This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: April 18-24

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: April 18-24

Upcoming Schedule:

Wednesday, April 27
Baseball @ Saint Anselm, 3:30 p.m.*^
Women's Lacrosse vs. Bentley, 3:30 p.m.*

Saturday, April 30
Baseball vs. Bentley (2), 12 p.m.*^
Men's Lacrosse @ Saint Rose, 1 p.m.*
Women's Lacrosse @ American International, 1 p.m.*

Sunday, May 1
Baseball vs. Bentley, 12 p.m.*^

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

Baseball (2-24, 1-13) Suffers Trio of Close Losses During Four-Game Road Series at Stonehill

The Saint Michael's College baseball team went winless in seven games last week. The Purple Knights lost to nationally-ranked and Northeast-10 Conference foe Southern New Hampshire University, 8-1, on Tuesday before dropping both games of a non-conference doubleheader to the College of Saint Joseph (Vt.), 9-6 and 12-6, on Thursday. Saint Michael's then dropped back-to-back doubleheaders at regionally-ranked and NE-10 counterpart Stonehill College, losing 3-1 and 7-1 on Saturday and falling 4-1 and 3-2 on Sunday. Southern New Hampshire, which was ranked fourth according to the D2baseballnews.com national poll, qualified for the last four NCAA Tournaments. Stonehill was fourth in the last week's New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) poll while standing ninth in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) East Region rankings.

Against Southern New Hampshire, junior Drew Salk (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) and first-year Calvin Holland (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) both singled and walked, with Salk scoring one run. First-years Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) and Joe Robertson (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) both provided a base knock, with Allen also putting down a sacrifice bunt and Robertson getting hit by a pitch. First-year Sean Winthrop (Hopkinton, Mass./Lawrence Academy) chipped in an RBI and classmate Matt Downing (Hanover, Mass./Archbishop Williams) walked once. Junior Dylan Lavery (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) tossed the opening 5.2 innings and fanned six batters in the loss. Senior reliever John Mielke (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) yielded no earned runs in the final inning.

Saint Michael's and Saint Joseph squared off for a pair of seven-inning contests. First-year Dan Flynn (Williamstown, Mass./Mount Greylock Regional) was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in the opener. Allen doubled twice, scored once and chipped in an RBI, and sophomore Peter Bocchino (Saugus, Mass./The Governor's Academy) belted a two-run home run and was hit by a pitch. Junior Steven Auger (Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton) was hit by a pair of pitches and sophomore Aiden Burton (Milford, Conn./Notre Dame) drew two walks. Holland tripled and scored once. As the first of five pitchers, junior Peter Cross (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) took the loss after yielding five earned runs in 3.1 innings. Senior Jackson Morgan (Montreal, Quebec/Lower Canada College) had the best relief stint, striking out two batters in a scoreless seventh. Allen doubled and scored twice as part of a 2-for-3 showing in the nightcap. Robertson chipped in a two-run double, Flynn provided a triple and Bocchino doubled. Holland and sophomore Zach Szczechowicz (Epping, N.H./Trinity) both had an RBI and senior Nick Addona (Cary, N.C./Green Hope/Southeastern CC) walked twice and scored once. Junior Alex Winkelmann (Gilford, N.H./Tilton School) sustained the loss after throwing the opening four innings.

In Saturday's first game at Stonehill, Salk went 2-for-4 with a run and a double, and Bocchino had a hit and an RBI. Senior Curt Echo (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) tossed his second complete game of the season, allowing three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and one walk. The contest was tied heading into the seventh inning. Addona and Holland both doubled in the nightcap, with Addona scoring. As the first of four pitchers, Allen allowed four runs on seven hits in six-plus innings, striking out six and walking three. Sophomore Morgan Wilson (Reading, Pa./Exeter Township Senior) was the most successful of three relievers, striking out both batters he faced during the eighth inning.

