This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: April 17-23

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: April 17-23

Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, April 25
Softball @ Saint Anselm, 4 p.m.*
Men's Lacrosse @ Bentley, 5 p.m.*

Wednesday, April 26
Softball vs. Franklin Pierce (2), 3 p.m.*
Baseball @ Southern New Hampshire (2), 3:30 p.m.*
Women's Lacrosse @ Bentley, 7 p.m.*

Thursday, April 27
Baseball @ Saint Joseph (Vt.) (2), 3 p.m.

Friday, April 28
Softball vs. Bentley (2), 3 p.m.*

Saturday, April 29
Men's Lacrosse vs. Saint Rose, 12 p.m.*
Softball vs. Bentley, 12 p.m.*
Baseball vs. Stonehill, 2 p.m.*
Women's Lacrosse vs. American International, 3 p.m.*

Sunday, April 30
Baseball vs. Stonehill (2), 12 p.m.*

* Northeast-10 Conference Event

 

Baseball (1-19, 1-18) Suffers Two One-Run Losses at Regionally-Ranked Merrimack Over Five-Game Week

The Saint Michael's College baseball team lost five road games last week, going 0-4 in the Northeast-10 Conference and falling to in-state rival Middlebury College. The Purple Knights lost to Saint Anselm College, 6-4, on Tuesday before falling at Middlebury, 8-1, on Thursday. Saint Michael's fell twice at regionally-ranked Merrimack College, 12-3 and 3-2, on Saturday before absorbing a 7-6 loss on Sunday. Merrimack was tabbed fifth in the latest New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) poll. During the week, senior Steven Auger (Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton) became the program's career leader in hit-by-pitches (24) while moving into sixth in steals (20).

At Saint Anselm, sophomore Sean Winthrop (Hopkinton, Mass./Lawrence Academy) was 2-for-4 with a run, RBI and double, while Auger finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base. Sophomore Joe Robertson (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) went 2-for-5 with a run, an RBI, a double and a steal, while classmate Harry Southworth (Taunton, Mass./Coyle & Cassidy) ended the day 1-for-3 with an RBI, a double and a hit-by-pitch. Senior Kyle Cone (York, Maine/York) and first-year Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) both doubled, with Hopkins also scoring once and walking. Sophomore Drew Farris (Andover, Mass./Saint John's Prep) took the loss after allowing five runs, three of which were earned, on six hits in 5.1 innings. He struck out four and walked no one. Classmate Christian Devine (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) allowed one unearned run on one hit in 2.2 frames of relief.

At Middlebury, Robertson went 1-for-3 with a run, a walk and a stolen base, while Winthrop had a hit, an RBI and a steal. Southworth walked and was hit by a pitch, while sophomore Calvin Holland (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) doubled. Auger wore his 24th career hit-by-pitch, setting the program record. As the first of five pitchers, junior Patrick Martin (Wilton, N.H./Wilton-Lyndeborough Coop/Saint Joseph's [Maine]) took the loss, with three of his four runs earned on five hits in 4.1 innings. Sophomore Denis Cooney (Pittsfield, Mass./Pittsfield) struck out both batters he faced in a scoreless relief stint, while junior Zack Lanzillo (Rutland, Vt./Mount Saint Joseph Academy) tossed a shutout eighth inning.

In the opener at Merrimack on Saturday, Holland finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a double, while Winthrop singled and scored. Southworth went 1-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch, while Cooney took the loss after allowing five earned runs in three innings. Sophomore Alex Sprague (Nottingham, N.H./Proctor Academy) tossed a 1-2-3 eighth inning in relief. In the nightcap, sophomore Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) doubled and drove in two, while Holland finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base. Robertson singled and scored, and Hopkins was also plated and drew a walk. Farris was the hard-luck loser, with two of his three runs earned over seven innings. He struck out two and walked none before Devine worked a shutout eighth.

On Sunday, Winthrop finished 3-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a stolen base for the visitors, while Southworth was 2-for-3 with a run, a sacrifice hit and a steal. Allen added two hits, an RBI and a double, while senior Drew Salk (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk. Martin was the hard-luck loser, allowing six runs - but only one earned - on five hits in four innings. As the second reliever, Devine tossed a pair of shutout innings.

