This Week In Saint Michael's College Athletics



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COLCHESTER, Vt. – The Purple Knights played a combined 31 games over Spring Break, with several teams heading South to warmer climates. Baseball earned a dramatic win over arguably the toughest opponent of the 2011 season, and women’s lacrosse picked up its first victory under first-year head coach Ashley Hughes.

Baseball completed the program’s best stint in Florida with a 4-7 record, highlighted by a 2-1 win over Palm Beach Atlantic University on Friday night. Sophomore pitcher Andrew Kelley (Lincoln, N.H./Lin-Wood) tossed 7.1 innings and struck out 11 against the Sailfish, and sophomore outfielder Jacob Begnoche (Essex Jct., Vt./Essex (Univ. of Vermont)) gunned out a runner attempting to tag from third base to end the game. Earlier in the week, sophomore Andrew Duprat (Fairfax, Vt./Bellows Free Academy-Fairfax) tossed a four-hit, complete game shutout to lead Saint Michael’s to a 5-0 win over C.W. Post. Senior Pete Estes (Bennington, Vt./Mount Anthony Union) led the offense with a .346 average and four stolen bases, and scored the game-winning run against Nyack on a sacrifice fly by freshman Nick Nelson (Spofford, N.H./Keene), who had three doubles, a home run and a team-best eight RBIs in Florida. Sophomore Collin Fishman (Bethesda, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) batted .314 with four doubles and a triple while posting a 3.00 ERA in 12 innings over two starts on the mound, and junior Bryan Geary (Milton, Vt./Milton) batted an even .300 and collected a career-best four hits against Caldwell. Freshman Corey Livingston (Harford, Conn./Arlington Catholic) emerged as the staff’s most reliable relief pitcher, making six appearances and throwing 6.2 innings without allowing an earned run. Sophomore closer Rob McCarty (Canton, Mass./Canton) earned saves in three of the team’s four wins and is one save away from tying the program record for saves in a career. The Purple Knights resume play with a double header at the University of New Haven on Apr. 3.

Men’s lacrosse posted a 1-2 opening week, earning an 11-8 win at Molloy on Wednesday. Sophomore Marty Vanzo (Westford, Vt./Essex (Univ. of Vermont)) led the way offensively, totaling seven goals and nine assists, and juniors Andrew Buccellato (Glen Rock, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) and Paul Tortora, Jr. (Fairfield, Conn.) each scored three goals against Molloy, with Tortora netting the game-winner. The Purple Knights travel to Plattsburgh State this Wednesday for a game postponed from Mar. 9, and open up Northeast-10 Conference play at So. New Hampshire on Saturday.

Women’s lacrosse picked up its first victory under first-year head coach Ashley Hughes with a 12-11 overtime win at Saint Andrews Presbyterian on Thursday to cap a 1-1 week. Junior Eliza Scoba (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) paced the offense with eight goals and four assists, while senior Joan Colloton (Albany, N.Y./Academy of the Holy Names) buried Thursday’s game-winner in overtime. Saint Michael’s will look to pick up its first NE-10 win of the season at Le Moyne on Saturday.  

Softball concluded a tough 1-7 week in Clermont, Fla., with a 7-1 win over Franklin Pierce on Friday. Freshman Laura McCormack (Natick, Mass./Natick) earned her first collegiate victory with a complete-game, nine-hit effort against the Ravens, and senior Meghan Colitti (Dover, N.H./Berwick Academy) went 4-for-4 with a home run and two stolen bases. Saint Michael’s sits at 2-8, and opens NE-10 play when the Purple Knights host Merrimack for a doubleheader on Mar. 29. 

Women’s tennis saw its undefeated streak come to an end with a 2-2 week in Orlando, Fla. Saint Michael’s picked up wins over Tiffin and Illinois Wesleyan, but Adelphi handed the Purple Knights their first NE-10 loss of the season. Sophomore Emily Magee (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) led the way with a 6-2 record over four matches that included three wins apiece at #1 doubles and #3 singles. Saint Michael’s returns to action up North with a home match against Bentley on Sunday.    

Men’s tennis plays its first match in 20 days when they travel to Stonehill on Saturday. Saint Michael’s sits at 1-3 in NE-10 play and will look to snap a three-match losing skid when they take on the Skyhawks.


This Week’s Schedule:

Day Date Event
Sat. Mar. 26 Men’s Tennis at Stonehill*, 12 p.m.

Women’s Lacrosse at Le Moyne*, 12 p.m.

Men’s Lacrosse at So. New Hampshire*, 4 p.m.

Sun. Mar. 27 Women’s Tennis vs. Bentley*, 10 a.m. 

 *Northeast-10 Conference Game