This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: April 10-16

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: April 10-16

Upcoming Schedule:

Monday, April 17
Softball @ Franklin Pierce, 4 p.m.*
Softball @ Franklin Pierce, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, April 18
Softball vs. Saint Anselm (2), 3 p.m.*
Baseball @ Saint Anselm, 3:30 p.m.*
Women's Lacrosse vs. Saint Anselm, 3:30 p.m.*

Wednesday, April 19
Baseball @ Middlebury, 3:30 p.m.
Men's Lacrosse @ Franklin Pierce, 3:30 p.m.*

Thursday, April 20
Women's Lacrosse @ Stonehill, 7 p.m.*

Saturday, April 22
Baseball @ Merrimack (2), 12 p.m.*
Softball @ Stonehill (2), 12 p.m.*
Men's Lacrosse vs. American International, 1 p.m.*

Sunday, April 23
Baseball @ Merrimack, 12 p.m.*
Softball @ Stonehill, 12 p.m.*

* Northeast-10 Conference Event

 

Baseball (1-14, 1-14) Downs Assumption at Home During Five-Game Week

The Saint Michael's College baseball team went 1-4 in Northeast-10 Conference play last week, falling at regionally-ranked Franklin Pierce University, 10-1, on Tuesday before losing in its home opener against No. 4 Southern New Hampshire University, 15-5, on Wednesday. Assumption College visited for a weekend series, and the Purple Knights took Friday's game, 7-2, before losing twice in Saturday's doubleheader, 11-6 and 15-8. With the victory over the Greyhounds, first-year coach Jason Szafarski collected the first win of his head coaching career.

At Franklin Pierce, which was fifth in the D2 Baseball News regional poll, sophomore Joe Robertson (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) went 3-for-4 with one run for the Purple Knights, picking up a career high in hits. Classmate Sean Winthrop (Hopkinton, Mass./Lawrence Academy) was 1-for-3 with an RBI, sophomore Harry Southworth (Taunton, Mass./Coyle & Cassidy) had a hit and a stolen base, while first-year Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) walked and was hit by a pitch out of the leadoff spot. Junior Patrick Martin (Wilton, N.H./Wilton-Lyndeborough Coop/Saint Joseph's [Maine]) took the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits in four frames during his first collegiate start. Sophomore Christian Devine (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) faced the minimum six batters over two scoreless innings, retiring five while catching the other stealing on a 1-6 play, while junior Zack Lanzillo (Rutland, Vt./Mount Saint Joseph Academy) tossed a 1-2-3 eighth as the fifth Purple Knight pitcher.

In the home opener against Southern New Hampshire, whose national ranking was according to D2 Baseball News, senior Steven Auger (Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton) hit an inside-the-park home run while finishing 2-for-3 with a walk, and junior PJ Jasak (Palmer, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson Academy/Le Moyne) was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a double. Winthrop added a pair of hits, while sophomore Dan Flynn (Williamstown, Mass./Mount Greylock Regional) doubled while scoring twice, driving in one run and walking. Saint Michael's was only outhit 10-8 and played its latest home opener since April 23, 2001. As the first of seven pitchers, sophomore Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) took the loss after allowing five runs on four hits in two innings. Classmate Denis Cooney (Pittsfield, Mass./Pittsfield) spun two no-hit, shutout frames in relief, while sophomore southpaw Matt Downing (Hanover, Mass./Archbishop Williams) turned in his second scoreless outing in as many appearances, retiring three of his four batters.

In the win over Assumption, Allen hit a tie-breaking home run in the seventh inning before going deep again one inning later. Allen ended the day 2-for-4 with two runs, three RBIs and the two homers, becoming the first Purple Knight to go deep twice in a game since Jacob Begnoche '13 on April 24, 2013. Tony Bonvechio '10 had been the last to homer twice at home, on April 5, 2010, also against Assumption. Flynn batted 2-for-3 with two runs, a walk and a stolen base, while Winthrop was 2-for-4 with a run, two RBIs and a double. Robertson and senior Kyle Cone (York, Maine/York) both reached twice, with Cone singling and walking, and Robertson doubling and being hit by a pitch while also scoring once and driving in another. On the hill, Devine picked up his first college win with five innings of two-hit, shutout relief. He struck out three. Classmate Drew Farris (Andover, Mass./Saint John's Prep) put together a strong start, firing four innings while allowing two runs on six hits.

Saint Michael's turned an 8-0 deficit into a three-run game during the opener of Saturday's doubleheader with Assumption, when Auger was 2-for-2 with a run, an RBI, a sacrifice fly, a hit-by-pitch and three stolen bases. Robertson batted 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI, a triple and a sac fly, and Allen finished 1-for-2 with one run, three walks and a double. Flynn and Winthrop both hit 2-for-5, with Winthrop scoring once and driving in one, while sophomore Calvin Holland (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) was 1-for-3 with a run, an RBI and a walk. As the first of four pitchers, Martin allowed two runs on six hits in four innings but took the loss. In three frames of relief, junior Zack Lanzillo (Rutland, Vt./Mount Saint Joseph Academy) limited the Greyhounds to two runs in three innings while striking out five, one short of his career high. By being hit for the 23rd time in his career, Auger matched a school record shared by David Deyo '05, Kevin Harutunian '06 and Kevin Koscso '06, and he moved into a tie for seventh in stolen bases (18) with Evan Grenier '08.

