This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: April 20-26

Upcoming Schedule:

Wednesday, April 29
Women's Lacrosse @ Adelphi, 7 p.m.^

^ Northeast-10 Conference Championship Quarterfinal

 

Baseball (10-28, 4-19) Concludes Season, Downs Saint Anselm During Week

The Saint Michael's College baseball team went 1-6 while also losing the completion of a suspended game last week, with only two of the eight decisions coming outside Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple Knights fell to Middlebury College, 7-2, on Tuesday before dropping the resumption of a suspended April 8 game with Saint Anselm College, 10-0, but downing the Hawks, 7-4, during a contest abbreviated to six innings due to weather in the nightcap. Saint Michael's fell to No. 20 Southern New Hampshire University, 13-1, on Thursday before being swept in a pair of doubleheaders over the weekend by regionally-ranked Stonehill College, 7-5 and 9-1 on Saturday and 9-1 and 13-3 on Sunday. The Penmen's national ranking was according to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) while the Skyhawks were third in the NCAA East Region poll.

Sophomore Steven Auger (Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton) was 3-for-4 with a run and a stolen base at Middlebury, also being his program-record 10th pitch this season, a mark he ultimately extended to 12 by year's end. Senior Nicky Elderton (Shelburne, Vt./Rice Memorial) knocked two doubles while going 2-for-4 with one run, while classmate George Buteau (Burlington, Vt./Trinity-Pawling School) and sophomore Drew Salk (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) both drove in a run, with Salk socking a double. Junior John Mielke (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) was the hard-luck loser, allowing all seven runs, but just one of which was earned, on five hits in two innings. He struck out two. First-year Zack Lanzillo (Rutland, Vt./Mount Saint Joseph Academy) spun six shutout innings out of the bullpen, yielding four hits while striking out three and walking three.

Saint Michael's and Saint Anselm were scoreless through five innings on April 8 in Manchester, N.H., before snow forced the suspension of play, and the contest resumed in Colchester on Wednesday, when the Hawks scored the only 10 runs over the final four innings. Auger, seniors Michael Dougherty (Albany, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy/Schenectady County CC) and Don McGuirl (Warwick, R.I./Saint Sebastian's School), junior Matt Feeney (Portsmouth, N.H./Portsmouth), and first-year Peter Bocchino (Saugus, Mass./The Governor's Academy) all had a hit. Buteau drew two walks and sophomore Peter Cross (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) was tagged with the loss after allowing nine runs on six hits with five strikeouts in 7.1 innings.

In the six-inning game with Saint Anselm, Bocchino went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, while Elderton homered, walked twice and had two RBIs. First-year Aiden Burton (Milford, Conn./Notre Dame) doubled in his only official at bat of the day while scoring two runs and being hit by a pitch while also laying down a sacrifice bunt. Auger was 1-for-1 with one RBI, one walk, one hit-by-pitch and one run scored, while Dougherty had a hit, an RBI and a run scored. Junior Curt Echo (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) collected his first win of the season along with his fourth complete game after striking out three batters.

Feeney tripled and drove in a run versus Southern New Hampshire, and classmate Alex Holt (Framingham, Mass./Marian) added a double. Sophomore Alex Winkelmann (Gilford, N.H./Tilton School) yielded eight runs - five earned - over three-plus innings to take the loss as the first of six pitchers. Out of the bullpen, seniors Will Corkum (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) and Barry Maily (Moosup, Conn./Plainfield) combined for a trio of shutout innings, with Maily fanning two in two frames.

In Saturday's twinbill with Stonehill, Buteau homered and had four RBIs in game one. Feeney doubled and walked, and Salk doubled and scored twice while being hit by a pitch twice. Elderton provided one hit and one RBI, and Bocchino was also hit by two pitches. Sophomore Dylan Lavery (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) allowed seven runs on nine hits with three strikeouts in 5.1 innings for the loss, while Corkum threw a scoreless 3.2 relief innings, yielding just three hits while fanning two batters. In game two, Feeney went 2-for-4, while Burton was 2-for-3. Elderton drew two walks, and Buteau provided one hit and one run scored. Mielke was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs - two earned - on eight hits in 2.2 innings. First-years Colin Brennan (Braintree, Mass./Boston College HS) and Steve Knable (Manalapan, N.J./Saint John Vianney) combined to allow three runs - no earned - on five hits with four strikeouts over the remaining 6.1 frames.

