This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: April 21-27

Upcoming Schedule 

Tuesday, April 29
Baseball vs. Saint Anselm, 3:30 p.m.*^

Thursday, May 1
Baseball vs. Franklin Pierce (2), 12 p.m.*^

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

 

Baseball (5-24, 4-18) Reels Off Back-to-Back Conference Wins During Seven-Game Week

The Saint Michael's College baseball team went 2-5 last week against Northeast-10 Conference foes. The Purple Knights played a Monday doubleheader at Stonehill College, losing to Assumption College, 8-6, followed by an 8-2 setback against regionally-ranked Stonehill. Saint Michael's then dropped a 13-2 decision to No. 10 Southern New Hampshire University on Wednesday. The Purple and Gold responded by topping Saint Anselm College, 8-4, on Thursday and beating regionally-ranked Merrimack College, 2-1, on Saturday. Saint Michael's closed out the weekend with a pair of losses to Merrimack, 12-1 and 7-0, on Sunday.

In a game against Assumption, junior George Buteau (Burlington, Vt./Trinity-Pawling School) was 3-for-5 with a run, an RBI and a double, and classmate Nicky Elderton (Shelburne, Vt./Rice Memorial) finished 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBIs, a double and a home run in his 100th career game. Classmate Don McGuirl (Warwick, R.I./Saint Sebastian's School) also appeared in his 100th career contest. Senior Nick Nelson (Spofford, N.H./Keene) was 2-for-3 with a run. Sophomore Luke Barkowski (Dorchester, Mass./Deerfield Academy) took the loss after yielding six runs in one-plus inning before classmate John Mielke (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) allowed one unearned run in six frames of relief. Against Stonehill, Nelson hit a home run, sophomore Matt Feeney (Portsmouth, N.H./Portsmouth) walked twice and scored once, and senior Alec Tice (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) knocked in a run. In his first start since May 3, 2012, junior Will Corkum (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) allowed four earned runs in 5.1 innings but took the loss.

Against Southern New Hampshire, the Purple Knights received two-hit efforts from both Buteau and Tice. Buteau also scored a run, while Elderton was 1-for-3 with a run and a walk. Senior Chris Puliafico (Sharon, Mass./Sharon) had a hit, an RBI and was hit by a pitch. First-year Alex Winkelmann (Gilford, N.H./Tilton School) took the loss after allowing eight runs in four innings, striking out three. Junior Barry Maily (Moosup, Conn./Plainfield) allowed one run on three hits in three frames of relief.

Against Saint Anselm, nine different players had hits, and first-year Dylan Lavery (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) tossed seven innings of shutout ball to earn his first college win. He allowed four hits while striking out six batters. Senior Tyler Wild (Quaker Hill, Conn./Saint Bernard School) finished 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a hit-by-pitch for the hosts, and classmate Corey Livingston (Manchester, Conn./East Catholic) added two knocks. Elderton slugged a three-run home run, Tice had a hit, a run, an RBI and two walks, and Nelson doubled and walked.

Against Merrimack on Saturday, sophomore Curt Echo (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) yielded no earned runs on three hits during a complete-game effort, and Buteau came up with the winning RBI single in the eighth inning. Echo struck out four and walked two during his gem, moving to 2-3 on the year, while McGuirl was 2-for-3 with a run and a stolen base. Livingston was also 2-for-3, and Tice doubled, walked and scored while breaking the school record for career games played. He had 136 games by the end of the weekend. Elderton added a hit to increase his career total to 96, as he looks to become the first Purple Knight junior to reach the 100-hit plateau. Merrimack was tied for 10th in the latest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) East Region poll. 

In game one of Sunday's doubleheader against Merrimack, Puliafico was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk, while McGuirl also had a hit and a walk, and Elderton and senior Jason Moore (Avon, Conn./Northwest Catholic) both drew a pair of bases on balls. Livingston chipped in a second-inning base hit, and Buteau scored his team's run. Senior Nick Myers (Canton, Conn./The Master's School) allowed seven earned runs in five innings. In game two, Tice went 2-for-3 with a walk, while Buteau, Feeney, Livingston, Nelson and Puliafico all had one hit. In just his second college start, Mielke allowed five runs in six innings.

