This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: March 21-27

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: March 21-27

Upcoming Schedule:

Wednesday, March 30
Softball @ Saint Anselm (2), 3 p.m.*^
Baseball vs. Saint Anselm, 3:30 p.m.*^
Women's Lacrosse @ Franklin Pierce, 3:30 p.m.*

Thursday, March 31
Baseball @ Southern New Hampshire, 3 p.m.*^
Softball @ American International (2), 3 p.m.*

Saturday, April 2
Baseball @ New Haven (2), 12 p.m.*
Men's Lacrosse vs. Bentley, 12 p.m.*
Softball vs. Pace (2), 12 p.m.*

Men's Tennis @ Stonehill, 1 p.m.*
Women's Lacrosse vs. Assumption, 3 p.m.*

Sunday, April 3
Baseball @ Southern Connecticut State (2), 12 p.m.*
Softball vs. Adelphi (2), 12 p.m.*

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

 

Baseball (0-11, 0-3) Wraps Up Florida Spring Break Trip, Starts NE-10 Slate at Assumption

The Saint Michael's College baseball team posted an 0-8 overall mark after concluding its Spring Break trip to Auburndale, Fla., on Wednesday and jumping into Northeast-10 Conference play at Assumption College over the weekend. The Purple Knights lost against nationally-ranked State University of New York at Oswego last Monday, 12-3, before dropping both games of a Tuesday doubleheader against Trinity Baptist (Fla.) College, 6-1 and 7-4. Saint Michael's concluded the Spring Break slate by being swept in a Wednesday doubleheader against Trinity Baptist, 5-4 and 3-1. While opposing Assumption in a three-game series in Northboro, Mass., the Purple Knights lost 3-2 on Friday and then fell twice on Saturday, 7-3 and 4-1. SUNY Oswego, a qualifier for last year's NCAA Division III Tournament, was 16th in last week's National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA)/D3baseball.com national poll.

Against SUNY Oswego, senior Nick Addona (Cary, N.Y./Green Hope/Southeastern CC) drove in all three of the Saint Michael's runs, while classmate Alex Holt (Framingham, Mass./Marian) and junior Steven Auger (Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton) both went 2-for-4, with Holt ripping a double and scoring a run. First-year Calvin Holland (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) went 1-for-3 with a run and a hit by pitch, and classmate Dan Flynn (Williamstown, Mass./Mount Greylock Regional) drew a pair of walks. Junior Dylan Lavery (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) took the loss after allowing nine runs in 2.2 innings, striking out four, before sophomore Colin Brennan (Braintree, Mass./Boston College HS) yielded three runs in 4.1 frames. Senior John Mielke (Boxboro, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) worked a perfect eighth in his season debut.

In game one on Tuesday against Trinity Baptist, Holland went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base, while Auger, Flynn and Holt and first-year Sean Winthrop (Hopkinton, Mass./Lawrence Academy) each picked up a hit, with Auger swiping a base. Sophomore Aiden Burton (Milford, Conn./Notre Dame) scored a run. First-year Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) allowed three runs and struck out four during five innings in his first career start, while classmate Drew Farris (Andover, Mass./Saint John's Prep) tossed a perfect 1.1 relief innings with two strikeouts during his collegiate debut. In game two, six Purple Knights recorded multi-hit efforts as Saint Michael's accounted for a season-high 14 hits. Allen, Holt and sophomore Zach Szczechowicz (Epping, N.H./Trinity) each went 2-for-3, as Allen laced a two-run double and Holt added a fourth-inning double. Sophomore Peter Bocchino (Saugus, Mass./The Governor's Academy) was 2-for-4 with a double and run scored, while Holland and Winthrop provided 2-for-4 performances with an RBI apiece. First-year Llewellyn Jensen (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) made his first career start, yielding six runs on seven hits with three strikeouts in 4.1 innings. Junior Alex Winkelmann (Gilford, N.H./Tilton School) allowed one run and struck out two batters in the closing 1.2 frames.

During Wednesday's opener against Trinity Baptist, Burton went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk, while Bocchino walked and singled home a pair of runs. Allen doubled and scored once, and Addona provided one RBI. First-year Christian Devine (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) grabbed his first career hit and scored a run while also making his first career start on the mound, allowing five runs on nine hits over five innings, and classmate Alex Sprague (Nottingham, N.H./Proctor Academy) struck out two batters in one inning in his collegiate debut. In the second game, six Saint Michael's players had a base hit. Addona and Burton both doubled, while Jensen and sophomore Steve Knable (Manalapan, N.J./Saint John Vianney) both picked up their first career hits, with Jensen also chipping in an RBI. Devine singled, scored and walked, and Auger provided a base knock. Sophomore Zack Lanzillo (Rutland, Vt./Mount Saint Joseph Academy) yielded just one earned run on five hits while striking out three in 5.2 innings. Farris tossed a perfect 1.1 relief innings.

