This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: April 11-17

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: April 11-17

Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, April 19
Softball vs. Franklin Pierce, 3 p.m.*^
Baseball vs. Southern New Hampshire, 3:30 p.m.*^

Women's Lacrosse @ Saint Anselm, 3:30 p.m.*
Softball vs. Franklin Pierce, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 20
Softball @ Bentley, 3 p.m.*^
Softball @ Southern New Hampshire, 7 p.m.*^

Thursday, April 21
Baseball vs. Saint Joseph (Vt.) (2), 3 p.m.
Women's Lacrosse vs. Queens (N.Y.), 3:30 p.m.*

Friday, April 22
Softball @ Merrimack (2), 3 p.m.*^
Women's Lacrosse vs. Stonehill, 3:30 p.m.*

Saturday, April 23
Baseball @ Stonehill (2), 12 p.m.*^
Softball @ Merrimack, 12 p.m.*^
Men's Lacrosse @ American International, 1 p.m.*
Men's Tennis @ Franklin Pierce, 1 p.m.*
Softball @ Merrimack, 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 24
Baseball @ Stonehill, 12 p.m.*^
Baseball @ Stonehill, 3 p.m.

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

 

Baseball (2-17, 1-9) Beats Middlebury and Regionally-Ranked Merrimack During Five-Game Week

The Saint Michael's College baseball team posted a 2-3 overall mark last week. The Purple Knights beat non-conference foe Middlebury College, 6-0, on Tuesday before losing a Northeast-10 Conference game to Saint Anselm College, 4-0, on Wednesday. Saint Michael's then split a Saturday doubleheader against regionally-ranked Merrimack College, as the Purple and Gold lost the opener, 8-2, before winning game two, 4-2. The Purple Knights then dropped Sunday's rubber match to Merrimack, 6-4. Merrimack was third in last week's New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) poll. The win over Middlebury was interim head coach Greg Wells' first as a college coach.

The Purple Knights grabbed their season's first victory at Middlebury. First-year Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) earned his first career win by tossing a complete-game shutout, scattering seven hits while striking out six and walking four. Allen's shutout was the first by a Purple Knight since Austin Ziskie '12 blanked the University of New Haven on March 25, 2012. First-year Joe Robertson (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) reached base three times after walking twice and singling, while also scoring twice and providing a sacrifice fly. Classmates Matt Downing (Hanover, Mass./Archbishop Williams) and Calvin Holland (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) both doubled and went 2-for-4, with Holland scoring two runs and chipping in an RBI. First-year Dan Flynn (Williamstown, Mass./Mount Greylock Regional) singled, walked, had an RBI and a sacrifice bunt, while sophomore Peter Bocchino (Saugus, Mass./The Governor's Academy) had two RBIs, one walk and one sacrifice fly. Junior Steven Auger (Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton) singled and stole a base, classmate Drew Salk (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) scored after walking and sophomore Aiden Burton (Milford, Conn./Notre Dame) singled home a run.

Saint Michael's and Saint Anselm battled through eight scoreless before Saint Anselm took the lead for good in the top of the ninth inning. Junior Dylan Lavery (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) took the loss after yielding four runs on five hits while fanning a season-high 12 batters. Lavery, who last pitched March 21, did not allow a hit through the opening 4.2 frames. Offensively, first-year Sean Winthrop (Hopkinton, Mass./Lawrence Academy) doubled, while Auger, Downing, Holland and Salk each singled.

In game one against Merrimack, Allen and junior Drew Salk (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) and both doubled as part of 2-for-4 outings, with Salk also scoring once. Flynn ripped a two-run triple, while Downing and Robertson both singled, with Robertson touching home once. Senior Curt Echo (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) took the loss after surrendering seven runs in 7.1 innings. Sophomore Colin Brennan (Braintree, Mass./Boston College HS) struck out one batter in 1.2 relief innings. Flynn would go 2-for-3 with a stolen base in the second game, while Salk and senior Alex Holt (Framingham, Mass./Marian) went 2-for-4, with Salk slugging his first career home run. Senior Nick Addona (Cary, N.C./Green Hope/Southeastern CC) belted a three-run homer and Auger walked. Downing swiped two bases, and sophomore Zach Szczechowicz (Epping, N.H./Trinity) put down a sacrifice bunt. Junior Peter Cross (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) secured the after allowing two runs and striking out a career-high nine batters in 8.1 innings. First-year Drew Farris (Andover, Mass./Saint John's Prep) got the final two outs for his first college save.