 

Men's Lacrosse (4-10, 4-7) Closes Season in Home Contest Against No. 2 Le Moyne

The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team lost its lone game last week in Northeast-10 Conference play, dropping an 18-6 affair to second-ranked Le Moyne College on Saturday. Six different players scored for Saint Michael's, which last played on April 18, including seniors Connor Glackin (Mission Viejo, Calif./Saint Anthony's), Tim McDonald (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) and Asa Sargent (Ripton, Vt./Middlebury Union). Glackin added four ground balls. Junior Matt Dromeshauser (Norwood, Mass./Norwood) and first-years Galen Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) and Billy Farrell (Portland, Maine/Deering) also tallied, with Farrell netting the first of his career. Sophomore Jamie McGill (Needham, Mass./Needham) had two assists. Junior Luke Solms (Bedford, N.H./Northfield Mount Hermon) and sophomore Brian Devilly (Norwood, Mass./Norwood) both had three ground balls and a caused turnover, while senior Sean Smith (West Islip, N.Y./Saint John the Baptist Diocesan) scooped two ground balls. Classmate Cooper Quenneville (Shoreham, Vt./Gould Academy) notched five ground balls and won nine face-offs. In his third college start, senior Theo Ferguson (Bethlehem, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) made eight saves, the second-best total of his career, before classmate Andrew Landers (Manchester, Mass./Proctor Academy) had seven stops in the second stanza.

 

Women's Lacrosse (6-8, 4-8) Wraps Up 2014 Campaign with Near-Upset of No. 4 New Haven

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team lost twice last week in Northeast-10 Conference play, falling to 12th-ranked Stonehill College, 9-3, on Thursday before dropping a 15-12 contest to the No. 4 University of New Haven on Saturday. The Purple Knights finished their season with five consecutive contests against teams ranked nationally by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA). The Purple and Gold's six wins were its most since 2008.

Against Stonehill, first-year Ali Gosselin (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) scored while adding three ground balls and a draw control for the hosts, while senior Shannon Murphy (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional/UMass) and junior Kate Boyer (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) also scored. Sophomore Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) had one save in 28:43 while taking the loss, and first-year Grace Gunning (Norwood, Mass./Norwood) collected five stops in relief. Senior defender Nicole Buckley (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) turned in five ground balls and four caused turnovers, classmate Claire Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) had three ground balls, a draw control and a caused turnover, junior Sarah Fortin (Dover, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) collected three ground balls, and senior Beth Cusimano (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) caused a pair of turnovers. Sophomore Steph Bonewald (New London, N.H./Proctor Academy) posted two ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers. Saint Michael's yielded its fewest goals to Stonehill since a meeting on April 20, 2000.

Against New Haven, senior Crystal King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) posted three goals and three assists to become the 14th player in program history with 100 career points, joining Amanda Soule '08 of Hartland as the lone Vermonters on that list. In addition to notching 105 points, she finished tied for sixth all-time in assists (40) with Amanda Lohin '03. King's 25 helpers this season were just two shy of Kim Berlo's '09 six-year-old school record. Martin totaled three ground balls, two caused turnovers and an assist during her 60th career game, tying Jessica Anderson '05 and Eliza Scoba '12 for the school record. Murphy matched her career high with four goals, and Bonewald notched two goals, three draw controls and three caused turnovers. Seniors Caroline Casper (Norfolk, Mass./Thayer Academy) and Alexa Coleman (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) and junior Kim Liberty (Jericho, Vt./Mount Mansfield Union/Saint Lawrence) all scored once. Curtin and Gunning both made one save while nearly splitting the game. Junior Taylor Midgley (Hampton, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) had four draw controls, Fortin notched two ground balls and two draw controls, and Cusimano controlled a pair of draws. The Purple and Gold scored its highest goal total against New Haven in seven seasons.

 

Softball (1-34, 1-26) Falls in Two Close Decisions to Bentley Amid 10-Game Week

The Saint Michael's College softball team went 0-10 in Northeast-10 Conference play last week, with the final two games being decided during host Bentley University's final at bats. The Purple Knights dropped a home doubleheader to Southern New Hampshire University, 5-0 and 6-0, on Monday before falling at Franklin Pierce University, 12-4 in five innings and 8-0 in six innings, on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Saint Michael's suffered a pair of 4-1 setbacks at Saint Anselm College before losing to Franklin Pierce, 7-3, on Thursday. The Purple and Gold then closed the season slate with a trio of losses at Bentley on Sunday, falling 10-0 in five innings, then 1-0 and 5-2.

