Northeast-10 Conference Road Trip

The Saint Michael's College baseball team lost six Northeast-10 Conference road contests last week. The Purple Knights lost to Saint Anselm College, 7-2, at Franklin Pierce University on Wednesday before falling to Bentley University, 7-2, on Friday. The team was swept in a doubleheader at Bentley, 11-5 and 5-4, on Saturday and capped the weekend with a pair of losses at American International College, 8-5 and 14-3, on Sunday.

Against Saint Anselm, sophomore Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) went 2-for-3 with a walk and a double while yielding one unearned run in the opening inning as the first of seven pitchers. Junior PJ Jasak (Palmer, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson Academy/Le Moyne) was 1-for-3 with a hit by pitch, and sophomore Calvin Holland (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) drove in a run. Classmate Drew Farris (Andover, Mass./Saint John's Prep) spun two no-hit, scoreless frames, while juniors Patrick Martin (Wilton, N.H./Wilton-Lyndeborough Coop/Saint Joseph's [Maine]) and Morgan Wilson (Reading, Pa./Exeter Township Senior) also turned in shutout innings. Classmate Zack Lanzillo (Rutland, Vt./Mount Saint Joseph Academy) suffered the loss after allowing three runs in the third inning.

On Friday at Bentley, Jasak went 2-for-4 for the visitors, running his hitting streak to four contests. Sophomore Sean Winthrop (Hopkinton, Mass./Lawrence Academy) finished 1-for-3 with a run, and first-year Kevin Fox (Cogan Station, Pa./Montoursville Area) drove in a run. Sophomore Christian Devine (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs on eight hits in five innings. Classmate Denis Cooney (Pittsfield, Mass./Pittsfield) had his finest outing in his first season as a college ballplayer, firing three innings of one-hit, shutout relief, striking out five and walking no one.

In the opener on Saturday, first-year Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) was 2-for-3 with a run and two walks. Allen finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk, while senior Drew Salk (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) went 2-for-5 with a run and a double. Sophomore Dan Flynn (Williamstown, Mass./Mount Greylock Regional) was 1-for-3 with a run and a walk, while Wilson took the loss after yielding six runs, but four earned, in 1.1 innings. Sophomore Harry Southworth (Taunton, Mass./Coyle & Cassidy) made his college pitching debut by firing a one-hit, shutout eighth inning, striking out one.

In the second game on Saturday, Jasak went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the nightcap for the visitors, and sophomore Joe Robertson (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) finished 1-for-2 with a run and two hit by pitches. Winthrop had a hit and two RBIs, Salk doubled while driving in a run, and Holland tripled and scored. Allen took the loss after allowing four runs on five hits in 5.1 innings. Junior Colin Brennan (Braintree, Mass./Boston College HS) spun 2.2 innings of relief, yielding only an unearned run on two hits.

In the first of two against American International on Sunday, Hopkins was 3-for-5 with an RBI for Saint Michael's, and Robertson finished 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBIs and two doubles. Allen stroked a pinch-hit double while scoring a run, and Farris went a career-high seven innings during his initial career start, allowing six runs while striking out a personal-high six and walking none.

In the second game on Sunday, Jasak went 2-for-4 with a run, while Southworth was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Holland batted 1-for-2 with a walk, and senior Steven Auger (Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton) had a triple, a run, an RBI and a walk. Sophomore Alex Sprague (Nottingham, N.H./Proctor Academy) took the loss after allowing three runs over two innings in his first collegiate start. Brennan spun a shutout inning of relief, and sophomore Matt Downing (Hanover, Mass./Archbishop Williams) tossed two scoreless frames in his pitching debut.

 

Men's Lacrosse (1-5, 0-5) Falls Twice in Northeast-10 Conference Action

The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team lost twice in Northeast-10 Conference action last week, losing a road contest to 15th-ranked Southern New Hampshire University, 14-9, on Wednesday falling to nationally-regarded Assumption College, 8-5, at home on Saturday. The Penmen's ranking was according to last week's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) poll, and Assumption was receiving votes toward the same poll.

Against Southern New Hampshire, junior Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) netted a hat trick and an assist to reach the 100-point plateau. Classmate Charlie Murphy (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) had two goals, sophomore Matt Blois (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) notched a goal and an assist, senior Taylor Wallace (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) dished three assists, and junior Matt Hanley (Plainview, N.Y./Bethpage) made 20 saves for his second 20-stop outing in the last three games. Classmate Patch Ryan (Holden, Mass./Saint John's) scored and scooped three ground balls, and sophomore Connor McGuirk (Glens Falls, N.Y./Glens Falls) and first-year Jason Feinberg (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) also found the back of the net. Classmate Will Moriarty (Ashland, Mass./Catholic Memorial) controlled three ground balls, and first-year Justin Richmond (New Market, Md./Linganore) had seven faceoff victories and six ground balls.

