This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: March 11-17

Baseball (3-7) Gets Win Before Falling by One Run in Four Consecutive Games

The Saint Michael's College baseball team ended the week with a 1-7 mark, as it wrapped up its Spring Break trip to Florida. The Purple Knights topped Caldwell (N.Y.) College, 15-10, on Monday before falling at nationally-ranked Barry (Fla.) University, 5-4, in 10 innings. On Tuesday, Saint Michael's suffered an 11-10 loss to Nyack College, and dropped a 9-8 decision to regionally-ranked Saint Thomas Aquinas College on Wednesday. The Purple Knights slipped to regionally-ranked Hillsdale (Mich.) College, 6-5, in 11 innings on Friday before taking a 6-0 setback against American International College later in the day. On Saturday, Saint Michael's suffered a 13-4 defeat against regionally-ranked Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.) University, and fell to Hillsdale, 10-6, on Sunday. The Purple Knights received votes toward last week's National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) East Region poll.

Sophomore Nicky Elderton (Shelburne, Vt./Rice Memorial) went 3-for-4 with three runs and four RBIs while coming within a triple of the cycle against Caldwell, and junior Nick Nelson (Spofford, N.H./Keene) batted 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Sophomore Don McGuirl (Warwick, R.I./Saint Sebastian's School) totaled a pair of hits and two runs, while junior Alec Tice (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) scored three times, drove in two runs and walked twice. Tice also made his third career appearance on the mound, and his second career start, but took a no-decision after allowing six runs in 4.1 innings. Sophomore Barry Maily (Moosup, Conn./Plainfield) grabbed his first career win after surrendering three runs in 3.2 innings.

Junior Tyler Wild (Quaker Hill, Conn./Saint Bernard School) was 2-for-5 with a run, an RBI and two steals at Barry, which is tied for 22nd in the latest Collegiate Baseball Newspaper national rankings. Senior Jacob Begnoche (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning, while McGuirl doubled and scored. In his first outing of the season, senior Andrew DuPrat (Fairfax, Vt./BFA-Fairfax) gave up three earned runs and struck out five batters over nine innings during a no-decision. First-year Rich Reo (Cranston, R.I./Cranston West) faced just one batter in the 10th inning and took the loss.

The Purple Knights were led by first-year Matt Feeney (Portsmouth, N.H./Portsmouth), who went 3-for-5 with three runs, against Nyack, while Nelson tacked on three hits. Tice picked up two hits, three runs and two walks, and sophomore Danny Caddigan (Clarksville, Md./River Hill/Mary Washington) had two hits and two RBIs. Elderton batted 1-for-2 with a pair of runs, three RBIs and two walks, while McGuirl and Wild each added two hits. First-year Curt Echo (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) struck out seven in 6.2 frames in his college debut but took a no-decision. Classmate John Mielke (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) took the setback.

Elderton hit 3-for-3 with two runs, two RBIs, a walk, a steal, a double and was hit by a pitch against a Saint Thomas Aquinas team that was ranked sixth in a pair of regional polls. Nelson had three hits, three RBIs and a double, Feeney contributed a pair of hits, including a triple, and scored twice, and McGuirl provided a pair of hits. Tice registered two runs and two RBIs. First-year Kevin Guild (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) struck out four while allowing three earned runs over five innings in his college debut, but finished the day with a no-decision. Caddigan surrendered an eighth-inning run to suffer the loss.

Sophomore George Buteau (Burlington, Vt./Trinity-Pawling School) was 3-for-5 with two RBIs against Hillsdale, which was ranked eighth in the D2baseballnews.com Midwest Region. First-year Connor Steckel (Winchester, Mass./Bridgton Academy) went 2-for-4, while Nelson walked three times. Maily struck out five batters in four innings of relief, allowing just three hits and the winning run. After trailing 5-0, Saint Michael's used sixth-inning RBIs from Buteau and Tice to close the gap to 5-2. In the ninth, Buteau, McGuirl and Steckel tallied RBIs before Hillsdale won the contest in the bottom of the 11th.