In Sunday's lone game against Merrimack, Holland was 2-for-3 with a two-run single, a double and one sacrifice bunt, while Burton was 2-for-4 with one run scored. Salk had a two-run single and scored once, and Bocchino singled and scored. Junior Alex Winkelmann (Gilford, N.H./Tilton School) took the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits while striking out four in seven innings. Farris surrendered an unearned run over the last two frames.

 

Men's Golf Competes at Mike Bello Invitational

The Saint Michael's College men's golf team concluded play last Monday at the Mike Bello Invitational in Baldwinsville, N.Y. The Purple Knights, who were competing for the first time since the late-October New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Championship, fired 691 total shots for the weekend to place 15th among 15 schools.

During Monday's final round, first-year Colin Gaunt (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) finished the tournament with a 24-over 168 to pace Saint Michael's to tie for 72nd, firing 83 strokes to trim a pair of shots off of his opening-round score. Senior Nathaniel Young (Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) tied for 77th by carding a 171, shooting an 85 during the second day, and first-year Tucker Buteau (Gorham, Maine/Tilton School) wrapped up his first year of college golf by tying for 81st with a 176. He shot a team-low-tying 83 on Monday, cutting 10 strokes off of his Sunday score to tie a College of Saint Rose competitor for the best improvement during the weekend. First-year David Boardman (Pelham, N.H./Pelham) rounded out the Purple Knight scorers with a 180, and senior Tom McElmury (Templeton, Mass./Narragansett Regional) finished his career as the team's fifth golfer at the meet.

 

Men's Lacrosse (3-9, 1-8)Drops Pair of Conference Contests

The regionally-regarded Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team went 0-2 against Northeast-10 Conference competition last week. The Purple Knights lost to nationally-regarded and regionally-ranked Saint Anselm College, 10-9, on Tuesday before slipping to nationally-ranked Le Moyne College, 14-5, on Saturday. Saint Michael's received votes toward last week's New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll, while Saint Anselm was third in the region and had received votes toward the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll. Le Moyne, the defending Division II national runner-up, was second in the USILA poll.

Senior Mark Yetter (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery/Delaware) pushed his career point total to 99 in 41 games during three years as a collegian, and 82 in 26 contests for the Purple and Gold. Classmate T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) has 381 saves, trailing assistant coach Chris DeMairo '14 by seven for sixth in program history. Sophomore Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) has 44 assists in his career, leaving him within one of Bryan Barletto '03 for 10th in school annals. Senior Brian Devilly (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) finished the week with 53 career caused turnovers to take over fourth in program history, passing Evan White '13 (50) in Tuesday's game.

Saint Michael's possessed with a chance to tie in the final minute before falling at Saint Anselm. Junior Tim Connor (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) doubled his season goal total by recording a hat trick on just three shots for Saint Michael's, his first collegiate three-goal contest, and senior Daegan Goodman (Montpelier, Vt./Montpelier) and sophomore Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) both scored twice, with Loughlin adding an assist. Sophomore Matt Hanley (Plainview, N.Y./Bethpage) had 11 saves and four ground balls. Junior Taylor Wallace (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) and sophomore Patch Ryan (Holden, Mass./Saint John's) scored once each, with Wallace adding three ground balls, and Yetter had three assists. Sophomore long-stick midfielder Johnny Karanasios (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) nabbed four ground balls, and Devilly caused two turnovers. First-year Conor DiNatale (Needham, Mass./Needham) was 5-for-11 on faceoffs, sophomore Dan Dromeshauser (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) went 4-of-9, and classmate Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy) split a pair at the X.

