This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: March 13-19

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: March 13-19

Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, March 21
Men's Tennis vs. Saint Anselm, 3 p.m.*
Women's Lacrosse @ Merrimack, 7 p.m.*

Wednesday, March 22
Men's Lacrosse vs. NYIT, 3 p.m.
Softball vs. Franklin Pierce (2)* [POSTPONED TO APRIL 26]

Saturday, March 25
Baseball @ Pace (2), 12 p.m.*
Men's Lacrosse vs. Adelphi, 12 p.m.*
Softball @ Southern Connecticut State (2), 12 p.m.*
Men's Tennis vs. Stonehill, 12 p.m.*
Women's Lacrosse @ Pace, 4 p.m.*

Sunday, March 26
Men's Tennis vs. Adelphi, 10 a.m.*
Baseball @ Adelphi (2), 12 p.m.*
Softball @ New Haven (2), 12 p.m.*

* Northeast-10 Conference Event

 

Men's Lacrosse (1-1, 0-1) Loses in Northeast-10 Conference Opener to No. 7 Pace

The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team opened Northeast-10 Conference play with an 18-11 loss at No. 7 Pace University on Friday afternoon. The Purple Knights began a run of six straight games against teams either nationally ranked or receiving votes, while the Setters' national ranking was according to US Lacrosse.

Senior Tom Fitzgerald (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) registered his fourth career hat trick, classmate Taylor Wallace (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) had two tallies, and first-year Ralph Grillone III (Brockton, Mass./Cardinal Spellman) notched a goal and an assist. Junior Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) dished off three assists while scooping three ground balls, upping his career helper total to 56 and passing George Finn '90 (54) and Mike Boerma '08 (54) to take over fifth in program history.

Sophomore long-stick midfielder Matt Cotter (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) recorded eight ground balls and two caused turnovers, first-year Justin Richmond (New Market, Md./Linganore) was 16-for-32 on faceoffs with three ground balls, and junior Matt Hanley (Plainview, N.Y./Bethpage) totaled 13 saves and three ground balls. Sophomore Matthew Logue (Watertown, Conn./The Gunnery) scored and posted three ground balls, while junior Charlie Murphy (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury), sophomores Matt Blois (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) and Connor McGuirk (Glens Falls, N.Y./Glens Falls), and first-year Aidan Maron (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) also scored. Maron tallied his first college goal.

 

Women's Lacrosse (1-1, 0-1) Opens Season by Splitting Pair of Contests

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team opened its season by going 1-1 last week, downing Dominican (N.Y.) College, 15-9, on Monday before falling to No. 1 Adelphi University, 18-0, on Saturday in its first Northeast-10 Conference contest of the year. The Panthers, who are ranked first in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll, won two of the last three NCAA Tournaments.

Sophomore Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women) tallied career highs of five goals and seven points at Dominican, lending two assists and two draw controls, while senior Paige MacKinnon (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) turned in career highs of four goals and five points, a career-high-tying four draw controls, two ground balls and two caused turnovers. It was MacKinnon's first complete contest since April 29, 2015, as she was injured during last year's season opener and missed the remainder of the spring. Sophomore Ellie Clark (Smithsburg, Md./Mercersburg Academy) recorded the first hat trick of her career, junior Kealy Moyna (Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School) had two goals, two assists and three draw controls, while classmate Ashley Dineen (Somers, N.Y./Canterbury School) scored once with two draw controls and two ground balls. Sophomore Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) had two draw controls. Senior Grace Gunning (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) made nine saves to claim her 10th career win, matching assistant coach Sandy Palumbo '12 for eighth in program history. She also became the fifth Purple Knight keeper to reach 2,000 career minutes, eventually ending the week at 2,069:01.

Martin caused five turnovers against Adelphi, and first-year Kaelyn Oliver (Canton, Conn./Canton) had five ground balls and a draw control. Classmate Katrina Pietz (Brentwood, N.H./Exeter) totaled three ground balls and a caused turnover from her spot on defense, and MacKinnon controlled a pair of draws. Gunning registered 10 saves, four ground balls and three caused turnovers. By moving her career total to 109 ground balls, she passed Julie Carey '08 (108) for ninth in program history.

 

Softball (0-9) Completes Season-Opening Spring Break Trip to Florida

The Saint Michael's College softball team went 0-7 last week, completing its annual Spring Break trip to Clermont, Fla. The Purple Knights played a tripleheader on Tuesday, their second in three seasons, losing to Bemidji State (Minn.) University, 11-0 in five innings, the University of Bridgeport, 13-9, and against Concordia University-Saint Paul (Minn.), 5-3. Thursday saw them fall against Edinboro (Pa.) University, 3-1, and Saint Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) College, 8-0 in six innings. Saint Michael's finished the trip on Friday with losses to Concordia-Saint Paul, 3-1, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1-0 in eight innings.

Against Bemidji State, first-year Torie Rathwell (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) went 1-for-2 with her first collegiate hit, while sophomore Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) walked. Rathwell took the loss in the circle, allowing eight runs, four of which were earned, in 1.2 innings. She struck out two and walked two. Versus Bridgeport, senior Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) went 2-for-3 with two runs, an RBI, a double, a hit-by-pitch, a stolen base and a sacrifice bunt, and Rathwell was 2-for-4 with one run, five RBIs, a double and a home run. Senior Danielle Barbato (Hillsdale, N.Y./Taconic Hills) was 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a double, junior Hannah St. Don (Lakeville, Mass./Sacred Heart) batted 2-for-3 with a run, a walk and a triple, while senior Caroline Staples (Stoughton, Mass./Fontbonne Academy) turned in a 2-for-3 effort with a run, a walk and a double. Junior Chandler Wilder (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) picked up a pair of hits, and classmate Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) took the loss after allowing nine runs in three-plus innings. First-year Danielle Markowski (Ellington, Conn./Ellington) knocked a double for her first career hit, and classmate Katie Terban (Georgetown, Mass./Saint Mary's) also had her first hit while driving in a run.