Against Assumption, Moriarty scored his first college goal while adding three ground balls and two caused turnovers, while junior defenseman Neil Gallagher (Sudbury, Mass./Green Mountain Valley School) recorded career highs of seven ground balls and five caused turnovers. Wallace scored while collecting four ground balls, and McGuirk and first-years Ralph Grillone III (Brockton, Mass./Cardinal Spellman) and Anthony Sullivan (Westfield, Mass./Westfield) also found the back of the net. Richmond went 9-of-17 on faceoffs with five ground balls. Between the pipes, Hanley turned aside four shots in 26:38 before junior Jake Sonberg (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) came on in relief to total three saves and three ground in the loss.

With four points against Southern New Hampshire, Loughlin became the 22nd player in program history to reach the 100-point plateau for a career, and just the 10th Purple Knight to hit the mark prior to his senior season. His assist against Assumption gave him 59 on his career, pushing him past Marty Vanzo '13 for third in program annals. His new total of 102 career points puts him in a tie with Jay Rourke '98 for 20th in program history. Gallagher boosted his career caused turnover figure to 32, tying assistant coach Sean Curtin '15 for 10th in program history.

 

Women's Lacrosse (2-6, 1-6) Goes 1-1 in Northeast-10 Conference Play

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team posted a 1-1 mark during two Northeast-10 Conference home contests last week, losing to Southern New Hampshire University, 16-5, on Tuesday before beating Southern Connecticut State University, 15-13, on Saturday.

Against Southern New Hampshire, junior Emily Byrne (Armonk, N.Y./Byram Hills/Dickinson) had two goals on two shots for the hosts, while senior Paige MacKinnon (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) totaled one goal, four draw controls, two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Junior Kealy Moyna (Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School) and sophomore Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women) also scored, with Moyna controlling two draws. Junior Kaitlyn Wurzer (Lee, N.H./Berwick Academy) made a career-high 13 saves and scooped two ground balls while starting her second straight game, and sophomore Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) had two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Senior Jackie McLavey (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack) and junior Ashley Dineen (Somers, N.Y./Canterbury School) added two ground balls apiece.

Against Southern Connecticut State, MacKinnon and Moyna both netted four goals for the hosts, with MacKinnon adding four draw controls and two caused turnovers. Dineen and Vincent each registered hat tricks, junior Ellie Clark (Smithsburg, Md./Mercersburg Academy) tallied once, and first-year Kaelyn Oliver (Canton, Conn./Canton) handed out two assists. After missing the previous two contests, senior Grace Gunning (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) returned to make 10 saves while scooping seven ground balls. Martin controlled four draws, while first-year defenders Lilly Hardy (Greenland, N.H./Portsmouth) and Katrina Pietz (Brentwood, N.H./Exeter) both recorded four ground balls, with Hardy causing three turnovers and Pietz two.

Gunning pushed her career save total to 381, passing Betsy Reilly '91 to take over fourth in program history. She also earned her 11th win, tying Casey Curtin '16 for seventh, and moved up to sixth with 128 ground balls, passing Noel Smith '06 (123), Megan Rule '07 (124), Nicole Buckley '14 (126) along the way. MacKinnon pushed her career draw controls total to 55 during the week, passing Meg Herrick '11 (50) for 15th in program history.

 

Softball (2-11, 2-2) Splits Two Doubleheaders Against 2016 NCAA Tournament Regional Finalists

The Saint Michael's College softball team opened its Northeast-10 Conference schedule by splitting two doubleheaders last week against the 2016 NCAA East Region Tournament finalists. The Purple Knights lost the opener against nationally-regarded Southern New Hampshire University, 9-1, on Wednesday at American International College before winning the nightcap 5-3. While playing the home team at Le Moyne College on Sunday, the Purple Knights dropped the opener, 9-0, in five innings before winning game two, 4-3, on a walk-off sacrifice fly by Caroline Staples (Stoughton, Mass./Fontbonne Academy). The Penmen were receiving votes toward the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) national poll.