Against Le Moyne, Yetter and sophomore Charlie Murphy (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) both scored twice, while Murphy grabbed two ground balls. Wallace also tallied and collected two ground balls, and Bicknell made 14 saves, just one off his season high. Loughlin assisted once and scooped up three ground balls, while sophomore Bobby Frank (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) caused three turnovers. Devilly and sophomore Neil Gallagher (Sudbury, Mass./Green Mountain Valley School) both posted four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Dromeshauser went 4-of-7 on faceoffs.

 

Women's Lacrosse (2-9, 2-7) Suffers Two Losses to Nationally-Ranked Opponents

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team went 0-2 last week against a pair of nationally-squads in Northeast-10 Conference action. The Purple Knights fell to No. 2 Le Moyne College, 16-8, on Wednesday before losing to No. 10 University of New Haven, 13-7, on Saturday. Le Moyne's and New Haven's national rankings were according to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA). Le Moyne was also a 2015 NCAA Tournament semifinalist, while New Haven advanced to the last two national tournaments.

Against Le Moyne, senior Emily Loebs (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) recorded career highs of three goals and four points for the hosts. She added four draw controls and two ground balls. Classmate Steph Bonewald (New London, N.H./Proctor Academy) and first-year Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women) scored twice apiece and added two draw controls each. Sophomore Kealy Moyna (Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School) had a goal, an assist and two ground balls, while junior Grace Gunning (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) posted four saves and six ground balls. Sophomore Emily Byrne (Armonk, N.Y./Byram Hills/Dickinson) controlled four draws, classmate Micalea Leaska (Somers, Conn./Somers) notched four ground balls, with both Purple Knights recording career highs in the categories. The Purple and Gold held advantages of 21-20 in ground balls and 15-11 in draw controls, as Le Moyne was outgained in the former for only the fourth time this year and for the third time in the latter. Saint Michael's potted eight goals, the most yielded by the Dolphins - who entered Wednesday owning the 11th-best scoring defense in Division II (7.1) - since March 20. The Purple Knights' eight goals were their most against Le Moyne since the Dolphins rose to prominence as a national power upon returning to Division II in 2011.

Saint Michael's, which honored its seniors but still has three mid-week home games left, received a hat trick from Bonewald, who added two draw controls against New Haven. Byrne scored twice and totaled two ground balls and two draw controls, while Moyna and Vincent also scored once apiece. Vincent caused a pair of turnovers. Gunning had a season-high-tying 15 saves, coming within one of her career high, while scooping five ground balls and causing two turnovers. Leaska posted a career-high five ground balls, pushing her total to nine in the last two games, and first-year Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) recorded four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Junior Jackie McLavey (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack) had two caused turnovers, while Loebs tallied two ground balls and two draw controls. Senior Maggie Dougherty (Verona, N.J./Verona) secured a pair of ground balls.

 

Softball (3-26, 2-17) Swept During Four-Game Weekend Home Meetings

The Saint Michael's College softball team went winless in six Northeast-10 Conference games last week. The Purple Knights were swept in Wednesday's doubleheader at Franklin Pierce University, losing 6-3 and 6-0, before slipping twice to Assumption College, 10-8 and 8-4, on Saturday. Saint Michael's lost to Assumption, 7-1, and then fell to Saint Anselm College, 14-0, in five innings on Sunday.

At Franklin Pierce in game one, senior Jenna Maksian (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) walked twice and added a sacrifice bunt for the visitors, while classmate Judi Barcavage (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane), junior Caroline Staples (Stoughton, Mass./Fontbonne Academy) and first-year Payton Witalec (Ballston Spa, N.Y./Ballston Spa) all drove in runs, with Witalec providing a pinch-hit sac fly. Barcavage finished 1-for-2 while also dropping a sac bunt, and sophomore Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) took the loss after allowing three earned runs during a complete-game effort. She fanned 10, coming within one of her career high. First-year Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) was 2-for-4 with a double in the nightcap, and Maksian doubled as one of five players with one hit. First-year Molly Feeney (Valhalla, N.Y./John F. Kennedy Catholic) allowed all six runs, four of which were earned, during four innings of work before classmate Anna Meusel (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) tossed a pair of shutout innings in relief.

