This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: March 31-April 6

Upcoming Schedule

Tuesday, April 8
Women's Tennis vs. Assumption, 3:30 p.m.*
Women's Lacrosse @ Franklin Pierce, 4 p.m.*
Softball @ Southern New Hampshire (2), 4 p.m.*^
Men's Lacrosse @ Saint Anselm, 5 p.m.*
Baseball vs. Middlebury (2) [Postponed]
Men's Tennis @ Assumption [Postponed]

Wednesday, April 9
Women's Tennis @ Stonehill, 3 p.m.*
Baseball @ Southern New Hampshire, 4:30 p.m.*^ (9 innings)
Baseball @ Southern New Hampshire, 7:30 p.m. (7 innings)

Thursday, April 10
Women's Lacrosse @ Southern New Hampshire, 4 p.m.*

Friday, April 11
Baseball vs. Bentley, 3:30 p.m.*^

Saturday, April 12
Women's Tennis @ New Haven, 11 a.m.*
Baseball vs. Bentley (2), 12 p.m.*^
Men's Lacrosse @ Adelphi, 1 p.m.*
Women's Lacrosse vs. Le Moyne, 1 p.m.*
Softball @ Merrimack (2), 1 p.m.*^

Sunday, April 13
Softball @ Merrimack, 12 p.m.*^
Women's Tennis vs. Southern New Hampshire, 1 p.m.*

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

 

Baseball (2-11, 1-6) Earns First NE-10 Win of Season at Regionally-Ranked New Haven

The Saint Michael's College baseball team went 1-5 last week during Northeast-10 Conference action. The Purple Knights lost to Saint Anselm College, 9-0, on Tuesday, and then dropped a game to 27th-ranked Franklin Pierce University, 7-1, on Thursday before splitting a Saturday doubleheader at regionally-ranked University of New Haven, winning 9-3 and losing 14-9. Saint Michael's closed the week with a pair of Sunday losses at Southern Connecticut State University, 11-9 and 10-5.

Against Saint Anselm in a game moved to Trinity Stadium in Haverhill, Mass., junior Don McGuirl (Warwick, R.I./Saint Sebastian's School) finished 2-for-4 with a stolen base, sophomore Matt Feeney (Portsmouth, N.H./Portsmouth) tripled, and junior Nicky Elderton (Shelburne, Vt./Rice Memorial) knocked a double. Classmate George Buteau (Burlington, Vt./Trinity-Pawling School) added a hit. Senior Nick Myers (Canton, Conn./The Master's School) allowed only one hit in six innings but was saddled with the loss after allowing the first three runs.

At Franklin Pierce, senior Alec Tice (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a sacrifice fly for Saint Michael's, junior Michael Dougherty (Albany, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy/Schenectady County CC) picked up a knock, and Elderton walked and scored. First-year Dylan Lavery (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) yielded two runs on four hits in five innings, striking out four and walking two. Senior Corey Livingston (Manchester, Conn./East Catholic) was the most effective of four relievers, fanning three in a pair of shutout innings.

At New Haven, McGuirl was 3-for-4 with three runs and a double in game one for Saint Michael's, Buteau was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, and Dougherty and Elderton both had two hits and two runs. Feeney and senior Nick Nelson (Spofford, N.H./Keene) added two RBIs. Sophomore Curt Echo (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) earned the win, allowing three runs on four hits in 6.2 innings with two walks and two strikeouts. Livingston tossed 1.1 scoreless innings of relief in his 38th career appearance, one shy of Mike Robert's '10 program record, while snapping a tie with Luke Steffens '40 (37) for second place. Junior Barry Maily (Moosup, Conn./Plainfield) pitched a shutout ninth inning. The game also marked interim head coach Scott Strong's first victory of his college coaching career.

Buteau was 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBIs, a double and a home run in game two for the Purple Knights, and Feeney was 2-for-4 with four RBIs and a home run. Elderton was 2-for-4 with two runs and a double, and McGuirl and senior Tyler Wild (Quaker Hill, Conn./Saint Bernard School) added a pair of hits each. First-year Alex Winkelmann (Gilford, N.H./Tilton School) allowed seven runs in three-plus innings in the loss.

