This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: April 22-28

Baseball (12-26, 4-14) Wins at Saint Anselm During Six-Game Week

The Saint Michael's College baseball team went 2-4 last week while finishing 1-3 in Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division play. On Tuesday, the Purple Knights split a doubleheader at in-state rival Middlebury College, winning, 7-1 before falling, 7-0. Saint Michael's earned a 13-1 victory at Saint Anselm College on Wednesday, and fell at regionally-ranked Bentley University, 15-3, on Friday. The Purple Knights dropped a pair of contests to Bentley on Sunday, by counts of 2-1 and 3-2.

In the first game at Middlebury, junior Alec Tice (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a triple, sophomore Nicky Elderton (Shelburne, Vt./Rice Memorial) went 2-for-3 with two runs, a double and a steal, and first-year Matt Feeney (Portsmouth, N.H./Portsmouth) was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs. Senior Jacob Begnoche (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) went 2-for-3 with an RBI, a double and a walk, while junior Tyler Wild (Quaker Hill, Conn./Saint Bernard School) drove in two runs. In his first collegiate start, first-year Byron Brocar (Bradford, Vt./Oxbow) earned the win after allowing five hits in five innings and giving up one run. Classmate John Mielke (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) gave up one hit during a pair of scoreless innings of relief.

Tice and sophomore Danny Caddigan (Clarksville, Md./River Hill/Mary Washington) each had a hit in game two, while junior Corey Livingston (Manchester, Conn./East Catholic) drew a walk and stole a base. First-year Jackson Morgan (Montreal, Quebec/Lower Canada College) allowed all seven runs during 3.2 innings before Caddigan tossed a pair of shutout innings of relief.

Junior David Valley (Essex, Vt./Essex/Keene State) went 4-for-5 with a triple and an RBI in Wednesday's win at Saint Anselm, while classmate Nick Nelson (Spofford, N.H./Keene) was 3-for-5 with an RBI. Begnoche finished 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs, four RBIs and three runs scored, and sophomore George Buteau (Burlington, Vt./Trinity-Pawling School) had a homer, a double and two RBIs. Elderton batted 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, Tice had two hits, two runs and an RBI, and Wild went 2-for-4 with a double and three runs. First-year Curt Echo (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) picked up the win, tossing a complete game while allowing six hits and one earned run.

Tice went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs on Friday at Bentley, which is ranked third by the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA), while sophomore Don McGuirl (Warwick, R.I./Saint Sebastian's School) was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs. Buteau and Elderton each finished 2-for-4, and Wild recorded a hit and drove in a run. Senior Andrew Kelley (Lincoln, N.H./Lin-Wood) threw four innings and took the loss as the first of four pitchers.

In Saturday's opener at Bentley, Tice went 1-for-3 with an RBI and picked up his 114th career hit to move into sole possession of third place on the program's career hits list, passing Tim Pilczak '10 (113). Nelson was 1-for-3 with a stolen base, and McGuirl tripled and scored. Junior Nick Myers (Canton, Conn./The Master's School) allowed four hits and no earned runs while taking the loss during a complete game.

Tice was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in game two, while Buteau had a double and drove in a run. McGuirl recorded a hit, a walk and a run, Begnoche had a hit and scored, and Nelson finished with a base knock. Senior Andrew DuPrat (Fairfax, Vt./BFA-Fairfax) was handed the loss, tossing a complete game and allowing one earned run.

 

Carlos Claims Individual Title, Men's Golf Finishes Second at Franklin Pierce Spring Invitational

The Saint Michael's College men's golf team finished second among three schools at the Franklin Pierce Spring Invitational on Wednesday. Junior Corey Carlos (Essex, Vt./Essex) took first place in the tournament by winning a two-hole play-off to secure the tournament's individual title.

Carlos shot a seven-over 79, matching a pair of competitors from Franklin Pierce, which qualified for last year's NCAA Tournament. To determine the winner, the three golfers went to a play-off, with the first Raven being eliminated on the first hole and Carlos winning the title on the second. Junior Steve French (Goffstown, N.H./Goffstown) tied for sixth, finishing with a score on 81, and senior Nick Angelo (Sutton, Mass./Saint John's) was one stroke behind and placed in a tie for eighth. Classmate Dylan Lavallee (Colchester, Vt./Rice Memorial) was the fourth scorer for the Purple Knights, while first-year Devin Garrison (Stamford, Vt./South Kent School) rounded out the five competitors.