On Sunday at Stonehill in the opener, Holland was 1-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and a double, Salk also went 1-for-3 with a walk, and Winthrop singled and scored. Flynn was 1-for-3 with a stolen base, and Lavery threw his first career complete game, allowing all four runs while striking out seven and walking two. Downing had a career-high three hits in four at bats while also stealing a base for the Purple Knights in game two's non-conference contest, and Burton hit a two-run double while throwing out his second potential base stealer of the day. Bocchino was 1-for-3 with a run and a walk, and Allen walked and hit his ninth double, one shy of Bocchino's program rookie record set last year. First-year Christian Devine (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) took a shutout into the eighth inning before taking the loss, yielding three runs over seven-plus innings. He struck out four and walked two.

 

Men's Lacrosse (4-9, 2-8)Beats AIC as 12 Purple Knights Score, Yetter Reaches 100 Career Points

The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team beat Northeast-10 Conference foe American International College, 21-9, on Saturday in the Purple Knights' lone game of the week. Senior Mark Yetter (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery/Delaware) notched his 100th career point as one of 12 players with a goal.

Yetter pushed past the 100-point mark on a goal at 2:26 of the first quarter. He now has 105 points for his 42-game career, which included one year at Division I University of Delaware and two seasons at Saint Michael's. With the Purple and Gold, Yetter has 88 points in 27 contests, good for 24th in program history. During the day, sophomore Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) passed Bryan Barletto '03 (45) to take over 10th in school history with 50 career assists.

Loughlin matched career highs with six assists and eight points, while junior Tim Connor (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) had career highs of six assists and eight points, as both players came within one helper of a school record. Yetter finished with two goals and four assists, first-year Cameron Jung (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) posted career highs of four goals and five points, and junior Andrew Colyer (Stowe, Vt./Stowe) notched his first college hat trick. Sophomore Matt Hanley (Plainview, N.Y./Bethpage) recorded six saves in the opening 19:28 for the win. Senior Daegan Goodman (Montpelier, Vt./Montpelier) scored twice, classmate Jamie McGill (Needham, Mass./Needham) had a goal and an assist, and junior Taylor Wallace (Bedford, N.H./Bedford), sophomores Bobby Frank (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) and Charlie Murphy (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury), and first-years James Aloisi (Nantucket, Mass./Nantucket) and Connor McGuirk (Glens Falls, N.Y./Glens Falls) all tallied once. Aloisi's goal was his first as a collegian, and Frank added four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Sophomore Johnny Karanasios (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) turned in career bests of six ground balls and three caused turnovers. First-year Conor DiNatale (Needham, Mass./Needham) went 10-for-14 on faceoffs with five ground balls, and classmate Matt Cotter (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) had three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Senior T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) totaled three saves and two caused turnovers in 10:32 of relief in net before sophomore Jake Sonberg (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) made five second-half stops.

 

Women's Lacrosse (3-11, 2-9) Tops Queens, Falls Late to 18th-Ranked Stonehill

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team went 1-2 last week. The Purple Knights lost to Saint Anselm College, 15-9, in Northeast-10 Conference play on Tuesday before beating Queens (N.Y.) College, 9-3, in non-conference action on Thursday. Saint Michael's then fell late to nationally-ranked Stonehill College, 8-7, on Friday in an NE-10 contest. Stonehill, which qualified for two of the last three NCAA Tournaments, was 18th in last week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll.

Saint Michael's junior Grace Gunning (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) pushed her career saves total to 298, passing Lisa Kendall '87 (292) for seventh in school history. She is one short of Kim Rowe '97 for sixth.

At Saint Anselm, first-year Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women) netted her first collegiate hat trick for the visitors on just four shots, while senior Steph Bonewald (New London, N.H./Proctor Academy) had two goals, two ground balls and two draw controls. Sophomore Emily Byrne (Armonk, N.Y./Byram Hills/Dickinson) also scored twice while lending an assist, and senior Maggie Dougherty (Verona, N.J./Verona) dished out three assists while collecting two draw controls. Gunning posted 12 saves in addition to collecting four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Sophomore Kealy Moyna (Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School) and first-year Ellie Clark (Smithsburg, Md./Mercersburg Academy) tallied once each, classmate Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) posted three ground balls and two caused turnovers, and senior Emily Loebs (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) had a pair of ground balls.

