This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: March 10-16

Upcoming Schedule 

Monday, March 17
Women's Tennis vs. Wisconsin-La Crosse, 11:30 a.m.^
Softball vs. Sioux Falls (SD), 1 p.m.^
Baseball vs. Minnesota Duluth (2), 3 p.m.^
Women's Lacrosse @ Southern Connecticut State, 3 p.m.*
Softball vs. NYIT, 3 p.m.^

Tuesday, March 18
Men's Tennis vs. Hope (MI), 8 a.m.^
Baseball @ Saint Leo (FL), 6 p.m.^
Men's Lacrosse @ Mercy (NY), 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 19
Baseball vs. Johnson (FL), 10:30 a.m.^
Men's Tennis vs. Hobart (NY), 12 p.m.^
Softball vs. Minnesota Crookston, 1 p.m.^
Women's Tennis vs. Oglethorpe (GA), 2 p.m.^
Women's Lacrosse @ Queens (N.Y.), 3 p.m.
Softball vs. Minot State (ND), 3 p.m.^

Thursday, March 20
Men's Tennis vs. Hamilton (NY), 8:30 a.m.^
Women's Tennis vs. Hope (MI), 12 p.m.^
Baseball vs. Mount Vernon Nazarene (OH), 1 p.m.^
Women's Lacrosse @ Dominican (NY), 4 p.m.
Softball vs. Caldwell (NJ), 4 p.m.^
Softball vs. Kutztown (PA), 6 p.m.^
Women's Tennis vs. Bethel (MN), 6 p.m.^

Saturday, March 22
Baseball @ Saint Rose (2), 12 p.m.*
Softball @ Adelphi (2), 12 p.m.*
Men's Lacrosse @ Saint Rose, 12:30 p.m.*

Sunday, March 23
Softball @ Pace (2), 12 p.m.*

* Northeast-10 Conference Event
^ Spring Break trip to Florida

 

Baseball (1-1) Splits Season-Opening Doubleheader with Minnesota Duluth in Florida

The Saint Michael's College baseball team opened its season with a doubleheader split against the University of Minnesota Duluth on Sunday during the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational in Winter Haven, Fla. The Purple Knights opened a seven-game Florida trip with a 6-5 come-from-behind victory in game one and a 16-6 loss in the nightcap.

Saint Michael's rallied for the final six runs in the opener, as junior Nicky Elderton (Shelburne, Vt./Rice Memorial) finished 3-for-3 with a double. Senior Tyler Wild (Quaker Hill, Conn./Saint Bernard School) and junior Michael Dougherty (Albany, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy/Schenectady County CC) each had two hits, a run and an RBI, with Dougherty adding a steal in his first game at the NCAA level and driving home the winning run. Junior George Buteau (Burlington, Vt./Trinity-Pawling School) drove in two runs. First-year Alex Winkelmann (Gilford, N.H./Tilton School) nabbed the victory thanks to 2.1 innings of one-hit, shutout relief, and junior Will Corkum (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) earned his first career save by retiring the only batter he faced in the seventh and final inning. Corkum missed all of last season due to injury, having last pitched on May 3, 2012, when he tossed a complete-game victory over 15th-ranked Franklin Pierce University.

Senior Nick Nelson (Spofford, N.H./Keene) doubled twice with three RBIs in game two, Buteau doubled and homered while driving in two, and Dougherty was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run. First-year Dylan Lavery (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) lost his college debut after lasting only 0.2 innings, while sophomore Byron Brocar (Bradford, Vt./Oxbow) was the most effective Purple Knight hurler on the day, allowing one earned run in three innings of relief. Classmate Nick McGuirl (Warwick, R.I./Pilgrim) walked with the bases loaded and two down in the fourth inning in his first college plate appearance.

 

Men's Lacrosse (0-3, 0-1) Drops NE-10 Opener to No. 8 Merrimack

The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team lost its lone contest last week, an 11-5 decision to No. 8 Merrimack College during its Northeast-10 Conference opener on Saturday. The Purple Knights are amid a season-opening four-game stretch during which they will play three teams currently nationally ranked and another foe receiving national votes. Between last April 23 and tomorrow, seven of the Purple and Gold's eight opponents will either be nationally ranked or claiming votes.