Against American International, Begnoche and Steckel each had a hit and walked, while Tice drew a pair of walks. Junior Nick Myers (Canton, Conn./The Master's School) struck out six over 3.1 innings but took the loss, and first-year Byron Brocar (Bradford, Vt./Oxbow) followed with 3.2 frames of two-hit, shutout ball during his college debut.

McGuirl was 2-for-4 with an RBI against a Palm Beach Atlantic team ranked 10th in the NCBWA South Region poll, while Elderton added a pair of hits. Junior Corey Livingston (Manchester, Conn./East Catholic) went 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs. Seven pitchers were used, with Reo talking the loss in his first college start.

Wild went 3-for-4 against Hillsdale on Sunday, while Elderton was 2-for-3 with a home run and two walks. Tice added two hits, including a double, and two RBIs, and DuPrat took the loss while striking out five batters in six innings. Tice now has 88 career hits; only seven players in the history of the program have reached 100.

 

No. 11 Men's Lacrosse (1-2) Picks Up First Win in 14-9 Decision Over Mercy

The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team, which is ranked 11th in the most recent United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll, went 1-1 in a pair of road contests last week, grabbing its first win under interim head coach Pat Ivory '08 with a 14-9 decision at Mercy (N.Y.) College on Thursday before falling to the nationally-ranked New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), 14-10, on Saturday.

Senior Pete Donnally (Madison, N.J./Morristown-Beard School) scored three times at Mercy to reach 101 career goals, becoming just the second Purple Knight in the last 21 years to reach the century mark, and the fourth overall. Senior Marty Vanzo (Westford, Vt./Essex/Vermont) turned in game highs of four goals and six points, while junior Evan Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) tallied two goals and an assist. Senior Max Zuccarini (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) added a pair of goals, and classmate Evan White (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) netted the second goal of his career. Junior Chris DeMairo (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) made 14 saves before first-year T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) recorded two saves in the final 2:43 of his college debut.

Vanzo had three goals, an assist and five ground balls against NYIT, which is tied for fifth in the USILA poll, while Antolino, Donnally and Zuccarini each added two goals. Donnally raised his career goal total to 103 and now trails only Greg Lazarus '08 (109) and Saint Michael's Athletic Hall of Famers Rick Saba '92 (109) and Ray Roch '87 (107) on the program's goal scoring list. Vanzo is five points shy of becoming the 21st Purple Knight with 100, while Donnally is 10th (123). Junior Cooper Quenneville (Shoreham, Vt./Gould Academy) scored his first goal of the season, classmate Tim McDonald (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) recorded two assists, and White caused five turnovers. DeMairo made five saves and tallied three ground balls before junior Andrew Landers (Manchester, Mass./Proctor Academy) had two saves in the final 21:44.

 

Women's Lacrosse (2-1) Notches First Two Victories During Spring Break Trip

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team finished 2-0 last week during its Spring Break trip in Davenport, Fla., bettering Tiffin (Ohio) University, 19-9, on Thursday before beating Colorado Mesa University, 18-11, on Saturday.

Sophomore Courtney Piper (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) was one of five Purple Knights to record a hat trick against Tiffin, posting career highs of seven points, four goals and three assists. Classmate Kate Boyer (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) equaled her career best with three markers, while juniors Caroline Casper (Norfolk, Mass./Thayer Academy) and Shannon Murphy (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional/UMass) and sophomore Hannah Beardsley (Essex, Mass./Manchester Essex Regional) each tallied a career-high three goals. First-year Steph Bonewald (New London, N.H./Proctor Academy) scored her first collegiate goal while recording four ground balls, and senior Caitlin Mahoney (Cohasset, Mass./Cohasset) and junior Alexa Coleman (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) both scored. Sophomore Melissa Jaskiewicz (Kensington, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) notched five draw controls, junior Nicole Buckley (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) finished with six ground balls and three caused turnovers, and first-year Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) made eight saves and had five ground balls while recording her first career win.