Against Concordia-Saint Paul, Rathwell was 3-for-3 with an RBI, Wilder finished 1-for-2 with two runs and two walks, while Barbato doubled, scored and drove in a run. Rathwell also spun two shutout innings in relief of Brown, who yielded all five runs, with four earned, in four innings. She struck out three and walked one.

Against Edinboro, Barbato was 1-for-3 with a run, and Markowski finished 1-for-3 with an RBI. Rathwell tossed a complete game, allowing all three runs - but just one earned - on eight hits over six innings while striking out four. Versus Saint Thomas Aquinas, Markowski was 1-for-2, and Brown held the Spartans off the board until the fourth before suffering the loss, allowing five runs in 4.1 innings. She struck out three.

In a second loss to Concordia-Saint Paul, Barbato and Brazeau both went 1-for-3, with Brazeau scoring a run and Barbato knocking her in. Rathwell allowed only two earned runs during a complete-game effort, striking out one and walking one. In the 1-0 loss to Indiana, Barbato doubled and walked, while four others had one hit, including first-year Aleksandra Apkarian (Butler, N.J./Butler), whose knock was the first of her career. Brown scattered three hits over an eight-inning complete game, as the lone run she allowed was unearned. Brown walked four and struck out seven, increasing her career total to 245 strikeouts and passing Kara McManus '02 (241) for fourth in program history. She is one shy of Stephanie Frank '13 (246).

 

Men's Tennis (1-6, 0-1) Finishes Spring Break Trip to Florida with Five Matches

The Saint Michael's College men's tennis team went 0-5 last week to complete its Spring Break trip to the Orlando, Fla., area. In a match that began Monday but ended on Tuesday, the Purple Knights lost to Dallas Baptist (Texas) University, 9-0, before falling against Roger Williams University, 7-2, on Tuesday. The team fell to regionally-ranked Wester Chester University of Pennsylvania, 6-3, on Wednesday before losing to Bethel (Minn.) University, 9-0, on Thursday. Saint Michael's wrapped up Spring Break with a 9-0 loss to regionally-ranked Post University on Friday.

Against Dallas Baptist, the Purple Knights fell in all three doubles matches on Monday, with two new combinations appearing at the second and third positions. Senior Hayden Steward (Hamilton, Mass./Pingree School) sided with sophomore Dan Foley (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) for the second straight match, losing an 8-3 decision at No. 1. Senior Ben Lambert (Milford, N.H./Milford) and sophomore Max Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) lost an 8-2 match in the second spot, and sophomore Jake Remillard (Saint Albans, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans) and first-year Matt Mosher (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) followed suit at No. 3. In singles, which concluded when the teams resumed on Tuesday, Allen came the closest to securing a victory, falling by a 6-4, 6-0 score in the fourth spot. Mosher was downed 6-3, 6-1 at No. 5, while Lambert and Dietz captured three games apiece during straight-set losses at No. 1 and 2, respectively.

Against Roger Williams, the Purple Knights won once during doubles but lost a pair of close matches, as Dietz and Lambert nabbed an 8-6 win at No. 2. In the top spot, Foley and Steward took an 8-6 loss, while senior Forrest Owen (Northboro, Mass./Saint John's) and Mosher suffered an 8-5 defeat in the third spot. Mosher's 7-5, 3-6, 10-6 victory at No. 5 singles - the first singles win of his career - was among a handful of close matches in that portion of the evening. Foley won his opening set in the fourth spot before losing a 2-6, 6-3, 10-7 decision, and Steward dropped two close sets during a 6-4, 6-4 setback at No. 3. Lambert and Dietz both won four games total in the first and second spots, respectively, with Lambert only falling 6-3 during his opening set.

In the loss to West Chester, which was ranked ninth in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) Atlantic Region poll, the Golden Rams defaulted at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles to give Saint Michael's an immediate 2-0 lead. Singles play began first, with two Purple and Gold players nearly adding to their team's lead but suffering narrow losses. Owen fell by a 5-7, 6-4, 10-4 count at No. 5, while Steward was downed 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 in the third spot. During doubles action, Saint Michael's split its two completed matches. In the No. 1 position, Foley and Lambert registered an 8-1 win during their first match ever playing together.

Against Bethel, Dietz and Remillard came closest to taking a doubles point for Saint Michael's, falling by an 8-4 count at No. 3 during their first match ever siding together. Owen put together a close first set during a 7-5, 6-1 setback in the fifth singles position. Mosher and Remillard won four games apiece at No. 4 and 6, respectively, while Foley claimed three games in the second spot.

In doubles play against Post, ranked ninth in the East, Foley and Steward came closest to taking a point, falling 8-4 in the top spot. Dietz and Lambert lost an 8-3 decision at No. 2. Mosher stuck with his foe at fifth singles before coming up short by a 6-4, 6-2 count to an opponent that picked up his team-leading sixth victory. Steward lost 6-3, 6-0 in the third spot, while Lambert also won three games at No. 1 against the region's ninth-ranked singles player.