This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: March 4-10

Sandell's Pair of Top-30 Finishes Helps Alpine Skiing Place 20th at NCAA Championship

Saint Michael's College Alpine skiing sophomore Fredrik Sandell (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) turned in two top-30 finishes at last week's NCAA Championship at the Middlebury Snow Bowl. The Purple Knights placed 20th out of 21 schools, marking their 10th top-20 finish in 12 trips to the NCAAs.

As just the third Purple Knight ever selected for multiple NCAA Championships, Sandell took 29th in the 33-finisher giant slalom, clocking in with a combined two-run time of 2:05.85. After posting the 27th-best opening run at 1:03.67, Sandell trimmed 1.49 seconds off his second run. Following his 26th-place finish at last year's NCAA Championship, Sandell joins Keith Farnand '00 as the only Saint Michael's skiers to notch a pair of top-30 finishes in the giant slalom at NCAAs.

Sandell took 27th out of 33 finishers in the slalom race with a two-run combined time of 1:43.71 during day three of the NCAA Championship. Sandell was one of only four racers to shave time off of his opening run, skiing 0.21 seconds faster to finish at 51.75. Sandell has now earned four top-30 finishes during NCAA Championships, and now stands second in program history behind Farnand, who has six.


Baseball (2-0) Scores Combined 30 Runs in Pair of Season-Opening Victories

The Saint Michael's College baseball team opened its season with two victories on Sunday, topping LIU Post, 13-5, before bettering Caldwell College, 17-4, at the Palm Beach Challenge in Lantana, Fla.

First-year Matt Feeney (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth) picked up three hits in his college debut against LIU Post, while sophomore George Buteau (Burlington, Vt./Trinity-Pawling School) hit his first career home run while going 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs. Classmate Nicky Elderton (Shelburne, Vt./Rice Memorial) added three hits and two runs, while senior Jacob Begnoche (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) batted 3-for-4. Junior Nick Nelson (Spofford, N.H./Keene) was 2-for-3 with three runs, classmate Alec Tice (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) notched two hits and three RBIs, and junior Tyler Wild (Quaker Hill, Conn./Saint Bernard School) turned in two hits, two runs and two steals. Senior Andrew Kelley (Lincoln, N.H./Lin-Wood) allowed only one earned run in six innings, striking out six and walking one. First-year Rich Reo (Cranston, R.I./Cranston West) closed out the contest, working three perfect innings to pick up the save.

Tice hit 3-for-5 with four runs against Caldwell, missing the cycle by a home run, Nelson had two hits and four RBIs, while Elderton recorded two hits, three runs, three walks and two RBIs. Buteau had a pair of hits and three RBIs, and junior Chris Puliafico (Sharon, Mass./Sharon) added two hits, two runs and two RBIs. Wild drew three walks, while junior Nick Myers (Canton, Conn./The Master's School) notched his first career win, allowing one earned run in six innings. First-year John Mielke (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) surrendered two hits in the final three innings to secure the save. Sophomore Danny Caddigan (Clarksville, Md./River Hill/Mary Washington) and first-year Connor Steckel (Winchester, Mass./Bridgton Academy) had their first college hits.


Men's Lacrosse (0-1) Carries Lead into Third Quarter During Eventual Loss at Top-Ranked Mercyhurst

The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team opened its season with an 8-5 loss at top-ranked Mercyhurst University on Sunday. The Purple Knights, who are ranked 11th in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's (USILA) national poll, scored the first three goals and led 3-2 at the half in interim head coach Pat Ivory's '08 first contest at the helm.

Senior Pete Donnally (Madison, N.J./Morristown-Beard School) scored twice, moving his career goals total to 98 against a Laker team that is ranked by the USILA and whose only loss since April 2011 came in last season's NCAA Tournament semifinals. Junior Evan Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) had a goal, an assist and four ground balls, while seniors Asa Sargent (Ripton, Vt./Middlebury Union) and Marty Vanzo (Westford, Vt./Essex/Vermont) also notched goals. Junior Chris DeMairo (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) totaled a career-high 15 saves and eight ground balls. Senior Max Zuccarini (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) and junior Connor Glackin (South Huntington, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) each recorded an assist.


Women's Lacrosse (0-1) Drops Season Opener to Queens

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team went 0-1 last week, suffering a 14-4 setback in its season opener against Queens (N.Y.) College on Saturday. Sophomore Courtney Piper (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) led the Purple Knights with two goals and an assist, while senior Caitlin Mahoney (Cohasset, Mass./Cohasset) and junior Crystal King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) each finished with a goal. Mahoney added a pair of ground balls and two draw controls. First-year Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) made six saves in her college debut.


Softball (0-2) Falls Twice on Opening Day, Holds No. 20 Molloy to Five Runs

The Saint Michael's College softball team dropped its first two contests of the season on Sunday, falling to the University of Bridgeport, 8-0 in five innings, before slipping to 20th-ranked Molloy College, 5-1, in the National Training Center Spring Games in Clermont, Fla.

Sophomore Sarah Murray (Wallingford, Conn./Sheehan) recorded a double against Bridgeport, while junior Laura McCormack (Natick, Mass./Natick) gave up three earned runs in three innings to take the loss. First-year Judi Barcavage (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) drew a walk.

Senior Lindsay Houston (Concord, N.H./Concord) and junior Brittany Regis (Monroe, N.H./Saint Johnsbury Academy) each had a pair of hits, with Houston adding an RBI, against a Molloy team ranked by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). Junior Bethany Falls (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) hit a double, first-year sisters Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) and Katy DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) each notched their first college hits, and Barcavage walked and scored a run. Senior Lauren Mercik (Suffield, Conn./Suffield) struck out one batter while allowing five earned runs in a complete game.


Upcoming Schedule:

Monday, March 11
Softball vs. Alderson-Broaddus (W.Va.), 9 a.m.^
Baseball vs. Caldwell, 10 a.m.^
Women's Tennis vs. Adelphi, 10:30 a.m.*^
Softball vs. West Liberty (W.Va.), 11 a.m.^
Baseball @ Barry (Fla.), 6 p.m.^

Tuesday, March 12
Women's Tennis vs. Saint Cloud State (Minn.), 8 a.m.^
Softball vs. Saint Joseph's (Ind.), 9 a.m.^
Softball vs. Saint Thomas Aquinas, 11 a.m.^
Baseball vs. Nyack, 3:30 p.m.^

Wednesday, March 13
Women's Tennis vs. Franklin & Marshall (Pa.), 11:30 a.m.^
Baseball vs. Saint Thomas Aquinas, 12 p.m.^
Men's Lacrosse @ Mercy (N.Y.), 3 p.m.

Thursday, March 14
Softball vs. Queens (N.Y.), 9 a.m.^
Softball vs. Mercy (N.Y.), 11 a.m.^
Women's Tennis vs. Augustana (S.D.), 11:30 a.m.^
Women's Lacrosse vs. Tiffin (Ohio), 2 p.m.^

Friday, March 15
Baseball vs. Hillsdale (Mich.), 1 p.m.^
Softball vs. Sioux Falls (S.D.), 1 p.m.^
Softball vs. Mercy (N.Y.), 3 p.m.^
Baseball vs. American International, 4:30 p.m.^

Saturday, March 16
Men's Lacrosse @ NYIT, 12 p.m.
Women's Lacrosse vs. Colorado Mesa, 12 p.m.^
Baseball vs. Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.), 12:30 p.m.^

Sunday, March 17
Baseball vs. Hillsdale (Mich.), 11 a.m.^

* Northeast-10 Conference Event
^ Spring Break trip to Florida