Tuesday, April 3, 2012

This Week in Saint Michael’s College Athletics ‒ March 26-April 1

Baseball (4-13, 1-7 NE-10) Suffers Conference Setbacks to Nationally- and Regionally-Ranked Opponents

The Saint Michael's College baseball team went 0-4 last week while playing against one nationally-ranked Northeast-10 Conference opponent and another that sat high in the regional poll. The Purple Knights fell at No. 6 Southern New Hampshire University, 7-1, on Wednesday before playing a three-game weekend series at regionally-ranked Stonehill College, dropping a 16-1 decision on Saturday followed by a doubleheader sweep on Sunday by counts of 14-4 and 7-6 in 10 innings. The Skyhawks were third in last week's New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) poll, while Southern New Hampshire's ranking was according to D2baseballnews.com.

Will Corkum '15 (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) held No. 6 Southern New Hampshire to one run on two hits over the first five innings and finished with six strikeouts in six innings while allowing four hits and walking three. Bryan Geary '12 (Milton, Vt./Milton/Skidmore) went 2-for-4, as the Purple Knights were narrowly outhit, 9-7. Tim McDonnell '12 (Durham, N.H./Oyster River) and Tyler Wild '14 (Quaker Hill, Conn./Saint Bernard School) each had a single, and Wild stole two bases. Chris Puliafico '14 (Sharon, Mass./Sharon) had a hit and a swipe, and Nicky Elderton '15 (Shelburne, Vt./Rice Memorial) tripled.

Andrew Kelley '13 (Lincoln, N.H./Lin-Wood) struck out six over five innings against Stonehill on Saturday, while Jesse Sullivan '12 (Saugus, Mass./Pingree School) fanned five in 2.1 innings of relief. Collin Fishman '13 (Bethesda, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) had a hit and the lone run.

During the opening game of the doubleheader with Stonehill, Fishman struck out five, and Wild was 2-of-5 with a triple and an RBI. Alec Tice '14 (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) added an RBI, while Geary had a hit and two walks. Corey Livingston '14 (Hartford, Conn./East Catholic) ripped an RBI double, and Michael Robinson '12 (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) added a single and scored a run. In game two, the Purple Knights grabbed a 6-0 lead by the third inning. McDonnell had three hits, Robinson went 2-for-4 with two runs, and Elderton tripled. Don McGuirl '15 (Warwick, R.I./Saint Sebastian's School) doubled and drove in two, while Austin Ziskie '12 (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) had a no-decision after striking out five in six innings.

Men's Lacrosse (6-2, 2-2 NE-10) Extends Win Streak to Five Before Slipping to No. 2 Le Moyne by One Goal

The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team went 1-1 last week in Northeast-10 Conference play, extending its win streak to five games before falling to nationally-ranked Le Moyne College. The Purple Knights, who received votes toward last week's United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll, hosted Bentley University on Tuesday and claimed a 14-7 victory before losing at home to Le Moyne, which is the second-ranked team in the latest USILA national poll, by a slim 7-6 count on Saturday. It was the Purple Knights' closest decision ever with the Dolphins.

Pete Donnally '13 (Madison, N.J./Morristown-Beard School) tallied four goals and two assists against Bentley, while Marty Vanzo '13 (Westford, Vt./Essex/Vermont) contributed two markers and two helpers. Christian Cook '12 (South Burlington, Vt./New Hampton School) added one goal and two assists, while Connor Glackin '14 (South Huntington, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) and Tim McDonald '14 (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) each netted two goals. Neil Kelly '13 (Narragansett, R.I./Bishop Hendricken) earned the first point of his career with the game-winning goal, while Peter Hanson '12 (Andover, Mass./Andover) recorded seven ground balls and five caused turnovers. Chris Casserly '14 (Kensington, N.H./Exeter) scooped up seven ground balls and was 13-of-20 on draws, while Chris DeMairo '14 (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) made 11 saves.

Vanzo led the Purple Knights with four markers and one assist during the game against Le Moyne, a team that has been to the NCAA Tournament championship game five of the last six years. McDonald and Evan Antolino '14 (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) each tallied one marker, while Garrett Clark '12 (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) scooped up five ground balls. DeMairo stopped four shots.

Women's Lacrosse (3-4, 1-3 NE-10) Earns First NE-10 Win of Season While Snapping Three-Game Skid

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team went 1-1 last week against Northeast-10 Conference foes, losing early in the week before picking up its first conference win and snapping a three-game losing streak. The Purple Knights lost an 8-4 decision on Tuesday at Franklin Pierce University before claiming a 13-5 victory at Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday.

Caitlin Mahoney '13 (Cohasset, Mass./Cohasset), Crystal King '14 (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington), Claire Martin '14 (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) and Kate Boyer '15 (Standish, Maine/Bonny Eagle) each found the back of the net against Franklin Pierce, while Caroline Casper '14 (Norfolk, Mass./Thayer Academy) dished out two assists. Sandy Palumbo '12 (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) made 10 saves and picked up five ground balls.