Junior Crystal King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) paced Saint Michael's with three goals and career highs of six points and three assists against Colorado Mesa, while classmate Claire Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) added a hat trick and four draw controls. Piper totaled two goals and two assists, and Boyer scored a pair of markers. Murphy recorded a goal, an assist and four draw controls, first-year Maggie Dougherty (Verona, N.J./Verona) picked up a goal and an assist as her first college points, and sophomore Julia Murphy (Southboro, Mass./Algonquin Regional) netted her first career goal. Curtin made eight saves while notching the victory.

 

Softball (0-10) Drops Eight Contests During Spring Break, Including Three by Two Runs

The Saint Michael's College softball team fell in three games by just two runs last week while posting an 0-8 mark to complete its Spring Break trip at the National Training Center Spring Games in Clermont, Fla. On Monday, the Purple Knights slipped, 8-2, to Alderson-Broaddus (W.Va.) College before falling in eight innings to West Liberty (W.Va.) University, 5-3. In Tuesday's action, Saint Michael's dropped a 16-2, five-inning decision to 2012 College World Series qualifier Saint Joseph's (Ind.) College, which was receiving national votes, and suffered a 4-2 loss to Saint Thomas Aquinas College. The Purple Knights fell to Queens (N.Y.) College and Mercy (N.Y.) College by counts of 5-3 and 12-1, respectively, on Thursday before slipping against the University of Sioux Falls (S.D.), 8-1, and falling to Mercy, 3-0, on Friday.

Junior Greer Lemnah (Lyndon Center, Vt./Lyndon Institute) was 3-for-3 from the plate against Alderson-Broaddus, while classmate Bethany Falls (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) went 3-for-4. Senior Carleen McLaughlin (Branford, Conn./Branford) posted a 2-for-3 showing while scoring a run and doubling. Classmate Lauren Mercik (Suffield, Conn./Suffield) took the loss before junior Laura McCormack (Natick, Mass./Natick) pitched five innings, allowing two hits and no runs. Against West Liberty, Lemnah, junior Amanda Brigante (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) and first-year Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) each finished with two hits. First-year Judi Barcavage (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) added a two-run pinch-hit single, the first hit of her career, and Falls tripled. First-year Jessica Niles (Chaumont, N.Y./General Brown) suffered the loss, allowing three earned runs over eight innings while striking out five.

Lemnah was among five Purple Knights to pick up a hit against Saint Joseph's while also walking and scoring, and Brigante drove in a run. Junior Brittany Regis (Monroe, N.H./Saint Johnsbury Academy) had a hit in her only plate appearance and scored a run, while McCormack took the loss. Junior Lea Gipson (Bridport, Vt./Middlebury Union) allowed one earned run in three innings of relief. Falls hit 3-for-3 with a run against Saint Thomas Aquinas, while Lemnah singled and scored. DelGreco provided an RBI, and McLaughlin singled and walked. Niles gave up three runs in 4.2 innings and took the loss.

Senior Brittany Cantore (Saint Johnsbury, Vt./Saint Johnsbury Academy) had a hit and an RBI against Queens, while Brigante and McLaughlin each had a hit and scored. McCormack took the loss before Mercik allowed one hit during three scoreless innings. Lemnah went 2-for-4 against Mercy on Friday, while Cantore added a hit and a run. Falls picked up an RBI, and Niles was handed the loss.

Cantore went 1-for-2 and recorded an RBI against Sioux Falls, while DelGreco scored. Niles started the contest and took the loss despite yielding no earned runs in 1.2 innings before Mercik tossed the last 4.1 frames, holding Sioux Falls scoreless over the final three innings. Sophomore Sarah Murray (Wallingford, Conn./Sheehan) was 1-for-2 from the plate in the Purple Knights' second game against Mercy in as many days. Barcavage and Lemnah each finished 1-for-3. McCormack suffered the loss while tossing a complete game.

