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

Upcoming Schedule 

Tuesday, March 25
Women's Lacrosse vs. Bentley, 3:30 p.m.*
Women's Tennis vs. Saint Anselm, 3:30 p.m.*
Softball vs. Saint Anselm* [Postponed]

Wednesday, March 26
Men's Lacrosse vs. Southern New Hampshire, 3 p.m.*
Baseball @ Southern New Hampshire, 3:30 p.m.*

Thursday, March 27
Women's Tennis vs. Merrimack, 3 p.m.*
Softball @ Saint Anselm (2)* [Postponed]

Friday, March 28
Men's Tennis @ Saint Anselm, 3:30 p.m.*

Saturday, March 29
Softball vs. Stonehill (2), 12 p.m.*
Baseball @ Assumption (2), 1 p.m.*
Men's Lacrosse @ Assumption, 2 p.m.*
Women's Lacrosse vs. Assumption, 3:30 p.m.*

Sunday, March 30
Softball vs. Stonehill, 12 p.m.*
Baseball @ Assumption, 1 p.m.*

* Northeast-10 Conference Event

 

Baseball (1-5) Closes out Spring Break Trip with Two Losses to NCCAA World Series Qualifiers

The Saint Michael's College baseball team capped its Florida trip with four losses last week, with three of the contests held during the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. The Purple Knights fell to the University of Minnesota Duluth, 7-6, last Monday, then lost to 19th-ranked Saint Leo (Fla.) University, 13-1, on Tuesday. The Purple and Gold then suffered back-to-back losses to 2013 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) World Series qualifiers Johnson (Fla.) University, 8-2, on Wednesday and Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) University, 8-6, on Thursday.

Against Minnesota Duluth, sophomore Nick McGuirl (Warwick, R.I./Pilgrim) reached base three times for Saint Michael's, getting a hit in his only at bat while walking twice and scoring a run. Senior Chris Puliafico (Sharon, Mass./Sharon) doubled, scored and drove in three runs, while classmate Tyler Wild (Quaker Hill, Conn./Saint Bernard School) had two RBIs. Senior Corey Livingston (Manchester, Conn./East Catholic) doubled, scored and drove in a run, and sophomore Curt Echo (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) took a no-decision after allowing four earned runs in five-plus innings. Junior Barry Maily (Moosup, Conn./Plainfield) was saddled with the loss after yielding two runs in 0.2 innings of relief.

Against Saint Leo, junior George Buteau (Burlington, Vt./Trinity-Pawling School) went 2-for-4, while Puliafico was 1-for-2 with a run. Junior Don McGuirl (Warwick, R.I./Saint Sebastian's School) drove in the Purple Knights' run, while Livingston, senior Alec Tice (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) and junior Michael Dougherty (Albany, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy/Schenectady County CC) all added one hit. Sophomore John Mielke (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) took the loss after allowing eight runs in three innings during his first college start.

Against Johnson, Dougherty was 2-for-4 with a walk, a triple and a run for Saint Michael's, while Buteau went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Senior Nick Barton (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) finished 2-for-3 with a walk, and Don McGuirl had a hit, walk, run and RBI. Senior Jason Moore (Avon, Conn./Northwest Catholic) reached twice on a hit and a walk. Tice made just his fourth career pitching appearance, and third start, allowing five earned runs in 3.1 innings with three strikeouts to take the loss.

Against Mount Vernon Nazarene, sophomore Matt Feeney (Portsmouth, N.H./Portsmouth) was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, a walk and a double for the Purple and Gold, while Tice doubled, walked, drove in two and scored. Dougherty and senior Nick Nelson (Spofford, N.H./Keene) both had one hit while walking twice and scoring twice, and Don McGuirl added a knock, a run and two walks. First-year Dylan Lavery (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) yielded one run on two hits in five innings before junior Will Corkum (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) suffered the loss in relief.

 

Men's Lacrosse (1-4, 1-1) Beats NE-10 Opponent Saint Rose, 11-8, During 1-1 Week

The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team went 1-1 last week, losing to non-conference foe Mercy (N.Y.) College, 10-8, on Tuesday, and then rebounding for a Northeast-10 Conference win at The College of Saint Rose, 11-8, on Saturday.