Burton and McGuirl were both 2-for-4 in Sunday's opener with Stonehill, with McGuirl adding an RBI, while Holt had a hit, walked and scored. Buteau added a hit and a walk, and Bocchino was hit twice by a pitch. Echo took the loss after allowing seven earned runs in seven innings but striking out six. Maily and Winkelmann both struck out two in relief. Dougherty and Elderton were both 3-for-5 in the nightcap, with Dougherty scoring and knocking a double, and Elderton driving in a run. Cross took the loss after allowing six earned runs in six innings before Corkum tossed the final three frames, yielding four earned runs in his final college appearance.

Buteau, Corkum, Dougherty, Elderton, Maily and McGuirl were the first group to play all four years in the NE-10 following the squad's return to the league in 2012. Elderton will graduate first in program history in career games (145), runs (83), doubles (31), walks (81), at bats (504) and total bases (208) while finishing second in hits (133) and home runs (10). McGuirl is first in sacrifice hits (19) and assists (364) while placing second in games (143) and sixth in hits (116). Buteau is tied for third in home runs (8) and fifth in hits (125) despite missing half of his rookie year due to injury, and Maily tied Luke Steffens '40 for third in pitching appearances (37). Buteau, Elderton and McGuirl are among only 12 Purple Knights to ever record 100 career hits.

 

Men's Lacrosse (7-7, 5-6) Posts 2-0 Mark During Season-Ending Week, Upsets No. 10 Mercy

The regionally-ranked Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team completed its season by going 2-0 last week, upsetting 10th-ranked Mercy College, 12-9, on Tuesday before rallying past regionally-ranked Assumption College, 8-7, on Saturday during Northeast-10 Conference action. The Purple Knights were fifth in the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll, while the Greyhounds stood third. Mercy's national ranking was according to the United State Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA).

Junior Mark Yetter (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery/Delaware) matched a career high with four goals in addition to two assists against Mercy. First-year Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) had two goals, two assists and three ground balls, and senior Matt Casella (Yonkers, N.Y./Fordham Prep) chipped in two goals and two ground balls. Juniors Daegan Goodman (Montpelier, Vt./Montpelier) and Jamie McGill (Needham, Mass./Needham) and sophomores Andrew Colyer (Stowe, Vt./Stowe) and Tom Fitzgerald (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) each scored once. First-year Patch Ryan (Holden, Mass./Saint John's) had four ground balls and two caused turnovers, while senior Sean Curtin (Ledyard, Conn./Ledyard) and first-year Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy) both collected three ground balls. First-year Matt Hanley (Plainview, N.Y./Bethpage) made 14 saves and notched four ground balls for his first collegiate win. Senior Luke Solms (Bedford, N.H./Northfield Mount Hermon) registered four caused turnovers to break Neil Kelly's '13 program record of 70 for a career.

Saint Michael's scored twice in 21 seconds to overcome a deficit in the final three minutes of a win against Assumption. Senior Matt Dromeshauser (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) turned in a hat trick in his final collegiate game, while Yetter had two goals and an assist, with his 42 points the most by a rookie since Kevin Duffy '00 had the same number in 2000. Loughlin handed out four assists to finish with 28 this season, the most ever by a Purple Knight rookie and just one short of the program's 20-year-old standard. Hanley made eight saves to finish the year 2-1 after starting his fourth straight game. Fitzgerald, Goodman and McGill all scored once, while Ralston was 8-for-17 on face-offs, ending the year with 101 wins, a program record for rookies and a figure that matched the second-best total in school annals. Ralston, who missed two games due to injury, was within seven of the 27-year-old standard. Solms posted three ground balls and caused four turnovers, ending his career as the program's all-time leader with 77 caused turnovers. Ryan added five ground balls and two caused turnovers while dishing off his first college assist on the game-winning goal with 2:36 remaining.

 

Women's Lacrosse (6-8, 6-7) Wins Twice, Clinches First Postseason Berth in Seven Years

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team went 2-0 during Northeast-10 Conference action last week, clinching a spot in the NE-10 Championship for the first time in seven seasons in the process. The Purple Knights knocked off American International College, 16-5, on Wednesday before downing Pace University, 17-11, on Saturday to clinch the No. 8 seed in the eight-team postseason tournament. They will head to top-seeded Adelphi University, also the No. 1 team in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll, during a quarterfinal on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Senior Kate Boyer (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) had a career-high-tying five goals and a career-best six points during her final home game versus AIC. Junior Steph Bonewald (New London, N.H./Proctor Academy) turned in three goals, one assist, five ground balls, five caused turnovers and three draw controls. Senior Melissa Jaskiewicz (Kensington, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) recorded her first hat trick since her third collegiate game by notching three goals in addition to four draw controls, three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Sophomore Grace Gunning (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) made five saves and nabbed six ground balls during 38:01 to earn the victory. Sophomore Paige MacKinnon (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) added two goals and an assist, tacking on three ground balls, and senior Kim Liberty (Jericho, Vt./Mount Mansfield Union/Saint Lawrence) scored twice. First-year Kealy Moyna (Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School) recorded a goal and a helper, and senior Courtney Piper (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) handed out two assists. She added four ground balls and three caused turnovers, while senior Taylor Midgley (Hampton, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) caused five turnovers and scooped four ground balls. Junior Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) faced only one shot on goal during 21:59 of relief.

