This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: March 5-11

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: March 5-11

Upcoming Schedule:

Monday, March 12
Softball vs. Post, 9 a.m.%
Softball vs. Mercy (N.Y.), 11:30 a.m.%
Baseball vs. Wisconsin-Stout, 12 p.m. (2)%
Women's Lacrosse @ Colorado-Colorado Springs, 7 p.m. ET

Tuesday, March 13
Baseball vs. Wilmington (Ohio), 9 a.m. (2)%
Women's Lacrosse vs. Southern Connecticut State @ Colorado-Colorado Springs, 1 p.m. ET*
Men's Lacrosse @ Chestnut Hill (Pa.), 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 14
Baseball vs. Edgewood (Wis.), 12 p.m.%
Softball vs. Saint Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.), 4:30 p.m.%
Softball vs. Edinboro (Pa.), 7 p.m.%

Thursday, March 15
Baseball vs. Skidmore, 9 a.m.%
Softball vs. Northwood (Mich.), 1 p.m.%
Softball vs. Jefferson (Pa.), 3 p.m.%
Men's Lacrosse @ Georgian Court (N.J.), 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 17
Men's Tennis @ Assumption, 11 a.m.*
Baseball @ Mercy (N.Y.), 12 p.m. (2)
Women's Lacrosse vs. Assumption, 1 p.m.*

Sunday, March 18
Baseball @ Mercy (N.Y.), 12 p.m.

* Northeast-10 Conference Event
% Spring Break trip in Florida

 

Alpine Skiing Finishes School-Record 12th as NCAA Championship Concludes

The Saint Michael's College Alpine skiing team waited out the last day of Nordic skiing on Saturday at the NCAA Championship to learn final placements at the meet, as the College's four Purple Knight competitors came away with a school-record 12th-place showing among 23 schools.

Seniors Danny Duffy (Warren, Vt./Green Mountain Valley School) and Meggane Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée des métiers Ambroise Croizat), junior Guillaume Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée Général Ferrié) and sophomore Anna Willassen (Jar, Norway/Persbråten VGS) had already given Saint Michael's a program-record four skiers at NCAAs, and the quartet shattered the school mark for points (73) at a championship on Friday before learning their final finish, which bettered a 13th-place performance in 1988. However, that meet included only 15 schools; the College's top showing since the meet expanded to more than 20 squads was 15th each of the last two years, thanks singlehandedly to the Alpine team. In terms solely of scoring by Alpine teams during the NCAA Championship, which involved Alpine and Nordic skiers from Division I, II and III schools, the Purple Knights took 10th overall and fifth in the East. Saint Michael's turned in the second-best results among schools contesting only one discipline, behind just the University of Northern Michigan, whose six Nordic skiers tallied 179 points.

Guillaume Grand made his third NCAA appearance, joining Keith Farnand '00 (4) and Fredrik Sandell '15 (3) as the lone Purple Knights to qualify at least three times. The only All-America skier in College history, turning the feat as a first-year and sophomore, Grand was 13th in both the giant slalom and slalom. On Wednesday, Grand was within 0.54 seconds of the top 10 in the GS and came within 0.16 seconds of 10th place in the slalom on Friday. Sister Meggane Grand and Willassen became the first female skiers in College history to compete at multiple NCAA Championships. Grand, who also took part as a sophomore, was 15th in the slalom, matching Megan McCarthy's '05 GS performance at the 2002 NCAAs for the highest showing by a Purple Knight woman at NCAAs. Grand was 25th in the GS, while Willassen claimed 22nd. She then placed 28th in the slalom, capping her second championship in as many years of college. In making his NCAA debut, Duffy placed 28th during the GS before not completing his opening run during Friday's slalom, contested under the lights of Howelsen Hill for the fourth time in NCAA history.

 

Baseball (0-6) Opens Spring Break Trip with Two Setbacks to Wisconsin Lutheran

The Saint Michael's College baseball team opened its eight-game Spring Break trip with a pair of seven-inning setbacks against Wisconsin Lutheran College, 4-3 and 3-1, on Sunday during the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic in Fort Myers, Fla.

Junior Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) was 2-for-2 with a run, two RBIs, a home run and two walks in the opener. His seventh career homer matched Dan Doherty '02 for eighth in program history. First-year Holden Jackman (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood) put forth a 2-for-3 effort, as he and classmate Cameron Kroeger (Clearwater, Fla./Countryside) earned their first collegiate hits, and junior Joe Robertson (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) finished 2-for-4 with a run and a double. Graduate student Nick Dorcean (Bellerose, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy/SUNY Old Westbury) surpassed 100 career strikeouts (104) by whiffing six batters, his most in three years, but took the loss after yielding all four runs - three earned - on four hits in four innings. Junior Christian Devine (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) worked three innings of one-hit, shutout relief, fanning three.

First-year Alex Mendez (Fallon, Nev./Churchill County) was the hard-luck loser in the nightcap, allowing no earned runs on four hits - all singles - while striking out three and walking two during six innings in his first collegiate start. Classmate Anthony Azpeitia (Tampa, Fla./King) scored and stole a base, while first-year Danté Moran (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Dixie Hollins) drove in the run.