Against Mercy in a game played at Bethpage (N.Y.) High School, sophomore Jamie McGill (Needham, Mass./Needham) posted five goals on six shots for Saint Michael's while scooping four ground balls. First-year Galen Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) tallied twice, and senior Cooper Quenneville (Shoreham, Vt./Gould Academy) notched a goal, three assists and a 4-for-8 showing at the face-off X. Sophomore T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) made four saves and notched three ground balls, and senior Sean Smith (West Islip, N.Y./Saint John the Baptist Diocesan) grabbed eight ground balls a little more than 10 miles from his hometown. Junior Luke Solms (Bedford, N.H./Northfield Mount Hermon) caused four turnovers, and first-year attack Tom Fitzgerald (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) corralled five ground balls.

At Saint Rose, senior Evan Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) notched a hat trick and an assist for the visitors, while Quenneville scored three times and went 4-for-8 on face-offs. Fitzgerald had a goal and two assists, while seniors Connor Glackin (Mission Viejo, Calif./Saint Anthony's) and Asa Sargent (Ripton, Vt./Middlebury Union), sophomore Daegan Goodman (Montpelier, Vt./Montpelier) and first-year Ben Overslaugh (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) all scored once. Goodman's goal was his first as a collegian. Senior Chris Casserly (Kensington, N.H./Exeter) was 10-of-15 on face-offs with eight ground balls, and Bicknell made seven saves.

 

Women's Lacrosse (4-0, 2-0) Grabs Three Spring Break Wins

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team went 3-0 last week after winning a Northeast-10 Conference game and two non-league contests. The Purple Knights beat Southern Connecticut State University, 10-4, on Monday and knocked off Queens (N.Y.) College, 15-3, on Wednesday before defeating Dominican (N.Y.) College, 12-9, on Thursday. Saint Michael's is 4-0 for the first time since winning its first six games in 1999.

Prior to its win at Southern Connecticut State, Saint Michael's had last allowed four goals or fewer during an 18-3 win over Assumption College on March 27, 2008. Senior Crystal King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) totaled one goal and five assists, coming within two helpers of Paula Roche's '84 30-year-old program mark, while classmate Shannon Murphy (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional/UMass) netted a hat trick. First-year Ali Gosselin (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) notched two goals, junior Courtney Piper (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) had a marker and a helper, and sophomore Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) made four saves while notching four ground balls. Curtin held the Owls to a 1-for-7 showing on free-position shots, making two of her stops on eight-meter shots. Senior Claire Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang), junior Kate Boyer (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and sophomore Steph Bonewald (New London, N.H./Proctor Academy) all scored once, and junior Taylor Midgley (Hampton, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) totaled six ground balls and five caused turnovers. Classmate Melissa Jaskiewicz (Kensington, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) notched three ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers, and senior Beth Cusimano (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) had three caused turnovers and two ground balls.

At Queens, King was one of 10 goal scorers for the Purple and Gold, netting a hat trick on three shots. Boyer, Gosselin and junior Hannah Beardsley (Manchester, Mass./Manchester Essex Regional) scored twice apiece, and Piper tallied once while dishing out three assists. Bonewald added a goal and an assist, while Jaskiewicz, Murphy, senior Caroline Casper (Norfolk, Mass./Thayer Academy) and first-year Paige MacKinnon (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) all netted one goal, with MacKinnon's her first as a collegian. Curtin made five saves in 44:14 for the win before first-year Grace Gunning (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) had three stops in relief during her college debut. The Purple Knights opened with a 13-0 lead before allowing a goal at 15:46 of the second period.

At Dominican, Piper posted a career-high five goals to go along with an assist for the Purple and Gold, while Gosselin turned in a season-best four markers. King added a goal and three helpers, and Boyer and junior Kim Liberty (Jericho, Vt./Mount Mansfield Union/Saint Lawrence) both scored, with Liberty's her first as a collegian. Curtin made a career-high 15 saves.