At Southern Connecticut State, Nelson finished 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs in the opener, Dougherty was 3-for-4 with two runs and a walk, and Tice drove in three. McGuirl was 2-for-4, and Buteau was hit by a pitch twice while scoring two runs. Myers yielded eight earned runs in six innings to take the loss before first-year Peter Cross (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) allowed just one run on two hits in three frames of relief.

In game two, Tice was 3-for-4 with an RBI, increasing his career hits total to 127 and moving within five of Sean Finnell's '94 program record. Buteau was 2-for-4 while getting hit by a pitch, and Feeney added two hits, a run and an RBI. Sophomore Luke Barkowski (Dorchester, Mass./Deerfield Academy) yielded seven runs, just three earned, in four-plus innings during his first college start. As the second reliever, junior Will Corkum (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) tossed three innings of shutout ball, recording seven of his nine outs via a strikeout.

 

Men's Lacrosse (3-6, 3-3) Draws Even in Pair of NE-10 Games

The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team went 1-1 at home last week in Northeast-10 Conference play, falling to Bentley University, 12-6, on Tuesday and winning against Pace University, 10-9, on Saturday.

Against Bentley, senior Evan Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) scored twice for Saint Michael's, while classmates Cooper Quenneville (Shoreham, Vt./Gould Academy) and Asa Sargent (Ripton, Vt./Middlebury Union) both tacked on a goal and an assist. Quenneville was also 5-of-7 on face-offs. Senior Chris Casserly (Kensington, N.H./Exeter) and first-year Tim Connor (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) both added their first goals of the season, while Casserly scooped five ground balls. Senior Andrew Landers (Manchester, Mass./Proctor Academy) made 11 saves, and junior Sean Curtin (Ledyard, Conn./Ledyard) and first-year Salvatore Loris (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) both caused three turnovers.

Against Pace, senior Connor Glackin (Mission Viejo, Calif./Saint Anthony's) deposited the tie-breaking goal with 3:29 remaining as Saint Michael's overcame an early four-goal deficit. Antolino had two goals and three assists for Saint Michael's, which won for the 10th time in its last 11 outings against Pace. Senior Tim McDonald (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) added two goals and a helper, and first-year Ben Overslaugh (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) scored twice. Quenneville posted a goal and an assist while going 3-for-4 on face-offs, first-year Tom Fitzgerald (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) tacked on a goal and an assist, and Sargent scored. Sophomore T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) made 12 stops in 51:09 of relief, yielding only four goals and collecting the victory.

 

Women's Lacrosse (5-2, 3-2) Beats Merrimack, 9-7

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team won its only game of the week, downing Merrimack College, 9-7, on Wednesday during Northeast-10 Conference action. The victory was the Purple Knights' first home win against the Warriors since April 10, 2004.

Saint Michael's, which had been 1-9 against the Warriors since 2005, received two goals and three ground balls from senior Claire Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) and two goals and five ground balls from junior Kate Boyer (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle). Classmate Courtney Piper (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) scored while dishing out three assists, and first-year Ali Gosselin (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) had a goal, two assists and three ground balls. First-year Grace Gunning (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) had one second-half save in earning her first collegiate win, and sophomore Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) stopped four shots in the opening stanza. Senior Crystal King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) posted a goal and an assist, while junior Hannah Beardsley (Manchester, Mass./Manchester Essex Regional) and sophomore Steph Bonewald (New London, N.H./Proctor Academy) also scored, with Bonewald collecting three draw controls. Junior Taylor Midgley (Hampton, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) controlled five draws.

 

Softball (1-14, 1-6) Falls in Trio of NE-10 Contests

The Saint Michael's College softball team went 0-3 in Northeast-10 Conference play last week, losing to nationally-regarded Southern New Hampshire University, 8-0, in five innings on Thursday and dropping a pair of games to American International College, 7-1 and 8-1, on Sunday. Southern New Hampshire received a vote toward the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) last week.