 

Men's Lacrosse (0-2, 0-2) Falls at Regionally-Regarded Assumption

The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team went 0-1 last week as it kicked off a run of three straight road games in a six-day stretch by suffering a 13-3 loss at regionally-regarded Assumption College on Saturday. The Greyhounds received votes toward last week's New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll. Senior Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) had a goal, an assist and two ground balls for the visitors, while junior Hunter Goodwin (Milton, Vt./Milton) and sophomore Alec Sharlow (Watertown, N.Y./South Jefferson) also scored. Senior Jake Sonberg (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) made eight stops in the opening 36:32 before a pair of first-years followed, as Dominic Joy (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) had two saves in 16:43 and Herb Hazelton (Darien, Conn./Brewster Academy) played the final 6:45. Senior Dan Dromeshauser (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) finished 6-of-10 on faceoffs with two ground balls, and sophomore Justin Richmond (New Market, Md./Linganore) was 5-for-8. Junior Matt Cotter (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) scooped four ground balls, while senior Neil Gallagher (Stowe, Vt./Green Mountain Valley School) collected two ground balls while causing two turnovers.

 

Women's Lacrosse (0-1, 0-1) Forges Second-Half Rally Before Falling to Molloy

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team came up short against Molloy (N.Y.) College in a 13-10 loss during its home opener on Saturday. Seniors Ashley Dineen (Somers, N.Y./Canterbury School) and Kealy Moyna (Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School) finished the day for the Purple Knights with two goals and two assists each while Dineen had four ground balls and caused one turnover and Moyna had three ground balls and caused three turnovers. Sophomore Kaelyn Oliver (Canton, Conn./Canton) and first-year Olivia Krause (Bow, N.H./Bow) tallied two goals each as Krause also picked up four ground balls during her college debut. After missing the last 23 games due to an injury, junior Kate Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) pitched in a goal and an assist with two ground balls and two caused turnovers while winning one draw control. First-year Kaitlyn Waystack (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet Regional) recorded her first collegiate points with a goal and an assist. Junior Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) caused six turnovers, which placed her seventh in program history with 47 caused turnovers in her career, and collected four ground balls and five draw controls. Junior Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women) controlled three draws. During her college debut, first-year Victoria Putnam (East Falmouth, Mass./Saint Mark's School) registered eight saves.

 

Softball (2-2) Gets Season Underway in Florida During Spring Break

The Saint Michael's College softball team went 2-2 over the weekend in Florida while beginning its season at The Spring Games. In the opener on Saturday, the Purple Knights beat Ursuline (Ohio) College, 3-0, before falling against Queens (N.Y.) College, 8-0 in five innings. On Sunday, the Purple Knights fell to Slippery Rock (Pa.) University, 12-4 in six innings, before grasping an 8-6 victory over Queens.

Senior Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) spun a five-hit shutout against Ursuline as she tossed the fifth shutout of her career while striking out 10 and walking only one. Juniors Hayley Craddock (Campbell River, British Columbia/Carihi Secondary School/Highline) and Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) both went 2-for-3 with a run, an RBI and a double in the opener, with Craddock adding a stolen base in her first contest in three years, with junior college Highline (Wash.) College. Sophomore Aleksandra Apkarian (Butler, N.J./Butler) ripped an RBI double, and classmate Julia Sevigny (Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hill) walked twice and scored once. Apkarian drew a walk among her two plate appearances in the nightcap against Queens, with sophomore Torie Rathwell (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) carried a shutout until two were down in the fourth inning before suffering the loss after yielding five runs on seven hits in four-plus innings.

Rathwell went 2-for-3 with a home run against Slippery Rock on Sunday, as her five career dingers tie for 10th in program history. She was also the losing pitcher, allowing five earned runs in four innings while striking out two. Senior Hannah St. Don (Lakeville, Mass./Sacred Heart) was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a walk, while sophomore Danielle Markowski (Ellington, Conn./Ellington) knocked a two-run double. Against Queens, Markowski hit two home runs, including a grand slam, the first by a Purple Knight since Kate Condon '11 on March 13, 2011, while sophomore Katie Terban (Georgetown, Mass./Saint Mary's) hit a game-winning RBI single in the sixth inning. Markowski was 2-for-3 with two runs, five RBIs and her two homers, becoming the Purple Knights' first non-senior to go deep twice in a game since Ashley Harkins '09 on April 21, 2007. Rathwell was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, while Craddock and Terban were both 2-for-4, with Terban picking up an RBI and Craddock doubling and scoring. Sevigny finished 1-for-2 with an RBI and a hit-by-pitch, while senior Chandler Wilder (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) was 1-for-2 with two runs and a walk. Brown allowed all six runs during a complete-game effort that saw her strike out a career-high 12 batters. Saint Michael's downed Queens for the first time in four meetings.

With 347 career strikeouts, Brown passed Megan O'Connor '09 (328) for second in program history and took over sole possession of fifth with her 12th and 13th career wins, passing Kara McManus '02 (12).

 

Men's Tennis (0-6, 0-5) Defeated by Regional Power Adelphi in Conference Play

The Saint Michael's College men's tennis team completed a run of three matches in four days on Tuesday with a matinee setback to regional power Adelphi University, 9-0, during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Panthers qualified for three of the past four NCAA Tournaments. The Purple Knights had a pair of near misses during doubles action, including as junior Dan Foley (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) and sophomore Matt Mosher (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) lost at No. 1 by an 8-6 final, the same score Adelphi's top tandem posted to down its foe from New York Institute of Technology - the third-ranked squad in the region - on Feb. 23. First-years Colby Antonacci (Bolton Valley, Vt./Mount Mansfield Union/Saint Anselm) and Cam Maher (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) suffered an 8-5 setback in the second spot. Foley won four games while losing a 6-1, 6-3 decision at No. 2 singles, and Antonacci posted the same second set score in a 6-0, 6-3 setback in the fifth spot. First-year Trevor Work (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) claimed two games in a straight-set loss at No. 6.