March 23, 2009

This Week In Saint Michael's College Athletics

COLCHESTER, Vt. - It was a full and busy spring break last week for all of the spring sports teams at Saint Michael's. The six teams that were down south on their respected spring trips combined to play in 33 games last week. The softball team finished 4-6, baseball finished 2-7, men's lacrosse went 1-2, and women's lacrosse dropped both of their contests. The women's tennis team went 3-2 over the week, while the men's tennis team went winless.

The softball team (4-6) started off the week in Clermont, Florida, losing five straight but bounced back nicely to end their trip winning four out of their last five. The Purple Knights started their season off by dropping a doubles header to Dominican College, 9-0 and 10-8. In the first game for Saint Michael's, senior Ashley Harkins (Colchester, Vt./Colchester), junior Heather French (Sheldon, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans), sophomore Kelly Rose Losi (Milton, Mass./Milton), and sophomore Kate Condon (Holliston, Mass./Holliston) all collected a hit each. Senior Megan O'Connor (Georgetown, Mass./Georgetown) struck out two in four innings of work. In the second game, O'Connor went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while French and Losi also went 2-for-4 and drove in a run each. Freshman Hillary Berno (Saint Albans, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans) struck out one in six and two thirds innings, and also went 1-for-3 with two RBI at the dish. In a spilt doubleheader, the Purple Knights would fall to Queens College, 9-7, and 3-0 to Philadelphia University. In the first game against Queens, Harkins led the way going 3-for-5 with five RBI and a home run. Junior Katelyn Billings (Saint Albans, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans) went 2-for-4 and drove in a run, French, junior Kelly Egan (Milford, Mass./Marian), and sophomore Meghan Colitti (Dover, N.H./Berwick Academy) all finished with a hit each. Egan threw six innings and struck out six in the loss. The Purple Knights would come up short once again to Philadelphia University, this time 3-2, but bounced back to pick up their first win of the season, 6-5 over Bethel University (Minn.). In the loss to Philadelphia, Berno took the loss throwing six innings, giving up two runs and striking out five. French went 1-for-2 with an RBI, while Colitti went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Berno also went 1-for-3 at the plate. In the win against Bethel, O'Connor threw all eight innings and struck out three. Harkins finished the game going 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI. O'Connor helped her cause going 1-for-3 at the dish. Egan, French, Losi and junior Lindsay Bernard (Scarborough, Maine/Catherine McAuley) all finished with a hit each. Feeding off of their first win, the Purple Knights would then complete a sweep of Nyack College, 7-2 and 15-1. O'Connor pitched a complete game, giving up four hits and striking out 10 in the Purple Knights' 8-2 victory in the first game. Harkins went 3-for-4 with two triples and two RBI. O'Connor helped her cause by going 2-for-4 at the dish with an RBI. Bernard had a fine day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and a triple. In the 15-1 game two win, Egan went all five innings, giving up three hits and striking out two. Losi went 2-for-2 with a double and three RBI, while Harkins went 3-for-4 once again with a triple. Billings finished the game going 2-for-3 with an RBI, and O'Connor collected two more hits with an RBI. Saint Michael's would end its spring trip with a doubleheader spilt with Saint Thomas Aquinas. The Purple Knights won the first game 7-2, but fell in the second, 13-9. In the 7-2 win, O'Connor threw a complete game, surrendering eight hits and striking out five. Billings went 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Bernard finished 2-for-4 and drove in two runs. In the Purple Knights' 13-9 loss, O'Connor took the loss, throwing 6.1 innings, giving up nine hits and striking out two in relief. O'Connor also went 4-for-4 at the plate with a double, triple, and drove in three runs. Billings went 2-for-4 with an RBI, Bernard finished 1-for-2 with an RBI, and senior Harkins had a double and a single.