 

Softball (1-11, 1-3) Caps Florida Trip, Knocks off Pace During First NE-10 Weekend

The Saint Michael's College softball team played eight games in five days last week, including four Northeast-10 Conference contests. The first four-game slate in Clermont, Fla., during the National Training Center Spring Games started with losses to the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), 8-0 in five innings, and the University of Minnesota Crookston, 5-2, on Wednesday. The Purple Knights then fell to No. 17 Caldwell (N.J.) College, 4-0, and 2013 NCAA College World Series qualifier Kutztown (Pa.) University, 14-1 in five innings, on Thursday. Saint Michael's returned north for the beginning of NE-10 play, falling to 2013 NCAA East Super Region finalist Adelphi University, 7-3 and 5-0, in a Saturday doubleheader, then splitting a pair of Sunday games at Pace University, winning 11-9 and losing 10-0 in five innings.

During the week, senior Greer Lemnah (Lyndon Center, Vt./Lyndon Institute) pushed her career hits total to 90, good for 14th in program history, while classmate Bethany Falls (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) is 17th with 78 hits.

Against NYIT, first-year Jessica Barnett (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) doubled, while Falls and sophomore Judi Barcavage (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) both added singles. First-year Rachel Tshonas (Ellington, Conn./Ellington) took the loss after allowing all eight runs in 4.2 innings.

Against Minnesota Crookston, Falls was 2-for-2 with an RBI and two walks. Lemnah and senior Amanda Brigante (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) were both 2-for-3 with a run, with Lemnah also being hit by a pitch. Sophomore Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) had two hits and an RBI, while first-year Danielle Barbato (Hillsdale, N.Y./Taconic Hills) knocked her first college hit, a double. Classmate Jane Erlandson (Georgetown, Mass./Georgetown) took the loss after allowing three earned runs in 5.2 innings.

Against Caldwell, the Purple and Gold kept the 17th-ranked Cougars scoreless until the fifth inning. Barcavage, Lemnah and sophomore Jenna Maksian (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) all had hits, and senior Laura McCormack (Natick, Mass./Natick) took the loss after yielding three runs - two earned - on just three hits in 4.1 innings. Classmate Lea Gipson (Bridport, Vt./Middlebury Union) allowed the final run on three hits while recording the final five outs.

Versus Kutztown, DelGreco ripped an RBI double, while Barcavage added a single. Erlandson took the loss.

At Adelphi, Brigante finished 1-for-1 with a run, an RBI and two walks in the opener for the Purple and Gold, while Lemnah went 2-for-4 with two runs and two triples. First-year Jessica Carroll (Concord, N.H./Concord) was 2-for-3, and DelGreco rapped one hit and posted an RBI. McCormack took the loss after allowing five runs on six hits in 3.1 innings. In game two, Lemnah finished 1-for-2 with a walk, while Barbato and DelGreco also picked up hits. Tshonas took the loss after yielding four runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings.

At Pace, Saint Michael's won its first road game ever at the visitors' field by claiming the opener, having first visited the Setters in 1999. Junior Sarah Murray (Wallingford, Conn./Sheehan) was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a double, and Barcavage had two hits, two runs and two RBIs while launching her first career home run. DelGreco posted two hits, two RBIs and a double, and Falls provided two runs, two walks and a double. Carroll and Lemnah notched two hits, a run and an RBI each, and Barnett added two RBIs. Gipson picked up her first career win, firing 5.1 innings of four-hit relief and yielding two runs, both unearned. In game two, Barcavage, Brigante and DelGreco all had hits. Tshonas took the loss, yielding five runs in two-plus innings.

 

Men's Tennis (0-11, 0-6) Ends Florida Trip with Loss to Regionally-Ranked Hamilton

The Saint Michael's College men's tennis team concluded its Spring Break trip to the Orlando, Fla., area with three losses last week. The Purple Knights fell to Hope (Mich.) College, 9-0, on Tuesday and suffered a setback to Hobart (N.Y.) College, 9-0, on Wednesday. Saint Michael's closed out the trip with an 8-1 loss to regionally-ranked Hamilton (N.Y.) College on Thursday.

