COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's tennis team snapped a three-match losing streak against Le Moyne College by blanking the Dolphins, 9-0, on Friday in the Tarrant Recreation Center. The Purple Knights, playing for the first time since Sept. 29, moved to 1-2 overall and 1-2 in the Northeast-10 Conference during their home opener. Le Moyne, which last lost to the Purple and Gold on Sept. 14, 2008, is 0-6 and 0-5.
During doubles play, junior Nick Bosco (Glastonbury, Conn./East Catholic) returned from studying abroad last fall to team with senior Chris Moskal (Springfield, Mass./Cathedral) for an 8-1 win at No. 2, while senior Kenny Vassallo (Wilmington, Mass./Wilmington) and first-year Sam Laves (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Brady) joined for an 8-4 victory in the third spot.
At No. 1 doubles, senior Eric Parziale (Pinehurst, N.C./Pinecrest) and first-year Steve Thomson (Westport, Conn./Staples) held off junior Alessandro Nieves (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) and sophomore Shane Evans (Oswego, N.Y./Pulaski), 8-6.
Parziale picked up a 6-0, 6-0 triumph at No. 1 singles, and Thomson notched a 6-1, 6-0 win in the third spot for the first singles victory of his college career. Following the Purple Knights earning their fifth and clinching point, three more in-progress matches were halted and awarded to Saint Michael's players: Bosco led 6-1, 4-1 at No. 2, sophomore Billy Wood (Wayne, Pa./Home Schooled) lost his opening set in the fourth position, while Moskal rallied from a 30-15 deficit to win his first and only game at No. 5 before being awarded the match.
Due to the match ending before senior Lyle Nichols (Washington, Conn./Shepaug Valley) saw the court versus his Dolphin foe at No. 6 singles, the Purple Knights earned the point from that scheduled match, but Nichols was not awarded a decision.
Saint Michael's hits the road for its next three matches, beginning on March 3 at Saint Lawrence University at 1 p.m.