This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: April 4-10

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: April 4-10

Upcoming Schedule:

Monday, April 11
Men's Golf @ Mike Bello Invitational in Baldwinsville, N.Y., 9 a.m.
Softball vs. Southern New Hampshire^* [Postponed]

Tuesday, April 12
Men's Tennis @ Assumption, 12 p.m.*
Baseball vs. Middlebury, 4 p.m.
Men's Lacrosse @ Saint Anselm, 7 p.m.*

Wednesday, April 13
Softball @ Franklin Pierce (2), 3 p.m.*^
Baseball vs. Saint Anselm, 3:30 p.m.*^
Women's Lacrosse vs. Le Moyne, 3:30 p.m.*

Thursday, April 14
Men's Tennis @ Saint Anselm, 3 p.m.*

Saturday, April 16
Women's Lacrosse vs. New Haven, 11 a.m.*
Baseball vs. Merrimack (2), 12 p.m.*^
Softball vs. Assumption (2), 12 p.m.*^
Men's Lacrosse vs. Le Moyne, 2 p.m.*

Sunday, April 17
Baseball vs. Merrimack, 12 p.m.*^
Softball vs. Assumption, 12 p.m.*^
Men's Tennis vs. Southern New Hampshire, 12 p.m.*
Softball vs. Saint Anselm, 2 p.m.*^

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

Baseball (0-14, 0-6) Returns From Long Layoff with Loss Against Regionally-Ranked Le Moyne

The Saint Michael's College baseball team led regionally-ranked Northeast-10 Conference foe Le Moyne College into the fourth inning on Sunday before yielding a pair of big innings en route to an 11-2 loss in the Purple Knights' only game of the week. Le Moyne was ranked fifth in last week's National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) East Region poll.

In what was originally scheduled as a doubleheader, Saint Michael's hit the field for the first time since March 31 after having their past eight games canceled due to weather. First-year Calvin Holland (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) had a pair of hits, classmate Joe Robertson (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) singled in his only at bat while also walking and being hit by a pitch, and first-year Dan Flynn (Williamstown, Mass./Mount Greylock Regional) had a hit, a run and a walk. Sophomore Aiden Burton (Milford, Conn./Notre Dame) went 1-for-2 with a walk, and junior Steven Auger (Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton) had a hit, was hit by a pitch and stole a base. Senior Curt Echo (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) took the loss after allowing 10 runs - just five earned - in 6.2 innings. Three relievers followed, with junior Alex Winkelmann (Gilford, N.H./Tilton School) tossing 1.1 shutout frames and first-year Drew Farris (Andover, Mass./Saint John's Prep) retiring the only two batters he faced.

 

Men's Lacrosse (3-7, 1-6)Pulls Away From Assumption to Notch Road Victory During 1-1 Week

The regionally-regarded Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team went 1-1 against Northeast-10 Conference competition last week. The Purple Knights lost to nationally-regarded and regionally-ranked Southern New Hampshire University, 17-7, on Wednesday before beating Assumption College, 14-7, on Saturday. Saint Michael's received votes toward last week's New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll, while Southern New Hampshire was second in the region and had received votes toward the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll.

Against Southern New Hampshire, senior Mark Yetter (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery/Delaware) registered one goal, three assists and three ground balls, while junior Andrew Colyer (Stowe, Vt./Stowe) scored twice and caused one turnover. Senior Daegan Goodman (Montpelier, Vt./Montpelier), sophomores Bobby Frank (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) and Charlie Murphy (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) and first-year Cameron Jung (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) each tallied one goal, with Goodman and Jung both grabbing three ground balls. Sophomore Dan Johnson (Ringwood, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) assisted once and classmate Dan Dromeshauser (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) was 8-of-14 on faceoffs. Defensively, sophomore Neil Gallagher (Sudbury, Mass./Green Mountain Valley School) totaled four ground balls and three caused turnovers, with first-year Matt Cotter (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) causing three turnovers. Senior T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) stopped eight shots in net.

At Assumption, Yetter posted his fifth career four-goal game, netting four tallies and picking up three assists while also scooping four ground balls. He now has 94 points for his two-school college career. Sophomore Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) notched his fifth hat trick of the year behind three goals, in addition to an assist, and senior Jamie McGill (Needham, Mass./Needham) scored twice. In his first start of the year, sophomore Matt Hanley (Plainview, N.Y./Bethpage) made a career-high 16 saves in 58:33 while also picking up three ground balls, and senior defender Brian Devilly (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) had a career-high six caused turnovers and a career-high-tying six ground balls. Junior Taylor Wallace (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) had a goal and two assists, sophomore Patch Ryan (Holden, Mass./Saint John's) notched a goal and an assist, and Colyer, Goodman and Jung all scored once. Gallagher posted three ground balls and two caused turnovers, and Dromeshauser won seven faceoffs. Sophomore Jake Sonberg (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) had a pair of saves in 1:27 of relief during the latter stages of the contest.

 

Softball (3-20, 2-11) Upsets No. 25 Southern New Hampshire Amid Five-Game Weekend Slate

The Saint Michael's College softball team registered a 1-4 mark in Northeast-10 Conference action last week. The Purple Knights split a doubleheader at No. 25 Southern New Hampshire University, winning 4-2 in the opener before falling 12-3 in five innings. Saint Michael's then lost twice in five innings during Saturday's doubleheader against Stonehill College, 14-0 and 12-3, before dropping a single game on Sunday against Stonehill, 8-1. Saint Michael's downed a Southern New Hampshire squad that is ranked by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), won the last two NE-10 Championships, qualified for the last two NCAA Tournaments, and had won eight straight games entering Friday while also leading the NE-10 Northeast Division. All of the past weekend's games were held at Southern New Hampshire's field.

