This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: March 16-22

Upcoming Schedule:

Monday, March 23
Baseball vs. Saint Anselm @ Franklin Pierce*^ [Postponed]

Tuesday, March 24
Men's Tennis vs. Saint Anselm, 3 p.m.*
Men's Lacrosse vs. Saint Rose, 3:30 p.m.*

Softball @ Franklin Pierce*^ [Postponed]

Wednesday, March 25
Women's Lacrosse @ Merrimack, 4 p.m.*

Thursday, March 26
Softball vs. Franklin Pierce (2), 3 p.m.*^
Baseball vs. Merrimack @ Haverhill, Mass., 7 p.m.*^

Friday, March 27
Men's Tennis @ Southern New Hampshire, 3 p.m.*

Saturday, March 28
Baseball @ Franklin Pierce (2), 12 p.m.*^
Softball @ Stonehill (2), 12 p.m.*^
Men's Tennis @ Merrimack, 1 p.m.*
Men's Lacrosse @ Southern New Hampshire, 1 p.m.*
Women's Lacrosse @ New Haven, 1 p.m.*

Sunday, March 29
Softball @ Stonehill, 12 p.m.*^
Baseball @ Franklin Pierce, 1 p.m.*^

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

 

Baseball (4-7) Posts 4-4 Showing During Spring Break Trip, Three Players Join 100-Hit Club

The Saint Michael's College baseball team went 4-4 during its Spring Break trip to Florida as part of the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. The Purple Knights beat the University of Minnesota Crookston, 7-4, in game one of a Monday doubleheader before the Golden Eagles claimed game two, 12-8. Saint Michael's then lost both games of a doubleheader against the University of Minnesota Duluth, 5-4 in eight innings and 13-6, on Tuesday, followed up by a 9-5 victory against Huntington (Ind.) University on Wednesday. A 13-1 win against Lesley University on Thursday was then followed by a doubleheader split on Friday against Alfred State (N.Y.) College, as the Pioneers took game one, 6-2, before the Purple Knights claimed the second game, 15-2. During the week, seniors George Buteau (Burlington, Vt./Trinity-Pawling School), Nicky Elderton (Shelburne, Vt./Rice Memorial) and Don McGuirl (Warwick, R.I./Saint Sebastian's School) all recorded their 100th career hits, as just 12 Purple Knights have ever reached the milestone.

Against Minnesota Crookston, senior Michael Dougherty (Albany, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy/Schenectady County CC) was 4-for-4 with two runs, a double and a triple in game one, accounting for half of his team's hits. First-year Peter Bocchino (Saugus, Mass./The Governor's Academy) contributed two hits, while junior Matt Feeney (Portsmouth, N.H./Portsmouth) and sophomore Steven Auger (Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton) both chipped in a hit while scoring two runs. Buteau had a pair of sacrifice flies and McGuirl crossed the plate twice. Sophomore Alex Winkelmann (Gilford, N.H./Tilton School) earned the win after tossing six innings while allowing three runs on five hits with one strikeout. In the second game, Buteau, Dougherty, sophomore Drew Salk (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) and first-year Aiden Burton (Milford, Conn./Notre Dame) each provided two hits, with Buteau also blasting a homer to finish the game with three RBIs. Burton picked up his first collegiate hits and tacked on a pair of RBIs, and sophomore Kyle Cone (York, Maine/York) knocked a double for his first college hit. Junior Curt Echo (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) lasted just 0.2 innings in taking the loss as Saint Michael's used four relief pitchers to finish out the game.

Against Minnesota Duluth, Buteau, Dougherty and Elderton all went 2-for-4 in game one, with Buteau providing one double and two RBIs and Elderton belting a solo homer. In the third inning, Elderton and McGuirl both notched their 100th career base hits. Echo took the loss in relief, allowing one run on three hits while striking out three in the final 2.1 innings. Sophomore Dylan Lavery (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) yielded two earned runs and matched a career best of nine strikeouts in the opening 5.2 innings for the no-decision. In game two, Bocchino went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, while Buteau doubled and tripled and scored two runs, and McGuirl added two hits and scored twice. Dougherty walked twice. Senior Will Corkum (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) took the loss after allowing six earned runs in 3.2 innings, striking out five.

Against Huntington, Buteau provided Saint Michael's with two doubles, two runs scored and three RBIs during his 3-for-5 day. Auger and Salk both went 2-for-4, with Auger chipping in a pair of doubles and two runs scored. Elderton belted a two-run home run while scoring twice. Bocchino, Dougherty and McGuirl each had a double, and first-year PJ Jasak (Palmer, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson Academy) notched his first college hit. Junior John Mielke (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) earned the win in relief by allowing just one run on five hits with two strikeouts in 4.1 innings. Classmate Rich Reo (Cranston, R.I./Cranston West/CCRI) took the no-decision after allowing three earned runs in 3.2 frames in his first appearance for the squad in two years, and sophomore Peter Cross (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) tossed a shutout ninth inning.