Against regionally-ranked Southern New Hampshire, senior Laura McCormack (Natick, Mass./Natick) allowed five earned runs on nine hits in the opener during a complete game for the hosts, as the Penmen tossed a perfect game. During game two, senior Greer Lemnah (Lyndon Center, Vt./Lyndon Institute) went 2-for-3, and classmate Lea Gipson (Bridport, Vt./Middlebury Union) held Southern New Hampshire scoreless until the fifth inning before yielding six runs over seven frames with two strikeouts.

At Franklin Pierce, Lemnah was 2-for-3 for the visitors in game one, junior Sarah Murray (Wallingford, Conn./Sheehan) was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a double, and sophomore Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) had a hit, a walk, a run and an RBI. Gipson took the loss, tossing 2.2 innings. In game two, Murray and senior Bethany Falls (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) both picked up RBI singles, while first-year Jane Erlandson (Georgetown, Mass./Georgetown) allowed five runs in three innings to take the loss.

At Saint Anselm, Lemnah was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Purple and Gold in game one. Three players had one hit, and McCormack yielded two earned runs on seven hits in six innings, holding the hosts to a 3-for-18 showing at the plate over the final 4.1 innings. In game two, Murray swatted her second home run of the year in the first inning, and Lemnah added a knock. Gipson allowed two earned runs in 1.2 innings to take the loss before first-year Rachel Tshonas (Ellington, Conn./Ellington) fired 4.1 frames of three-hit, shutout relief.

Against Franklin Pierce, Falls went 2-for-2 with a double for Saint Michael's, and Lemnah was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Sophomore Jenna Maksian (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) doubled and scored twice. McCormack yielded six earned runs in 4.2 innings before Tshonas tossed 1.1 innings of shutout ball, and Gipson fanned the side in the seventh.

At Bentley, the Purple Knights first lost the completion of a Saturday game after the contest had been suspended following one pitch. In that game, sophomore Judi Barcavage (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) doubled while Falls, Lemnah and first-year Jessica Barnett (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) all added hits. Tshonas allowed eight earned runs in 2.1 innings to take the loss. During game two, McCormack put together possibly the finest performance of her career, allowing no earned runs on just two hits in 6.1 innings before being charged with the hard-luck loss on a walk-off sacrifice fly. Five players had one hit, including Barnett, who also stole a base. In game three, Gipson shut the Falcons out until the sixth inning, as she ended up allowing all five runs, but only one earned, on five hits in six innings. First-year Jessica Carroll (Concord, N.H./Concord) ripped a two-run double, while Lemnah singled and walked. Lemnah finished her career with 112 hits, tied for eighth in program history with Meagan Newland '06, while Falls ended up just three hits shy of the 100-hit club, with 97. She tied Newland for seventh with 20 doubles.

 

Women's Tennis (11-8, 9-3) Falls in NE-10 Championship First Round to Southern New Hampshire

The fourth-seeded Saint Michael's College women's tennis team had its season come to an end after a 5-0 loss to fifth-seeded Southern New Hampshire University during the first round of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship on Wednesday. The Purple Knights were 10th spot in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) East Region poll. Saint Michael's, which had been the only team to qualify for the semifinal round every year since the NE-10 switched to a team tournament format in 1999-2000, hosted a postseason match for the eighth consecutive season.

In the third doubles position, Purple Knight junior Kayla Dowd (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and sophomore Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) led 3-2 before the Penmen rallied for an 8-5 victory to give Southern New Hampshire a 1-0 lead. At No. 1 in doubles, junior captains Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) and Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) fell to a regionally-ranked Penmen pair, 8-3. In the second position, Southern New Hampshire completed the sweep when a doubles pair led 3-2 before pulling away from sophomore Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) and first-year Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), 8-5. Bundrick then lost her match at No. 1 singles before junior Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) dropped a 6-4, 6-2 decision at No. 5 for the Penmen's clinching point.

by student intern Eric Gissendanner