 

Men's Lacrosse (2-8, 1-8) Splits Pair of NE10 Contests, Downs American International at Home

The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team went 1-1 in Northeast-10 Conference play last week, falling at Franklin Pierce University, 11-7, on Wednesday before beating American International College, 19-6, at home on Saturday.

At Franklin Pierce, first-year Ralph Grillone III (Brockton, Mass./Cardinal Spellman) led the visitors with two goals and two assists, while junior Bobby Frank (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) had two goals, five ground balls and a caused turnover from the midfield. Senior Tom Fitzgerald (Cranford, N.J./Cranford), junior Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) and first-year Anthony Sullivan (Westfield, Mass./Westfield) also scored. Junior Matt Hanley (Plainview, N.Y./Bethpage) notched nine saves and three ground balls, while classmate Neil Gallagher (Sudbury, Mass./Green Mountain Valley School) and first-year Will Moriarty (Ashland, Mass./Catholic Memorial) both caused two turnovers. Junior Johnny Karanasios (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) notched two ground balls and caused a turnover, while first-year Alec Sharlow (Watertown, N.Y./South Jefferson) was 3-for-5 on faceoffs.

Against American International, Sullivan and sophomore Hunter Goodwin (Milton, Vt./Milton) had their finest days wearing Purple and Gold during their first career starts, as Goodwin, who missed last season due to injury, netted the first four goals of his career while adding two assists, and Sullivan registered his initial college hat trick in addition to lending three helpers. Sharlow scored his first two career tallies, and sophomore David Malota (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) posted his first college goal with an assist. Junior Charlie Murphy (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) and sophomore Matt Blois (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) both had two goals and one assist, while Grillone and first-year Jason Feinberg (Geneva, N.Y./Geneva) notched one goal and two helpers apiece. Sophomore Conor DiNatale (Needham, Mass./Needham) was 10-for-11 on faceoffs with a career-high eight ground balls, and first-year Justin Richmond (New Market, Md./Linganore) finished 10-for-16 at the X with four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Sophomore Matt Cotter (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) scooped five ground balls, Gallagher totaled three ground balls and two caused turnovers, while Karanasios recorded two ground balls, two caused turnovers and an assist. Hanley picked up the win after collecting four saves and four ground balls in the opening 45 minutes. Loughlin dished off two helpers, and Fitzgerald, Frank and sophomore James Aloisi (Nantucket, Mass./Nantucket) each found the back of the net once. Junior Jake Sonberg (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) made one save during the fourth quarter.

With 63 career assists, Loughlin has the most helpers ever by a Purple Knight prior to his senior year. During the week, Gallagher moved into sixth in program history with 38 career caused turnovers - with all but one coming in the last two seasons - while moving into a tie for ninth with Luke Solms '15 for season caused turnovers (20).

 

Women's Lacrosse (3-9, 2-9) Goes 1-1 During League Play, Downs Saint Anselm

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team went 1-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference last week, downing Saint Anselm College, 13-7, on Tuesday before losing to No. 18 Stonehill College, 12-8, on Thursday. Stonehill's national ranking is according to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).

Against Saint Anselm, junior Kealy Moyna (Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School) tied a career high with five goals, while classmate Ashley Dineen (Somers, N.Y./Canterbury School) registered her third hat trick of the season coupled with career highs of four assists and seven points, as well as two ground balls. Senior Paige MacKinnon (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) and sophomore Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women) each scored twice, with MacKinnon also causing two turnovers. Senior Grace Gunning (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) made 15 saves and scooped up six ground balls. Sophomore Ellie Clark (Smithsburg, Md./Mercersburg Academy) registered a goal and two assists. Junior Susie Ellicks (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) had four caused turnovers and three ground balls, while sophomore Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) totaled three ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers. First-year Katrina Pietz (Brentwood, N.H./Exeter) notched four ground balls, and junior Micalea Leaska (Somers, Conn./Somers) caused a pair of turnovers.

At Stonehill, MacKinnon turned in a hat trick, five ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers for the Purple Knights, while Clark and Vincent both scored twice. Clark notched a pair of draw controls, while first-year Kaelyn Oliver (Canton, Conn./Canton) also tallied. Gunning came within one save of her career high for the second straight game by stopping 15 shots in addition to notching four ground balls and one caused turnover. Dineen registered three ground balls, Martin collected three draw controls, and Moyna totaled two ground balls, two draw controls and an assist. Ellicks turned in two ground balls and caused a turnover from her spot on defense.

