This Week in Saint Michael’s College Athletics ‒ March 5-11

Baseball (1-1) Splits Double Header in Florida to Start Season

The Saint Michael’s College baseball team went 1-1 last week during the Palm Beach Challenge, as the Purple Knights start their season with a week-long trip to Florida. The Purple Knights played Concordia (N.Y.) College twice on Sunday, picking up a 10-8 victory in the initial game and then dropping a 13-4 decision.

Andrew Kelley '13 (Lincoln, N.H./Lin-Wood) earned the win in game one, yielding three earned runs on three hits with five strikeouts in four innings. Chris Hoey '12 (Huntington, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) pitched 1.2 shutout innings of relief before Corey Livingston '14 (Hartford, Conn./East Catholic) tossed a no-hit seventh inning for his first career save. The victory was the first of interim head coach Matt Rodovick's career. Eight Purple Knights picked up hits, with George Buteau '15 (South Burlington, Vt./Trinity-Pawling School) and Don McGuirl '15 (Warwick, R.I./Saint Sebastian's School) notching two hits and RBIs apiece. Alec Tice '14 (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) added two knocks, while Nick Nelson '14 (Spofford, N.H./Keene) and Tyler Wild '14 (Quaker Hill, Conn./Saint Bernard School) had a pair of RBIs each, and  Chris Puliafico '14 (Sharon, Mass./Sharon) scored two runs.

During the second game of the double header, Jesse Sullivan '12 (Saugus, Mass./Pingree School) yielded one earned run in five innings, while striking out one and not walking anyone. Michael Robinson '12 (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI off the bench.


Men's Lacrosse (1-1, 0-1 NE-10) Opens Season with Victory, Drops First NE-10 Contest

The Saint Michael’s College men's lacrosse team went 1-1 last week, picking up its first win under head coach Brian Kingsbury in the season opener. The Purple Knights defeated Mercy (N.Y.) College, 9-5, at home on Tuesday and then fell at Saint Anselm College, 6-5, on Friday in their first Northeast-10 Conference match-up of the year.

Pete Donnally '14 (Madison, N.J./Morristown-Beard School) led the Purple Knights against Mercy with a career-high six goals. Marty Vanzo '14 (Westford, Vt./Essex/Vermont) tallied one goal and one assist, while Connor Glackin '15 (South Huntington, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) and Tim McDonald '14 (Walpole, Mass./Walpol) each found the back of the net. The marker was McDonald's first as a collegian. Kevin Hunt '12 (Johnstown, N.Y./Johnstown) and Max Zuccarini (Medfield, Mass./Medfield/Quinnipiac) contributed two helpers apiece, while Chris DeMairo '14 (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) made seven saves. Peter Hanson '12 (Andover, Mass./Andover) and Evan White '12 (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) caused four turnovers and scooped up 10 ground ball respectively.

During the contest at Saint Anselm Donnally scored twice for the Purple Knights, while Hunt added a goal and an assist. Vanzo and Glackin each netted one marker, DeMairo had 13 stops and White scooped up six ground balls.


Women's Lacrosse (0-1) Falls in Overtime during Season Opening Contest

The Saint Michael’s College women's lacrosse team opened its season for the third consecutive year with a contest against Division III NCAA Tournament qualifier Keene State College. The Purple Knights hosted Keene State on Thursday and fell 10-9 in overtime after erasing a four-goal, second-half deficit.  

Eliza Scoba '12 (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) led the Purple Knights with three goals, while Crystal '14 King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) tallied two markers and added one assist. Beth Cusimano '14 (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) finished with one goal, while Hannah Beardsley '15(Essex, Mass./Manchester Essex Regional), Melissa Jaskiewicz '15 (Kensington, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) and Courtney Piper '15 (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) all tallied their first collegiate goals to finish off the scoring. Sandy Palumbo '12 (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) finished with 15 saves and six ground balls, and Caroline Casper '14 (Norfolk, Mass./Thayer Academy) dished off two assists.


Sandell Ties Two Freshman Skiing Records, Helps Purple Knights Finish 19th at NCAA Championship

The Saint Michael's College skiing teams finished the two-day NCAA Championship on Saturday, by taking 19th place out of 21 teams. Fredrik Sandell '15 (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine), the only Purple Knight to participate, tied two freshman records and single-handedly delivered the school its best performance since 2000. The Purple and Gold finished with 33 points, while the University of Vermont won with 832 points.  

Sandell had the best giant slalom placement for a Saint Michael's men's alpine skier at the NCAA Championship since 2000 on Thursday, grabbing 26th at the Bridger Bowl to match the best finish ever turned in a by a male Purple Knight first-year. Sandell posted a two-run showing of 1:34.71 in a field of 35 racers, just one second out of the top 12 and his second-run time of 46.52 seconds was the 11th-best finish. During the second day, Sandell tied the program's record for a first-year by taking 21st during the men's slalom, in a time of 1:53.47. Sandell was ninth among the 18 skiers from Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) schools.


Upcoming Schedule:

Monday, March 12
Softball vs. West Chester, 9 a.m.^
Softball vs. Bridgeport, 11 a.m. ^
Baseball vs. Caldwell, 4 p.m.^
Men's Lacrosse vs. Adams State (Colo.), 5 p.m.^
Women's Tennis vs. Franklin & Marshall, 6:30 p.m.^

Tuesday, March 13
Softball vs. Saint Thomas Aquinas, 9 a.m.^
Softball vs. Saint Thomas Aquinas, 11 a.m.^
Baseball vs. Nyack, 1 p.m.^
Women's Tennis 2 p.m.^
Baseball vs. Nyack, 4 p.m.^

Wednesday, March 14
Baseball vs. Saint Thomas Aquinas, 10 a.m.^
Women's Lacrosse vs. Savannah (Ga.) Art and Design, 2 p.m.^
Baseball vs. Nova Southeastern (Fla.), 6 p.m.^

Thursday, March 15
Women's Tennis vs. Indianapolis, 11:30 a.m.^
Softball vs. Limestone (S.C.), 1 p.m.^
Baseball vs. Merrimack, 2 p.m.^
Softball vs. Minot State (N.D.) 3 p.m.^
Women's Lacrosse vs. Tiffin (Ohio), 5 p.m.^
Men's Lacrosse vs. Dominican (Calif.), 7 p.m.^

Friday, March 16
Softball vs. West Chester, 9 a.m.^
Women's Tennis vs. SUNY Plattsburgh, 10:30 a.m.^
Softball vs. NYIT, 11 a.m.^

Saturday, March 17
Baseball vs. Franklin Pierce, 2 p.m.^
Men's Lacrosse vs. Notre Dame de Namur (Calif.), 7 p.m.^

* Northeast-10 Conference Game
^ Spring Break trip to Florida