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

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

Upcoming Schedule:

Monday, March 21
Softball vs. Southern Connecticut State (2), 9 a.m.%
Men's Lacrosse @ Georgian Court, 3:30 p.m.
Baseball vs. SUNY Oswego, 6 p.m.%

Tuesday, March 22
Baseball vs. Trinity Baptist (Fla.) (2), 3 p.m.%
Softball vs. Wisconsin-Platteville, 5 p.m.%
Softball vs. Hendrix (Ark.), 7 p.m.%
Women's Lacrosse @ Florida Tech, 7 p.m.%

Wednesday, March 23
Baseball vs. Trinity Baptist (Fla.) (2), 10:45 a.m.%
Men's Lacrosse @ Post, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 24
Women's Lacrosse vs. Southern Connecticut State (played at Saint Leo Univ.), 11 a.m.*%

Friday, March 25
Softball @ Bentley (2), 3 p.m.*^
Baseball vs. Assumption (played in Northboro, Mass.), 7 p.m.*^

Saturday, March 26
Baseball @ Assumption (2), 11 a.m.*^
Men's Lacrosse @ Adelphi, 12 p.m.*
Softball @ Bentley, 12 p.m.*^
Women's Lacrosse vs. Pace, 12 p.m.*

* Northeast-10 Conference Event
^ Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division Game
% Spring Break trip in Florida

Baseball (0-3) Amidst Season-Opening Florida Spring Break Trip

The Saint Michael's College baseball team is three games into its eight-game season-opening Florida Spring Break trip as part of the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. The Purple Knights lost a Friday doubleheader to Wayne State (Mich.) University, 11-8 and 9-1, before slipping to Wayne State, 4-1, in a rain-shortened eight-inning game on Saturday.

Against Wayne State in game one on Friday, junior Steven Auger (Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton) went 3-for-5 with two runs, two RBIs and a double out of the leadoff spot for the Purple Knights, while first-year Mike Webb (Providence, R.I./Bishop Hendricken) was 3-for-5 with a run in his college debut. Classmate Dan Flynn (Williamstown, Mass./Mount Greylock Regional) went 2-for-3 with two runs and a walk, and first-year Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) drove home a pair and doubled. Sophomore Peter Bocchino (Saugus, Mass./The Governor's Academy) hit his first college home run, while junior Drew Salk (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) doubled and was hit by a pitch while driving home a run. Senior Curt Echo (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) took the loss after yielding nine earned runs over 3.1 innings while preceding a pair of relievers, including junior Alex Winkelmann (Gilford, N.H./Tilton School), who tossed a pair of one-hit, shutout frames. In the second game, senior Nick Addona (Cary, N.C./Green Hope/Southeastern CC) doubled and drove in a run, while Auger, Bocchino, Burton and first-year Calvin Holland (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) all added a hit, with Holland rapping a double for the first hit of his career. Junior Peter Cross (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) allowed six earned runs in three frames to take the loss, while a trio of relievers came from the bullpen. First-years Christian Devine (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) and Llewellyn Jensen (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) both made scoreless, no-hit college debuts, with Jensen going two innings and Devine one.

In Saturday’s rain-shortened game against Wayne State, Allen, Salk, Webb and senior Alex Holt (Framingham, Mass./Marian) each had one hit, with Webb scoring a run and getting hit by a pitch. Allen also struck out two batters while pitching two scoreless and hitless innings. Sophomore Zack Lanzillo (Rutland, Vt./Mount Saint Joseph Academy) was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs - two earned - on five hits with one strikeout in the opening three innings. Devine yielded just one hit and struck out three during a trio of scoreless relief innings.

 

Men's Lacrosse (0-4, 0-3) Fourth-Quarter Rally Short in Loss to Nationally-Regarded Pace 

The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team posted an 0-2 overall mark last week. The Purple Knights lost to No. 7 New York Institute of Technology, 13-5, in a non-conference game on Wednesday and then fell short of nationally-regarded Pace University, 11-7, on Saturday in Northeast-10 Conference competition. NYIT's ranking was according to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll, while Pace was receiving votes toward the same poll.

Senior Brian Devilly (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) ended the week with 35 caused turnovers for his career, tying Pete Donnally '13 and Cooper Quenneville '14 for seventh in school history.

At NYIT, senior Mark Yetter (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery/Delaware) notched a goal and two assists, while classmates Daegan Goodman (Montpelier, Vt./Montpelier) and Jamie McGill (Needham, Mass./Needham), junior Andrew Colyer (Stowe, Vt./Stowe) and sophomore Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) all tallied once apiece. Junior Taylor Wallace (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) came up with four ground balls and one caused turnover from the midfield, and first-year Conor DiNatale (Needham, Mass./Needham) was 4-of-7 on faceoffs. Senior T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) made eight saves in 27:48 while taking the loss, and sophomore Matt Hanley (Plainview, N.Y./Bethpage) had seven stops in relief.

Against Pace, Yetter had three goals, two assists and four ground balls for the hosts, while junior Tim Connor (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) tallied twice. Loughlin and Wallace both scored once, while sophomore Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy) was 5-of-11 on faceoffs. First-year Matt Cotter (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) totaled four ground balls and an assist. Devilly and sophomore Dan Johnson (Ringwood, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) both had three ground balls and two caused turnovers, and Bicknell made 11 saves.

 

Women's Lacrosse (1-3, 1-2) Tops Merrimack, 8-7, During 1-1 Week

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team opened went 1-1 last week in Northeast-10 Conference action. The Purple Knights won their home opener against Merrimack College, 8-7, on Wednesday and then slipped to No. 1 Adelphi University, 16-1, on Saturday. Adelphi, the two-time defending national champion, was ranked according to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll.

