This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: May 2

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: May 2

Upcoming Schedule:

Wednesday, May 4
Baseball vs. Franklin Pierce, 1 p.m.* (2)

Thursday, May 5
Baseball vs. Franklin Pierce, 1 p.m.* (2)

* Northeast-10 Conference Event

 

Baseball (4-29, 3-17 NE10) Downs Regionally-Ranked Assumption to Highlight Six-Game Week

The Saint Michael's College baseball team went 1-5 during Northeast-10 Conference play last week, which began with a pair of losses to Bentley University, 4-3 and 23-6, on Thursday. A four-game weekend set at regionally-ranked Assumption University included two setbacks on Saturday, 12-3 and 6-1 in seven innings, prior to a Sunday split, when the Purple Knights lost 9-8 in the opener but claimed a 7-5 victory in seven innings during the nightcap. Assumption was fourth in last week's New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) poll and eighth in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) East Region rankings. Twelve of the Purple Knights' last 21 games were decided by three runs or less, with 11 losses this year coming by two runs or fewer.

Senior John Luke Cianciolo (Guilford, Conn./Guilford/New Haven) made his first college pitching start in the opener with Bentley, when Saint Michael's held a 12-7 lead in hits. Cianciolo went 6.1 innings with six hits, four runs, six walks and two strikeouts. Sophomore Joey Hosea (Dorchester, Mass./Catholic Memorial) tossed 0.2 innings of relief with one hit, no runs and one walk. Classmate Andrew Lanthier (Orwell, Vt./Fair Haven Union) was 2-for-4 with two runs, a double and a stolen base, first-year Terence Moynihan (Stoneham, Mass./Saint Mary's) finished 2-for-4 with two RBI, and sophomore Justin Garcia (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Dixie Hollins) batted 2-for-3 with a run. First-year Evan Balian (Lynnfield, Mass./Lynnfield) went 2-for-4, senior Brady Perron (Barton, Vt./Lake Region Union) ended up 1-for-3 with a walk, and junior Anthony Santosuosso (Arlington, Mass./Arlington) hit 1-for-3 with an RBI and a sac fly.

In the nightcap, Moynihan finished 2-for-4 with a run, an RBI and a triple, and Perron was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Santosuosso hit 1-for-3 with a run before tossing 2.2 innings of relief, allowing five unearned runs on four hits with two walks. Sophomore Brady Clark (Springfield, Vt./Springfield) went 1-for-2 with a walk, Lanthier was 1-for-4 with two RBI, and Garcia finished 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI. First-year Jack Menard (Tewksbury, Mass./Tabor Academy) took the loss after yielding six runs - two earned - on one hit in 0.1 innings, and classmate Colby Fane-Cushing (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) threw 0.1 inning with one hit, no runs and a walk.

In Saturday's opener at Assumption, Moynihan was 1-for-3 with a run and a walk, Balian finished 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI, and senior Mitchell Goulet (North Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) was 1-for-4 with two RBI. Santosuosso batted 1-for-4 with a run. Senior Sean Birch (Mansfield, Mass./Xaverian Brothers) tossed two innings with seven hits and seven runs - six earned - as well as two walks and a strikeout before Hosea went five frames, allowing five runs - four earned - on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts. First-year Nick Lindberg (Dudley, Mass./Marianapolis Prep) worked a shutout inning of relief, allowing one hit and one walk.

Game two saw Santosuosso go 1-for-3 with a double and a hit-by-pitch, while Moynihan was 1-for-4 with a stolen base. First-year Filly Santos (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/Park West) ended 1-for-2 with a walk, and sophomore Jared Duquette (Morrisonville, N.Y./Saranac) allowed four runs on five hits during a six-inning complete game, walking three and striking out six.

On Sunday, the Purple Knights led by three runs into the bottom of the seventh of a scheduled seven-inning game before losing in nine frames. Santosuosso was 2-for-5 with one run, two RBI and a double, Santos finished 1-for-4 with one run and two RBI, and Cianciolo and Lanthier both hit 1-for-3 with a run and a walk. Perron went 1-for-4 with a run, an RBI and a double, Clark was 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI, and Moynihan finished 1-for-5 with a run and an RBI. First-year Jarret Muzzy (Ferrisburgh, Vt./Vergennes Union) went four-plus innings with four hits, five runs, three earned runs, five walks and a strikeout before Fane-Cushing tossed two innings with one hit, two runs and four walks. First-year Maverick King (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) logged the final 2.1 innings with six hits, two runs, one walk and two strikeouts.

