This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: March 18-24

Baseball (5-9, 2-2) Sweeps Past Nationally-Regarded Adelphi, Picks Up First NE-10 Wins

The Saint Michael's College baseball team was 2-2 last week, opening its Northeast-10 Conference schedule with an 8-7 loss in 12 innings in the first game at regionally-ranked Pace University on Saturday before falling to the Setters, 10-0, in game two. The Purple Knights rebounded with a pair of wins on Sunday, topping nationally-regarded Adelphi University, 4-3 and 3-1.

Junior Tyler Wild (Quaker Hill, Conn./Saint Bernard School) went 4-for-6 in the first game against Pace, which is ranked ninth in the East Region by a pair of organizations. Senior Jacob Begnoche (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) had a pair of late hits and RBIs, including a game-tying two-run single with two outs in the ninth before scoring the go-ahead run in the 12th. Sophomore George Buteau (Burlington, Vt./Trinity-Pawling School) hit a three-run home run among his two hits. Senior Andrew Kelley (Lincoln, N.H./Lin-Wood) struck out five batters in 7.1 innings but earned a no-decision before sophomore Barry Maily (Moosup, Conn./Plainfield) was handed the loss despite allowing only a pair of 12th-inning runs during 3.1 innings.

In game two, Begnoche, Buteau, junior Nick Barton (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) and sophomore Don McGuirl (Warwick, R.I./Saint Sebastian's School) each notched a hit, while senior Andrew DuPrat (Fairfax, Vt./BFA-Fairfax) tossed five shutout innings before taking the loss after Pace scored seven runs in the sixth. First-year Byron Brocar (Bradford, Vt./Oxbow) threw two shutout innings in relief.

Begnoche went 2-for-3 with a walk in the first game at Adelphi, which is receiving a vote in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper national poll, while Buteau was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Junior Alec Tice (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) hit 1-for-3 and scored, Wild got a hit and an RBI, and junior Corey Livingston (Manchester, Conn./East Catholic) recorded an RBI and drew a walk. First-year Curt Echo (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) tossed six innings and struck out seven before classmate Kevin Guild (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) struck out three batters over three perfect innings to earn his first collegiate win.

Tice went 3-for-5 with two RBIs in game two, while Wild was 2-for-4 and scored. Begnoche hit 3-for-5, McGuirl went 2-for-3 with a run, and junior Nick Myers (Canton, Conn./The Master's School) struck out six batters and allowed just one earned run during a complete-game victory. Tice now has 92 career hits; only seven players in the history of the program have reached 100.

 

No. 12 Men's Lacrosse (2-2, 1-0) Tops Saint Rose, Donnally and Vanzo Reach Milestones

The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team, which is ranked 12th in the most recent United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll, won its only game last week, earning a 21-4 Northeast-10 Conference victory over The College of Saint Rose on Saturday. During the contest, senior Pete Donnally (Madison, N.J./Morristown-Beard School) became the program's career goals leader with 110, while classmate Marty Vanzo (Westford, Vt./Essex/Vermont) became the 21st Purple Knight to reach 100 career points, and just the second non-four-year player to do so.

Donnally totaled seven goals and two assists in the Purple Knights' first-ever contest against NE-10 newcomer Saint Rose, passing 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 career goals list. Vanzo notched three goals and four assists to reach 102 career points, while senior D.J. Dauria (Sherborn, Mass./Dover-Sherborn) and junior Evan Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) each scored their first career hat trick. Six other players notched at least one point, and sophomore Matt Casella (Yonkers, N.Y./Fordham Prep) went 9-for-11 on face-offs. Junior Chris DeMairo (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) made three saves, and classmate Andrew Landers (Manchester, Mass./Proctor Academy) appeared in 22:53 minutes of action before first-year T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) turned away one shot in the final 7:07.

 

Women's Lacrosse (3-3, 1-2) Picks Up First NE-10 Win Against Southern Connecticut State

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team went 1-2 in Northeast-10 Conference action last week, falling at No. 10 Stonehill College, 17-5, on Monday and dropping a 14-8 decision to Southern New Hampshire University on Thursday before topping Southern Connecticut State University, 17-7, on Saturday.

Senior Caitlin Mahoney (Cohasset, Mass./Cohasset) scored a pair of goals against a Stonehill team that is ranked in the most recent Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll. Juniors Caroline Casper (Norfolk, Mass./Thayer Academy) and Crystal King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) and sophomore Melissa Jaskiewicz (Kensington, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) recorded a goal apiece. First-year Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) made nine saves.

Sophomore Kate Boyer (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) recorded a hat trick and an assist against Southern New Hampshire, while junior Shannon Murphy (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional/UMass) had a goal and two assists. Casper turned in a goal and an assist, and King and junior Claire Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) also scored. Curtin made three stops, while sophomore Taylor Midgley (Hampton, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) notched seven ground balls and three caused turnovers. Junior Nicole Buckley (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) added four ground balls and three caused turnovers.

King matched her career high with four goals and an assist against Southern Connecticut State, sophomore Courtney Piper (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) had three markers and two assists, while Boyer and sophomore Hannah Beardsley (Essex, Mass./Manchester Essex Regional) each equaled their career bests with three goals. Martin scored twice, and Murphy tacked on a goal and two assists. Midgley totaled six ground balls and five caused turnovers, while Curtin posted nine saves.