In the Purple Knights' first win against a nationally-ranked squad since knocking off No. 4 Bryant University on April 30, 2006, juniors Danielle Barbato (Hillsdale, N.Y./Taconic Hills) and Caroline Staples (Stoughton, Mass./Fontbonne Academy) both homered in the opener against Southern New Hampshire. Sophomore Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) allowed one earned run while striking out five during a complete-game effort. Brown surrendered six hits and did not walk a batter. Staples finished with two RBIs, and first-year Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) was 3-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Senior Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) finished 2-for-3. The Purple Knights hit a pair of home runs off of a Penmen staff that had allowed only four long balls in 130.2 innings this season entering the day. The Purple Knights played the host team in game two, when junior Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) was 2-for-3 with a run and a double. Tierney went 1-for-2 with a run, an RBI and a walk, and senior Jenna Maksian (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) finished 1-for-2 with a run and a sac bunt. Senior Judi Barcavage (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) drove in a run and walked. Brown took the loss after giving up 10 runs in 4.2 innings, but just two were earned. The Purple Knights led 3-2 before allowing 10 fifth-inning runs.

Against Stonehill in game one, Barbato and DelGreco both went 1-for-2, with Barbato doubling, while Maksian drew a walk. Brown took the loss after allowing four runs - two earned - in two-plus innings before first-year Anna Meusel (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) yielded three earned runs over three frames of relief. The Purple Knights gave up nine unearned runs. Maksian finished 2-for-3 with two runs in the nightcap, and Staples was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two doubles. Barbato drove in a run, and Brown took the loss after allowing five runs on four hits in 0.1 innings. First-year Molly Feeney (Valhalla, N.Y./John F. Kennedy Catholic) yielded four earned runs over the final 4.2 frames.

During Sunday's lone game against Stonehill, Staples was 2-for-3 with a run for the Purple Knights, and DelGreco finished 1-for-2 with an RBI, a double and a walk. Barcavage and Brazeau also both drew a walk, and sophomore Chandler Wilder (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) was hit by a pitch and stole a base. Brown took the loss after allowing six earned runs in 4.1 innings.

 

Men's Tennis (1-7, 1-5) Downs AIC During Three-Match Homestand

The Saint Michael's College men's tennis team went 1-2 during a three-match homestand in Northeast-10 Conference competition last week. The Purple Knights lost to Bentley University, 8-1, on Wednesday, then beat American International College, 7-2, on Thursday before closing the week with a 6-3 loss against Le Moyne College on Sunday. The victory over AIC was Ryan Magee's '11 first as a college head coach.

Against Bentley, senior Sam Laves (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Brady) and first-year Dan Foley (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) sided for their second victory of the season at No. 2 doubles, claiming a 9-7 triumph. In the top position, juniors Ben Lambert (Milford, N.H./Milford) and Hayden Steward (Hamilton, Mass./Pingree School) came close to earning another point, dropping an 8-5 decision, and the Purple Knights trailed 2-1 heading into singles. During singles play, Falcons picked up all six wins. Saint Michael's junior Patrick Dietz (Prospect, Conn./Woodland Regional) won his first set before succumbing to a Bentley comeback in a 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 10-3 loss at No. 5. Laves nearly pulled out a pair of sets before dropping a 6-4, 7-5 decision in the third spot, and Foley fell 6-4, 7-5 during his college singles debut at No. 6. Senior Charlie Merry (Kennebunkport, Maine/Kennebunk) lost one set by a 6-4 final in a straight-set loss in the second position.

Saint Michael's took two of the three doubles matches to forge ahead for good against American International. Foley and Laves notched an 8-5 victory in the second spot, while Merry  and junior Forrest Owen (Northboro, Mass./Saint John's) blanked their opponents in the No. 3 position. Both tandems nabbed their third victory of the season. Four Purple Knights picked up quick straight-set wins in singles play, with Steward, Dietz and Foley each dropping just one game in victories at the No. 4, 5 and 6 spots, respectively. Dietz's win clinched the match for Saint Michael's, while Foley recorded his first career singles victory. Laves claimed a 6-3, 6-0 triumph in the third position, and Merry fought through a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 win at No. 2. Lambert nearly forced a third set in a 6-1, 7-6 (10-8) loss at No. 1.

Against Le Moyne, Saint Michael's lost all three doubles matches, but a pair of duos narrowly came up short. Lambert and Steward lost an 8-6 decision in the top spot, and Foley and Laves fell by an 8-5 count at No. 2. The Purple Knights split the six singles matches, with two setbacks nearly swinging in their favor. Steward picked up a 6-2, 6-4 win in the fourth spot, while Foley and Laves both captured their second set in a tie-breaker before finishing their match by winning a super tie-breaker. Laves earned a 4-6, 7-6 (12-10), 10-8 victory at No. 3, and Foley was triumphant by a 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 10-5 result at No. 5. In the second spot, Merry lost 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), and Dietz dropped a pair of 6-4 sets at No. 6.