This Week in Saint Michael’s College Athletics ‒ April 16-22

Baseball (9-23, 5-17 NE-10) Faces Regionally-Ranked Opponent, Estey Reaches 100 Hits

The Saint Michael's College baseball team went 1-4 last week while facing one regionally-ranked Northeast-10 Conference opponent and seeing Chadwick Estey '12 (New Haven, Vt./Mount Abraham Union) reach 100 career hits. The Purple Knights fell to Saint Anselm College, 1-0, on Tuesday in an NE-10 Northeast Division game before claiming a 15-4 victory at Norwich University on Thursday. They finished the week by playing a three-game set at regionally-ranked University of Massachusetts at Lowell during NE-10 Northeast Division play, falling 4-0 on Friday before being swept in a doubleheader on Saturday, 11-1 and 10-3. UMass Lowell was fifth in last week's New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) poll.

Nick Myers '14 (Canton, Conn./The Master's School) had his best outing of the season against Saint Anselm, yielding one earned run on six hits in five-plus innings while striking out two. Corey Livingston '14 (Hartford, Conn./East Catholic) tossed four frames of shutout four-hit relief, while Estey went 2-for-4.

Andrew Kelley '13 (Lincoln, N.H./Lin-Wood) allowed one run and struck out 10 in six innings at Norwich. Nicky Elderton '15 (Shelburne, Vt./Rice Memorial) was 4-for-5 with three runs, coming within a home run of the cycle, while Nick Nelson '14 (Spofford, N.H./Keene) had a 4-for-6 performance with three RBIs, two runs and a double. Bryan Geary '12 (Milton, Vt./Milton/Skidmore) and Jacob Begnoche '13 (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) both blasted their first collegiate home runs, with Geary finishing with two hits, three runs and four RBIs, while Begnoche had two hits, two runs and three RBIs. Tyler Wild '14 (Quaker Hill, Conn./Saint Bernard School) was 3-for-5 with three runs and a double, Chris Puliafico '14 (Sharon, Mass./Sharon) went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, and Alec Tice '14 (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) added an RBI single. Chris Hoey '12 (Huntington, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) and Jesse Sullivan '12 (Saugus, Mass./Pingree School) combined to toss the final three innings, with Hoey striking out two in two frames, and Sullivan pitching a perfect ninth inning.

During the first game with UMass Lowell, Estey led off the third inning with his 100th career hit, and Will Corkum '15 (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) limited the River Hawks to one run during the first 5.1 innings, finishing with three earned runs on five hits in six innings. Nelson, Puliafico and Tim McDonnell '12 (Durham, N.H./Oyster River) each added hits, while Don McGuirl '15 (Warwick, R.I./Saint Sebastian's School) dropped two sac bunts. Barry Maily '15 (Moosup, Conn./Plainfield) tossed two shutout frames of relief.

Nelson was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a double in the opener of the doubleheader with UMass Lowell, while Tice went 2-of-3 while being hit by a pitch. During the nightcap, Elderton was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a double, while Tice was 2-for-4 with two runs. Sullivan fired two innings of scoreless relief.

 

No. 10 Men's Lacrosse (9-4, 5-4 NE-10) Extends Win Streak to Three Games with Victory at AIC

The nationally-ranked Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team won its only game last week, extending its win streak to three with a 14-4 Northeast-10 Conference victory at American International College (AIC) on Saturday. The Purple Knights are ranked 10th by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA).

Paul Tortora Jr. '12 (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Prep) tied a career high with six points, as he tallied one marker and dished off five assists, while Kevin Hunt '12 (Johnstown, N.Y./Johnstown) notched a career-high-tying four goals and one assist. Andrew Buccellato '12 (Glen Rock, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) and Max Zuccarini '12 (Medfield, Mass./Medfield/Quinnipiac) combined for four points, as Buccellato tallied once, while Zuccarini scored twice and added one assist. Marty Vanzo '13 (Westford, Vt./Essex/Vermont) netted a hat trick, while Asa Sargent '13 (East Middlebury, Vt./Middlebury Union), Matt Casella '15 (Yonkers, N.Y./Fordham Prep) and Johnny Wadlinger '15 (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) each scored their first college goals. Peter Hanson '12 (Andover, Mass./Andover) scooped up eight ground balls, Chris Casserly '14 (Kensington, N.H./Exeter) was 9-of-11 on face-offs, and Chris DeMairo '14 (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) made seven saves in 31:16 as the first of four goalies. Andrew Landers '14 (Manchester, Mass./Proctor Academy) stopped three shots in 16:38, Dylan Florian '15 (West Hartford, Conn./Kingswood Oxford/Sacred Heart) was untested in 6:07, and Theo Ferguson '14 (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) made one save in 5:59.

 

Women's Lacrosse (3-10, 1-9 NE-10) Extends Run of Games Against Nationally-Ranked Foes to Five

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team went 0-2 at home last week against Northeast-10 Conference opponents, extending its run versus nationally-ranked foes to five straight contests. The Purple Knights lost a 14-4 decision on Wednesday to No. 12 Merrimack College before falling to No. 6 University of New Haven, 17-4, on Sunday. Both are ranked by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).

Eliza Scoba '12 (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) had one goal and one assist against Merrimack, while Caitlin Mahoney '13 (Cohasset, Mass./Cohasset), Claire Martin '14 (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) and Hannah Beardsley '15 (Essex, Mass./Manchester Essex Regional) each added one marker. Nicole Buckley '14 (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) scooped up five ground balls and caused two turnovers, and Sandy Palumbo '12 (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) made 16 saves and picked up five ground balls.

