This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: April 8-14

Baseball (9-19, 2-8) Picks Up First Two Division Wins Against Saint Anselm and Stonehill

The Saint Michael's College baseball team went 2-3 last week in Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division play, falling at Saint Anselm College, 8-2, on Tuesday before topping the Hawks, 6-2, on Wednesday. The Purple Knights slipped to a 4-3 defeat to regionally-ranked Stonehill College on Saturday before splitting a doubleheader against the Skyhawks on Sunday, winning game one, 9-1, and falling in game two, 6-3. The game-one victory marked the Purple Knights' first win over Stonehill since April 22, 2008.

Junior Alec Tice (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) became the eighth player in the 100-year history of the program to reach 100 career hits at Saint Anselm, finishing 1-for-3 with a run and a walk. Sophomore Nicky Elderton (Shelburne, Vt./Rice Memorial) was also 1-for-3 with a run and a walk, junior Nick Nelson (Spofford, N.H./Keene) doubled and drew two walks, and senior Jacob Begnoche (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) doubled and had an RBI. Classmate Andrew Kelley (Lincoln, N.H./Lin-Wood) took the loss, working 1.1 innings as the first of three Saint Michael's pitchers.

In the second game of a home-and-home with Saint Anselm, Begnoche went 3-for-4 with a run, an RBI, a steal and a triple, while first-year Matt Feeney (Portsmouth, N.H./Portsmouth) hit 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Junior Nick Myers (Canton, Conn./The Master's School) improved to 3-1 after allowing two earned runs in a complete-game effort with six strikeouts.

Nelson was 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run and a double on Saturday against a Stonehill team that is ranked fifth in the latest New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) poll. Sophomore George Buteau (Burlington, Vt./Trinity-Pawling School) also had two hits and an RBI, while four others had a hit, including Tice, who also walked and scored. Sophomore Barry Maily (Moosup, Conn./Plainfield) took the setback after allowing two runs in 1.2 innings of relief.

In the first game against Stonehill on Sunday, sophomore Danny Caddigan (Clarksville, Md./River Hill/Mary Washington) went 2-for-2 with a triple, an RBI, two runs and two steals, while Buteau was 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Begnoche hit a double and drove in a pair, and junior Jason Moore (Avon, Conn./Northwest Catholic) picked up two hits, and RBI and a stolen base. Elderton and junior David Valley (Essex, Vt./Essex/Keene State) each went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Feeney hit 2-for-4. Kelley tossed seven-plus innings with seven strikeouts and just one earned run before Maily gave up one hit in the final two frames.

Feeney hit 2-for-4 and scored in Sunday's second game, Buteau was 2-for-4, and Valley and sophomore Don McGuirl (Warwick, R.I./Saint Sebastian's School) each had a hit and an RBI. Elderton drove in a run, while first-year Curt Echo (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) took the setback.

 

No. 11 Men's Lacrosse (8-2, 7-0) Tops No. 2 Adelphi in 2-0 Week, Stays Unbeaten in NE-10

The 11th-ranked Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team was 2-0 last week in Northeast-10 Conference action, winning 13-5 over Saint Anselm College on Wednesday before bettering No. 2 Adelphi University, 11-9, on Saturday. The Purple Knights, who moved into a tie for first in the NE-10, are ranked in the most recent United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll.

Senior Pete Donnally (Madison, N.J./Morristown-Beard School) scored five goals against Saint Anselm, while classmate Max Zuccarini (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) notched three goals and an assist. Junior Cooper Quenneville (Shoreham, Vt./Gould Academy) had a goal, two assists and four ground balls, and senior Marty Vanzo (Westford, Vt./Essex/Vermont) finished with a goal and an assist. Junior Tim McDonald (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) scored twice, while senior Asa Sargent (Ripton, Vt./Middlebury Union) scored a goal. Sophomore Luke Solms (Bedford, N.H./Northfield Mount Hermon) recorded career highs of six ground balls and six caused turnovers, while junior Chris Casserly (Kensington, N.H./Exeter) notched five ground balls and went 7-for-13 on face-offs. Senior Evan White (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) and junior Sean Smith (West Islip, N.Y./Saint John the Baptist Diocesan) each picked up four ground balls, and junior Chris DeMairo (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) made 11 saves.