Southworth finished 2-for-3 with two runs, four RBIs, a walk and a triple in the nightcap, while Allen was 2-for-4 with a run, two RBIs, two doubles and a sac fly. Auger went 2-for-3 with a run, Robertson ended up 2-for-4 with a run, a walk, a triple and a stolen base, while Flynn and Winthrop walked twice apiece. Hopkins doubled, scored once, drove in one and walked once. Cooney allowed eight runs, seven of which were earned, in 3.1 innings to take the loss before junior southpaw Colin Brennan (Braintree, Mass./Boston College HS) yielded seven runs, only three of which were earned, in a career-high 5.1 frames. His four strikeouts were a career high.

 

Men's Golf Closes Season at Mike Bello Invitational, First Meet Since October

The Saint Michael's College men's golf team concluded its season on Friday at the 36-hole Mike Bello Invitational in Baldwinsville, N.Y., as first-year Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) broke 80 twice. In their first meet since October, the Purple Knights closed out the school year by placing 13th among 14 schools with 688 strokes.

Johnson finished the season with a 78.00-stroke average, the second-best figure by a Purple Knight since complete records became available for the 2005-06 school year. He narrowly trailed Mark Mitchell's '11 2009-10 average of 77.88. Johnson tied for 23rd place with a two-round 12-over 156, shooting 79 in the opening round and a 77 on the back 18. He was only two strokes outside the top 14. Johnson broke 80 nine times in 14 rounds as a rookie. Sophomore Colin Gaunt (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) tied for 34th at 161, trimming 15 shots off of his opening-round total to card a second-round 73, a career low that left him four strokes short of the round leader. His 15-shot improvement was the best at the invitational. Gaunt averaged 80.50 strokes for the school year, 1.90 better than during his debut season. Sophomore Tucker Buteau (Gorham, Maine/Tilton School) tied for 64th with an 84-91--175, ending the year by trimming 1.85 shots off of his 2015-16 figure. Classmate David Boardman (Pelham, N.H./Pelham) rounded out the Purple Knights' scorers by taking 72nd, and sophomore Mike Byrne (Pembroke, Mass./Boston College HS) concluded his initial year of college golf by placing 73rd.

 

Men's Lacrosse (1-7, 0-7) Falls Twice Against Nationally-Ranked NE10 Opponents

The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team fell twice in Northeast-10 Conference play last week, losing at home to No. 18 Saint Anselm College, 10-7, on Tuesday before falling at No. 2 Le Moyne College, 12-2, on Saturday. Both teams' rankings were according to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA). Saint Michael's capped a seven-game run during which each of its opponents was nationally ranked or receiving votes.

Against Saint Anselm, sophomore Connor McGuirk (Glens Falls, N.Y./Glens Falls) registered his first career hat trick for the Purple and Gold, scoring on all three of his shots, while first-year Anthony Sullivan (Westfield, Mass./Westfield) had two goals, an assist and two ground balls. Senior Taylor Wallace (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) tallied twice. Junior Matt Hanley (Plainview, N.Y./Bethpage) made 14 saves while scooping three ground balls. Sophomore Matthew Logue (Watertown, Conn./The Gunnery) picked up five ground balls, while classmate Matt Cotter (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) notched three. Juniors Dan Johnson (Ringwood, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) and Johnny Karanasios (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) each had two ground balls, with Johnson causing three turnovers and Karanasios two. First-year Will Moriarty (Ashland, Mass./Catholic Memorial) also caused three turnovers. First-year Justin Richmond (New Market, Md./Linganore) went 10-for-20 on faceoffs. Junior Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) totaled two assists, two ground balls and two caused turnovers.

At Le Moyne, Loughlin and first-year Ralph Grillone III (Brockton, Mass./Cardinal Spellman) each scored for the Purple Knights, and Hanley made 18 saves with five ground balls. Junior Bobby Frank (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) registered three ground balls, and Richmond had five with four faceoff wins.

During the week, Loughlin moved into 18th in school history with 105 points while becoming just the fourth Purple Knight ever with 60 assists, and the third to reach the mark as a junior. With 61 helpers, he matched Jonathan Curley '02 for the most by a Saint Michael's player prior to his senior season.

 

Women's Lacrosse (2-8, 1-8) Drops Pair of Contests at Nationally-Ranked Opponents

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team lost twice in Northeast-10 Conference road contests last week against nationally-ranked foes, falling to No. 3 Le Moyne College, 18-2, on Wednesday and to No. 12 University of New Haven, 12-7, on Saturday. Both team's rankings were according to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).