The baseball team (2-7) started off their spring trip in Fort Myers, Florida, with a 12-11 win over Minnesota-Crookston, but then fell to Southwest Minnesota State, 17-2. For Saint Michael's, freshman Tim McDonnell (Durham, N.H./Oyster River) went 2-for-4 with a run scored, while senior Joe Gil (Andover, Mass./Andover) and junior Anthony Bonvechio (Newport, Vt./Southern New Hampshire University) drove in a run each. Freshman Jesse Sullivan (Saugus, Mass./Pingree School) threw 3.2 innings of relief, giving up no earned runs and struck out four. Junior Mike McDonough (East Hampton, Conn./East Hampton (Stetson) pitched three innings and gave up eight earned runs, taking the loss. The Purple Knights would then fall to a tough Florida Southern team, 5-1, in the nightcap of the split doubleheader. Freshman Austin Ziskie (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda Chevy Chase) pitched six strong innings, giving up three earned runs and striking out four. Junior Matt Beaulieu (Littleton, Mass./Lawrence Academy) collected two hits with an RBI, while McDonnell and senior Ryan Reather (Riverton, Utah/Juan Diego Catholic) each added a hit. A 14-2 loss to Illinois College would mark three straight for the Purple Knights. Freshman Chad Estey (New Haven, Vt./Mount Abraham Union) went 2-for-3 with a double and run scored, while Beaulieu also finished the day going 2-for-3 with a double. Gil had an RBI double and McDonnell went 1-for-3 with a walk and RBI single. Senior Colin Dudunake (Florence, Mass./Suffield Academy) took the loss, while sophomore Pete Estes (Bennington, Vt./Mount Anthony Union) gave up six runs in four innings of relief. The Purple Knights would pick up their second win of the trip, defeating Minnesota-Crookston, 9-5, but would then drop the nightcap 13-3 to Scranton University. In the win over Minnesota-Crookston, the Purple Knights erupted for five runs in the sixth inning, breaking a 2-2 tie headed into the inning. Junior Kevin Wickles (Hatfield, Mass./Suffield Academy) got the win going five innings and giving up two earned runs. Classmate Matt Robert (Wellesley, Mass./Babson) threw two scoreless innings in relief. Reather had three hits, including a bases-clearing triple, while Gil had two hits, scored three runs, and Estey picked up three hits as well. In the loss to Scranton, Sullivan took the loss, giving up eight earned runs in three innings of work. Reather and Beaulieu each added two hits, while freshman Patrick Lawler (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) had a double and a run scored. Freshman Ben Mitchell (Pembroke, N.H./Pembroke Academy) collected his first collegiate hit and RBI in the loss. Next up was Lakeland. The Purple Knights fell short in the doubleheader, 7-0 and 4-3. The Purple Knights would get a second chance at Southwest Minnesota State in their final game of their trip, but came up short, 5-1. Ziskie threw six innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out nine in the loss. Sophomore Ben Yodzio (Hingham, Mass.Hingham) drove in junior Tim Pilczak (Cohasset, Mass./Kents Hill School) for the Purple Knights' lone run. Pilczak also had a double. Beaulieu and McDonnell each recorded two hits to round out the offense.

The men's lacrosse team (2-2) dropped their first two games in Winter Park, Florida, but ended it nicely with a 17-6 win over Rollins College. After their 18-1 loss to nationally-ranked C.W. Post, the Purple Knights fell to Saint Leo University, 10-6. Freshman Sean Leahy (Grainger, Ind./Saint Joseph's) paced the Purple Knights with two goals. Junior James Baghai (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley), freshman Matt Feeney (Old Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich), senior Bryan Zaremba (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset), and junior Charlie Niznansky (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield-Ludlowe) all provided a goal each in the loss. Junior Zach Jandl (Brookline, N.H./Vermont Academy) stopped seven shots. In the Purple Knights' 17-6 win over Rollins College, Niznansky led the way with five goals and an assist. Zaremba and Leahy each recorded a hat-trick in the win. Freshman Ian O'Brien (Gansevoort, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) recorded six saves for his first collegiate victory.

