April 27, 2009

This Week In Saint Michael's College Athletics

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The men's lacrosse team capped off a 2-0 week by securing the fourth seed in the Northeast-10 Conference Quarterfinals, and will host fifth-seeded Saint Anselm College on Tuesday. The women's lacrosse team went 1-1 last week and ended their season with a 19-10 win over American International College on Senior Day. The baseball team finished the week going 2-3, while the softball team's season came to an end with a 2-4 week. The women's tennis team suffered a 5-3 loss to Stonehill College in the Northeast-10 Conference Semifinals.

The men's lacrosse team (7-6, 5-4 NE-10) started the week off with a 9-7 win over Saint Anselm College. Junior James Baghai (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) and freshman Sean Leahy (Grainger, Ind./Saint Joseph's) led a balanced scoring attack with two goals and an assist apiece. Junior Charlie Niznansky (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield-Ludlowe) also scored two goals in the win, while senior Jake Previte (Cohasset, Mass./Cohasset), junior Charles Seelinger (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa), and freshman Peter Hanson (Andover, Mass./Andover) each netted one goal. Junior Zach Jandl (Brookline, N.H./Vermont Academy) turned aside 11 shots to earn the victory. In an 8-6 Senior Day win over Assumption College, senior Bryan Zaremba (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) led the Purple Knights with four goals and an assist, while freshman Andrew Buccellato (Glen Rock, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) added a goal and assisted on another. Niznansky, Leahy, and Previte each tallied a goal. Jandl stopped two shots in the win.

The women's lacrosse team (4-10, 4-6 NE-10) started the week off with an 18-3 loss to Southern New Hampshire University. Senior Kim Berlo (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) led the way with a goal and an assist, while classmate Lauren Rizzotti (Rockland, Mass./Cohasset), and freshman Eliza Scoba (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) added a goal each. Senior Amanda Pelley (Mashpee, Mass./Falmouth) added an assist. Sophomore Meghan McLaughlin (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) stopped three shots in 30 minutes of action in net. In a 19-10 Senior Day win over American International College, Berlo scored five goals and added an assist, Pelley scored four goals, and Scoba scored three goals and assisted on another. Senior Sara Biondello (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) and junior Maddie Cave (Thomaston, Maine/Gould Academy) each finished with two goals and an assist. Freshman Sandra Palumbo (Guilford, Conn./Guildford) recorded nine second half saves for the Purple Knights to secure the victory. The Purple Knights season ended by losing a three-way tie breaker to Franklin Pierce University for the final playoff spot in the Conference Tournament.

The baseball team (13-18) started off the week with a 9-4 loss to Middlebury College. Senior Ryan Reather (Riverton, Utah/Juan Diego Catholic) had a two-run double in the fourth inning, giving the visitors a 3-2 lead. Junior Matt Beaulieu (Littleton, Mass./Lawrence Academy) raised his batting average to .459 with a 3-for-4 showing, scoring a run and driving in a run. Freshman Chad Estey (New Haven, Vt./Mount Abraham Union) added two singles and a run scored. Junior Mike Robert (Wellesley, Mass./Babson University) suffered the loss for the Purple Knights, as he allowed eight runs (six earned) and 11 hits in 6.2 innings pitched. In a 6-1 loss to The College of Saint Rose, freshman Patrick Lawler (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) and Tim McDonnell (Durham, N.H./Oyster River) each singled twice, leading a nine-hit attack. Senior Joe Gil (Andover, Mass./Andover) singled and drove in the Purple Knights' lone run, scoring Beaulieu , who also singled. Junior Mike McDonough (East Hampton, Conn./Stetson University) suffered the tough-luck loss, as he allowed four runs (two earned) and six hits in 8.1 innings pitched, walking four and striking out four. The Purple Knights would then split a doubleheader with Castleton State College, winning game one, 7-5. In the win, freshman Austin Ziskie (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda Chevy Chase) earned the complete game win in the opener, allowing just four earned runs while striking out seven. Beaulieu led the Purple Knights at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three singles, two runs scored and two RBIs. In the process, he set the program's single-season record for base hits, breaking the old record of 47 held by Kevin Harutunian '06 in 2004. Estey belted a home run and doubled in the win, scoring twice and driving in a pair. Junior Tim Pilczak (Cohasset, Mass./Kents Hill School) recorded his 25th career double in the victory, tying the program's career mark. Saint Michael's used a four-run fourth inning to take a 6-0 lead, and held off the Spartans in snapping a six-game losing skid. In the 12-11 game two loss, Beaulieu had another big game at the plate, as he doubled twice and drove in five runs. Lawler added three singles, four RBIs and two runs, while freshman Mike Cracchiola (Oyster Bay, N.Y./Kellenburg Memorial) went a career-best 4-for-4 with a double, runs scored and RBI. Senior Colin Dudunake (Florence, Mass./Suffield Academy) suffered the loss in relief, as the Purple Knights allowed seven runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to see a 9-3 lead disappear.

