This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: March 28-April 3

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: March 28-April 3

Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, April 5
Softball vs. Saint Anselm, 3 p.m.*^

Wednesday, April 6
Men's Lacrosse vs. Southern New Hampshire, 3 p.m.*
Men's Tennis vs. Bentley, 3 p.m.*

Thursday, April 7
Baseball at Saint Joseph (Vt.) (2), 3 p.m.
Men's Tennis vs. American International, 3 p.m.*

Friday, April 8
Softball vs. Southern New Hampshire (2), 3 p.m.*^

Saturday, April 9
Baseball vs. Saint Rose (2), 12 p.m.*
Softball vs. Stonehill (2), 12 p.m.*^

Men's Lacrosse @ Assumption, 4 p.m.*

Sunday, April 10
Baseball vs. Le Moyne (2), 12 p.m.*
Softball vs. Stonehill, 12 p.m.*^
Men's Tennis vs. Le Moyne, 12 p.m.*

Men's Golf @ Mike Bello Invitational in Baldwinsville, N.Y., TBA

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

Baseball (0-13, 0-5) Drops 4-3 Home Opener to Saint Anselm During 0-2 Week

The Saint Michael's College baseball team posted an 0-2 mark in Northeast-10 Conference action last week. The Purple Knights lost their home opener to Saint Anselm College, 4-3, on Wednesday before falling to nationally-ranked Southern New Hampshire University, 16-0, on Thursday. Southern New Hampshire, which qualified for the last four NCAA Tournaments, was fifth in last week's D2baseballnews.com national poll.

Saint Michael's overcame a three-run deficit against Saint Anselm with a three-run seventh inning before yielding the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and leaving the tying run at third base. Purple Knight first-years Dan Flynn (Williamstown, Mass./Mount Greylock Regional) and Joe Robertson (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) both slugged their first career home runs, with Robertson going 2-for-3. Sophomore Peter Bocchino (Saugus, Mass./The Governor's Academy) went 2-for-4 with a double, while junior Steven Auger (Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton) and first-year Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) both doubled and walked, with Auger stealing two bases and scoring a run. First-year Calvin Holland (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) had an RBI single. Senior Curt Echo (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) took a seven-inning no-decision, yielding two earned runs on eight hits with two strikeouts, while sophomore reliever Steve Knable (Manalapan, N.J./Saint John Vianney) surrendered the go-ahead run for the loss. First-year Christian Devine (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) allowed one hit in two scoreless frames.

At Southern New Hampshire, Holland ripped a double for Saint Michael's, Robertson added a knock and Flynn drew a walk against a Penmen hurler who was 14th in Division II in walks plus hits per inning. As the first of five pitchers, Allen allowed seven runs on six hits in four innings, with six runs earned. He struck out two and walked three. First-year Drew Farris (Andover, Mass./Saint John's Prep) had the best relief stint, firing a perfect seventh inning on 13 pitches.

 

Men's Lacrosse (2-6, 0-5) Loses 8-7 Contest to Bentley as Regionally-Ranked Squads Square Off

The regionally-ranked Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team lost to regionally-ranked Bentley University, 8-7, in the Purple Knights' lone Northeast-10 Conference game of the week. Saint Michael's was fifth in last week's New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll, while Bentley was third.

Senior Brian Devilly (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) increased his career caused turnovers total to 41, passing Ryan Clunan '11 (40) to take over fifth in school history.

Senior Jamie McGill (Needham, Mass./Needham) and sophomore Patch Ryan (Holden, Mass./Saint John's) both had a goal and an assist for Saint Michael's, which suffered its second one-goal NE-10 loss. Senior Mark Yetter (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery/Delaware), junior Andrew Colyer (Stowe, Vt./Stowe), sophomores Charlie Murphy (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) and Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston), and first-year Cameron Jung (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) all scored once. Yetter and senior T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) tacked on four ground balls apiece, with Bicknell also making 10 saves. On the defensive side of the ball, sophomore Dan Johnson (Ringwood, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) had three caused turnovers and three ground balls, while Devilly  and junior Taylor Wallace (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) both had two caused turnovers. First-year Conor DiNatale (Needham, Mass./Needham) scooped up four ground balls during faceoff plays.

 

Women's Lacrosse (2-7, 2-5) Falls in Overtime to Franklin Pierce During Two-Loss Week

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team went 0-2 last week in Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple Knights slipped in overtime to Franklin Pierce University, 12-11, on Wednesday, and then lost to Assumption College, 9-6, on Saturday.

