This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: April 25-May 1

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: April 25-May 1

Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, May 3
Baseball @ Southern New Hampshire, 6 p.m.*^

Wednesday, May 4
Baseball vs. Franklin Pierce (2), 12 p.m.*^

Thursday, May 5
Baseball vs. Franklin Pierce, 12 p.m.*^

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

Baseball (5-25, 4-14) Wins Three-Game Season Series From Bentley During 3-1 Week

The Saint Michael's College baseball team went 3-1 in Northeast-10 Conference play last week. The Purple Knights beat Saint Anselm College, 10-7, on Wednesday before downing Bentley University, 3-1, on Friday. Saint Michael's then split Saturday's Senior Day doubleheader against Bentley, as the Purple and Gold took game one, 9-6, before dropping game two, 11-8. The season series win the Purple Knights' first ever against Bentley.

Saint Michael's rallied from two runs down while scoring eight runs between the second and fifth innings to down Saint Anselm. Junior Drew Salk (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) had a 3-for-5 day with three runs, an RBI, a double and a home run. Senior Alex Holt (Framingham, Mass./Marian) also went 3-for-5 while scoring once, driving in one and ripping a double. Holt's three hits were a career high, while Salk turned in his third career three-hit outing. Junior southpaw Peter Cross (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) allowed all seven runs, though three were earned, in 8.1 innings, striking out eight while walking one. In his last two NE-10 starts, he fanned 17 in 16.2 innings while walking just three. First-year Drew Farris (Andover, Mass./Saint John's Prep) came on to strike out the only two batters he faced in the ninth to finish the victory for his seventh scoreless outing in nine appearances. Sophomore Peter Bocchino (Saugus, Mass./The Governor's Academy) had two hits, two runs and two RBIs while doubling, first-year Dan Flynn (Williamstown, Mass./Mount Greylock Regional) was 2-for-2 with an RBI, a walk and a sacrifice bunt, and classmate Joe Robertson (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk. First-year Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) slugged a home run while scoring two runs, as all nine starters had at least one hit, and eight drove in a run. Since reentering the league in 2012, Saint Michael's twice won the three-game season series from Saint Anselm, 2-1. In the other three seasons, including this spring, the Hawks won the series 2-1 with one of the victories coming by one run.

Against Bentley on Friday, senior Curt Echo (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) scattered eight hits during his third complete game of the year. Echo needed 98 pitches for his nine-inning victory, with the lone run earned. He struck out four and walked one, and is one shy of the NE-10 lead in complete games. The only Purple Knight pitcher ever with four 40-inning seasons, Echo has now tossed 194.2 career innings, good for fourth in program history and within one completed inning of second place. With 10 career complete games, Echo is tied for ninth at Saint Michael's. Bocchino, Holt and sophomore Aiden Burton (Milford, Conn./Notre Dame) all went 2-for-3 for the Purple Knights, with Burton doubling, scoring once and driving in a run. Bocchino also scored, and Holt added an RBI. First-year Matt Downing (Hanover, Mass./Archbishop Williams) had a hit, a run and an RBI out of the leadoff spot.

In game one on Saturday against Bentley, Allen was 3-for-4 with two runs, three RBIs, a home run and a double, while Burton and Holt were both 2-for-4 with a run. Bocchino added a two-run home run. Farris earned his first college win in relief, allowing only an unearned run over 3.2 innings. Junior Dylan Lavery (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) took a no-decision after allowing five runs - four earned - over 5.1 frames. He struck out five. Holt was 3-for-5 with a run and three RBIs in the second contest, tying his career high in hits, while Burton and Holland both went 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI, with Holland knocking a double. Allen drove in two, while Flynn and Salk both turned in two runs, one hit and one walk. First-year Christian Devine (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) took the loss after yielding the first seven runs over three-plus innings.

 

Men's Lacrosse (5-9, 3-8) Beats Saint Rose in Double Overtime as Yetter Nets Game-Winner

The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team beat Northeast-10 Conference foe The College of Saint Rose, 9-8, in double overtime on Saturday during the team's season finale, capping the second-longest game in program history. Saint Michael's, which has now participated in five contests of at least two overtime periods in its 34-year history, played 66:16 on Saturday, just short of the 68:11 it played at Bryant University on April 29, 2000, during the program's lone triple-OT game. The Purple and Gold had last played a double-OT game in 2011, with its lone victory in multiple extra sessions coming against Saint Andrews (N.C.) University in 2008.

