This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: April 14-20

Upcoming Schedule 

Monday, April 21
Softball vs. Southern New Hampshire (2), 11:30 a.m.*^
Baseball vs. Assumption @ Stonehill, 1 p.m.*^
Baseball @ Stonehill, 4 p.m. *^

Tuesday, April 22
Softball vs. Franklin Pierce, 3 p.m.*^

Wednesday, April 23
Women's Tennis vs. Southern New Hampshire, 2 p.m.$
Softball @ Saint Anselm (2), 3 p.m.*^
Baseball vs. Southern New Hampshire, 4 p.m.*^

Thursday, April 24
Women's Lacrosse vs. Stonehill, 3 p.m.*
Softball @ Franklin Pierce (2), 3 p.m.*^
Baseball vs. Saint Anselm, 3:30 p.m.*^

Friday, April 25
Women's Tennis @ TBA, TBA$

Saturday, April 26
Women's Lacrosse vs. New Haven, 11 a.m.*
Baseball vs. Merrimack (2), 12 p.m.*^

Softball @ Bentley, 1 p.m.*^
Men's Lacrosse vs. Le Moyne, 2 p.m.*

Sunday, April 27
Baseball vs. Merrimack, 12 p.m.*^
Softball @ Softball (2), 12 p.m.*^
Women's Tennis @ TBA, TBA$

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

 

Baseball (3-19, 2-13) Seniors Tice and Wild Reach Milestones During 1-3 Weekend

The Saint Michael's College baseball team went 1-3 last week against Northeast-10 Conference foes. The Purple Knights split a doubleheader against Assumption College on Friday at Bryant University, falling 13-5 in the opener before taking the nightcap, 4-1, but dropped a pair at regionally-ranked Stonehill College, 7-0 and 3-1, on Saturday. The Skyhawks were fourth in the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) poll.

During the Purple Knights' first contest with Assumption, senior Alec Tice (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) moved alone into first place in program history in hits, snapping a tie with Sean Finnell '94 (132), while classmate Tyler Wild (Quaker Hill, Conn./Saint Bernard School) became the ninth player in the 101-year-old program's history to reach the 100-hit plateau for a career. By week's end, Tice had extended his record to 135 hits, while Wild moved into seventh place (102).

Wild went 2-for-3 with two runs, a walk and a steal in game one against the Greyhounds, junior Michael Dougherty (Albany, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy/Schenectady County CC) had two hits and two runs, and sophomore Matt Feeney (Portsmouth, N.H./Portsmouth) drove in three runs. First-year Dylan Lavery (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning before settling for the no-decision after allowing two earned runs on three hits in five-plus frames. Senior Corey Livingston (Manchester, Conn./East Catholic) made his 40th career pitching appearance, breaking a tie with Mike Robert '10 for the program's all-time lead, but took the loss after yielding two earned runs in one-plus inning.

In game two, Dougherty was 3-for-5 with two doubles, a run and a stolen base, and first-year Alex Winkelmann (Gilford, N.H./Tilton School) allowed one run on eight hits during a complete-game victory, striking out eight and walking only one. Wild was 2-for-5 with two runs and two steals, Feeney went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and senior Chris Puliafico (Sharon, Mass./Sharon) was 2-for-4 with an RBI. The Purple Knights won for the third time in three contests with Assumption, matching their total from the first 24 series meetings.

Junior Don McGuirl (Warwick, R.I./Saint Sebastian's School) was 2-for-3 in game one at Stonehill, while senior Nick Myers (Canton, Conn./The Master's School) suffered the loss after allowing five runs in 3.1 innings. Sophomore Jackson Morgan (Montreal, Quebec/Lower Canada College) yielded one earned run during 4.2 innings of relief.

During the second contest, Dougherty was 2-for-4 with an RBI, junior Nicky Elderton (Shelburne, Vt./Rice Memorial) doubled and scored, and senior Jason Moore (Avon, Conn./Northwest Catholic) was twice hit by a pitch. Sophomore Curt Echo (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) allowed the three runs in eight innings but was saddled with the loss.

 

Men's Lacrosse (4-9, 4-6) Splits Pair, Including Posting Highest Goal Total in 12 Years

The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team went 1-1 last week in Northeast-10 Conference play, dropping a 9-8 overtime affair to Franklin Pierce University on Wednesday before downing American International College, 22-13, on Friday for its highest offensive output since April 18, 2002.