Against Hope, Saint Michael's played through a pair of close doubles decisions, including sophomore Sam Laves (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Brady) and first-year Ben Lambert (Milford, N.H./Milford) falling by an 8-6 final at No. 3. In the second position, senior Chris Allen (Springfield, Mass./Cathedral) and first-year Hayden Steward (Hamilton, Mass./Pingree School) dropped an 8-5 match. During singles action, senior captain Nick Bosco (Glastonbury, Conn./East Catholic) rallied to take his opponent to three sets at No. 1 but fell shy 6-2, 3-6, 6-0. Classmate Tom Brahm (Marlborough, Conn./Xavier) nearly forced a third set during a 6-3, 7-5 loss at No. 3.

Against Hobart, Allen and Steward came the closest to corralling a point for the Purple and Gold, coming up shy by an 8-6 count at No. 2 doubles. Sophomore Charlie Merry (Kennebunkport, Maine/Kennebunk) nearly forced a third set during his singles match at No. 4 but fell in a second-set tie-breaker to lose by a 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) count. Lambert took five points from his opponent in the sixth spot, and Laves claimed four points at No. 5.

Against Hamilton, Lambert and Laves came closest to claiming a doubles point for the Purple and Gold, falling by an 8-6 count in the No. 3 position. Hamilton carried a 3-0 lead into singles, where Merry picked up a hard-earned 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 triumph at No. 4 over a foe who had been a perfect 4-0 during dual matches this season. Bosco dropped a narrow 6-4 decision in the opening set of a straight-set loss at No. 1.

 

Women's Tennis (4-5, 2-1) Concludes Spring Break Trip with Win over Bethel, 7-2

The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team ended a five-match Spring Break trip to the Orlando, Fla., area by going 1-3 last week. The Purple Knights lost to regionally-ranked University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 7-2, during a match that began last Monday and ended on Wednesday before dropping a 5-4 decision to Oglethorpe (Ga.) University later on Wednesday. On Thursday, the Purple and Gold fell to regionally-ranked Hope (Mich.) College, 7-2, before earning a 7-2 victory against Bethel (Minn.) University.

Against Wisconsin-La Crosse, junior Kayla Dowd (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and first-year Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) earned an 8-4 victory at No. 3 doubles, while the Purple Knights' second-position tandem of junior captains Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) and Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) narrowly suffered a 9-7 setback. In the top spot, sophomores Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) and Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) fell to the 14th-ranked doubles duo in the Division III Central Region, 8-1.

Against Oglethorpe, Martin and Toutoungi were victorious by an 8-6 count at No. 2 doubles, while Bundrick and Sulkin narrowly lost by the same score in the top position. The Purple Knights and Stormy Petrels split the six singles decisions, as Martin nabbed a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 5, Toutoungi claimed a 6-2, 6-1 victory in the sixth spot, and junior Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) took her opponent down by a 6-3, 6-0 count at No. 4. Each of the remaining three matches were close, including Bundrick falling by a 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) score in the top spot. Sulkin suffered a 6-2, 6-4 setback at No. 3, and Kellogg's 6-4, 6-2 loss in the second position came despite more than two hours of action against her opponent.

Versus Hope, Bundrick and Sulkin coming closest to winning a point for Saint Michael's during an 8-6 loss at No. 2. Martin and Toutoungi moved up to No. 1 doubles for the first time as partners and won three points against the eighth-ranked doubles tandem in the Division III Central Region. Dowd and Kellogg lost an 8-4 decision in the third spot. Bundrick knocked off the 20th-ranked player in the Division III Central Region during singles play, 2-6, 6-2, 10-3, at No. 1, while Sulkin claimed a 6-3, 6-3 triumph in the sixth position.

Against Bethel, Kellogg blanked her opponent in the second position, Bundrick claimed a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 1, and Benoit picked up a 6-1, 6-2 triumph in the fourth spot. Sulkin fought to a 6-1, 1-6, 10-4 win at No. 6, while Toutoungi suffered a 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 setback at No. 3. Martin and Toutoungi clinched the team victory by taking an 8-6 decision at No. 1 doubles, with Toutoungi serving out the win. Bundrick and Sulkin also claimed a narrow 8-6 triumph at No. 2, while Dowd and Kellogg completed the doubles sweep with an 8-4 win in the third position.

by Student Intern Eric Gissendanner