In game one against Assumption, Tierney was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, a run and a double, while junior Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) was 2-for-3 with two runs, an RBI, a walk, a home run, a double and a hit by pitch. Barcavage and junior Danielle Barbato (Hillsdale, N.Y./Taconic Hills) were both 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, with Barbato doubling. Maksian doubled and drove in two runs, while Brown allowed seven runs, with two earned, on seven hits in four innings. In the nightcap, Maksian and Staples both batted 2-for-4 with a run, and Barbato and senior Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) picked up doubles. Feeney allowed all eight runs during 6.2 innings.

Against Assumption, DelGreco batted 3-for-3 with an RBI and a double, and Tierney was 2-for-3 with a run. Brown suffered the loss after yielding the first five runs, four of which were earned, in 4.2 innings. She struck out seven and walked two. Feeney allowed the final two runs in 2.1 frames, with one earned. Staples was 1-for-1 with a walk against Saint Anselm, while Brazeau and Tierney both went 1-for-2, with Tierney legging out a double. During two stints in the circle, Brown allowed five runs - four earned - on seven hits in 3.1 innings. She struck out six and walked one.

 

Men's Tennis (1-10, 1-8) Slips to Regionally-Ranked Southern New Hampshire on Senior Day

The Saint Michael's College men's tennis team went winless in three Northeast-10 Conference matches last week. The Purple Knights lost to Assumption College, 7-2, on Tuesday, then fell to Saint Anselm College, 6-3, on Thursday before closing the week with a 9-0 loss against regionally-ranked Southern New Hampshire University on Sunday. Southern New Hampshire was ranked 10th in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll.

During doubles play at Assumption, the Purple Knights picked up their lone point in the third position, as senior Charlie Merry (Kennebunkport, Maine/Kennebunk) and junior Forrest Owen (Southboro, Mass./Saint John's) claimed an 8-5 victory. In the second spot, senior Sam Laves (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Brady) and first-year Dan Foley (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) won four games during a setback. Foley, who only made his college singles debut the previous week, triumphed with a 6-2, 6-3 score in the fifth position. The Greyhounds won the remaining five singles matches, all in straight sets. Junior Ben Lambert (Milford, N.H./Milford) and Laves both won five games during their losses at No. 1 and 3, respectively.

At Saint Anselm, the visitors led 2-1 heading into singles thanks to a pair of doubles triumphs. Lambert and junior Hayden Steward (Hamilton, Mass./Pingree School) teamed for a 9-7 win in the top position, while Laves and Foley captured a 9-8 (8-6) decision at No. 2, clinching the victory in a tie-breaker. In singles play, Lambert earned his second win of the match by working through a trio of close sets at No. 1 during a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 contest. Four of his teammates absorbed close losses. Foley blanked his foe in the opening set at No. 5 before falling by a 0-6, 6-0, 6-3 count, and Laves lost 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 in the third spot. At the second position, Merry dropped a pair of 6-4 sets, while junior Patrick Dietz (Prospect, Conn./Woodland Regional) suffered a 7-5, 6-3 setback at No. 6.

In Sunday's Senior Day against Southern New Hampshire, the Saint Michael's tandems of Lambert/Steward and Foley/sophomore Alex Mohbat (Beirut, Lebanon/Sagesse) each won one game No. 1 and 3 doubles, respectively. Mohbat made his college tennis debut. In their final home match, Laves and Merry sided for the first time this year but for the 14th time in their careers, being shut out in the second position by the region's eighth-ranked doubles duo. They were also honored during a ceremony prior to the match. Dietz had the Purple Knights' best result on the day, losing 7-6 (9-7), 6-2 in the sixth singles spot. The Penmen's singled lineup included three of the top 15 players in the East Region. Lambert and Merry won four games apiece from the 10th- and 12th-ranked players at No. 1 and 2, respectively, while Laves claimed three games in the third spot from the 15th-ranked player. Foley won four games at No. 5.