MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College men's tennis team opened a two-match road weekend against regionally-ranked Northeast-10 Conference foes with a 9-0 loss to Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday at the SNHU Tennis Courts.
The Purple Knights are 1-12 overall and winless through seven league outings, while the Penmen moved to 11-6 and 6-0. Southern New Hampshire, which is fourth in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll, won last year's NE10 tournament title before qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.
Saint Michael's won its most games during doubles play against the Penmen in four years, capturing 12 games after notching 15 on March 26, 2013. Senior Hayden Steward (Hamilton, Mass./Pingree School) and first-year Matt Mosher (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) came the closest to earning a victory, falling by a narrow 8-5 margin at No. 3. Seniors Patrick Dietz (Prospect, Conn./Woodland Regional) and Ben Lambert (Milford, N.H./Milford) lost by an 8-4 count in the second position, while classmate Forrest Owen (Northboro, Mass./Saint John's) and sophomore Dan Foley (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) fell 8-3 at No. 1.
Each of the Purple Knights' top three singles players faced a regionally-ranked foe, including as Lambert captured four games during a straight-set loss in the top spot against the East Region's seventh-ranked player. Dietz fell to the fourth-ranked player at No. 2, and Foley's victorious opponent at the third spot is slotted 18th. Steward took three games during a pro-set in the fifth position.
The Purple Knights visit regionally-ranked Merrimack College tomorrow at 10 a.m. The Warriors are sixth in the latest ITA East Region poll.