This Week In Saint Michael's College Athletics

This Week In Saint Michael's College Athletics
Purple Knights kick off spring season

March 25, 2008 

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College spring sports season was in full swing over the spring semester break as baseball, softball, men's and women's lacrosse, and men's and women's tennis headed south for 35 games in a span of eight days. The softball team caught fire early in the week to jump out to a 6-0 record, while the lacrosse teams picked up hard-fought wins decided by a single goal.

Baseball (2-8)

After back-to-back wins on Sunday and Monday, the Saint Michael's College baseball team lost seven straight at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic in Fort Myers, Florida.  The two wins came against Hillsdale and Saint Lawrence by a score of 11-4 and 18-16, respectively.  Following a pair of losses to the powerhouse that is Nebraska-Omaha, Saint Michael's took Illinois College to extra innings but fell, 10-7, in the 11th.  In the loss, senior Evan Grenier (Bridgeport, Conn./Notre Dame Fairfield) went 5-for-6 at the plate with a three-run homer, a double, three singles and two runs scored. 

On Friday, the Purple Knights fell for a second and third time to Saint Lawrence, dropping the opener 15-5 and game two 12-2.  The team concluded their spring break tour of Florida with a 15-1 loss at the hands of nationally ranked Trinity College (Conn.) after the game was called short due to rain.

Softball (6-3, 0-0 NE-10)
Allowing just over two runs per contest through six games, the Purple Knights jumped out to a 6-0 mark with a flawless record at the FAST Spring Ball tournament in Ocoee, Florida.  To highlight the win spree, junior Megan O'Connor (Georgetown, Mass./Georgetown) pitched five innings of one-hit ball to earn the 6-0 win over Saint Joseph (Conn.).  In her third of the season, she also went 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored and a run batted in. Freshman Kelly Rose Losi (Milton, Mass./Milton) also was 2-for-3 at the plate, with a home run, two runs scored, and three RBIs. Classmate Lauren Bolger (Beverly, Mass./Beverly) added a pair of singles in the win.

In the nightcap against Saint Joseph, sophomore Kelly Egan (Milford, Mass./Marian) earned her first collegiate win, as she pitched a complete game, five-hitter in a contest shortened to five innings due to the eight-run rule. She aided her cause with a single, run and RBI, while sophomore Katelyn Billings (Saint Albans, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans) tallied two singles and two runs.

After winning six straight, the Purple Knights mustered only a single run, while giving up an average of eight runs per game in a three-game skid to close out the team's trip to Florida.  On Thursday, Saint Michael's fell to Western Connecticut, 8-0, in five innings before being swept by Rollins College on Friday 6-1 and 10-0.

Men's Lacrosse (2-2, 1-0 NE-10)
Using momentum from a 11-10 overtime win over Saint Anselm on Saturday, Saint Michael's and senior captain Mike Boerma (Lawrence, Mass./Concord Acad.) stirred up some late-game magic to knock off Saint Andrew's, 13-12, in double overtime on Tuesday.  Boerma, also with four assists in the win, tallied his fourth goal in the second overtime to lift the Purple Knights past the Knights.  Senior Greg Lazarus (Evanston, Ill./Evanston) led all goal-scorers with five on the afternoon in Laurinburg, North Carolina.

On Friday, the men traveled to Hempstead, New York to take on Adelphi University, only to snap a two-game win streak, falling by a score of 18-6.  The Panthers jumped all over the Purple Knights in the first half, leading the visitors 11-1 at the break.  Senior goaltender Jeff Hannon (Wilbraham, Mass./Wilbraham) made eight saves in net while Boerma led all Purple Knight scorers with three goals and one assist.

Women's Lacrosse (2-1, 0-0 NE-10)
To start the week, the Purple Knights rolled over Northeast-10 Conference rival Southern Connecticut, 24-6, in a non-conference contest at the Rollins College tournament in Orlando, Florida.  In the onslaught, junior attacker Kim Berlo (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) led all scorers with four goals and two assists, including the eventual game-winner midway through the first half.

On Monday, the Purple Knights jumped out to a 7-5 halftime lead against the Chargers of New Haven, only to go scoreless in the second half, dropping a 14-7 decision.  Senior Brynne Curran (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) led the Purple Knights scoring attack with three goals and one assist.

Bouncing back from a second half drought against New Haven, the Purple Knights took down tournament host Rollins College, as senior Amanda Soule (Hartland, Vt./Woodstock Union) scored four goals with her final goal proving to be the game-winner late in the second half to lift the Saint Michael's, 18-17, on Wednesday afternoon. The Purple Knights rallied from a 12-6 deficit to finish their three-game trip to Florida on a high note.

Tennis (Men: 5-4, 4-0 NE-10; Women: 7-3, 4-0 NE-10)

The Saint Michael's College tennis teams completed their spring break trip to South Carolina on Friday with a split versus the University of Nebraska-Wesleyan. The Saint Michael's women edged Nebraska-Wesleyan, 5-4, while the Saint Michael's men fell, 7-2.

The Saint Michael's women completed their spring break with a 2-3 record, as the Purple Knights opened the week on Sunday with a 9-0 shutout of George Court University. The Purple Knights also suffered a pair of 5-4 setbacks (to Macalester and Tiffin), along with a 7-2 loss to Tiffin.

The Saint Michael's men finished the week with an 0-4 record. All four of the matches were competitive, as the Purple Knights dropped a 5-4 decision to Macalester, a 6-3 decision to Hobart, and a 7-2 decision to Tiffin.

Wed.   Mar. 26    Men's Lacrosse vs. Franklin Pierce*                   3:30 p.m.
Thu.    Mar. 27    Women's Lacrosse vs. Assumption*                    4:00 p.m.
Fri.       Mar. 28     Baseball @ Assumption (DH)                                  2:00 p.m.
Sat.     Mar. 29    Women's Tennis vs. Stonehill*                            10 a.m.
Sat.     Mar. 29    Baseball vs. Skidmore (DH)                                12:00 p.m.
Sat.     Mar. 29     Men's Tennis @ Stonehill*                                      12:00 p.m. 
Sat.     Mar. 29    Men's Lacrosse vs. Bryant*                                 12:00 p.m.
Sat.     Mar. 29     Women's Lacrosse @ American International*      2:30 p.m.
Sun.    Mar. 30    Men's Tennis vs. Bryant*                                     12:00 p.m.
Sun.    Mar. 30    Women's Tennis vs. Bryant*                               12:00 p.m.
Sun.    Mar. 30    Softball vs. Bentley (DH)*                                   1:00 p.m.

*Northeast-10 Conference contest