Three players scored twice apiece in the Purple Knights' win against Queens. Bonewald had two goals, two ground balls, two caused turnovers and one draw control, Loebs tallied twice with two ground balls and a draw control, while Clark posted two goals, a ground ball, a draw control and a caused turnover. Moyna turned in a goal and two assists, and Gunning made nine saves. Byrne and Vincent also found the back of the net, with Vincent causing two turnovers. Sophomore Susie Ellicks (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) caused three turnovers, Martin scooped three ground balls with one caused turnover, and Dougherty had a pair of ground balls. The Purple Knights improved to 3-1 all-time against Queens, hosting the Knights for the second time after also winning in 2012.

Saint Michael's yielded the winning goal with 1:06 remaining before being held scoreless on one final possession against Stonehill. Bonewald netted a hat trick for Saint Michael's, and Clark recorded two goals, three ground balls and two draw controls. Moyna dished off three assists, and Gunning made nine saves with two ground balls, as the Purple Knights matched the fewest goals they have ever allowed to Stonehill in 22 all-time meetings. The Purple and Gold, which played its second game in two days and its first of two consecutive ranked foes, also received a goal and an assist from Vincent, while Loebs tallied once. Junior Kylie Beauregard (Plainfield, Conn./Marianapolis Prep) scooped three ground balls and Ellicks had two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Senior Annie Henderson (Hancock, N.H./Northfield Mount Hermon/Saint Lawrence) and junior Jackie McLavey (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack) turned in two ground balls and two draw controls, respectively.

 

Softball (3-34, 2-23) Ends Season with Four-Game Set at Merrimack

The Saint Michael's College softball team went winless in eight games against Northeast-10 Conference teams last week to close out its season. The Purple Knights lost twice to Franklin Pierce University, 15-1 in five innings and 14-9, on Tuesday before falling to both Bentley University, 8-1, and Southern New Hampshire University, 2-0, on Wednesday. Saint Michael's then lost to Merrimack College, 5-4 in 10 innings, on Friday, completed a suspended game by falling 9-1 in five innings on Saturday then dropped the regularly-scheduled doubleheader, 10-5 and 12-7. Southern New Hampshire won the last two NE-10 tournament championships and ended up clinching the NE-10 Northeast Division crown during the week.

Senior Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) finished her career tied for fourth in program history with 22 career doubles, matching Casey Brooks '07 and Sarah Murray '15. She also took 15th in both hits (93) and RBIs (36), edging Heather French '10 by one in both categories. Senior Judi Barcavage (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane), the Purple Knights' starting first baseman the last three seasons, matched Noelle Gill '05 for second all-time in fielding percentage (.984) while taking sixth in putouts (514).

In the opener against Franklin Pierce, junior Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) was 2-for-2 with a run and a walk for the hosts and sophomore Chandler Wilder (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) finished 2-for-2. Barcavage and DelGreco were both 2-for-3, as DelGreco added an RBI and a double. Sophomore Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) took the loss after allowing seven runs, six of them earned, in two-plus innings. In game two, Saint Michael's totaled five home runs, which is believed to be a school record. First-year Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) was 3-for-3 with two runs and her first collegiate homer, Barcavage went 3-for-4 with two runs, two RBIs, a double and a homer, and junior Caroline Staples (Stoughton, Mass./Fontbonne Academy) ended up 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBIs and a home run. Brazeau and junior Danielle Barbato (Hillsdale, N.Y./Taconic Hills) also went deep, with Brazeau 2-for-4 with two runs and a double, and first-year Payton Witalec (Ballston Spa, N.Y./Ballston Spa) added a 2-for-4 performance with two RBIs. First-year Molly Feeney (Valhalla, N.Y./John F. Kennedy Catholic) yielded the first nine runs in 3.1 innings to absorb the loss.