McGuirl led the Purple Knights' 12-hit attack against Lesley with a 3-for-3 day, coming within a home run of the cycle while also scoring three runs. Bocchino and Buteau were both 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while Auger hit his first career homer while providing two hits and two runs. Jasak provided three RBIs, and Feeney plated a pair. Dougherty and Elderton both scored twice. First-year Zack Lanzillo (Rutland, Vt./Mount Saint Joseph Academy) earned his first career win after allowing one run on three hits while striking out six batters in four innings. Senior Barry Maily (Moosup, Conn./Plainfield) threw two scoreless innings in relief and first-year Colin Brennan (Braintree, Mass./Boston College HS) threw the final inning, striking out one in his collegiate debut.

Against Alfred State, Dougherty had an RBI triple and a run scored in game one, while Auger and Bocchino both contributed a base hit, with Auger also being hit by a pitch. McGuirl provided an RBI and Salk scored a run. Winkelmann was saddled with the loss after allowing four runs in 1.1 innings. Echo tossed 4.2 innings in relief, surrendering two runs on six hits. In the first inning of game two, Buteau became the 12th Saint Michael's player with 100 career hits. Elderton went 3-for-5 with three runs, three RBIs and three doubles, while McGuirl was 3-for-3 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Dougherty finished 2-for-4 with three runs, two RBIs, another triple and a hit-by-pitch, and Burton went 2-for-3 with a double. Buteau scored twice and drove in a pair, while Bocchino and junior Alex Holt (Framingham, Mass./Marian) both drove in two runs. In his first college start, Cross struck out a career-high eight while scattering six hits and yielding the two runs. First-years Joe Criscuolo (East Haven, Conn./Xavier) and Zach Szczechowicz (Epping, N.H./Trinity) both picked up their first career hits. First-year Steve Knable (Manalapan, N.J./Saint John Vianney) fanned two in a perfect seventh during his college debut.

 

Men's Lacrosse (2-2, 1-1) Falls Twice to Nationally-Ranked Opponents During 1-2 Week

The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team went 1-2 last week. While playing two games in Florida, the Purple Knights knocked off Rollins (Fla.) Collins, 12-10, on Monday before losing to No. 12 Florida Institute of Technology, 19-11, on Wednesday. Saint Michael's then traveled and fell to No. 7 Le Moyne College, 21-7, on Saturday during Northeast-10 Conference action. Both Florida Tech's and Le Moyne's rankings were according to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA). 

At Rollins, junior Mark Yetter (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery/Delaware) scored with 39 seconds remaining to snap a 10-10 tie as part of his career-best four-goal day. Yetter and sophomore Tom Fitzgerald (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) both recorded his second career hat trick, with Fitzgerald netting three goals. Junior Daegan Goodman (Montpelier, Vt./Montpelier) scored twice, and sophomore Taylor Wallace (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) scored once and picked up four ground balls. Junior Jamie McGill (Needham, Mass./Needham) and first-year Patch Ryan (Holden, Mass./Saint John's) also scored, with Ryan netting his first college goal. Senior Matt Dromeshauser (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) dished out three assists, and sophomore Ben Overslaugh (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) had two. First-year Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy) took every face-off, going 14-of-24 with eight ground balls, and junior T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) recorded 11 saves. 

At Florida Tech, McGill recorded his second hat trick of the season, while first-year Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) turned in one goal and three assists. Ryan scored twice, Dromeshauser had a goal and an assist, while Fitzgerald, Goodman, Wallace and sophomore Andrew Colyer (Stowe, Vt./Stowe) all tallied once. Senior Sean Curtin (Ledyard, Conn./Ledyard) caused six turnovers, and Bicknell made 17 saves.

At Le Moyne, Dromeshauser recorded a hat trick and collected four ground balls, while Goodman, Overslaugh, Yetter and senior Matt Casella (Yonkers, N.Y./Fordham Prep) each netted one goal. Ralston and senior Luke Solms (Bedford, N.H./Northfield Mount Hermon) both totaled five ground balls, with Solms adding a pair of caused turnovers and Ralston going 16-for-31 on face-offs, and junior Brian Devilly (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) had four ground balls. Bicknell made a career-high 22 saves.