Saint Michael's yielded the winning goal 1:27 into overtime at Franklin Pierce. Senior Steph Bonewald (New London, N.H./Proctor Academy) collected four goals, one assist and four draw controls for Saint Michael's, while sophomore Emily Byrne (Armonk, N.Y./Byram Hills/Dickinson) had a hat trick and a helper. Senior Emily Loebs (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) scored twice, first-year Ellie Clark (Smithsburg, Md./Mercersburg Academy) notched a goal, an assist and two draw controls, and sophomore Kealy Moyna (Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School) scored once. Junior Grace Gunning (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) posted 12 saves and four ground balls.

Against Assumption, Moyna potted a hat trick while controlling three draws, and Loebs had one goal, four ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers. Sophomore Ashley Dineen (Somers, N.Y./Canterbury School) and first-year Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women) also scored, and Gunning made four saves. Bonewald had three ground balls, while Clark and first-year Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) caused two turnovers apiece.

 

Softball (2-16, 1-7) Splits with AIC, Drops Home-Opening Contests to Pace

The Saint Michael's College softball team registered a 1-5 mark in Northeast-10 Conference competition last week. The Purple Knights dropped a pair of six-inning games to Saint Anselm College, 9-1 and 8-0, on Wednesday and then split a Thursday doubleheader at American International College, winning 2-1 in the opener before falling 5-1. Saint Michael's then lost twice during its home-opening Saturday against Pace University, dropping game one, 3-0, and then slipping 9-0 in six innings in the second contest. Pace qualified for last year's NCAA Tournament.

At Saint Anselm in game one, senior Jenna Maksian (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) doubled and scored for the visitors, and first-year Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) drove in a run as one of three Purple Knights with a single. Sophomore Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) allowed seven runs - five earned - during four innings while striking out four and walking two before first-year Anna Meusel (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) yielded two unearned runs in 1.2 frames. Junior Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) was 1-for-2 with a hit by pitch in the nightcap for the visitors, and Maksian was among three other players with a hit. First-year Molly Feeney (Valhalla, N.Y./John F. Kennedy Catholic) yielded six runs on seven hits in the first two innings, but only one run was earned. Meusel allowed two runs during 3.2 frames of relief.

At American International in game one, Purple Knight junior Caroline Staples' (Stoughton, Mass./Fontbonne Academy) two-out, two-run double in the sixth inning broke a scoreless tie. Staples finished with the hit and two RBIs in the opener for the visitors, and Brazeau had a hit and scored a run. Brown tossed a complete-game gem, allowing one unearned run on three singles while striking out six and walking none. Including the second contest of the day, Saint Michael's now has four victories in 28 all-time games at AIC. Barbato was 1-for-3 with an RBI in game two, Brazeau walked twice and scored, and sophomore Chandler Wilder (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) was 1-for-2 while being hit by a pitch. Feeney took the loss after allowing five runs - all unearned - on five hits in 2.1 innings. Brown allowed one hit during 3.2 frames of shutout relief.

In the Purple Knights' first game against Pace, Maksian provided the lone Saint Michael's hit, while Barbato walked. Brown took the complete-game loss, yielding all three runs while scattering six hits and striking out six batters with no walks. Brown has gone the distance in six of her eight starts this season. In game two, Barbato doubled, Staples singled and first-year Payton Witalec (Ballston Spa, N.Y./Ballston Spa) was hit by a pitch for Saint Michael's. Feeney was tagged with the loss after surrendering six runs on seven hits with three strikeouts in three innings. Meusel tossed three relief frames.

 

Men's Tennis (0-5, 0-3) Returns From Two-Week Hiatus with NE-10 Loss at Stonehill

In its first match in two weeks, the Saint Michael's College men's tennis team lost to Stonehill College, 8-1, on Saturday during Northeast-10 Conference action. Senior Charlie Merry (Kennebunkport, Maine/Kennebunk) and junior Forrest Owen (Northboro, Mass./Saint John's) combined to win by an 8-6 count at No. 3 doubles, while the tandem of senior Sam Laves (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Brady) and first-year Dan Foley (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) lost in the second spot by that same 8-6 final. The Purple Knights trailed just 2-1 heading into singles action. Stonehill won all six singles matches in straight sets. Junior Patrick Dietz (Prospect, Conn./Woodland Regional) came the closest to capturing a set, coming up short during a 7-5, 6-2 loss at No. 5. Laves and Merry both had a pair of close set losses, with Merry being defeated 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2 and Laves falling 6-3, 6-3 in the third spot.