Piper finished the day with three goals and three assists at Pace, moving into a tie with Christine Sullivan '95 for fifth in school history with 42 career helpers. She also has 125 points, good for 11th in program annals, and just two shy of the top 10. Jaskiewicz added three goals, a career-high 10 draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers, and Bonewald had three goals and four draw controls. MacKinnon posted the fourth Purple Knight hat trick. As the first of three goalkeepers, Gunning made seven saves in 41:55 for the victory. Boyer tacked on two goals and an assist to push her career points total to 96, as only 15 Purple Knights have ever reached 100. She added three draw controls. Liberty scored twice, and Moyna had one goal and one assist. Curtin made one save in 10:41 of relief before first-year Kaitlyn Wurzer (Lee, N.H./Berwick Academy) faced one shot in 7:24.

 

Softball (2-29, 2-19) Concludes 2015 Season with Eight-Game Week

The Saint Michael's College softball team concluded its 2015 season with eight Northeast-10 Conference losses last week, beginning with a 9-2 setback to Bentley University on Monday. The following day, the Purple Knights hit the road for a 6-0 loss against No. 24 Southern New Hampshire University and an 11-7 setback at Saint Anselm College. After being swept in a home twinbill on Thursday by Franklin Pierce University, 6-0 and 18-5 in six innings, Saint Michael's finished with a three-game series at Assumption College, losing 13-6 on Friday and dropping both ends of a Saturday doubleheader, 9-3 and 3-0. Southern New Hampshire was ranked nationally by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

Sophomore Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) was 2-for-3 against Bentley, while junior Judi Barcavage (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) finished 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Sophomore Danielle Barbato (Hillsdale, N.Y./Taconic Hills) added a hit and an RBI, and senior Sarah Murray (Wallingford, Conn./Sheehan) walked and scored. First-year Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) yielded seven runs, four of which were earned, in four innings to take the loss.

At Southern New Hampshire, sophomore Jessica Barnett (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) was 1-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt, and Brazeau added a hit. First-year Leah Hanzas (Bradford, Vt./Oxbow) took the loss after tossing a complete game. She struck out one. Barbato went 3-for-4 with two runs against Saint Anselm, and sophomore Caroline Staples (Stoughton, Mass./Fontbonne Academy) was also 3-for-4 with an RBI and a double. Brazeau finished 3-for-5 with a run, an RBI and a double, and junior Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) was 2-for-4 with two runs and a double. First-year Chandler Wilder (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) went 2-for-4 with a run, and Murray doubled and drove in two. Brown tossed a complete game, striking out two and walking three.

Barnett tripled in the opener with Franklin Pierce, while Barbato, Barcavage and Brazeau added one hit apiece. Brown allowed all six runs over the final two innings of her complete-game effort while matching a career high with 11 strikeouts in two fewer innings than the first time she reached the mark. The Purple Knights led game two, 4-3, before the Ravens scored 15 of the final 16 runs in the final three frames. Barcavage was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a home run, DelGreco was 2-for-3 with two runs, and sophomore Sarah Bagley (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) finished 2-for-3. Brazeau scored twice and walked, Murray doubled and drove in two runs, while Barnett dropped a pair of sac bunts. Brown suffered the setback, allowing nine earned runs over the opening 4.1 innings.

Barbato and Brazeau both drilled their first college home runs during Friday's contest with Assumption, as Brazeau scored two runs and Barbato drove home a pair. Barcavage posted her second multi-hit game in a row, going 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs. Brown took the loss after allowing nine earned runs over six frames while striking out six. Brown worked her 14th complete game of the year.

On Saturday at Assumption, DelGreco and Murray both went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a double in the opener, as Murray completed her career tied for fourth in program history with 22 career doubles. Barbato was 2-for-3, and Barnett doubled, was hit by a pitch, scored twice and drove in a run. Brown took the loss after allowing six runs, but only two earned, in 3.2 innings. DelGreco yielded one earned run on two hits with three strikeouts during 2.1 frames of relief. In game two, Barcavage was 3-for-3, while Brown took the loss after allowing only a three-run third inning. She yielded five hits during a six-inning complete game.