Gunning now stands third in program history in career goalkeeper minutes (2,549:01), fourth in saves (424) and tied with Kim Rowe '97 for sixth with 12 victories. Among all players, she is third in ground balls (141) - passing Jen Thygesen '04 (132), Lauren Piekarski '05 (132) and Taylor Midgley '15 (132) during the week - while notching 49 more ground balls than the nearest keeper, assistant coach Sandy Palumbo '12 (93).

 

Softball (8-18, 8-9) Posts 5-2 Mark During NE10 Play, Moves within 0.5 Games of Fourth Place

The Saint Michael's College softball team went 5-2 in Northeast-10 Conference play last week, sweeping Franklin Pierce University, 4-3 and 5-3, on Monday before splitting against Saint Anselm College on Tuesday, falling 8-0 in the opener before winning the nightcap 2-0. After a 3-1 loss at Stonehill College on Saturday, the team earned a sweep, 3-2 and 2-0, on Sunday. With five league games remaining, the Purple Knights are 0.5 games behind the Skyhawks for fourth place in the NE10 Northeast Division; the top four teams qualify for the postseason.

In the opener at Franklin Pierce, first-year Torie Rathwell (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) was 4-for-4 with a run and two RBIs in game one, while classmate Danielle Markowski (Ellington, Conn./Ellington) batted 2-for-4 with two RBIs, both coming on a seventh-inning double that put her team up by one. Senior Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) was 1-for-2 with a sacrifice hit and her seventh career hit-by-pitch, elevating her into fourth place in program history. Sophomore Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) walked once and scored twice, while junior Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) allowed only one earned run during a complete-game victory. She scattered four hits and struck out three without walking a batter.

Tierney was 2-for-4 with a run, an RBI and a stolen base in the nightcap, while Brazeau went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, both of which came on her tie-breaking double during a three-run sixth inning. Rathwell hit 2-for-4 with a run, an RBI and a double while also allowing all three runs - but just one earned - in three innings but taking the no-decision. Junior Chandler Wilder (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) finished 2-for-3 with two runs, senior Caroline Staples (Stoughton, Mass./Fontbonne Academy) was 2-for-4, and Brown won her second game of the day with four shutout innings of two-hit relief.

In the opener against Saint Anselm, Wilder was 1-for-2, Brazeau walked, and Tierney was hit by a pitch. Brown took the loss after allowing all six runs, five of which were earned, in 3.1 innings. She struck out three. Sophomore Anna Meusel (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro-Regional) tossed 3.2 frames of relief, allowing two unearned runs. Senior Danielle Barbato (Hillsdale, N.Y./Taconic Hills) was 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the second contest, ripping a two-run single in the third that accounted for the only runs of the game. Brazeau was 2-for-3 with a run, and Rathwell went 1-for-2 with a run, a walk and a double. She also tossed her first collegiate shutout, scattered five hits while striking out two and walking none.

At Stonehill on Saturday, Brazeau went 2-for-3, while Markowski slugged her first collegiate home run. Brown allowed only four hits and two earned runs during a complete-game loss, striking out seven and walking none.

Brown allowed no runs in eight innings on Sunday, notching a victory and a save. Barbato had the game-winning RBI in each contest. Saint Michael's swept a twinbill from the Skyhawks for the first time since April 28, 2007, after last taking a pair in Easton on April 24, 2004. The Purple Knights had one road win in the series since then. In the opener, all five runs in the game were unearned. Staples was 2-for-3, while Tierney finished 1-for-3 with a run, an RBI and a walk. Brazeau laid down a pair of sacrifice hits. Rathwell worked the first six innings for the win, allowing two unearned runs, before Brown worked a perfect seventh for her first career save.

In the nightcap, Barbato's two-run homer in the fourth inning accounted for all of the scoring, and Brown scattered seven singles while securing her third career shutout. She struck out eight and walked three, becoming the third Purple Knight ever with 300 career strikeouts (301). Barbato's home run was her fifth of the season - the most by a Saint Michael's player since three reached that plateau in 2007 - and the 10th of her career, tying Kathy O'Neil '81 and assistant coach Meg Currier '07 for fifth in school annals. First-year Aleksandra Apkarian (Butler, N.J./Butler) was 2-for-3, and Tierney was 1-for-3 with a walk.