Seniors Tim McDonald (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) and Asa Sargent (Ripton, Vt./Middlebury Union) both scored twice against Franklin Pierce, which scored the winner 1:48 into overtime, while classmate Cooper Quenneville (Shoreham, Vt./Gould Academy) went 15-for-16 on face-offs with 11 ground balls. Sophomore Jamie McGill (Needham, Mass./Needham) tallied one goal and one assist, junior defender Luke Solms (Bedford, N.H./Northfield Mount Hermon) had seven ground balls and three caused turnovers, and sophomore T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) collected 12 saves. Junior Matt Dromeshauser (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) and first-years Tim Connor (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) and Ben Overslaugh (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) all scored once.

Four players recorded hat tricks at AIC. First-year Galen Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) turned in a season-high four goals, McDonald had three goals and a career-high three assists, while Dromeshauser collected a career-high-tying three markers and a personal-best three helpers. Senior Connor Glackin's (Mission Viejo, Calif./Saint Anthony's) three goals were a career best, and Bicknell made 14 saves. Quenneville had two goals, two assists, seven ground balls, two caused turnovers and a 12-for-26 showing on face-offs, Connor scored twice, and senior Evan Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) notched one goal and three assists. First-year Tom Fitzgerald (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) posted one goal and two helpers, and classmate Taylor Wallace (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) contributed one goal, one assist and five ground balls. Sargent notched one goal and one assist, and McGill tacked on a goal.

 

Women's Lacrosse (6-6, 4-6) Continues Five-Game Run Against Nationally-Ranked Teams with Two Losses

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team lost twice last week in Northeast-10 Conference play, falling to 15th-ranked Saint Anselm College, 10-5, on Wednesday before suffering an 18-1 setback at No. 2 Adelphi University on Saturday. The Purple Knights are amid a regular-season-ending run of facing five consecutive teams ranked nationally by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).

Against Saint Anselm, the Purple Knights trailed by just two goals with a little more than 10 minutes left. Senior Crystal King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) recorded two assists and increased her career point total to 99. She looks to become the 14th Purple Knight with 100 career points, having moved into a tie for eighth all time with 37 assists. Seniors Claire Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) and Shannon Murphy (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional), juniors Kate Boyer (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and Courtney Piper (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy), and sophomore Steph Bonewald (New London, N.H./Proctor Academy) all scored. Bonewald added three draw controls, two ground balls and a caused turnover. On the defensive end, senior Nicole Buckley (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) had three ground balls and a caused turnover, junior Taylor Midgley (Hampton, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) added two ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers, while classmate Sarah Fortin (Dover, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) picked up two ground balls while causing one turnover. Sophomore Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) collected four saves and two ground balls. Saint Michael's held Saint Anselm to 5.5 goals fewer than its season average.

At Adelphi, Boyer scored for Saint Michael's, junior Julia Murphy (Southboro, Mass./Algonquin Regional) scooped two ground balls while causing one turnover, and Fortin notched two ground balls. Curtin took the loss after making two stops in 10:53, while first-year Grace Gunning (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) made 10 saves in relief to go along with five ground balls and a caused turnover.

 

Softball (1-24, 1-16) Senior Greer Lemnah Reaches 100-Hit Plateau During Six-Game Week

The Saint Michael's College softball team went 0-6 in Northeast-10 Conference play last week, with the first five setbacks all coming by three runs. The Purple Knights dropped a doubleheader, 4-1 and 3-0 in eight innings, to Stonehill College on Monday before falling at Saint Anselm College, 5-2, on Thursday. During the weekend, Saint Michael's fell to Assumption College, 3-0 and 6-3, on Friday before suffering a 9-1 loss to the Greyhounds on Saturday. During the week, senior Greer Lemnah (Lyndon Center, Vt./Lyndon Institute) became the 11th player in program history to record 100 hits in her career, including the seventh Vermont native.

After opening its season with 19 consecutive games away from home, the Saint Michael's hosted first-place Stonehill. In the opener, Lemnah went 2-for-3 with a run, while sophomore Judi Barcavage (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) was 2-for-3 with an RBI. First-year Jessica Barnett (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) was 1-for-2 with a walk, while senior Laura McCormack (Natick, Mass./Natick) allowed four runs during a complete-game effort.

Senior Lea Gipson (Bridport, Vt./Middlebury Union) carried a shutout into the eighth inning of the nightcap, ultimately allowing two earned runs on five hits. Senior Bethany Falls (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) picked up a hit, junior Sarah Murray (Wallingford, Conn./Sheehan) walked, and first-year Sarah Bagley (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) stole a pair of bases.

At first-place Saint Anselm, Lemnah was 2-for-4 with a run, Murray went 2-for-3 with a double, and Falls and sophomore Jenna Maksian (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) both drove in runs. Gipson allowed one run over the first four-plus innings before yielding five in five frames, taking the loss.