 

No. 9 Men's Lacrosse (10-4, 9-2) Finishes Regular Season, Secures Fourth Seed in NE-10 Championship

The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team, which is ranked ninth in the current United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll, went 0-2 in a pair of Northeast-10 Conference contests last week, falling to T-No. 7 Merrimack College, 10-8, on Tuesday before dropping a 15-4 decision at No. 4 Le Moyne College on Saturday. The Purple Knights finished the regular season as the fourth seeded in the NE-10 Championship, and will play host to fifth-seeded Southern New Hampshire University on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Senior Marty Vanzo (Westford, Vt./Essex/Vermont) finished with two goals, an assist and five ground balls against Merrimack and reached 55 career assists to move into sole possession of fourth place in program history, passing both Mike Boerma '08 (54) and John Leahy '99 (54). Vanzo also recorded the 81st and 82nd goals of his career to move into a tie with Tim Birmingham '02 for ninth on the team's goal scoring list. Junior Evan Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) had a goal and two assists, and classmate Cooper Quenneville (Shoreham, Vt./Gould Academy) tallied a goal, an assist and five ground balls while winning seven face-offs. Senior Pete Donnally (Madison, N.J./Morristown-Beard School) picked up a goal and an assist to move to 151 career points and surpass Saint Michael's Athletic Hall of Famer Rick Saba '92 (150) for second in program history. Seniors Max Zuccarini (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) and Asa Sargent (Ripton, Vt./Middlebury Union) and junior Sean Smith (West Islip, N.Y./Saint John the Baptist Diocesan) all scored, with Smith registering the first marker of his career. Sophomore Luke Solms (Bedford, N.H./Northfield Mount Hermon) totaled five ground balls, senior Neil Kelly (Narragansett, R.I./Bishop Hendricken) caused four turnovers, and junior Chris DeMairo (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) made 14 saves.

At Le Moyne, Antolino scored twice while adding three ground balls and two caused turnovers, and Quenneville had a goal, an assist and three ground balls. Donnally also scored once, while DeMairo made 11 saves and collected three ground balls.

 

Women's Lacrosse (5-10, 3-9) Ends Season with NE-10 Setback

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team fell at the 14th-ranked University of New Haven, 16-5, in Northeast-10 Conference action during its final game of the season on Saturday.

Sophomore Kate Boyer (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) scored two goals at New Haven, which is ranked in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll. Junior Claire Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) finished with a goal and three ground balls, while junior Crystal King (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) and sophomore Melissa Jaskiewicz (Kensington, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) each netted a goal. First-year Casey Curtin (Waltham, Mass./Ursuline Academy) made nine saves and picked up three ground balls.

 

Softball (4-39, 4-25) Completes Season with a Senior Day Split Against Bentley

The Saint Michael's College softball team went 2-6 last week while going 2-3 in Northeast-10 Conference Northeast Division play. The Purple Knights slipped twice to division co-leader Southern New Hampshire University, 4-0 and 6-0, on Tuesday before suffering setbacks of 5-1 and 2-1 against Franklin Pierce University on Wednesday. On Saturday, Saint Michael's topped Bentley University, 6-1 in the first of two games, and fell to a 5-1 defeat in game two. Sunday's Senior Day saw the Purple Knights take a 3-1 victory in the opener against Bentley before falling, 3-1, in eight innings in game two.

Junior Greer Lemnah (Lyndon Center, Vt./Lyndon Institute) was 1-for-2 with a walk in the opener against Southern New Hampshire, while classmate Bethany Falls (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) added a hit. First-year Jessica Niles (Chaumont, N.Y./General Brown) took the loss, allowing three earned runs during seven innings.

In game two, Lemnah and first-year Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) each had two hits, with a double coming as one of DelGreco's knocks, and senior Stephanie Frank (Essex, Vt./Essex) was the losing pitcher after allowing three earned runs in four innings. Classmate Lauren Mercik (Suffield, Conn./Suffield) allowed no earned runs in the final three frames.

In game one against Franklin Pierce, DelGreco doubled home Frank, who held the Ravens scoreless until the sixth inning as the Purple Knights' starting pitcher. Frank allowed three earned runs while striking out three.

Junior Amanda Brigante (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) had a hit and an RBI in the nightcap, while senior Carleen McLaughlin (Branford, Conn./Branford) went 1-for-2 with a run. DelGreco and Frank each added hits, and Niles gave up one earned run in seven innings while striking out four.

Frank went 1-for-3 and became the 10th player in program history to reach 100 career hits in game one against Bentley on Saturday, while also earning the victory after allowing only four hits and no earned runs in a complete game. McLaughlin finished 2-for-2 with two runs and the first home run of her career, while senior Brittany Cantore (Saint Johnsbury, Vt./Saint Johnsbury Academy) hit a three-run homer, her first of the season and fourth of her career. DelGreco added a double.

In Saturday's second game, Brigante, Frank and senior Lindsay Houston (Concord, N.H./Concord) each finished with hits, while Houston also walked. First-year Judi Barcavage (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) picked up an RBI, and Niles allowed two earned runs and struck out four batters.

Frank was 2-for-3 with a run and the go-ahead RBI in Sunday's first contest against Bentley, while also allowing no earned runs and striking out four during a complete-game victory. Brigante and DelGreco also had one hit and an RBI apiece.

In game two, Brigante finished 2-for-4, Frank singled home a run, and Cantore doubled. Lemnah singled and scored, and Mercik turned in one of the best outings of her career, allowing three runs during eight innings while striking out two and not walking a batter. The start was the ninth of her career and just her third complete game.

 

Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, April 30
Men's Lacrosse vs. Southern New Hampshire%
Baseball @ Southern New Hampshire, 7 p.m.*^

Thursday, May 2
Baseball @ Franklin Pierce (2), 2 p.m.*^

Friday, May 3
Men's Lacrosse - NE-10 Championship Semifinals, TBA

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