This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: April 8-14

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: April 8-14

Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, April 16
Men's Lacrosse vs. Saint Anselm, 3:30 p.m.*
Baseball @ Colby-Sawyer, 4 p.m. 

Wednesday, April 17
Softball vs. Franklin Pierce, 3 p.m.* (2)
Men's Tennis @ Bentley, 3 p.m.*
Baseball @ Saint Anselm, 3:30 p.m.*
Women's Lacrosse vs. Southern New Hampshire, 3:30 p.m.* 

Friday, April 19
Men's Golf @ Penmen Spring Invitational (Concord, N.H.), 9 a.m.
Softball vs. Bentley, 3 p.m.*
Baseball vs. Merrimack @ Nashua, N.H., 6 p.m.* 

Saturday, April 20
Men's Golf @ Penmen Spring Invitational (Concord, N.H.), 9 a.m.
Softball vs. Bentley, 11 a.m.* (2)
Baseball vs. Merrimack @ Nashua, N.H., 12 p.m.* (2)
Men's Lacrosse @ Le Moyne, 12 p.m.*
Women's Lacrosse vs. American International, 12 p.m.* 

* Northeast-10 Conference Event

              

Baseball (6-18, 3-12) Falls to No. 4 Southern New Hampshire Before Going 1-2 Against Assumption

The Saint Michael's College baseball team went 1-3 last week in Northeast-10 Conference play, falling to No. 4 Southern New Hampshire University, 8-5, on Thursday before going 1-2 against regionally-ranked Assumption College over the weekend. The Purple Knights dropped a 10-8 decision on Saturday and a 7-4 result on Sunday before pulling out a 6-1 win during Sunday's second game. Southern New Hampshire was ranked fourth in last week's National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) national poll, while occupying the top spot in the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) poll and the NCBWA East Region poll. Assumption was ranked second in the NEIBA poll and eighth in the NCBWA East Region poll.

Against Southern New Hampshire, senior Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) went 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs, two RBIs, and a walk, while sophomore Danté Moran (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Dixie Hollins) batted 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI at the plate. Moran allowed seven runs, including five earned, on nine hits across 6.2 innings, while walking one and striking out four in the losing effort. Sophomore Iset Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y./Saint Francis Prep) hit 1-for-3 with an RBI off a sacrifice fly, while junior Lenin Gomez (Edison, N.J./Edison/New Jersey City) went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Sophomore Cameron Kroeger (Clearwater, Fla./Countryside) went 1-for-4 with a run, while first-year Sebastian Oetterer (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) had a double and a run in a 1-for-5 showing. First-year Harrison Stampler (Miami, Fla./Coral Gables) recorded a walk and a stolen base, while also registering an outfield assist after throwing out a runner at the plate. Senior Max McDowell (Essex Junction, Vt./South Burlington) gave up only one hit in 0.1 innings of relief, while sophomore Dan Favicchio (Massapequa, N.Y./Saint John the Baptist Diocesan) surrendered one run on three hits in two innings. He walked one and punched out two on strikes. Saint Michael's scored five earned runs on 10 hits against a Penmen pitching staff that entered the day with the third-best earned run average (3.01) and hits per nine innings (7.17) in Division II. The hosts picked up 10 hits and three walks for 1.44 base runners per inning, exceeding Southern New Hampshire's national-leading 1.12 walks and hits per nine innings. 

Against Assumption on Saturday, Allen led the Purple Knights with a 3-for-5 performance that included two home runs, two runs, and three RBIs as he became the first player in program history to record three multi-home run games in his career. Sophomore Anthony Azpeitia (Tampa, Fla./King) went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, while Maldonado turned in a 1-for-2 showing with a triple, two runs, an RBI, and a walk. Stampler batted 2-for-5 with a double and a run, while Moran added a 2-for-5 performance with a run. Kroeger also went 2-for-5, while sophomore Zach Rodgers (Parrish, Fla./Manatee) gave up six runs - only two of which were earned - on six hits, while walking four and striking out four across 5.2 innings. First-year Sean Birch (Mansfield, Mass./Xaverian Brothers) tossed three innings in relief, allowing one run on two hits, while walking none and striking out two. The Purple Knights outhit the Greyhounds, 12-10, and had the tying run on first base to end the game after scoring six ninth-inning runs. 