 

Women's Lacrosse (0-4, 0-3) Suffers Back-to-Back One-Goal Losses During Three-Game Week

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team went 0-3 during competition last week. The Purple Knights slipped at Assumption College, 14-13, in double overtime in Monday's Northeast-10 Conference game before falling to non-conference counterpart Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) College, 11-10, on Tuesday. Saint Michael's wrapped up the week with a 15-3 setback against top-ranked and defending national champion Adelphi University in the Purple Knights' home opener on Saturday. Adelphi's No. 1 ranking is according to the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll.

At Assumption, senior Courtney Piper (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) notched four goals, while classmate Kate Boyer (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) turned in two goals and one assist. Senior Melissa Jaskiewicz (Kensington, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) scored twice while totaling a career-high seven draw controls and three ground balls, sophomore Paige MacKinnon (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) tallied a pair of goals and snagged three ground balls, while senior Kim Liberty (Jericho, Vt./Mount Mansfield Union/Saint Lawrence) also scored twice. Junior Steph Bonewald (New London, N.H./Proctor Academy) posted one goal, one assist, four draw controls and two caused turnovers, while first-year Kealy Moyna (Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School) dished off two assists and picked up four ground balls. Sophomore Grace Gunning (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) made 12 saves, including three in overtime.

At Roberts Wesleyan, Piper notched her second four-goal game in a row, adding three ground balls, while Boyer had two goals and one assist. Bonewald recorded two goals, five draw controls, four ground balls and two caused turnovers, while Liberty and Moyna tallied. Jaskiewicz turned in five draw controls and three ground balls, and MacKinnon contributed three draw controls, helping the Purple Knights hold a 17-6 advantage in the category. Gunning made seven saves while adding four ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Against Adelphi, MacKinnon recorded one goal and one assist while picking up three draw controls. Jaskiewicz scored and nabbed four ground balls, while Piper also found the back of the net. Gunning made a career-high 15 saves, and junior Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) had one stop in 5:02 of relief. Classmate Emily Loebs (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) collected four ground balls and two caused turnovers, and senior Sarah Fortin (Dover, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) also turned in four ground balls.

 

Softball (0-10) Slips to Bridgeport on Walk-Off Hit in Final Game of Florida Spring Break Trip

The Saint Michael's College softball team lost six times last week during its Spring Break trip to Clermont, Fla., beginning with a Monday doubleheader, losing to the University of Sioux Falls (S.D.), 10-1 in five innings, followed by a 7-5 loss to the University of Bridgeport. The Purple Knights were then swept in a Wednesday doubleheader against 24th-ranked Augustana (S.D.) College, 6-1, and Minnesota State University Moorhead, 6-2. The Purple and Gold then had a Thursday loss to Philadelphia University, 10-2, before falling on a walk-off hit to Bridgeport, 3-2, in a game that was suspended on Thursday due to inclement weather and completed the next day. Augustana's national ranking was according to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). 

Against Sioux Falls, junior Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) was 1-for-2 with a run and a double while also taking the loss, allowing four earned runs in three innings. Senior Sarah Murray (Wallingford, Conn./Sheehan) and first-year Chandler Wilder (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) were also 1-for-2, as Murray knocked in a run. During Monday's setback to Bridgeport, junior Judi Barcavage (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk, Murray was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a double, and sophomore Jessica Barnett (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) scored twice. DelGreco tripled, and first-year Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) fanned seven while allowing six earned runs in a complete-game effort.

Against Augustana, Barnett was 2-for-3, while Barcavage hit an RBI double in her only at bat while drawing two walks. Brown struck out three while taking the complete-game setback against the 2014 NCAA Tournament Central Super Region runner-up. Sophomore Danielle Barbato (Hillsdale, N.Y./Taconic Hills) doubled and scored in the nightcap against Minnesota State Moorhead as one of six Purple Knights with a hit, while classmate Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) was 1-for-2 with a walk. Wilder dropped down a squeeze, and Brown fanned seven in 5.2 innings but took the loss. DelGreco set down all four batters she faced in relief.

Against Philadelphia, sophomore Caroline Staples (Stoughton, Mass./Fontbonne Academy) went 2-for-3 with an RBI, Wilder was 2-for-4, and Murray drilled her fifth career home run, a solo shot. Brown took the loss after allowing six runs, but just one earned, on three hits in 3.1 innings. First-year Leah Hanzas (Bradford, Vt./Oxbow) followed by yielding no earned runs in the final 3.2 frames.

Bridgeport then won Thursday's resumed contest on Friday after plating the winning run with a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning. The game had been suspended in the top of the sixth inning due to lightning and rain. DelGreco reached base all four times she came to the plate, going 3-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and two doubles. Brazeau finished 1-for-1 with a run, a walk and a hit-by-pitch, sophomore Sarah Bagley (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) drove in a run, and Wilder scored once. Brown took the loss after yielding three runs, two of which were earned, while striking out six and walking four in 6.2 innings.