Senior Mark Yetter (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery/Delaware), who netted the game-winning goal, finished the day with a hat trick in his final college game, adding three ground balls, and junior Taylor Wallace (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) recorded his first college hat trick. Sophomore Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) had a goal, an assist and three ground balls, while classmates Charlie Murphy (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) and Patch Ryan (Holden, Mass./Saint John's) also scored. Ryan had four ground balls and Murphy three. Senior T.J. Bicknell (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) picked up the win with two saves, two ground balls and two goals allowed over the final 36:16. Sophomore Matt Hanley (Plainview, N.Y./Bethpage) made five first-half stops, and classmate Neil Gallagher (Sudbury, Mass./Green Mountain Valley School) totaled six ground balls and two caused turnovers. Sophomores Bobby Frank (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) and Johnny Karanasios (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin) both recorded three ground balls and two caused turnovers, while junior Tim Connor (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) turned in three ground balls.

Yetter ended his two-year Saint Michael's career with 91 points in 27 games and finished a three-year college career with 108 points in 43 contests. He is tied for 23rd at the College in career points and tied for 25th in goals (50). Heading into his junior year, Loughlin has 84 points through 28 games, already standing 10th in school annals with 51 career assists. Senior Brian Devilly (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) will graduate fourth in caused turnovers (53), while Bicknell is seventh in saves (386) and tied for seventh in wins (11). Yetter finished the year with 49 points, tying for ninth in program history, while Loughlin had 48. Loughlin's 23 assists are good for seventh all time, and Yetter tied for eighth with 22. Devilly placed seventh in caused turnovers by recording 22 this season.

 

Women's Lacrosse (3-13, 2-11) Narrowly Falls to No. 17 Bentley During Two-Loss Week

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team was winless in both of its Northeast-10 Conference contests last week to end the season. The Purple Knights slipped to nationally-ranked Bentley University, 10-8, on Wednesday before falling to American International College, 10-6, on Saturday. Bentley was ranked 17th by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).

Against Bentley, senior Steph Bonewald (New London, N.H./Proctor Academy), sophomore Kealy Moyna (Yonkers, N.Y./The Ursuline School) and first-year Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women) all scored twice for Saint Michael's, with Vincent notching two draw controls and Bonewald scooping three ground balls. Senior Emily Loebs (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) added a goal, four ground balls and two caused turnovers during her final home appearance, while sophomore Emily Byrne (Armonk, N.Y./Byram Hills/Dickinson) had a goal and two draw controls. Senior Maggie Dougherty (Verona, N.J./Verona) dished out an assist with three ground balls, first-year Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) posted two ground balls and two caused turnovers, and senior Annie Henderson (Hancock, N.H./Northfield Mount Hermon/Saint Lawrence) had a pair of ground balls. First-year Ellie Clark (Smithsburg, Md./Mercersburg Academy) added two draw controls.

At American International, Moyna scored twice with an assist and two ground balls for the visitors, and Clark had a goal, an assist and two draw controls. Gunning made 13 saves with seven ground balls. Loebs scored while adding three ground balls and two caused turnovers, Bonewald had a goal and three ground balls, and Vincent tallied once. Junior Jackie McLavey (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack) posted four ground balls, Martin caused three turnovers, and Byrne controlled a pair of draws.

Bonewald, who tied the school record for career games played (60), finished third in program history in draw controls (128), fourth in caused turnovers (57) and 11th in ground balls (103), coming within one ground ball of the top 10. Her 41 draw controls in 2016 were the 10th most in program history. Gunning became the second Purple Knight goalkeeper to play every second of her team's games over the past 10 years, with her 961:27 of playing time the third-highest in program annals. Her team-leading 48 ground balls were the most by any player since 2009 and tied for fifth in school history. She enters her senior year with 318 career saves, which is seventh in program history. Martin tied for seventh all time with a team-best 19 caused turnovers.