This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: March 24-30

Upcoming Schedule 

Monday, March 31
Women's Tennis vs. Southern New Hampshire* [Postponed]

Tuesday, April 1
Men's Lacrosse vs. Bentley, 3:30 p.m.*
Men's Tennis vs. American International, 3:30 p.m.*

Baseball vs. Saint Anselm @ Haverhill, Mass., 7 p.m.*^

Wednesday, April 2
Softball @ Southern New Hampshire (2), 3 p.m.*^
Women's Lacrosse vs. Merrimack, 4 p.m.*
Men's Tennis @ Southern New Hampshire, 4 p.m.*

Thursday, April 3
Baseball vs. Franklin Pierce*^ [time and site to be determined]

Saturday, April 5
Baseball vs. New Haven (2), 12 p.m.*
Men's Lacrosse vs. Pace, 1 p.m.*

Sunday, April 6
Baseball vs. Southern Connecticut State (2), 12 p.m.*
Softball vs. American International (2), 12 p.m.*

Women's Tennis @ Saint Rose, 1 p.m.*

* Northeast-10 Conference Event
^ Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division Game


Baseball (1-6, 0-1) Opens NE-10 Play with Loss to No. 14 Southern New Hampshire

The Saint Michael's College baseball team dropped its lone contest of the week, with a Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division loss to 14th-ranked Southern New Hampshire University, 10-0, on Thursday night. Thursday's game was played at Franklin Pierce University.

At Southern New Hampshire, junior Michael Dougherty (Albany, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy/Schenectady County CC) was 2-for-4 for the Purple Knights, and senior Chris Puliafico (Sharon, Mass./Sharon) had a hit and a walk. Classmate Tyler Wild (Quaker Hill, Conn./Saint Bernard School) also picked up a hit. Sophomore Curt Echo (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) took the loss after allowing nine runs in 2.2 innings, but five relievers combined to yield one run on four hits with six strikeouts and two walks during the final 5.1 frames. Juniors Will Corkum (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) and Barry Maily (Moosup, Conn./Plainfield), sophomores Byron Brocar (Bradford, Vt./Oxbow) and Jackson Morgan (Montreal, Quebec/Lower Canada College), and first-year Alex Winkelmann (Gilford, N.H./Tilton School) all saw time out of the bullpen.


Men's Lacrosse (2-5, 2-2) Splits Pair of Conference Contests

The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team went 1-1 last week in Northeast-10 Conference action, knocking off Southern New Hampshire University, 10-4, on Wednesday and then losing to Assumption College, 13-8, on Saturday.

Against Southern New Hampshire, seniors Connor Glackin (Mission Viejo, Calif./Saint Anthony's) and Tim McDonald (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) and first-year Tom Fitzgerald (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) all had two goals and an assist, with McDonald adding three caused turnovers. Senior Cooper Quenneville (Shoreham, Vt./Gould Academy) scored twice, scooped four ground balls and went 3-for-7 on face-offs, while classmate Evan Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) and first-year Galen Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) both notched one goal. Senior Chris Casserly (Kensington, N.H./Exeter) corralled nine ground balls and was 6-of-10 at the X, while classmate Andrew Landers (Manchester, Mass./Proctor Academy) posted 10 saves to go along with five ground balls and two caused turnovers in his first career win.

At Assumption, Evan Antolino had two goals and two assists for Saint Michael's, while senior Asa Sargent (Ripton, Vt./Middlebury Union) and junior Matt Dromeshauser (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) both lent two goals and a helper. McDonald posted a goal and an assist, while Quenneville scored, picked up seven ground balls and went 7-for-12 on face-offs. Landers put together a career-high 14 saves.


Women's Lacrosse (4-2, 2-2) Loses Back-to-Back One-Goal Games

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team went 0-2 last week in Northeast-10 Conference play, losing to Bentley University, 10-9, in overtime on Tuesday and suffering an 11-10 setback to Assumption College on Saturday.

Against Bentley, Saint Michael's had its undefeated 4-0 start snapped. Junior Kate Boyer (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) became the fourth different Purple Knight to score four goals in a game this season, while senior Crystal King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) had one goal and three assists. Classmate Claire Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) scored twice, while senior Shannon Murphy (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional/UMass) and first-year Ali Gosselin (Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley) both tallied once, with Gosselin adding three ground balls, three caused turnovers and two draw controls. Sophomore Steph Bonewald (New London, N.H./Proctor Academy) had five ground balls and three caused turnovers, while classmate Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) posted five saves.

Against Assumption, Murphy posted her third hat trick of the season for the Purple Knights, netting three markers, while Gosselin scored twice with one assist. Gosselin also had five draw controls and two caused turnovers. Bonewald scored twice, King tacked on a goal and an assist, and Boyer and junior Kim Liberty (Jericho, Vt./Mount Mansfield Union/Saint Lawrence) tallied once apiece. Junior Taylor Midgley (Hampton, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) totaled four ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers. Curtin made three first-half saves before giving way to first-year Grace Gunning (Norwell, Mass./Norwell), who had three stops in the second stanza but was saddled with the loss. Saint Michael's erased a four-goal deficit to lead 10-9 prior to the Greyhounds scoring twice in the final five minutes.


Women's Tennis (5-6, 3-2) Draws Even in Pair of NE-10 Matches

The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team went 1-1 in Northeast-10 Conference play last week, beating Saint Anselm College, 9-0, on Tuesday before falling to regionally-ranked Merrimack College, 5-4, on Thursday.

Against Saint Anselm, junior Kayla Dowd (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and first-year Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) won the most handily during doubles, 8-1 at No. 3, while junior captains Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) and Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) earned an 8-2 triumph in the top spot. Sophomores Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) and Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) claimed an 8-5 win at No. 2. In singles action, Kellogg blanked her opponent in the second spot, junior Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) won an 8-0 pro-set at No. 5, Bundrick was victorious 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1, and Sulkin notched an 8-1 win at No. 6. Martin yielded two games in the fourth spot, while Toutoungi fought for a 7-6 (7-1), 6-0 win at No. 3.

Against Merrimack, which is ranked seventh in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) East Region poll, Saint Michael's won two of three doubles matches to take a 2-1 edge into singles, as Merrimack entered the day having lost only one NE-10 doubles match in 21 decisions this school year. Dowd and Kellogg trailed 2-1 at No. 3 before rallying for an 8-4 triumph against a tandem that had been 6-0 in NE-10 play. At No. 1, Martin and Toutoungi trailed just 2-1 before falling to the fifth-ranked doubles tandem in the region, 8-3. With the match knotted at one, Bundrick and Sulkin trailed 4-1 versus the region's eighth-ranked duo before winning 8-6 against a pair that had been a perfect 6-0 during league action. However, Merrimack won the first four completed singles matches to clinch the team victory. Benoit ended up blanking her opponent in the sixth position, and Sulkin earned a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 5 over a player who had been 7-0 in NE-10 singles, bringing Saint Michael's within 5-4.

by Student Intern Eric Gissendanner