During the triumph over Southern Connecticut State, Eliza Scoba '12 (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) led the Purple Knights with four goals and one assist, while Boyer netted a hat trick. Courtney Piper '15 (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) added two goals, while Casper contributed one tally and two helpers. Nicole Buckley '14 (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) scooped up nine ground balls and caused seven turnovers, while Palumbo turned aside 17 shots. Scoba moved into 10th in program history with 124 career points.

Softball (3-15, 1-9 NE-10) Drops Two Road Twinbills to Regional and NE-10 Powers

The Saint Michael's College softball team went 0-4 last week against Northeast-10 Conference powerhouses over the weekend. The Purple Knights dropped two games at the University of New Haven, 9-1 in six innings and 11-0 in five innings, on Saturday before falling twice in five innings at 22nd-ranked Southern Connecticut State University, 10-1 and 10-2, on Sunday. The Owls' ranking is according to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), as each weekend opponent qualified for the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

Stephanie Frank '13 (Essex, Vt./Essex) ripped an RBI double in the opener against New Haven and allowed one earned run while striking out four in four innings. Sarah Murray '15 (Wallingford, Conn./Sheehan) scored the lone run. During the second game, Laura McCormack '14 (Natick, Mass./Natick) fanned one.

Against Southern Connecticut State, Bethany Falls '13 (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) and Greer Lemnah '14 (Lyndon Center, Vt./Lyndon Institute) each had two hits, with Falls doubling and scoring. Brittany Regis '14 (Monroe, N.H./Saint Johnsbury Academy) had a hit and a walk, while Brittany Cantore '13 (Saint Johnsbury, Vt./Saint Johnsbury Academy) provided an RBI. In the nightcap, Lemnah doubled and scored, while Murray had a hit and an RBI. Amanda Brigante '14 (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) added a double, while Frank contributed an RBI and two sacrifice bunts.



Men's Tennis (4-4, 3-4 NE-10) Falls to Two-Time Defending NE-10 Tournament Champion Bentley


The Saint Michael's College men's tennis team lost its only match last week, dropping a Northeast-10 Conference decision to regionally-ranked Bentley University by a count of 9-0 on Sunday. Bentley has made it to five of the past six NCAA Tournaments, is ranked fourth in the East region according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), and did not allow a point for the third straight match.


Kenny Vassallo '13 (Wilmington, Mass./Wilmington) stood in the fifth singles slot and was edged 6-3, 6-2, while Sam Cieplicki '12 (South Burlington, Vt./New Hampton School) slipped, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 3.



Women's Tennis (9-6, 8-2 NE-10) Splits Matches, Loses to Regionally-Ranked Stonehill


The regionally-ranked Saint Michael's College women's tennis team went 1-1 last week during Northeast-10 Conference action. The Purple Knights claimed a 5-4 victory at Bentley University on Saturday before dropping a 7-2 decision to three-time defending NE-10 Tournament finalist Stonehill College on Sunday. Saint Michael's was ranked ninth in the first NCAA East region poll last week, while Stonehill was seventh.

Emily Ogilvy '12 (Bedford, N.H./Trinity) produced the deciding margin against Bentley with a 6-4, 6-3 victory at No. 6 singles, while Emily Magee '13 (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) and Hannah Benoit '15 (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) also won in straight sets. The doubles teams of Magee/Alex Dalton '13 (South Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) and Ogilvy/Caroline Toutoungi '15 (Weston, Conn./Weston) won.

Saint Michael's was the first opponent to claim more than one point against Stonehill since mid-March. Jean-Marie McGrath '13 (Niwot, Colo./Alexander Dawson School) and Caroline Martin '15 (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) won No. 2 doubles, and Dalton earned the lone victory in singles, in the second position.


Upcoming Schedule:

Monday, April 2
Women's Lacrosse vs. Assumption, 4 p.m.*

Tuesday, April 3
Softball vs. UMass Lowell (2), 3 p.m.*
Baseball vs. Saint Anselm, 3:30 p.m.*

Wednesday, April 4
Women's Tennis vs. Saint Anselm, 3:30 p.m.*
Men's Tennis @ Saint Anselm, 3:30 p.m.*
Men's Lacrosse @ Merrimack, 4 p.m.*
Women's Lacrosse vs. Bentley, 4:30 p.m.*

Friday, April 6
Baseball vs. Saint Rose (2), 12 p.m.*
Softball vs. American International (2), 2 p.m.*

Saturday, April 7
Men's Lacrosse @ Adelphi, 12 p.m.*
Baseball vs. Le Moyne (2), 12 p.m.*

* Northeast-10 Conference Game

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