In game one with Assumption, Falls was 2-for-3, while first-year Danielle Barbato (Hillsdale, N.Y./Taconic Hills) finished 1-for-2. McCormack yielded three runs on six hits in seven innings.

In the nightcap, Lemnah reached her milestone while also scoring and stealing a base. Falls was 2-for-3, scoring while doubling, first-year Jessica Carroll (Concord, N.H./Concord) drove in two runs, and Murray doubled. Gipson yielded four earned runs during a complete-game loss. Junior Sara St. Don (Lakeville, Mass./Apponequet Regional) picked up a pinch-hit single with one out in the seventh.

On Senior Day versus Assumption, Falls put together her third straight two-hit game for Saint Michael's, going 2-for-2 with an RBI and a double. Barnett, Murray and sophomore Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) all picked up one hit. Gipson allowed four runs in 4.1 innings during two stints in the circle, and McCormack suffered the loss in relief, allowing five runs in 2.1 innings.

 

Men's Tennis (2-13, 2-8) Completes 2013-14 Season with 1-1 Week, Blanks Saint Anselm

The Saint Michael's College men's tennis team concluded its 2013-14 season with a 1-1 week against Northeast-10 Conference opponents, downing Saint Anselm College, 9-0, on Monday before falling to Assumption College, 7-2, on Thursday.

The Purple Knights lost a total of 15 games to Saint Anselm. In doubles play, seniors Nick Bosco (Glastonbury, Conn./East Catholic) and Tom Brahm (Marlborough, Conn./Xavier) won 8-3 at No. 1, senior Chris Allen (Springfield, Mass./Cathedral) and first-year Hayden Steward (Hamilton, Mass./Pingree School) claimed an 8-2 decision in the second spot, and sophomore Sam Laves (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Brady) and first-year Ben Lambert (Milford, N.H./Milford) were victorious by an 8-1 count at No. 3. Bosco, sophomore Charlie Merry (Kennebunkport, Maine/Kennebunk) and first-year Patrick Dietz (Prospect, Conn./Woodland Regional) blanked their singles opponents at No. 1, 4 and 6, respectively. Junior Billy Wood (Wayne, Pa./Home Schooled) won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2, Brahm took a 6-3, 6-2 contest at No. 3, and Laves earned a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 5.

At Assumption, Saint Michael's lost all three doubles matches, with Allen and Steward coming closest to victory, claiming four games in the second position. Merry notched a 6-1, 6-2 triumph at No. 4 singles, while Dietz rallied for a 2-6, 6-2, 10-8 victory at No. 6 to complete his rookie season 3-0 during NE-10 singles play. Laves nearly corralled a third victory but fell by a 4-6, 7-5, 10-5 count in the fifth position. Wood dropped his opening set just 6-4 during a straight-set loss at No. 2.

 

Women's Tennis (11-7, 9-3) Extends Winning Streak to Four, Enters Tournament as No. 4 Seed

The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team completed the regular season with a 2-0 showing in Northeast-10 Conference play last week, knocking off Bentley University, 5-4, on Tuesday and American International College, 7-2, on Wednesday to push its winning streak to four matches in just a five-day span. The Purple Knights, who recorded double-digit wins for the 10th consecutive season and for the 15th time in 16 years, will hold down the No. 4 seed in this week's NE-10 Championship, hosting fifth-seeded Southern New Hampshire University for a first-round contest on Wednesday at 2 p.m.

The Purple Knights held off a rally by Bentley, which was slated to finish one spot ahead of Saint Michael's in the NE-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll. With singles beginning first, the Purple Knights took four matches, with one doubles match being concluded prior to singles being completed. Junior Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3 singles, classmate Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) claimed a 6-2, 6-0 decision in the fourth position, sophomore Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) earned a 6-2, 6-1 triumph at No. 5, and junior Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) took a 6-0, 6-1 victory in the sixth spot. First-year Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) fell 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 at No. 2, and Bentley trailed just 4-3, but Bundrick and Kellogg sided for a clinching victory with an 8-0 win at No. 2 doubles.

Against AIC, Martin and Toutoungi claimed an 8-5 win at No. 2 doubles, while Sulkin and junior Kayla Dowd (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) earned an 8-0 win in the third spot. Five Purple Knights earned quick singles victories to finish off the team triumph. Kellogg downed a player who had been 11-4 in singles by a 6-2, 6-2 decision at No. 2, Martin won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3, and Benoit shut out her foe in the fourth spot to become just the sixth player in program history with 40 career singles wins. She is tied with Kelly Spelman '00 for fifth place. Sulkin won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 5, and Toutoungi claimed an 8-0 pro-set in the sixth spot.