May 4, 2009

This Week In Saint Michael's College Athletics


COLCHESTER, Vt. - The men's lacrosse team was eliminated from the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament with a 14-13 loss to Saint Anselm College at home on Tuesday. The baseball team wrapped up their season by winning two of their last three games. The women's tennis team will head down to Stonehill College to face Queens College (N.Y.) on May 7 for their second straight trip to the NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Championships.

The fourth-seeded Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team (7-7) let a late lead slip away in suffering a 14-13 loss to fifth-seeded Saint Anselm College (8-6) in the Northeast-10 Conference Quarterfinals on Tuesday on Duffy Field at Doc Jacobs Complex. For Saint Michael's, senior Bryan Zaremba (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) tallied three goals and an assist in the final game of his collegiate career. Junior Charlie Niznansky (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield-Ludlowe) and freshman Sean Leahy (Grainger, Ind./Saint Joseph's) also recorded three goals and one assist apiece, while junior James Baghai (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) tallied a goal and three assists. Freshman Andrew Buccellato (Glen Rock, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) chipped in with one goal and one assist, while junior Charles Seelinger (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) and freshman Kevin Hunt (Johnstown, N.Y./Johnstown) added single goals apiece. Junior Zach Jandl (Brookline, N.H./Vermont Academy) turned aside 10 shots in the setback. Zaremba was also named to the NE-10 All-Championship Team. On Monday of last week, Leahy was recognized by the NE-10 with being named to the All-Rookie Team.

The baseball team (15-19) defeated The College of Saint Joseph 15-0 on Monday, and ended their season by splitting a doubleheader with Plattsburgh State University on Tuesday. In the win over The College of Saint Joseph, Sophomore Pete Estes (Bennington, Vt./Mount Anthony Union) went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, while junior Anthony Bonvechio (Newport, Vt./Southern New Hampshire University) went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored. Junior Matt Beaulieu (Littleton, Mass./Lawrence Academy) would hit his second home run of the year, and freshman Chad Estey (Hew Haven, Vt./Mount Abraham Union) would collect two hits on the day. Ben Yodzio (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) would finish 2-for-4 with three runs scored and three driven in. Freshman Jesse Sullivan (Saugus, Mass./Pingree School) would earn the win, giving up two hits and striking out six in five innings of work. In the first game against Plattsburgh, a 9-4 loss, Beaulieu went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, while classmate Tim Pilczak (Cohasset, Mass./Kents Hill School) finished 2-for-3. Seniors Ryan Reather (Riverton, Utah/Juan Diego Catholic) and Joe Gil (Andover, Mass./Andover) each drove in a run. Senior Colin Dudunake (Florence, Mass./Suffield Academy) took the loss, giving up five runs in 0.2 innings. Freshman Austin Ziskie (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda Chevy Chase) pitched 6.1 innings of relief, giving up four earned runs on five hits while striking out two. In the 6-4 game two win, Gil went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, Chadwick went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored, while freshman Pat Lawler (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) went 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored. Bonvechio finished 1-for-2 with an RBI and run scored. Junior Mike Robert (Wellesley, Mass./Babson University) picked up the win, giving up two hits and no runs while striking out one in 2.1 innings of relief. The 15 wins this season are also the fourth most in the program's history.

Saint Michael's College has earned its second straight appearance in the NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Championships, the NCAA announced on Wednesday evening. The Purple Knights (14-6) are seeded sixth in the East Region, and will take on third-seeded Queens (N.Y.) College (12-4) in the First Round in a match hosted by Stonehill College. The match will take place on Thursday, May 7, at 3 p.m. The first match of the day features the host school, second-seeded Stonehill (19-3), versus seventh-seeded Merrimack College (10-6) in an all-Northeast-10 Conference contest at 11 a.m. The Saint Michael's/Queens winner will take on the Stonehill/Merrimack winner in the Second Round on Friday, May 8 at 11 a.m. at Stonehill.

The softball team had three players receive All-Conference honors from the NE-10. Saint Michael's College softball senior Ashley Harkins (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) capped an outstanding season by being named to the Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team, it was announced on Friday. Harkins had one of the finest seasons in program history in 2009. She set a program record for runs scored (38), base hits (55) and doubles (13). She leads the NE-10 with a .426 batting average and a .682 slugging percentage, and is among the league leaders in several other categories. In addition, senior Megan O'Connor (Georgetown, Mass./Georgetown) and junior Katelyn Billings (Saint Albans, Vt./Bellows Free Academy-Saint Albans) earned Third Team recognition. O'Connor drove in a program-record 32 runs in 2009, and is also among the league leaders with a .358 batting average. She also was the Purple Knights' top pitcher this spring, going 9-13 on the mound with a 3.85 earned run average in 125.1 innings pitched. Billings started 36 of 38 games for the Purple Knights, and made a seamless transition from center field to shortstop. She led the squad with eight sacrifice bunts, and was second on the team with eight stolen bases and three triples while batting .277.

Upcoming Schedule:

Day Date Event Time

Thu. May 7 Women's Tennis vs. Queens (N.Y.) ^ 3 p.m.

^ -- NCAA Championships at Stonehill College

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