The softball team (12-126, 8-20 NE-10) dropped a doubleheader to Saint Anselm College to begin the week. In the 5-1 game one loss, Ashley Harkins (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) led the way offensively going 2-for-3 with an RBI. Senior Megan O'Connor (Georgetown, Mass./Georgetown), sophomore Meghan Colitti (Dover, N.H./Berwick Academy), junior Katelyn Billings (Saint Albans, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans), junior Lindsay Bernard (Scarborough, Maine/Catherine McAuley), sophomore Kelly Losi (Milton, Mass./Milton), and junior Kelly Egan (Milford, Mass./Marian) all finished with a hit each. Freshman Hilary Berno (Saint Albans, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans) took the loss, pitching seven innings, while giving up four earned runs and striking out four. In game two, the Purple Knights suffered a 14-2 loss in five innings. Billings went 2-for-3 with a run scored, and O'Connor finished 2-for-3 and drove in both of the Purple Knights' runs. Berno went 2-for-2 with a run scored to round out Saint Michael's offensive output. O'Connor took the loss, pitching 3.1 innings, while giving up eight earned runs on nine hits for the loss. The Purple Knights would then drop a pair of games to UMass Lowell. In the 9-1 game one loss, Losi singled in the second inning, and scored on an RBI single by classmate Kate Condon (Holliston, Mass./Holliston). Berno allowed five runs (two earned) in two innings in suffering the loss. In the 8-3 game two loss, Harkins (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) set the program's single-season record with her 12th and 13th doubles of the year, but it wasn't enough to prevent the sweep. Harkins finished 2-for-3 with a run and RBI, while Condon had another RBI single. O'Connor also singled and drove in a run, and she suffered the complete-game loss, surrendering six earned runs. In their final games of the season, the Purple Knights ended with a sweep of Franklin Pierce University, 4-3 in eight innings and 13-1. In game one, O'Connor doubled and scored in the top of the eighth inning, leading the Purple Knights to a comeback win. O'Connor finished game one 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored, while Harkins went 4-for-4 with three runs. Colitti plated O'Connor in the eighth inning with an RBI double, while O'Connor earned the win on the mound with two innings of scoreless relief of Berno, who allowed three runs (all unearned) in six innings. In game two, Saint Michael's scored in every inning to end the year on a high. O'Connor doubled, scored two and had two RBIs in the win, and also pitched a complete-game five-hitter, striking out six batters. Harkins completed a 7-for-7 day at the plate with three more singles, while Condon belted her second home run of the season. Colitti singled twice and scored twice to aid the Purple Knights' 15-hit attack in the nightcap. Harkins finished her career by breaking several single-season and career records in the process. Her 3-for-3 showing in game two gave her 55 hits on the year, and 165 career hits, breaking the old records of 52 single-season hits and 164 career hits held by another Colchester native, Casey Brooks '07 (her 52 hits came in 2005). She also finished the year with a .426 batting average, the seventh-best single-season mark in program history, and the best since Noelle Gill '05 hit .431 in 2003. And she finishes 2009 with 13 doubles and 38 runs scored, established new single-season program records in both categories. O'Connor also set a single-season program record on Sunday. With two runs batted in in game two, she finished the year with 32 RBIs, one more than the old program record set by Gill in 2003. She finishes her career with a program-record 31 doubles.

The women's tennis team (14-6, 9-3 NE-10) suffered a 5-3 in the Northeast-10 Conference Semifinals to Stonehill College. For the Purple Knights, sophomore Marybeth Ash (Westborough, Mass./Westborough) won her lone match, an 8-5 victory at #2 doubles with classmate Marran Ranks (Stratham, N.H./Exeter). Junior Lindsay Horne (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) won at #1 singles. Despite the loss, Saint Michael's should still qualify for its second straight NCAA Division II Tournament. The Purple Knights are ranked sixth in this week's East Regional Rankings, and the top eight from the region advance to the national tournament. The selection will take place early this week. Four members of the team received All-Conference Third Team honors. Horne and sophomore Deahna Giguere (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) earned recognition at #1 and #2 singles, respectively, while also earning recognition at #1 doubles. The duo were also named to the Northeast-10 Conference All-Tournament Team. Ash and Ranks received the honor at #2 doubles.

The men's tennis team had three members garner All-Conference Third Team honors. Senior Sean Steigerwald (North Andover, Mass./North Andover) was recognized at #2 singles and #1 doubles, while classmate John Lescure (Kennebunk, Maine/Berwick Academy) was also recognized at #1 doubles. Junior Craig Lindabery (Washington, N.J./Warren Hills Regional) was honored at #3 singles.

Upcoming Schedule:

Tue. Apr. 28 Baseball vs. Saint Joseph (Vt.) 3:00 p.m.

Men's Lacrosse vs. Saint Anselm^ 4:00 p.m.

Wed. Apr. 29 Baseball vs. Plattsburgh (DH) 3:00 p.m.

Fri. May 1 Men's Lacrosse - NE-10 Semifinals @ Le Moyne TBA

Sun. May 3 Men's Lacrosse - NE-10 Championship TBA

^ -- NE-10 Quarterfinals