Against Southern New Hampshire, first-year Torie Rathwell (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) homered in each end of the twinbill, hitting a solo shot in the opener to account for the Purple Knights' lone run. Junior Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) carried a shutout into the third before allowing six runs in five frames. She walked one and struck out four, passing Stephanie Frank '13 to take over third in program history in strikeouts. By the end of the week, Brown had 257 strikeouts through 298.2 innings. Frank's 246 strikeouts came in 518.2 frames.

Game two saw senior Danielle Barbato (Hillsdale, N.Y./Taconic Hills) swat two home runs during a 3-for-4 day, which included three RBIs, two runs and a double. Rathwell drilled her second home run of the day and also earned her first college win, allowing only one earned run during a complete-game effort. First-year Danielle Markowski (Ellington, Conn./Ellington) doubled twice in three at bats with an RBI, and Staples also doubled. First-year Katie Terban (Georgetown, Mass./Saint Mary's) finished 1-for-2 with a walk. Barbato became the first Purple Knight with two home runs in a game since Kate Condon '11 hit two on March 13, 2011, and the first to do so in an NE10 game since Ashley Harkins '09 on April 21, 2007.

Against Le Moyne, Barbato keyed the Purple Knights' nightcap victory by going 4-for-4 with one run, two RBIs and her third home run of the year. Sophomore Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, and first-year Julia Sevigny (Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hill) was 1-for-2 with a run and a double as her first collegiate hit, as well as being hit by a pitch. Brown allowed one earned run during a complete-game win, striking out eight and walking none. Barbato's two-out home run in the fifth tied the game before Staples' sacrifice fly in the home half of the seventh plated Tierney with the winning run. Tierney and senior Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) both went 1-for-2 in the opener, and Rathwell allowed eight runs over the first four innings, but only three were earned.

With eight career home runs, including three last week, Barbato passed Mary Horan '78 (6) on the program's career list while tying Kate Condon '11 for seventh place. Rathwell has three home runs this season, already tying for the most by a first-year since Kathy O'Neil '81 and Dawn Stanger '81 both hit four in 1978.

 

Men's Tennis (1-13, 0-8) Falls Three Times in Northeast-10 Conference Play

The Saint Michael's College men's tennis team lost three Northeast-10 Conference contests last week, falling to Assumption College, 7-2, at home on Tuesday before losing at regionally-ranked Southern New Hampshire University, 9-0, on Saturday and ending the weekend with a loss at regionally-ranked Merrimack College, 9-0, on Sunday. Southern New Hampshire was fourth in last week's Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll, and Merrimack was sixth.

In doubles play against Assumption, senior Forrest Owen (Northboro, Mass./Saint John's) and sophomore Max Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) corralled an 8-4 triumph in the third position, good for the first victory of Allen's career, either in singles or doubles. This spring is his first as a collegiate tennis player. The No. 2 doubles tandem came closest to winning another point, as senior Hayden Steward (Hamilton, Mass./Pingree School) and first-year Matt Mosher (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) fell by an 8-4 count. Assumption won the first two completed singles matches to nab a 4-1 lead, including senior Ben Lambert (Milford, N.H./Milford) falling to the 11th-ranked player in the East Region at No. 1. Mosher erased a one-set deficit in the fourth spot to force a tie before losing a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 decision for the visitors' clinching point, and Steward followed with a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 5 to make it 5-2. Sophomore Dan Foley (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) had nearly the same result as Mosher, coming back to force a third set at No. 3 but ultimately suffering a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 loss. In the sixth slot, sophomore Jake Remillard (Saint Albans, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans) grabbed a one-set lead before falling, 1-6, 6-4, 12-10.

Against Southern New Hampshire, Mosher and Steward came the closest to earning a victory, falling by a narrow 8-5 margin at No. 3. Lambert and senior Patrick Dietz (Prospect, Conn./Woodland Regional) lost by an 8-4 count in the second position, while Foley and Owen fell 8-3 at No. 1. Each of the Purple Knights' top three singles players faced a regionally-ranked foe, including as Lambert captured four games during a straight-set loss in the top spot against the East Region's seventh-ranked player. Dietz fell to the fourth-ranked player at No. 2, and Foley's victorious opponent at the third spot is slotted 18th. Steward took three games during a pro-set in the fifth position.

Against Merrimack, Saint Michael's won two games during doubles matches, including as Foley and Owen took on the region's fifth-ranked tandem at No. 1. During singles play, Mosher won his opening set in the fifth position before ultimately losing a 5-7, 6-2, 10-3 decision. Dietz claimed three games in a straight-set loss at No. 2.