Senior Steph Bonewald (New London, N.H./Proctor Academy) ended the week with 48 career caused turnovers, tying Lauren Piekarski '05 for fifth in program history. She also became just the fourth player in program history to reach 100 career draw controls (102). Junior Grace Gunning (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) ended Saturday with 208 career saves, jumping past Casey Curtin '16 (205) for eighth in school annals.

Against Merrimack, sophomore Kealy Moyna (Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School) matched a career high with five points on three goals and two assists, while adding three draw controls and causing one turnover. Classmate Emily Byrne (Armonk, N.Y./Byram Hills/Dickinson) scored twice, while Bonewald, senior Emily Loebs (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) and first-year Ellie Clark (Smithsburg, Md./Mercersburg Academy) each scored once, with Bonewald also totaling five draw controls. Sophomore Ashley Dineen (Somers, N.Y./Canterbury School) dished one assist.

At Adelphi, Bonewald scored a free-position goal and accounted for four draw controls and one caused turnover. First-year Kate Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) collected two ground balls and caused one turnover. Gunning made 11 saves and had one caused turnover.

 

Softball (0-6) Begins Season on Florida Spring Break Trip

The Saint Michael's College softball is winless through six games during its season-opening Florida Spring Break trip. On Thursday, the Purple Knights lost to Minnesota State Moorhead University, 10-4, and then fell to Bridgeport University, 2-0. On Friday, Saint Michael's slipped to the New York Institute of Technology, 12-1, in five innings before suffering a 5-1 setback to Bemidji State (Minn.) University. The Purple and Gold was then swept twice, 8-0 and 9-1, in five innings during Saturday’s doubleheader against nationally-ranked Wayne State (Mich.) University. Wayne State, which qualified for nine of the last 10 NCAA Tournaments, including a 2014 World Series appearance, was 22nd in last week’s National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) poll.

Against Minnesota State Moorhead, junior Danielle Barbato (Hillsdale, N.Y./Taconic Hills) was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and classmate Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) and sophomore Hannah St. Don (Lakeville, Mass./Sacred Heart) both had a hit, a run and an RBI, with Brazeau also stealing a base. St. Don joined sophomores Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) and Kaleigh Fallon (Mashpee, Mass./Sturgis Charter Public School) and first-year Payton Witalec (Ballston Spa, N.Y./Ballston Spa) in picking up their first college hits. Fallon was also hit by a pitch and scored a run. First-year Molly Feeney (Valhalla, N.Y./John F. Kennedy Catholic) took the look in her college debut.

Brown got locked in a pitcher's duel against Bridgeport, ultimately taking the loss despite allowing one earned run on six hits over six innings. She fanned six and walked four, while junior Caroline Staples (Stoughton, Mass./Fontbonne Academy) went 2-for-3 with a double.

Against NYIT, Barbato went 2-for-2 with a double and a run in game one for the Purple and Gold, Fallon chipped in a base hit and first-year Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) doubled home a run for her first college hit. Brown allowed six earned runs in three innings to take the loss before first-year Anna Meusel (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) allowed three earned over two relief frames in her college debut.

Against Bemidji State, Staples roped a double and scored, and senior Jenna Maksian (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) singled and drove in a run. Brazeau and Tierney added singles, with Tierney stealing a base, and Meusel allowed four runs over two-plus innings to take the loss in her first start. Brown retired 12 of the 16 batters she faced while yielding one run in four innings.

In game one against Wayne State, Brazeau and Fallon picked up hits, while Meusel took the loss after allowing six earned runs over two innings. Feeney came on to yield no earned runs during two frames of relief. In game two, St. Don singled and scored, and senior Judi Barcavage (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) and junior Sarah Bagley (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) added singles. Feeney allowed nine earned runs during a complete-game effort.

Men's Tennis (0-4, 0-2) Registers 0-2 Mark Before Heading into Two-Week Break

The Saint Michael's College men’s tennis team went 0-2 last week. The Purple Knights lost a non-conference match to Colby-Sawyer College, 7-2, on Wednesday before dropping a 9-0 count to regionally-ranked Adelphi University on Saturday in a Northeast-10 Conference contest. Adelphi, ranked seventh in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll, qualified for the last two NCAA Tournaments, while Colby-Sawyer qualified for the last three NCAA Division III Tournaments. Saint Michael's returns to play April 2.

In a match against Colby-Sawyer but played at Dartmouth College, Saint Michael's captured two of the three doubles matches, with senior Charlie Merry (Kennebunkport, Maine/Kennebunk) and junior Forrest Owen (Northboro, Mass./Saint John's) claiming an 8-1 victory at No. 3 and senior Sam Laves (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Brady) teaming with first-year Dan Foley (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) for an 8-4 triumph in the second spot. The wins were the first of Foley's and Owen's respective careers. In the top position, juniors Ben Lambert (Milford, N.H./Milford) and Hayden Steward (Hamilton, Mass./Pingree School) were edged in a tiebreaker, 7-2, to lose the match 9-8. The Chargers swept singles play, with Merry the closest Purple Knight to snagging a victory, winning his opening set but ultimately dropping a 5-7, 6-4, 10-5 contest at No. 2 that was decided by a super tiebreaker. In the third spot, Laves lost his first set 7-5 before being shut out in the second, and Lambert won four games at No. 1 during a straight-set loss.

At Adelphi, the visitors won three games during doubles action, with Steward and first-year Adam Lockwood (Syracuse, N.Y./Bishop Ludden) combining to take two of them in the third position. Each of the six Purple Knights lost in straight sets during singles, with Merry the closest to taking a set during a 6-4, 6-3 loss at No. 2. Lambert and Laves both won four games, competing in the No. 3 and 1 positions, respectively, with Lambert facing the ninth-ranked player in the region.