COLCHESTER, Vt. - During a contest that featured three three-set matches, the Saint Michael's College men's tennis team fell to Assumption College, 7-2, on Tuesday in the Tarrant Recreation Center. The Purple Knights are 1-11 overall and 0-6 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Greyhounds improved to 4-2 and 2-2.
The Purple and Gold won a combined 59 games during the match, its most against Assumption since Oct. 2, 2011, good for 18 more than during a loss by the same score last year and more than double the 28 it totaled in a meeting just two seasons ago. The Greyhounds won each of the three swing matches to claim the team victory.
In doubles play, senior Forrest Owen (Northboro, Mass./Saint John's) and sophomore Max Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) corralled an 8-4 triumph in the third position, good for the first victory of Allen's career, either in singles or doubles. This spring is his first as a collegiate tennis player. The No. 2 doubles tandem came closest to winning another point, as senior Hayden Steward (Hamilton, Mass./Pingree School) and first-year Matt Mosher (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) fell by an 8-4 count.
Assumption won the first two completed singles matches to nab a 4-1 lead, including senior Ben Lambert (Milford, N.H./Milford) falling to the 11th-ranked player in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll at No. 1. Mosher erased a one-set deficit in the fourth spot to force a tie before losing a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 decision for the visitors' clinching point, and Steward followed with a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 5 to make it 5-2.
Sophomore Dan Foley (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) had nearly the same result as Mosher, coming back to force a third set at No. 3 but ultimately suffering a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 loss. In the sixth slot, sophomore Jake Remillard (Saint Albans, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans) grabbed a one-set lead before falling, 1-6, 6-4, 12-10, following a lengthy tie-breaker.
The Purple Knights visit a pair of regionally-ranked foes this weekend in Merrimack College and Southern New Hampshire University, first facing the Penmen on Saturday at 11 a.m. Southern New Hampshire is fourth in the latest ITA East Region poll.