This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: April 29-May 5

Baseball (12-29, 4-17) Ends Season with Losses to Nationally-Regarded Teams

The Saint Michael's College baseball team went 0-3 last week in the Northeast-10 Conference's Northeast Division, finishing its season with road contests at a pair of nationally-regarded teams. On Tuesday, the Purple Knights fell at No. 19 Southern New Hampshire University, 12-0, before dropping 12-2 and 11-0 decisions on Thursday at a Franklin Pierce University squad that is receiving a vote toward the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper national poll.

Junior Nick Barton (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) picked up a hit and a stolen base off the bench at Southern New Hampshire, which is ranked by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Six other players finished with a hit, and first-year Curt Echo (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) took the loss, allowing the first seven runs in 3.2 innings as the first of five pitchers. Classmate Kevin Guild (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) struck out four in 1.1 frames of shutout relief, while sophomore Barry Maily (Moosup, Conn./Plainfield) threw a scoreless sixth.

Junior Tyler Wild (Quaker Hill, Conn./Saint Bernard School) went 2-for-3 with a triple in the first game at a Franklin Pierce team that has qualified for each of the last eight NCAA Tournaments. Senior Jacob Begnoche (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) finished 2-for-4 with a steal, junior Alec Tice (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) had a hit, a run and a walk, and classmate Corey Livingston (Manchester, Conn./East Catholic) scored twice, drove in a run and walked. Junior Nick Myers (Canton, Conn./The Master's School) took the loss, tossing two innings as the first of four pitchers.

In game two, Tice had a hit and a steal, while Wild and sophomore George Buteau (Burlington, Vt./Trinity-Pawling School) each finished with a hit. Senior Andrew Kelley (Lincoln, N.H./Lin-Wood) threw four frames and suffered the setback.


No. 11 Men's Lacrosse (11-5, 9-2) Advances to Third Straight NE-10 Semifinal, Falls at Top-Seeded Adelphi

The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team, which is ranked 11th in the current United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll, was 1-1 in a pair of Northeast-10 Conference Championship games last week. The fourth-seeded Purple Knights defeated No. 5 Southern New Hampshire University, 7-2, in the first round on Tuesday to tie the single-season program mark with 11 victories before suffering a 22-6 setback at No. 1 Adelphi University during Friday's semifinal match-up.

Senior Pete Donnally (Madison, N.J./Morristown-Beard School) had two goals and an assist against Southern New Hampshire, while junior Connor Glackin (South Huntington, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) added a pair of markers. Seniors D.J. Dauria (Sherborn, Mass./Dover-Sherborn) and Marty Vanzo (Westford, Vt./Essex/Vermont) each posted a goal and an assist, and junior Evan Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) scored once. Classmate Cooper Quenneville (Shoreham, Vt./Gould Academy) collected seven ground balls and was 5-for-5 on face-offs, senior Neil Kelly (Narragansett, R.I./Bishop Hendricken) totaled six ground balls and four caused turnovers, and sophomore Luke Solms (Bedford, N.H./Northfield Mount Hermon) added five ground balls. Junior Chris DeMairo (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) stopped 14 shots.

At Adelphi, which is ranked second by the USILA, Vanzo tallied a hat trick and two assists, finishing the season with 60 points to become the fourth player in program history to reach that plateau, and the first since 1993. He completes his three-year career with 144 points, tying for fourth in team history, while placing fourth in assists (58) and ninth in goals (86). Dauria, Donnally and senior Austin Driscoll (Hingham, Mass./Hingham/Dickinson) all scored a goal, with Donnally extending his program record to 127 career goals, and finishing second with 156 points. Driscoll's goal was the first of his college career, which included three seasons at Saint Michael's. Fifth-year senior Evan White (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) had a career-high-tying 10 ground balls while also going 3-for-6 on draws during the first face-off attempts of his career. He added three caused turnovers. DeMairo made a career-best 16 saves in 55:54 during his final appearance with the team, as he is set to graduate in December. He finished with a 29-12 mark in addition to posting a school-record 6.80 goals-against-average during his time on the team. After Sunday's championship game, DeMairo was named to the NE-10 Championship All-Championship Team.


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