 

Softball (0-14, 0-4) Falls in Pair of Doubleheaders During NE-10-Opening Weekend

The Saint Michael's College softball team finished 0-4 last week, slipping in a pair of Northeast-10 Conference doubleheaders. The Purple Knights fell 8-0 in five innings at Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday before dropping a 10-2, six-inning decision to the Owls later in the day. Saint Michael's suffered a pair of losses at regional power University of New Haven on Sunday, falling 4-2 and 8-3.

Seniors Brittany Cantore (Saint Johnsbury, Vt./Saint Johnsbury Academy) and Lindsay Houston (Concord, N.H./Concord) and junior Brittany Regis (Monroe, N.H./Saint Johnsbury Academy) all batted 1-for-2 in the opening game against Southern Connecticut State. Senior Stephanie Frank (Essex, Vt./Essex) took the loss while pitching 4.2 innings during her first outing of the season.

In game two, sophomore Sarah Murray (Wallingford, Conn./Sheehan) finished 1-for-2 with a run, while junior Amanda Brigante (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) was 1-for-3 with a run. Junior Laura McCormack (Natick, Mass./Natick) suffered the loss.

Junior Greer Lemnah (Lyndon Center, Vt./Lyndon Institute) went 2-for-4 with a run in the first game against New Haven, which has qualified for four of the past five NCAA Tournaments. Classmate Bethany Falls (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) doubled and added a run and an RBI, while Murray picked up an double and an RBI. Frank was 1-for-1 with a stolen base and two sacrifices and took the loss, allowing three earned runs in six innings.

In the second contest, Lemnah went 3-for-3 while coming within a home run of the cycle and added a walk, a run and an RBI. First-year Judi Barcavage (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) knocked a pinch-hit single, and Falls walked twice and scored. Frank had two sacrifices, and McCormack took the setback after working the first four innings.

 

Men's Tennis (2-4, 1-3) Tops Colby-Sawyer During Two-Match Week

The Saint Michael's College men's tennis team split a pair of matches last week, beating Colby-Sawyer College, 6-3, on Thursday before falling in a Northeast-10 Conference match at regionally-ranked Adelphi University, 8-1, on Saturday.

Senior Eric Parziale (Pinehurst, N.C./Pinecrest) and first-year Steve Thomson (Westport, Conn./Staples) captured an 8-3 victory at the top doubles position at Colby-Sawyer, while senior Chris Moskal (Springfield, Mass./Cathedral) and junior Nick Bosco (Glastonbury, Conn./East Catholic) won an 8-1 decision from the No. 2 slot. Senior Kenny Vassallo (Wilmington, Mass./Wilmington) and first-year Sam Laves (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Brady) combined for an 8-5 win at the third doubles spot to help the Purple Knights sweep doubles competition. Bosco earned a 6-4, 6-3 win at the No. 2 singles position, Thomson won, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, at No. 3 and senior Lyle Nichols (Washington, Conn./Shepaug Valley) notched his first career win, claiming a 6-2, 6-2 decision from the sixth singles spot. Two other Purple Knights narrowly came up short of victories, as Parziale fell in a 6-4, 6-4 decision at the top position, and Moskal slipped to a 6-4, 7-5 defeat at No. 5.

Against Adelphi, which is ranked eighth in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) East Region poll, Bosco and Moskal earned the only point for Saint Michael's, winning a 9-7 decision at the No. 2 doubles position. During singles play, Bosco nearly won the first set in the No. 2 spot before falling to a 7-5, 6-0 defeat. Nichols fell short of rallying from a one-set deficit during 6-1, 6-4 loss in the sixth slot.

 

Women's Tennis (6-2, 5-0) Shuts Out NE-10 Rival Merrimack

The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team, which is ranked eighth in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region rankings, stayed unbeaten in the Northeast-10 Conference, grabbing a 9-0 victory over Merrimack College on Friday in its only match of the week.

A pair of doubles tandems won by 8-3 scores for Purple Knights, with seniors Emily Magee (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) and Jean-Marie McGrath (Niwot, Colo./Alexander Dawson School) combining at No. 1, and senior Alex Dalton (South Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) and sophomore Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) taking the win at No. 2. In the third position, first-years Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) and Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) combined for an 8-5 victory. In singles play, Bundrick notched a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 2, Dalton took a 6-1, 6-0 decision at the third position, sophomore Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) earned a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 4, and Martin recorded a 6-0, 6-3 victory in the sixth spot. Magee rallied for a 3-6, 7-6 (7-0), 10-3 win in the top position, while Sulkin beat her opponent by a 6-1, 4-6, 10-6 margin at No. 5.

 

Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, March 26
Men's Tennis vs. Southern New Hampshire, 3:30 p.m.*
Men's Lacrosse @ Southern New Hampshire, 7 p.m.*
Women's Lacrosse @ Bentley, 7 p.m.*

Wednesday, March 27
Softball vs. Saint Anselm (2), 3 p.m.*^-POSTPONED

Thursday, March 28
Women's Tennis @ Southern New Hampshire, 3:30 p.m.*
Baseball @ Merrimack, 4 p.m.*^

Friday, March 29
Baseball @ Merrimack (2), 12 p.m.*^

Saturday, March 30
Softball @ Stonehill (2), 12:30 p.m.*^
Men's Lacrosse vs. Assumption, 1 p.m.*
Women's Lacrosse @ Assumption, 1 p.m.*

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