Scoba netted one marker against New Haven to give her 99 goals for her career, while Caroline Casper '14 (Franklin, Mass./Franklin), Kate Boyer '15 (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and Sarah Fortin '15 (Dover, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) each tallied once, with Fortin's marker the first of her collegiate career. Martin caused two turnovers, had one assist and a game-high six draw controls, while Taylor Midgley '15 (Hampton, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) scooped up four ground balls, caused three turnovers and added an assist for her first point as a collegian. Melissa Jaskiewicz '15 (Kensington, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) made five save in her first career appearance between the pipes.

 

Softball (6-32, 4-26 NE-10) Finishes Season with Four Doubleheaders in Six-Day Stretch, Upsets Le Moyne

The Saint Michael's College softball team went 1-7 last week against Northeast-10 Conference foes, including earning its first win against Le Moyne College since 2005. The Purple Knights were swept at Saint Anselm College on Tuesday, 9-2 and 5-1, before falling twice to visiting Southern New Hampshire University on Wednesday, 4-2 and 11-2 in five innings. They split with fourth-place Le Moyne on Friday, winning 1-0 before dropping a 6-0 decision, and lost a pair of five-inning games on Sunday to The College of Saint Rose, 10-2 and 9-1.

Sarah Murray '15 (Wallingford, Conn./Sheehan) went 2-for-3 with an RBI in game one against Saint Anselm, while Bethany Falls '14 (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) had a double and an RBI. Stephanie Frank '13 (Essex, Vt./Essex) took the loss despite yielding three earned runs in six innings. During game two, Grace Bonaiuto '14 (Beverly, Mass./Austin Preparatory School) was 2-for-2, and Falls drove in Amanda Brigante '14 (Colchester, Vt./Colchester).

Brigante was 2-for-3 during the opener against Southern New Hampshire, Murray doubled, and Brittany Cantore '13 (Saint Johnsbury, Vt./Saint Johnsbury Academy) drove in a run. Frank yielded four earned runs in a complete-game effort while striking out two. In the nightcap, Brigante and Carleen McLaughlin '13 (Branford, Conn./Branford) each ripped RBI singles, while Falls allowed one run in 2.2 innings in her first career start.

Frank spun a three-hit shutout in the first game against Le Moyne, yielding two singles among her three hits while not striking out or walking a single batter. Falls drove in the lone run, Bonaiuto added a sacrifice bunt, and Brigante contributed a hit and the run. The win was the Purple Knights' first over Le Moyne since the 2005 NE-10 Tournament, and their first regular-season or home victory over the Dolphins since April 11, 1999. During game two, Frank doubled but took the loss. Boniauto and Murray both singled, and Lauren Mercik '14 (Suffield, Conn./Suffield) yielded one run on one hit in four innings of relief.

In the first game with Saint Rose, Lindsay Houston '13 (Concord, N.H./Concord) went 1-for-1 with a run and a walk, Cantore ripped her third home run of the season, a two-run shot, and Olivia Leclerc '12 (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) added a hit. Houston went 1-for-1 with a hit-by-pitch in game two, Brigante singled and scored, and Leclerc had another hit. Bonaiuto picked up an RBI, while Frank suffered the loss.

Women's Tennis (13-8, 10-3 NE-10) Reaches 13th Consecutive NE-10 Semifinal, Falls to Top-Seeded Stonehill

The regionally-ranked Saint Michael's College women's tennis team went 1-1 last week, reaching its 13th consecutive Northeast-10 Conference Tournament semifinal. The fourth-seeded Purple Knights claimed a 5-0 victory over No. 5 Bentley University at home in the first round for the third straight season on Wednesday before dropping a 5-0 decision to top-seeded Stonehill College on Friday in a semifinal. The Purple Knights were ranked ninth in the latest NCAA East region poll and await word on a potential NCAA Tournament berth, while Stonehill was ranked sixth in the region.

A trio of duos earned doubles triumphs against Bentley, with pairings of Eileen Mullowney '12 (Burlington, Vt./Burlington)/Emily Magee '13 (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury), Alex Dalton '13 (South Easton, Mass/Oliver Ames)/Caroline Martin '15 (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) and Emily Ogilvy '12 (Bedford, N.H./Trinity)/Caroline Toutoungi '15 (Weston, Conn./Weston) all winning. Dalton and Magee claimed straight-set singles victories, while Jean-Marie McGrath '13 (Niwot, Colo./Alexander Dawson School) and Hannah Benoit '15 (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) were in the middle of matches when the victory was clinched.

Against Stonehill, all three doubles tandems lost, with Magee/Mullowney, Dalton/Martin and Ogilvy/Toutoungi siding at No. 1, 2 and 3, respectively. McGrath and Toutoungi lost in singles play, while Benoit, Dalton, Magee and Ogilvy all played at least one close set before being stopped mid-match due to Stonehill's clinching the victory. Magee was named to the NE-10 Tournament All-Tournament team.

 

Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, April 24
Baseball vs. Middlebury, 3:30 p.m.
Women's Lacrosse @ Southern New Hampshire, 7 p.m.*

Wednesday, April 25
Baseball vs. Southern New Hampshire, 3:30 p.m.*^

Thursday, April 26
Men's Golf @ Franklin Pierce Spring Invitational at The Shattuck, 12 p.m.

Friday, April 27
Baseball vs. Bentley, 3:30pm *^

Saturday, April 28
Baseball vs. Bentley (2), 12 p.m.*^
Women's Lacrosse @ American International, 12 p.m.*
Men's Lacrosse vs. Southern New Hampshire, 1 p.m.*

Sunday, April 29
Women's Lacrosse vs. Queens (N.Y.), 12 p.m.

* Northeast-10 Conference Game
^ Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division Game