 

Women's Tennis (5-2, 4-0) Finishes Spring Break Trip 2-2, Tops Regionally-Ranked Adelphi

The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team went 2-2 last week, as it faced three regionally-ranked opponents during four matches in Florida. The Purple Knights bettered regionally-ranked Adelphi University, 7-2, in a Northeast-10 Conference match on Monday before falling to regionally-ranked Saint Cloud (Minn.) State University, 6-3, on Tuesday. Saint Michael's rebounded with a 5-4 decision over Franklin & Marshall (Pa.) College on Wednesday, and lost 9-0 to regionally-ranked Augustana (S.D.) College on Thursday.

Against Adelphi, which is ranked eighth in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll and qualified for the 2012 NCAA Tournament, seniors Emily Magee (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) and Jean-Marie McGrath (Niwot, Colo./Alexander Dawson School) combined for an 8-5 win in the top doubles position over the 10th-ranked tandem in the region. Senior Alex Dalton (South Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) and sophomore Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) grabbed an 8-4 win in the second spot, while sophomore Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) and first-year  Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) held on for a 9-8 victory at No. 3, winning the tie-breaker, 7-5. Dalton posted the largest margin of victory for the Purple Knights in singles play, topping her No. 3 opponent, 6-2, 6-0. Bundrick earned a 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 win in the second position, sophomore Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) won 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 at No. 4, and Toutoungi rallied for a 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 10-7 win at the sixth spot. McGrath suffered a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 loss at No. 5, and Magee fell in the first position to the sixth-ranked player in the region.

Toutoungi and first-year Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) came closest to winning a doubles match against Saint Cloud State, which is ranked ninth in the ITA Central Region, falling 8-5 at No. 2 in their first match together. Magee notched a 6-4, 6-4 win at the top singles position, Sulkin posted a 6-2, 6-2 victory from the fourth slot, and Martin battled to a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 4. Bundrick nearly earned a fourth point for her team, but fell to a 6-2, 5-7, 10-8 decision in the second spot.

Dalton and Martin topped their doubles opponents from the No. 2 slot against Franklin & Marshall, 8-3, while Bundrick and Toutoungi won 8-6 from the third position. Magee notched a 6-3, 6-2 victory at the No. 1 singles position, Dalton bested her counterpart 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2, and Benoit battled to a 6-2, 6-0 win from the third slot. Sulkin fell in three sets, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, from No. 5, and Martin dropped a 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 decision at the sixth position. McGrath fell narrowly, 6-4, 6-4, at the fourth spot.

Dalton and Martin suffered an 8-5 defeat in the second doubles position against the eighth-ranked pairing in the ITA Central Regional in a match against Augustana, which is ranked fifth in the region. Bundrick and Toutoungi also slipped to an 8-5 loss in their doubles match at No. 3. In singles action, Magee took a 7-5 loss in the opening set at No. 1 during a two-set loss to the 19th-ranked singles player in the Central Region. Benoit, Dalton and Toutoungi each dropped a 6-4 decision during a straight-set loss from the third, fourth and fifth slots, respectively.

 

Upcoming Schedule:

Monday, March 18
Women's Lacrosse @ Stonehill, 3 p.m.*

Tuesday, March 19
Softball @ Saint Anselm (2)*^ - Postponed

Wednesday, March 20
Women's Tennis @ Merrimack, 2 p.m.*
Women's Lacrosse vs. Southern New Hampshire, 3:30 p.m.*

Thursday, March 21
Men's Tennis @ Colby-Sawyer, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 23
Baseball @ Pace (2), 12 p.m.*
Softball @ Southern Connecticut State (2), 12 p.m.*
Men's Tennis @ Adelphi, 12 p.m.*
Women's Lacrosse vs. Southern Connecticut State, 1 p.m.*
Men's Lacrosse vs. Saint Rose, 3 p.m.*

Sunday, March 24
Baseball @ Adelphi (2), 12 p.m.*
Softball @ New Haven (2), 12 p.m.*

* Northeast-10 Conference Event
^ Northesat-10 Conference Northeast Division Game