Zuccarini netted a career-high five goals against Adelphi, which entered the game with wins in 16 of its last 17, including 13 straight regular-season conference wins. McDonald finished with a career-best four points, tallying two goals and two assists, while Vanzo had two goals and an assist to pass Bryan Barletto '03 (122) for 10th in program history with 123 career points. Junior Evan Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) notched a goal and a pair of assists, and Donnally finished with a goal to surpass Mike Boerma '08 (144) and move into sole possession of third place on the program's career points list with 145. Quenneville recorded a career-best seven ground balls, Solms had five caused turnovers, and DeMairo posted double-digit saves for the fourth straight time, finishing with 10.

 

Women's Lacrosse (5-7, 3-6) Tops Franklin Pierce in Two-Game Week

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team went 1-1 in a pair of Northeast-10 Conference contests last week, beating Franklin Pierce University, 16-8, on Tuesday before falling to a 16-2 defeat at No. 7 Le Moyne College on Saturday.

Sophomore Kate Boyer (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) netted a career-high five goals against Franklin Pierce, while classmate Courtney Piper (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) equaled her career high with four markers. Junior Crystal King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) notched a hat trick, and senior Caitlin Mahoney (Cohasset, Mass./Cohasset), junior Claire Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) and sophomore Hannah Beardsley (Essex, Mass./Manchester Essex Regional) all found the back of the net. First-year Emily Loebs (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) tallied her first college goal, while junior Shannon Murphy (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) had a pair of assists. Junior Nicole Buckley (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) posted career highs of seven caused turnovers and four draw controls while adding seven ground balls, and sophomore Melissa Jaskiewicz (Kensington, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) had a career-best six draw controls. First-year Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) made five saves.

Murphy scored while notching three draw controls and two ground balls against a Le Moyne team that is ranked in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll. Boyer also scored, while Curtin made a season-high 12 saves, including eight in the first half. Sophomore Taylor Midgley (Hampton, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) had four ground balls, and Martin caused three turnovers.

 

Softball (0-27, 0-9) Slips by Three Runs or Fewer Three Times in Five-Game Week

The Saint Michael's College softball team finished 0-5 last week, falling five times in Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division play. In a Wednesday doubleheader at Southern New Hampshire University, the Purple Knights fell, 8-0, in six innings before dropping a 3-0 decision. After its doubleheader with Merrimack College on Saturday was postponed, Saint Michael's played three games against the Warriors on Sunday, falling 2-0, 4-3 and 10-6.

Senior Stephanie Frank (Essex, Vt./Essex) was 1-for-2 in game one against Southern New Hampshire and also took the loss, giving up three earned runs in four innings while striking out two.

In the second game against the Penmen, senior Carleen McLaughlin (Branford, Conn./Branford) went 1-for-2, while first-year Jessica Niles (Chaumont, N.Y./General Brown) held the opposition scoreless until the fourth inning, eventually allowing three runs in six innings with five strikeouts.

In the opener of the Purple Knights' first tripleheader since March 18, 2004, Frank singled and stole a base while allowing two runs over seven innings and taking the loss. Junior Greer Lemnah (Lyndon Center, Vt./Lyndon Institute) singled and walked.

Sophomore Sarah Murray (Wallingford, Conn./Sheehan) finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run in game two against Merrimack. Niles surrendered three earned runs on just three hits during a complete game, striking out a season-high eight and walking only two.

In the finale, junior Bethany Falls (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) hit 2-for-2 with three runs, a walk, a hit-by-pitch and a double, while Frank finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a double. First-year Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) added a pair of hits, and Niles took the setback after giving up two earned runs on two hits in 2.2 innings during her second straight start.

 

Men's Tennis (4-7, 3-6) Concludes Season with a 6-3 Win Over Franklin Pierce

The Saint Michael's College men's tennis team won its only match last week in Northeast-10 Conference action, bettering Franklin Pierce University, 6-3, in its season finale on Sunday's Senior Day.