During game one on Sunday, sophomore Julien Giroux-Harvey (Montreal, Québec/Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf) went 2-for-3 with a run and a walk, while Oetterer added a 1-for-3 showing with a double, a run, an RBI, and walk. Sophomore Alex Mendez (Fallon, Nev./Churchill County) gave up just three runs on five hits, while walking two and striking out five across seven innings. Favicchio allowed two runs, none of which were earned, on a hit and a walk in one inning of relief. First-year Ozzie Rodriguez (Tampa, Fla./Boca Ciega) surrendered two unearned runs on two hits, while walking one and setting down two on strikes in one inning of relief. Eight of the 11 runs scored between the two team were unearned. In game two, Giroux-Harvey added a 2-for-4 performance with a run and an RBI, while Stampler went 2-for-5 with a run. Kroeger batted 2-for-3 with a double, a run, and two walks, while Moran went 1-for-3 with a run, an RBI, and two walks. McDowell tossed eight innings of one-run baseball, allowing just five hits, while walking one and striking out five for his first collegiate win during his first season of college baseball. Allen allowed just one hit and struck out three in one inning of relief, while going 1-for-5 with a run and an RBI at the plate. Gomez added two RBIs. The Purple Knights held an 8-6 advantage in hits. 

With three home runs last week, Allen upped his career total to 15, which is just two behind Jack Coffey's '57 school record of 17. He is two home runs short of tying Tony Gomes '81 for the single-season program record of eight, set in 1979. Allen leads the NE10 in home runs during conference play (5). Allen also moved into a tie with Kevin Harutunian '06 (68) for third in program history in career RBIs, while passing Matt Beaulieu '10 and Tim McDonnell '12 for sixth in career walks (49). 

 

Men's Golf Finishes Fifth at Assumption Spring Invitational in Return to Action, Johnson Ties for Fifth

The Saint Michael's College men's golf team returned to action for the first time since Oct. 19-20 to finish fifth out of six schools at last weekend's Assumption College Spring Invitational at the Blackstone National Golf Club. Junior Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) tied for fifth out of 40 competitors with a 9-over 77-76--153 score for his fourth top-10 tournament finish this season and fifth overall. Three teams in the tournament were ranked in the latest NCAA East Region poll, with Franklin Pierce University second, Assumption fourth and Post University eighth.

Johnson recorded his 31st and 32nd career rounds in the 70s and has shot in the 70s in his last seven rounds. He finished third in pars (22), tied for third in par-4 scoring (4.25), and tied for sixth in birdies (4). Senior Tucker Buteau (Gorham, Maine/Tilton School) shot 84-83--167 to finish tied for 28th overall while tying for fourth in pars (21) and par-3 scoring (3.25). Sophomore Connor Morse (Westford, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) put together a 84-83-167 weekend as he also finished tied for 28th. First-years Owen O'Malley (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) and Will Coontz (Pasadena, Calif./Saint Francis) finished tied for 37th as O'Malley shot a 89-85--174 line, while Coontz ended with a 88-86-174 score. 

 

Men's Lacrosse (4-8, 1-7) Drops Contest to Southern New Hampshire, Bounces Back With Win Over AIC 

The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team went 1-1 last week in Northeast-10 Conference play, falling to Southern New Hampshire University, 10-5, on Wednesday before bouncing back with a 16-5 victory over American International College on Saturday. Graduate student Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) broke the program record for career assists during Saturday's contest.

Against Southern New Hampshire, junior Ralph Grillone III (Brockton, Mass./Cardinal Spellman) tallied two goals, while classmate Alec Sharlow (Watertown, N.Y./South Jefferson) had a goal, an assist, and three ground balls. Loughlin and senior Connor McGuirk (Glens Falls, N.Y./Glens Falls) each added a goal, while Loughlin caused two turnovers. Junior Will Moriarty (Ashland, Mass./Catholic Memorial) picked up nine ground balls and caused five turnovers, while senior Matt Cotter (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) scooped up six ground balls and caused four turnovers. Senior Brendan Morris (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) posted three caused turnovers, while sophomore Dominic Joy (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) made 13 saves in net.

In the win over AIC, Loughlin led the Purple Knights with two goals and a school-record-tying seven assists. Grillone added four goals, while McGuirk and first-year Colin Steiger (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) each had two goals and two assists. Junior Justin Richmond (New Market, Md./Linganore) totaled a goal and 14 ground balls, while going 20-for-21 on faceoffs. Senior Harry Colyer (Stowe, Vt./Stowe) netted a goal and two assists, while sophomore Joseph Gerardi (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) registered a goal and five ground balls. Senior David Malota (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) scored a goal and grabbed three ground balls, while classmate Matthew Logue (Watertown, Conn./The Gunnery) and first-year Matt McGaffigan (Rockland, Mass./Rockland) each buried a goal. Cotter contributed an assist, two ground balls, two caused turnovers, and a faceoff win, while Morris pocketed five ground balls. Moriarty and sophomore Patrick Murphy (Northboro, Mass./Saint John's) each had three caused turnovers. Joy turned away five shots in the first half, while first-year Brady Neeb (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) recorded three saves and three ground balls in 30 minutes of relief.