For the first time in 15 years, Saint Michael's played games in multiple states on the same day as the Purple Knights traveled to Bentley and Southern New Hampshire. In the opener at Bentley, each team had nine hits, with Staples going 3-for-3 with a run to pace the visitors. DelGreco finished 2-for-3, and Barcavage picked up the RBI. Brown allowed all eight runs, with five earned, in six innings. She struck out six. While playing the home team during its second game of the day, Saint Michael's held even with Southern New Hampshire in hits, 5-5, as Witalec was 2-for-3. Barbato and DelGreco doubled while Barbato added a knock. Brown pitched well in defeat, allowing five hits in a complete game while striking out eight and walking none.

In Friday's 10-inning game at Merrimack, Barbato hit 2-for-4 with a walk, a run, three RBIs, a double and her team-leading fourth home run of the year for Saint Michael's. Brazeau was 2-for-5 with a run, an RBI and a double, four players had one hit, and Wilder dropped a pair of sacrifice bunts. Brown yielded two earned runs in the complete-game loss, striking out eight and walking three during 9.2 innings. The contest was the Purple Knights' longest since a 10-inning affair at The College of Saint Rose on May 1, 2007.

For the third time in four years, the Purple and Gold had a date where it played portions of three games, with the first match-up on Saturday at Merrimack being resumed with the teams scoreless in the bottom of the second inning. DelGreco finished 1-for-1 with an RBI and a walk, Tierney was 1-for-2 with a run, and Brazeau picked up a hit. Feeney suffered the loss after allowing four runs, two of which were earned, in three innings. She struck out three and walked two.

In the second game, DelGreco was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a double, Barcavage and Brazeau were both 2-for-4 with a run, and Barbato was 2-for-4 with a double. Tierney scored once, drove in one run and walked twice, and senior Jenna Maksian (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) scored once, walked once and put down two sacrifice bunts. Staples had a run, an RBI and a double, while Brown took the loss. She yielded six runs - all unearned - on five hits in 5.2 innings, fanning four and walking two. All 10 Warrior runs in the game were unearned.

Barcavage was one of six Purple Knights with a hit in the third game, a non-conference match-up, scoring once, driving in three and belting her fourth career home run. Maksian doubled, scored and stole a base, and Staples had a hit, a run, an RBI and a walk. Brazeau and Tierney were 1-for-3 with a run and a walk, DelGreco went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk, and senior Jacqui Cronan (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) walked, scored and picked up an outfield assist. Feeney took the loss, allowing 10 runs in 3.2 innings, with eight runs being earned.

 

Men's Tennis (1-11, 1-9) Concludes 2016 Season with Loss at Franklin Pierce

The Saint Michael's College men's tennis team finished its 2016 season with an 8-1 loss at Franklin Pierce University on Saturday during Northeast-10 Conference play.

Each of the three Purple and Gold doubles teams fell by 8-3 counts. Juniors Ben Lambert (Milford, N.H./Milford) and Hayden Steward (Hamilton, Mass./Pingree School) sided at No. 1, senior Sam Laves (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Brady) and first-year Dan Foley (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) teamed in the second spot, and senior Charlie Merry (Kennebunkport, Maine/Kennebunk) and junior Forrest Owen (Northboro, Mass./Saint John's) combined at No. 3.

Foley picked up the Purple Knights' point during the day with a 6-2, 6-1 triumph in the sixth singles position, while junior Patrick Dietz (Prospect, Conn./Woodland Regional) was on the losing end of a 6-2, 3-6, 10-4 decision at No. 5. The two Saint Michael's seniors both closed out their careers with narrow setbacks, with Laves falling 6-3, 7-6 (10-8) in the third slot and Merry downed by a 6-4, 7-5 count at No. 2. Steward lost his first set 6-4 during a straight-set loss at No. 4.