Against one of the reigning NE-10 regular-season co-champions, senior Evan Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) had two goals and two assists for Saint Michael's. Classmate Connor Glackin (Mission Viejo, Calif./Saint Anthony's) and first-years Galen Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) and Ben Overslaugh (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) all scored their first goals of the season, while sophomore T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) made a career-high 14 saves. Senior Cooper Quenneville (Shoreham, Vt./Gould Academy) went 4-for-7 on face-offs with four ground balls, junior Luke Solms (Bedford, N.H./Northfield Mount Hermon) had five ground balls, and sophomore Brian Devilly (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) caused a pair of turnovers. Senior Chris Casserly (Kensington, N.H./Exeter) won five draws.

 

Softball (0-4) Begins Season on Spring Break Trip to Florida

The Saint Michael's College softball team opened its season over the weekend with four losses on a Spring Break trip to Clermont, Fla., beginning with five-inning setbacks to Alderson Broaddus (W.Va.) University, 9-0, and 2013 NCAA Atlantic Super Region runner-up West Chester University of Pennsylvania, 19-1, on Saturday. On Sunday, the Purple Knights fell 14-1 in five innings to 2013 NCAA Central Region 1 Tournament semifinalist Minot (N.D.) State University and 4-0 to Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Against Alderson Broaddus, first-year Jessica Carroll (Concord, N.H./Concord) was 1-for-1 with a walk, and sophomores Judi Barcavage (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) and Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) and first-year Jessica Barnett (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) all were 1-for-2. Classmate Rachel Tshonas (Ellington, Conn./Ellington) yielded seven runs, but just two earned, while striking out four in 2.2 innings. Senior Laura McCormack (Natick, Mass./Natick) did not allow any earned runs during 1.1 frames of relief, and classmate Lea Gipson (Bridport, Vt./Middlebury Union) tossed a scoreless fifth.

Senior Greer Lemnah (Lyndon Center, Vt./Lyndon Institute) was 2-for-3 against West Chester, and classmate Bethany Falls (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) picked up her 74th career hit, tying Katelyn Billings '10 for 20th in program history. Barnett walked, stole a base and scored. First-year Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) drew a pinch-hit base on balls, and McCormack took the loss after allowing six earned runs in 0.2 innings. First-year Jane Erlandson (Georgetown, Mass./Georgetown) yielded one earned run in 1.2 innings of relief in her college debut.

Versus Minot State, DelGreco was 1-for-2 with an RBI, and Barcavage added a knock. Falls scored, and Gipson took the loss in her first start since 2011, allowing eight runs in 2.1 innings.

Lemnah was 2-for-3 with a stolen base against Minnesota State Moorhead, increasing her career hit total to 82 and passing Lindsay Bernard '10 to take over 15th in school annals. DelGreco doubled, senior Amanda Brigante (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) added a hit, and Barcavage walked. Tshonas yielded three earned runs on five hits in a complete-game effort.

 

Men's Tennis (0-8, 0-6) Begins Spring Break Trip with Setback to Colorado College

The Saint Michael's College men's tennis team opened its first Spring Break trip since 2009 with an 8-1 loss to Colorado College in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday. Colorado College won all three doubles matches, with Saint Michael's coming closest to claiming a point when senior Chris Allen (Springfield, Mass./Cathedral) and first-year Hayden Steward (Hamilton, Mass./Pingree School) dropped a narrow 8-5 decision in the second position. Senior Nick Bosco (Glastonbury, Conn./East Catholic) held on for a 6-0, 7-6 (7-5) triumph at No. 1 singles, while a pair of teammates lost in three sets. Junior Billy Wood (Wayne, Pa./Home Schooled) won his opening set before absorbing a 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 loss at No. 2, and sophomore Charlie Merry (Kennebunkport, Maine/Kennebunk) rallied to tie at No. 4 but ultimately lost a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 decision.

 

Women's Tennis (3-2, 2-1) Downs Colorado College, 5-4, to Kick off Five-Match Florida Trip

The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team began a five-match Spring Break trip to the Orlando, Fla., area with a 5-4 victory against Colorado College on Sunday. Saint Michael's won two of three doubles matches to carry a lead heading into singles. Junior Kayla Dowd (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and first-year Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) teamed for an 8-1 victory in the third position, while junior captains Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) and Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) forged an 8-6 triumph at No. 2. Kellogg notched a 6-2, 6-0 victory in the second singles position, Martin claimed a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 5, and Toutoungi clinched the match for Saint Michael's with a 6-4, 6-2 victory in the sixth spot with two other matches still in action. Sophomore Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) won her opening set at No. 3 before sustaining a 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (10-6) loss, and junior Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) rallied from one set down at No. 4 in an eventual 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 loss.