With his seven assists against AIC, Loughlin broke Mike Riddell's '88 (83) program record for career helpers, ending the day with 86. Loughlin also tied the program record for assists in a game, as only Riddell, John Leahy '99, and Mike Curley '05 had ever recorded seven assists in a single outing. Loughlin now has 161 career points, which is second only to Riddell's mark of 173. Richmond pushed his single-season faceoff win total to 116, passing Gerry Murphy's '88 31-year-old program record of 108. Richmond's 14 ground balls and 20 faceoff victories against AIC were the most by a Purple Knight since complete game records became available in 2006. He is also now fifth in season ground balls at Saint Michael's (70) and ninth in career ground balls (149).

Moriarty's eight caused turnovers across both contests vaulted him past Peter Hanson '12 (62) for third in program history (63), while his 38 caused turnovers this season put him in second in program annals. Cotter pushed his career ground ball total to 150, passing Evan White '13 (147) for eighth all-time. He also passed Ryan Clunan '17 (40) for ninth in career caused turnovers with 42. Morris' 21 caused turnovers this season tie him for ninth with White and Neil Gallagher '18, while Grillone set a school record by scoring his third man-down marker of the season. 

 

Women's Lacrosse (3-8, 1-8) Grabs Win Over Franklin Pierce, Falls to No. 16 New Haven

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team went 1-1 in Northeast-10 Conference play last week, defeating Franklin Pierce University, 16-15, on Wednesday before dropping a 20-6 decision to No. 16 University of New Haven on Saturday. Senior Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women) became just the eighth player in program history to reach the 100-goal plateau. The Chargers were ranked 16th in last week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll and were the third 16th-ranked opponent the Purple Knights have faced in their last four games. 

In the win over Franklin Pierce, sophomore Erin Mikson (Merrimac, Mass./Pentucket Regional) scored a career-high five goals and added an assist, while Vincent added four goals to become just the eighth 100-goal scorer in program history. Vincent also had an assist. Senior Kate Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) tallied three goals, an assist, and three caused turnovers, while junior Kaelyn Oliver (Canton, Conn./Canton) totaled two goals, two assists, two ground balls, and three draw controls. Sophomore Kaitlyn Waystack (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet Regional) netted the game-winning goal and picked up two ground balls, while junior Katrina Pietz (Brentwood, N.H./Exeter) potted a goal. Senior Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) grabbed four ground balls and three draw controls and caused four turnovers, while sophomore Emma Coleman (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale) had four ground balls and five caused turnovers, which gave her four games this season with at least five caused turnovers. Sophomore Lucy Chin (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) made a career-high nine saves in net and picked up three ground balls to register her first collegiate win in her first start. Both teams had 24 shots, while the Purple Knights held a 21-17 edge in ground balls and forced more turnovers (26) than they committed (23). Each team had 17 caused turnovers.

Against New Haven, Kate Martin notched three goals and added three ground balls, two draw controls, and two caused turnovers. Sophomore Ashley Turner (Monkton, Vt./Mount Abraham Union) scored her first two goals of the season in her fourth game back after missing the first seven games due to injury, while Vincent added a goal. Mikson posted an assist and two draw controls, while Waystack tallied a helper. Coleman picked up three ground balls and two draw controls and caused three turnovers, while junior Lilly Hardy (Greenland, N.H./Portsmouth) had two caused turnovers. Chin made three saves and grabbed three ground balls in 31:47, while sophomore Victoria Putnam (East Falmouth, Mass./Saint Mark's School) turned away one shot in 28:13. 

With her five goals across both games, Vincent (103) passed Eliza Scoba '12 (102) for sixth in career goals. She also passed Scoba (138) for seventh in career points with 139. Annie Martin tied Amanda Soule's '08 (87) program record for career caused turnovers while moving past Steph Bonewald '16 (128) for third in career draw controls with 131. She also passed Julie Carey'08 (108) for 10th in program annals in career ground balls with 109. 

 

Softball (2-24, 1-14) Falls Twice to Saint Anselm, Swept at Stonehill, Rathwell Reaches 100 Hits

The Saint Michael's College softball team went 0-6 last week, with the first five games coming in Northeast-10 Conference play, falling to Saint Anselm College, 7-1 and 10-0 in five innings, during a doubleheader on Wednesday before dropping four games to Stonehill College over the weekend. The Purple Knights lost 9-0 in six innings and 3-2 on Saturday before dropping 7-6 and 3-1 decisions on Sunday. Saint Anselm is the defending national runner-up. Junior Torie Rathwell (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) became the 13th Purple Knight to reach 100 career hits during Sunday's doubleheader, and just the fifth junior. 