Senior Chris Moskal (Springfield, Mass./Cathedral) and junior Nick Bosco (Glastonbury, Conn./East Catholic) won 8-0 at the second doubles position, while senior Eric Parziale (Pinehurst, N.C./Pinecrest) and first-year Steve Thomson (Westport, Conn./Staples) battled to a 9-7 victory at No. 1. Senior Kenny Vassallo (Wilmington, Mass./Wilmington) and first-year Charlie Merry (Kennebunkport, Maine/Kennebunk) nearly helped the Purple Knights sweep doubles, but fell to an 8-6 defeat at the third spot. In singles play, Parziale earned a 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 win at the top singles position, while Bosco grabbed a 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) win at No. 2. Moskal won 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-1 from the fourth position, and senior Lyle Nichols (Washington, Conn./Shepaug Valley) stayed close during a 6-4, 6-3 setback at No. 6.

 

Women's Tennis (11-4, 10-2) Ends Regular Season, Secures Third Seed in NE-10 Tournament

The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team, which is ranked eighth in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll, went 2-1 in three Northeast-10 Conference matches last week. The Purple Knights posted a 9-0 victory at Assumption College on Tuesday before falling to regionally-ranked Stonehill College, 6-3, on Thursday. Saint Michael's rebounded with a 9-0 win over Franklin Pierce University on Sunday's Senior Day. The No. 3 Purple Knights will host the sixth-seeded University of New Haven in the first round of the NE-10 Championship on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Sophomore Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) and first-year Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) took an 8-2 decision in the third spot at Assumption, marking the Purple Knights' largest doubles win. Senior Alex Dalton (South Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) and sophomore Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) earned an 8-3 victory at No. 2, and seniors Emily Magee (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) and Jean-Marie McGrath (Niwot, Colo./Alexander Dawson School) secured an 8-6 win in the top position. In singles, sophomore Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) shut out her opponent at No. 4, while Dalton notched a 6-1, 6-2 victory in the third slot. Bundrick won 6-3, 6-0 at No. 2, Magee secured a 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 1, and sophomore Kayla Dowd (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) notched a 6-2, 6-2 win from the sixth position. At No. 5, first-year Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) battled to a 7-5, 6-2 victory.

Dalton and Martin combined for an 8-2 win at the No. 2 position for the Purple Knights' only doubles victory against Stonehill, which is ranked sixth in the region, has advanced to the last four NE-10 Championship title matches and took part in the last four NCAA Tournaments. At No. 3, Bundrick and Toutoungi lost, 9-7, after leading 6-5 earlier in the match. Dalton took a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 3 before Benoit slipped to a 7-6 (7-5), 6-0 defeat at No. 4. Magee fell, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3, to the 19th-ranked player in the region at No. 1, and Martin rallied for a 1-6, 6-2, 10-6 victory in the sixth position.

Against Franklin Pierce, the pairing of Magee and McGrath captured an 8-3 win at the top doubles slot, while Dalton and Martin won 8-3 at No. 2. Bundrick and Toutoungi won by an 8-1 count at the third doubles position. Magee earned a 6-2, 6-0 victory at the top singles position, and Bundrick notched a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 2. Dalton and Benoit grabbed 6-0, 6-2 wins from the third and fourth slots, respectively, and McGrath won, 8-1, at No. 5. Martin blanked her opponent, taking an 8-0 decision at No. 6.

 

Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, April 16
Women's Tennis vs. New Haven, 2 p.m.%
Softball @ Franklin Pierce (2), 3 p.m.*^
Baseball vs. Southern New Hampshire, 3:30 p.m.*^

Wednesday, April 17
Men's Lacrosse @ Franklin Pierce, 3 p.m.*
Women's Lacrosse vs. Saint Anselm, 4 p.m.*

Thursday, April 18
Softball vs. Saint Anselm (2), 3 p.m.*^
Women's Tennis - NE-10 Tournament Semifinals, 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 20
Baseball vs. UMass Lowell (2), 12 p.m.*^
Women's Lacrosse vs. Adelphi, 12 p.m.*
Softball @ UMass Lowell (2), 1 p.m.*^
Women's Tennis - NE-10 Tournament Final, 1 p.m.
Men's Lacrosse vs. American International, 3 p.m.*

Sunday, April 21
Softball @ UMass Lowell, 11 a.m.*^
Baseball vs. UMass Lowell, 1 p.m.*^
Softball @ Stonehill, 3 p.m.*^

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