At Southern New Hampshire, in its first game since March 23, and its first contest in New England this season, Saint Michael's received a strong start from senior Lea Gipson (Bridport, Vt./Middlebury Union), who blanked the hosts until there was one out in the fourth inning. She ultimately yielded five runs in four-plus innings. Classmates Amanda Brigante (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) and Greer Lemnah (Lyndon Center, Vt./Lyndon Institute) and junior Sarah Murray (Wallingford, Conn./Sheehan) all picked up hits.

At AIC, first-year Rachel Tshonas (Ellington, Conn./Ellington) carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning of the opener before yielding four earned runs on six hits in 5.1 frames. Senior Bethany Falls (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) doubled, stole a base and scored while breaking the program's record for career assists (316) on the day. Brigante walked twice, and Murray had an RBI. In game two, Murray went 2-for-3 with her first home run of the year, and Brigante and sophomore Judi Barcavage (Haldane, N.Y./Cold Spring) added hits. Gipson took the loss after yielding six earned runs in seven innings over two stints in the circle.

 

Men's Tennis (1-12, 1-7) Goes 1-1 in Conference Matches

The Saint Michael's College men's tennis team split a pair of Northeast-10 Conference matches last week. On Tuesday, Saint Michael's beat American International College, 7-2, but lost to regionally-ranked Southern New Hampshire University, 9-0, on Wednesday. The Penmen were seventh in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll.

Against AIC, Saint Michael's, which last played on March 20, was the beneficiary of two AIC defaults. Senior Chris Allen (Springfield, Mass./Cathedral) and first-year Hayden Steward (Hamilton, Mass./Pingree School) combined for an 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles, and a win by default at No. 3 gave the Purple Knights a 2-1 edge heading into singles. The Purple and Gold almost swept doubles, but during a match at the top spot, seniors Nick Bosco (Glastonbury, Conn./East Catholic) and Tom Brahm (Marlborough, Conn./Xavier) narrowly fell by a 9-7 count. In singles, due to another default at No. 6, the hosts led 3-1 before sophomore Sam Laves (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Brady) claimed a 6-0, 6-1 triumph in the fifth position and junior Billy Wood (Wayne, Pa./Home School) earned a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 2 to nab his team's fifth point and clinch the victory. Brahm and sophomore Charlie Merry (Kennebunkport, Maine/Kennebunk) followed with wins of their own, with Brahm notching a 6-3, 6-3 victory at No. 4 and Merry sliding up to No. 3 for the first time in his career and picking up a 6-3, 6-4 win. A doubles specialist during his career until this season, Brahm's victory was the first of his singles career.

At Southern New Hampshire, Saint Michael's nearly took a doubles decision from the Penmen, who qualified for the past three NCAA Tournaments, but trailed 3-0 heading into singles. In the third position, Laves and first-year Ben Lambert (Milford, N.H./Milford) fell by a narrow 8-6 count. Laves also put forth a strong result at No. 5 singles, coming up shy 6-4, 4-6, 11-9. Merry fell 6-2, 6-4 at No. 3, staying close with an opponent who improved to 5-2 in NE-10 singles, while Lambert won three games in his opening set during a loss in the sixth slot. At No. 1, Bosco turned in a 6-2, 6-3 loss against the ninth-ranked player in the region.

 

Women's Tennis (6-6, 4-2) Blanks Saint Rose in NE-10 Action

The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team won its only Northeast-10 Conference match last week, knocking off The College of Saint Rose, 9-0, on Sunday. Juniors Kayla Dowd (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) picked up an 8-2 victory at No. 2 doubles, while sophomores Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) and Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) held off their opponents in the top position for a 9-7 win. Saint Rose defaulted at No. 3. During the five singles matches, Saint Michael's yielded a total of eight games, while the Golden Knights defaulted another point at No. 6. Sulkin won 6-4, 6-0 in the third spot for her second triumph of the day, while first-year Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), junior Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) and Toutoungi earned 6-0, 6-0 wins at No. 1, 4 and 5, respectively. Junior Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) was victorious by a 6-1, 6-3 decision in the second position.

by Student Intern Eric Gissendanner