Women's lacrosse (0-3) had a rough spring trip in Winter Park, Florida, dropping both of their contests. In a 16-11 loss to Rollins College, senior Amanda Pelley (Mashpee, Mass./Falmouth) tallied four goals and classmate Kim Berlo (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) found the back of the net three times. Fellow senior Lauren Rizzotti (Rockland, Mass./Cohasset) scored two goals, while junior Maddie Cave (Thomaston, Maine/Gould Academy) and senior Sara Biondello (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) finished with a goal each to round out the Purple Knights' offense. Sophomore Meghan McLaughlin (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) stopped 11 shots in defeat. The Purple Knights ended their trip with a non-conference loss to Franklin Pierce University, 16-7. Rizzotti scored three goals in the loss for the Purple Knights. Berlo scored a goal and assisted on another, while Siekman, Biondello, and freshman Eliza Scoba (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) all finished with a goal each. McLaughlin (Cape registered 14 saves in defeat.

The women's tennis team (7-3) had a solid week in Hilton Head, South Carolina, winning three out of their five matches. After suffering a 6-3 loss to Shepherd University, the Purple Knights bounced back with a 5-0 defeat of Fairmont State. Junior Lindsay Horne (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) won at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles to lead the way for Saint Michael's. Sophomore Deahna Giguere (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) joined Horne with the No. 1 doubles win. Sophomore Marran Ranks (Stratham, N.H./Exeter) and freshman Eileen Mullowney (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) won at No. 2 doubles, while sophomore Marybeth Ash (Westborough, Mass./Westborough) and junior Catherine Dalton (South Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) won their No. 3 doubles match. Freshman Emily Ogilvy (Bedford, N.H./Trinity) earned a win at No. 6 singles for the Purple Knights. Saint Michael's would then win its second straight, 5-4, over Nebraska-Wesleyan. Ranks won at No. 2 doubles and No. 3 singles for the Puprle Knights. Joining Ranks at No. 2 doubles was Mullowney. Giguere and Horne won at No. 1 doubles, and Dalton and Ash won their No. 3 doubles match. Horne and Ranks also collected wins at No.1 and No. 3 singles, respectively. After winning two straight, the Purple Knights fell to Macalester, 6-2. Dalton won at No. 4 singles with a win in the third-set tiebreaker. Ranks and Mullowney paired up to win at No. 2 doubles for the Purple Knights. Saint Michael's would end its spring trip with a big win over Lenoir-Rhyne, 9-0. For Saint Michael's, Ash earned a victory at No. 3 doubles for the Purple Knights. Joining Ash in No. 3 doubles was Dalton. Horne and Giguere won at No. 1 doubles, while Ranks and Mullowney won at No. 2 doubles. Horne, Giguere, Ranks, Dalton, Mullowney, and Ogilvy collected wins at No. 1-No. 6 singles, respectively.

The men's tennis team (2-4) had a tough week in Hilton Head, South Carolina. The men dropped all four of their matches. After falling to Hobart, 7-2, the Purple Knights suffered a 9-0 setback to Wisconsin-Eau Claire. In a 8-1 loss to Nebraska-Wesleyan, senior David Besserer (Brattleboro, Vt./Brattleboro Union) recorded the only win for the Purple Knights at No. 5 singles (6-3, 6-3). In another 8-1 loss, this time to Macalester, junior Craig Lindabery (Washington, N.J./Warren Hills Regional) picked up the lone win for the Purple Knights at No. 3 singles.

Upcoming Schedule:

Day Date Event Time

Wed. Mar. 25 Softball at Merrimack (DH)* 3 p.m.

Thu. Mar. 26 Women's Lacrosse at Bentley* 7 p.m.

Sat. Mar. 28 Men's Tennis vs. Stonehill* 1 p.m.

Women's Tennis at Stonehill* 12:30 p.m.

Men's Lacrosse at Bentley* 1 p.m.

Softball at Pace (DH)* 2:30 p.m.

Sun. Mar. 29 Softball at Southern Conn. (DH)* 12 p.m.

Women's Tennis at New Haven* 1 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse at Assumption* 2 p.m.