At Le Moyne, sophomore Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women) scored both Purple and Gold tallies, while junior Kealy Moyna (Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School) had an assist, three draw controls, two ground balls and a caused turnover. First-year Lilly Hardy (Greenland, N.H./Portsmouth) totaled three ground balls and a caused turnover, sophomore Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) notched two draw controls, and senior Grace Gunning (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) made eight saves.

At New Haven, Moyna scored four goals to pace the visitors and come within one tally of her career high, and senior Paige MacKinnon (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) scored twice while scooping two ground balls. Vincent scored one goal and dished out an assist, while sophomore Ellie Clark (Smithsburg, Md./Mercersburg Academy) and first-year Kaelyn Oliver (Canton, Conn./Canton) had an assist each. Gunning finished with five saves, two ground balls and two caused turnovers, while Martin had three draw controls. Junior Emily Byrne (Armonk, N.Y./Byram Hills/Dickinson) totaled three ground balls.

 

Softball (3-16, 3-7) Downs Nationally-Regarded Southern New Hampshire, Drops Three One-Run Games

The Saint Michael's College softball team went 1-5 in Northeast-10 Conference play last week, including a win on the road over regional power Southern New Hampshire University, 5-4, on Tuesday. The team lost twice in a home-opening doubleheader against first-place Merrimack College, 5-3 and 2-1 in 10 innings, on Thursday. In a doubleheader at Assumption College on Friday, the Purple Knights lost, 4-3 in nine innings and 3-2, before concluding the weekend with a 5-0 loss against Assumption on Saturday. 

At Southern New Hampshire, which was receiving votes toward the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) national poll, first-year Torie Rathwell (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) came on in relief to earn the win, allowing two runs on six hits in six innings. She walked three and struck out two. At the plate, she doubled in her lone at bat while scoring one run, driving in one, walking once and being hit by a pitch. Senior Caroline Staples (Stoughton, Mass./Fontbonne Academy) came up with a big two-run double while scoring a run. First-year Julia Sevigny (Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hill) walked twice and drove in a run. 

In game one against Merrimack, sophomore Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) was 3-for-3 with a run, an RBI, a walk and a double to push her hitting streak to seven games before it ended in the nightcap. It was her fifth career three-hit outing. Rathwell hit a two-run triple while taking the loss after yielding four runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings. Junior Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) allowed one run on four hits in 2.1 frames of relief, striking out two and walking one. In game two, senior Danielle Barbato (Hillsdale, N.Y./Taconic Hills) led off the seventh inning with her career-high-tying fourth homer of the season, which forced extra frames, as she finished 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Rathwell finished 2-for-4 with a double, and Brown walked once while tossing all 10 innings, scattering 10 hits and yielding just one earned run. She struck out eight and walked one. 

In the opener at Assumption on Friday, first-year Danielle Markowski (Ellington, Conn./Ellington) had the first three-hit game of her career, going 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Tierney was 2-for-5 with a run. Rathwell was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk, and took a no-decision after allowing three unearned runs in 3.2 innings. Brown yielded one run in 4.2 frames of relief. She struck out eight. Rathwell was 2-for-2 with two runs, an RBI, a walk and her fourth home run of the season in the nightcap, and Markowski finished 1-for-3 with an RBI. Brown allowed all three runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits in three-plus innings before Rathwell spun three frames of one-hit, shutout softball. With four dingers this season, Rathwell tied a first-year program record held by Kathy O'Neil '81 and Dawn Stanger '81, set in 1978. 

On Saturday, Tierney led the Purple Knights by going 2-for-4, while six others had one hit, including as Rathwell and Staples both doubled. Brown took the loss after allowing two runs in one-plus inning. Rathwell allowed the final three runs, two of which were earned, in four innings, striking out three and walking two. Sophomore Anna Meusel (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) spun a shutout sixth, retiring three of her four batters, including one on strikes.

 

Men's Tennis (1-14, 0-9) Concludes Season with Loss to Franklin Pierce

The Saint Michael's College men's tennis team concluded its season with a 6-3 loss to Franklin Pierce University on Saturday. The Purple Knights fell behind 3-0 after doubles, but only following senior Hayden Steward (Hamilton, Mass./Pingree School) and first-year Matt Mosher (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) dropping a narrow 9-7 decision in the No. 2 position. Seniors Patrick Dietz (Prospect, Conn./Woodland Regional) and Forrest Owen (Northboro, Mass./Saint John's) lost 8-4 in the third spot. In singles play, Owen capped his career by claiming a 6-1, 6-1 decision at No. 6 for the first singles victory of his three-year tenure as a Purple Knight, in just his seventh attempt. Mosher finished off his third win of the season - and first playing as high as the No. 4 position - with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) triumph. In the fifth spot, Steward came out on top by a 6-3, 4-6, 10-3 count, registering the first three-set victory of his career. Sophomore Dan Foley (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) nearly picked up a fourth win for the hosts but lost a close 6-4, 7-5 contest at No. 4.