In the Purple Knights' Friday night game against Assumption at the New England Baseball Complex, a pair of ninth-inning home runs drew Saint Michael's within one run, and the Purple Knights put the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the eventual loss. Addona and Holland both hit their first home runs for Saint Michael's, with Holland walking in his only other plate appearance. The homer was the second of Addona's college career. Senior Curt Echo (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) was the hard-luck loser, yielding two earned runs over eight innings while scattering 11 singles and striking out six. Burton and first-year Joe Robertson (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) both went 1-for-3 with a walk, as Robertson doubled for his first hit in his first college game.

In Saturday's game one, Allen was 1-for-2 with three RBIs, two walks and his first career home run for the Purple and Gold, while Bocchino and Flynn both had a hit and an RBI, with Bocchino doubling. Junior Peter Cross (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) took the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits in six-plus innings, striking out two and walking three. Junior Drew Salk (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) had a hit and an RBI for Saint Michael's in the nightcap, and first-year Matt Downing (Hanover, Mass./Archbishop Williams) picked up his first college hit. Lavery allowed two runs on two hits over six innings, striking out three and walking three.

 

Men's Lacrosse (2-5, 0-4) Posts 2-1 Showing During Three-Game Road Stretch

The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team posted a 2-1 overall mark last week. The Purple Knights won a pair of non-conference games, beating Georgian Court (N.J.) University, 19-9, on Monday before topping Post University, 12-8, on Wednesday. The Purple and Gold then lost to nationally-ranked Adelphi University, 16-9, on Saturday in a Northeast-10 Conference game. Adelphi, winner of the last two NE-10 Championship titles, was fifth in last week's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) poll.

Senior Brian Devilly (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) ended the week with 39 caused turnovers for his career, jumping past Tyler Violette '12 (36) for sixth in school history.

In the team's first-ever meeting with Georgian Court, sophomore Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) led the visitors with three goals to go along with five assists for a personal-best eight points. Classmate Patch Ryan (Holden, Mass./Saint John's) potted his first college hat trick, while senior Mark Yetter (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery/Delaware) and first-year Harry Colyer (Stowe, Vt./Stowe) both had two goals, with Colyer's tallies his first in college. He tacked on a helper, while senior Jamie McGill (Needham, Mass./Needham) added two goals. First-year Cameron Jung (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) posted one goal and two assists, junior Tim Connor (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) had one tally and a helper, while senior Daegan Goodman (Montpelier, Vt./Montpelier), juniors Andrew Colyer (Stowe, Vt./Stowe) and Doug Legris (Fairfax, Vt./BFA-Fairfax/Hiram), sophomore Bobby Frank (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) and first-year Connor McGuirk (Glens Falls, N.Y./Glens Falls) all scored once. McGuirk's goal was his first as a collegian, while Legris had his initial tally since transferring in for this year. Sophomore John Miller (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) dished out two assists. Devilly and first-year Conor DiNatale (Needham, Mass./Needham) both collected four ground balls, and senior T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) made two first-period stops to notch the win. Sophomore Matt Hanley (Plainview, N.Y./Bethpage) denied three shots in the second period before classmate Jake Sonberg (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) turned away a career-best 10 shots in the second half.

At Post, Yetter scored a career-high five goals and added five ground balls. Loughlin tallied a career-high six assists while scoring a career-high-tying eight points for the second straight game. He added two goals. McGill contributed his second hat trick of the season, and Bicknell made 14 saves, including a dozen after halftime, and seven in the fourth quarter alone. Ryan tacked on a goal, two assists and four ground balls, and Goodman also scored. DiNatale was 8-for-14 on faceoffs with four ground balls.

At Adelphi, Saint Michael's received five points on three goals and two assists from Loughlin, who now has 21 points over the last three games. Yetter turned in three goals, one assist and two ground balls, while Andrew Colyer had two goals, and junior Taylor Wallace (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) scored once and collected three ground balls. Sophomore Neil Gallagher (Sudbury, Mass./Green Mountain Valley School) totaled three ground balls, and Bicknell matched a season high with 14 saves while adding a ground ball and a caused turnover.

 

Women's Lacrosse (2-5, 2-3) Goes 1-2, Splits Pair During Florida Trip

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team went 1-2 last week. The Purple Knights, who played two Spring Break games in Florida, lost to nationally-ranked Florida Institute of Technology, 15-4, on Tuesday before beating Southern Connecticut State University, 9-7, in a Northeast-10 Conference neutral-site game. Saint Michael's then came back north and lost to NE-10 foe Pace University, 8-4, on Saturday. Florida Tech was 20th in last week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) poll.