In game one against Saint Anselm, Rathwell went 2-for-3 with a home run, a run, and an RBI at the dish, while allowing seven runs, including four earned, on five hits across seven innings in the circle. She walked and struck out three apiece. Senior Aleksandra Apkarian (Butler, N.J./Butler) drew a walk. In game two, junior Danielle Markowski (Ellington, Conn./Ellington) smacked two doubles in a 2-for-2 showing, while senior Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) batted 1-for-2. Apkarian again drew a walk, while sophomore Sydney Longley (East Granby, Conn./The Ethel Walker School) surrendered six runs on five hits and a walk in two innings of work. Senior Molly Feeney (Valhalla, N.Y./John F. Kennedy Catholic) gave up four runs, including three earned, on seven hits across three innings of relief, while walking none and striking out one.

In game one against Stonehill on Saturday, Rathwell allowed nine runs, five of which were earned, on six hits across 5.2 innings, while walking four and setting down two on strikes. Markowski and Rathwell each added a 1-for-2 showing at the plate. In game two, Markowski went 2-for-3 with a run, while Apkarian hit 2-for-4 with a run. Tierney added a 1-for-3 performance with two RBIs, while Rathwell threw six innings, allowing three runs, including two earned, on six hits. She walked and struck out two each. The Purple Knights held a 7-6 edge in hits.

During game one on Sunday, Markowski led the Purple Knights with her second career two-home run game as she scored two runs and knocked in four in a 2-for-3 showing. Tierney and sophomore Julia Sevigny (Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hill) each went 2-for-3, with Tierney knocking a double and Sevigny scoring a run. Apkarian added a 2-for-4 performance with a run, while first-year Leigh Brandenburg (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) hit 1-for-3 with a run. Rathwell was 1-for-4 with a run and two RBIs at the plate, and gave up seven runs on 10 hits across 6.2 innings. She walked one and punched out two on strikes. In game two Rathwell batted 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Longley went 1-for-2 to record her first college hit. Feeney allowed three runs on 10 hits in six innings of work, while tallying two strikeouts and no walks. 

With her six hits last week, Rathwell became the 13th Purple Knight to reach 100 career hits and just the fifth to do so as a junior. She finished the week with 101. She also belted her 10th career home run, tying her with Meg Currier '07 and Danielle Barbato '17 for sixth in program history. Rathwell extended her career RBIs total to 49, passing Jaime Cronin '95 (46) for ninth in program history. Tierney moved into a tie for 10th in program history in career hits (107) with Meghan Colitti '11, while Markowski's second career multi-home run game moved her into a tie for ninth in Purple Knight annals in career home runs (8) with Kate Condon '11.

 

Men's Tennis (6-13, 1-6) Splits Home Matches, Llona Breaks School Record for Singles Wins

The Saint Michael's College men's tennis team went 1-1 last week, defeating Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, 7-0, during a non-conference contest on Tuesday before falling to Stonehill College, 7-0, during a Northeast-10 Conference match on Saturday. 

Against NVU-Lyndon, junior Matt Mosher (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) and first-year Constantin Krogh (Oslo, Norway/Persbåten VGS) partnered in the top doubles spot to take home an 8-1 win, while senior Dan Foley (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) and sophomore Cam Maher (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) joined at No. 2 to win by the same score. The duo of senior Max Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) and sophomore Colby Antonacci (Bolton Valley, Vt./Mount Mansfield Union/Saint Anselm) grabbed an 8-0 result in the third doubles position during their first match together. Foley took home a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles, while Allen captured a 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) triumph in the second spot. Mosher claimed a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 3, while Krogh and first-year Ivan Llona (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) put away 6-0, 6-0 victories in the fourth and fifth positions, respectively. Maher won 6-1, 6-0 in the final spot.

Against Stonehill, Antonacci and Krogh came the closest to a doubles victory, but fell 6-3 in the third position. Foley dropped a 6-2, 6-4 result in singles at No. 1, while Allen lost 6-3, 6-1 in the second spot. Mosher was the only other Purple Knight to take three games in a singles match during the contest as he fell 6-1, 6-3 at No. 4. The Purple Knights won their most games (27) against Stonehill since 2017 (44).

Llona grabbed his 12th win of the season against NVU-Lyndon, which broke the program mark for season singles victories held by Mike Thomas '81 (1980-81) and Luke Hudak '03 (2001-02). Mosher is now 10-8 in doubles this season, tying for fourth in program history in season doubles wins with the most by a Purple Knight since 2007-08. Krogh is improved to 7-3 in singles play.