On Saturday, senior Steph Bonewald (New London, N.H./Proctor Academy) upped her career caused turnover mark to 52, breaking a tie with Noel Smith '06 for fourth in program history. Bonewald is also third in career draw controls (115). Junior Grace Gunning (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) sits eighth in school annals with 233 career saves.

At Florida Tech, Bonewald had two goals, four draw controls and two ground balls for the Purple Knights. Senior Emily Loebs (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) also scored and tacked on three ground balls and three caused turnovers, and first-year Kate Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) scored once. Sophomore Susie Ellicks (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) added two ground balls and two caused turnovers, and Gunning posted five saves and three ground balls.

In a game against Southern Connecticut State, but played at Saint Leo (Fla.) University, Martin and sophomore Emily Byrne (Armonk, N.Y./Byram Hills/Dickinson) both posted two goals and an assist for Saint Michael's, while Bonewald scored twice and collected seven draw controls. Sophomore Kealy Moyna (Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School) tacked on a goal and two assists, while classmate Ashley Dineen (Somers, N.Y./Canterbury School) and first-year Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women) added one tally apiece. Dineen's goal was the first of her career. Gunning made 15 saves, and Loebs scooped three ground balls.

Against Pace, Byrne scored twice for the hosts while also causing two turnovers, and Moyna had a goal, an assist and two ground balls. Bonewald also scored while providing four ground balls, three caused turnovers and two draw controls. Martin caused three turnovers, and Loebs scooped four ground balls. Gunning recorded six saves and two ground balls.

 

Softball (1-11, 0-2) Tops Wisconsin-Platteville in Florida, Purple Knights Open NE-10 Play

The Saint Michael's College softball team registered a 1-5 overall mark last week. While playing in Clermont, Fla., as part of the team's Spring Break trip, the Purple Knights lost both games of a Monday doubleheader to Southern Connecticut State University, 8-7 and 12-2, before splitting a Tuesday doubleheader by beating the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, 7-6, and losing to Hendrix (Ark.) College, 4-1. The Purple Knights returned north to open their Northeast-10 Conference schedule with a Saturday doubleheader loss at Bentley University, 4-2 and 6-5 in nine innings.

Against Southern Connecticut State in game one, junior Danielle Barbato (Hillsdale, N.Y./Taconic Hills) hit a two-run home run as part of a 3-for-4 showing, while senior Danielle DelGreco (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) was 3-for-3 with an RBI double, two runs scored and a walk. Classmate Judi Barcavage (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) doubled and scored twice in a 2-for-4 effort, sophomore Danielle Brown (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) provided a pair of RBI singles, and first-year Payton Witalec (Ballston Spa, N.Y./Ballston Spa) turned in a two-run single. Brown also allowed just one hit and struck out four batters while tossing 1.2 scoreless relief innings. First-year starter Molly Feeney (Valhalla, N.Y./John F. Kennedy Catholic) took the loss after yielding seven earned runs over 4.1 innings. In game two, first-year Fallon Tierney (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) went 2-for-3 as she and junior Caroline Staples (Stoughton, Mass./Fontbonne Academy) both provided RBI singles. Senior Jenna Maksian (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) drew three walks and scored once. Brown took the complete-game loss after allowing five earned runs and fanning a season-high eight batters.

Brown's walk-off single with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning pushed Saint Michael's past Wisconsin-Platteville. Brown also struck out a career-high-tying 11 during her complete-game effort in game one, when she allowed only one earned run on seven hits while walking three. Maksian went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and her first career home run, as the four hits were a career best. DelGreco was 2-for-4 with two runs and a double, junior Christina Brazeau (Warwick, R.I./Saint Mary Academy-Bay View) was 2-for-3 with two runs and a walk, and Witalec came off the bench to hit a pinch-hit RBI double. Against Hendrix, Feeney allowed only two earned runs over six innings to take the loss, fanning two and walking one. Tierney went 2-for-3, and Barcavage drove in the run.

In game one at Bentley, Tierney was 3-for-3 with two runs and a triple for the visitors, while Brazeau finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Staples went 1-for-1 with a walk and a sacrifice bunt, and Brown drove in a run while taking the loss. Brown yielded three earned runs in six innings, striking out four and walking two. The Purple Knights fell in the nightcap despite a four-run seventh-inning comeback to force extra innings. DelGreco was 2-for-3 with a sac bunt and three RBIs, all coming on her game-tying triple with two down in the top of the seventh, and Barcavage went 2-for-3 with a run, an RBI, a walk and a double. Maksian added a hit, a walk and a run, and Feeney took the loss after allowing just two earned runs over eight-plus innings. She struck out two and walked one.