Lindberg picked up his first college win in the nightcap, when Birch had his first save. Menard tossed four innings, allowing five runs - four earned - on five hits with six walks and three strikeouts. Lindberg came on in relief, throwing 2.1 innings of shutout ball with two hits, one walk and four strikeouts, before Birch wriggled out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the seventh with a strikeout. He fired 0.2 innings with no hits, no runs, two walks and two strikeouts. Moynihan was 2-for-4 with two runs, a double and a triple, Clark finished 2-for-3 with two RBI, Perron was 1-for-3 with a run, an RBI, a walk and a double, and Cianciolo went 1-for-3 with a run, an RBI and a hit-by-pitch. Santos finished 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI, and senior Sebastian Oetterer (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) batted 1-for-3 with two runs, a hit-by-pitch and a stolen base. Saint Michael's not only outscored Assumption, 15-14, during the twinbill but also held a 19-18 edge in hits.

 

Men's Lacrosse (3-12, 2-8 NE10) Caps Season with 20-11 Win at AIC

The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team concluded its 2022 season with a 20-11 victory against American International College during Northeast-10 Conference play on Tuesday. The Purple Knights received votes toward last week's New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll.

Senior Kyle Hirshom (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) scored a career-high five goals while adding two assists, and first-year Sebastian Simonson (Spruce Grove, Alberta/Spruce Grove Composite) turned in four goals and two assists. Junior Max Katavolos (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport) posted two goals, two assists and three ground balls, and first-years Ethan Hughes (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull) and Cristian Reyes (Norwood, Mass./Xaverian Brothers) both scored twice. Sophomore Nathan Woods (Ottawa, Ontario/Kent School) contributed one goal, one assist, five ground balls and two caused turnovers, classmate Dylan Morgan (Ashland, Mass./Ashland) had one goal and one assist, and junior Drew Collins (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) totaled two assists and three ground balls. First-year Zach Watson (Quispamsis, New Brunswick/Pomfret School) posted two assists, while senior Joseph Gerardi (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury), junior Alex Chirgwin (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) and sophomore Robbie Sinibaldi (New Port Richey, Fla./J.W. Mitchell) all scored once. Sophomore Spencer Scardino (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) made 11 saves in 45 minutes for the win, and first-year Sean Regan (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sunderland) had three stops in 15 minutes of relief. Junior Brian Sardella (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) accumulated three ground balls and three caused turnovers, sophomore Rocky Grillone (Brockton, Mass./Cardinal Spellman) notched three ground balls and two caused turnovers, and classmate Michael Cammarata Jr. (North Andover, Mass./Saint John's Prep) caused three turnovers.

Senior Connor Brennan (Newington, Conn./Newington) scooped five ground balls and was 9-for-16 on faceoffs, first-year Cooper Wilson (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) posted three ground balls and four faceoff wins, while classmate Nate Carr (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth) went 2-for-3 on faceoffs. Saint Michael's was 4-for-4 on man-up opportunities and held large advantages in shots (65-44) and ground balls (54-39). The Purple Knights' 46.0% man-up conversion percentage this season was the program's best since that statistic began being tracked in 2005. Scardino totaled 230 saves this season, good for second in program history. Only John Eckroth '99, with 269 in 1998, had more. Scardino played the seventh-most goalie minutes in school annals (812:55), logging the most since Chris DeMairo '13 in 2013 (830:34). Katavolos netted 31 goals this spring, becoming the 15th Purple Knight to reach the 30-goal plateau. Wilson finished with 89 faceoff wins in 10 games, taking 10th in program history for a season. Cammarata totaled 21 caused turnovers, tying for 10th in school annals. With 43 career caused turnovers, Sardella passed Matt Cotter '19 (42) for ninth in program history. Saint Michael's is 28-0 all-time against AIC.

 

Women's Lacrosse (1-15, 0-13 NE10) Finishes Season with Pair of Losses to Nationally-Ranked Foes

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team went 0-2 in Northeast-10 Conference play last week to end its season, losing to No. 21 University of New Haven, 17-9, on Wednesday and No. 13 Pace University, 19-3, on Saturday. Both teams' national rankings were according to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).

Sophomore Darby Rich (Melrose, Mass./Tilton School) had two goals and two draw controls against New Haven, as Saint Michael's trailed 8-7 at halftime. Senior Hannah Bishop (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) scored twice, junior Erin Stolz (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) turned in a goal and an assist, and senior Jane Leys (Newport, R.I./Rogers) recorded one goal and three ground balls. Junior Emilie Webster (New London, N.H./Kearsarge Regional) scored and netted three caused turnovers, while sophomore Catie Murphy (Northboro, Mass./Brewster Academy/Wagner) and first-year Addy Fenton (Andover, Mass./Phillips Academy) both had a goal and three draw controls. First-year Abby Cole (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) made nine saves, junior Molly Carroll (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) scooped three ground balls, and seniors Jillian Perry (Salem, N.H./Salem) and Shannon Murray (Bow, N.H./Bow) both caused two turnovers. The Purple Knights were edged in ground balls, 16-15, while committing only one more turnover (14) than New Haven (13).

Rich scored and controlled four draws against Pace, Murphy notched a goal and two ground balls, and Webster also scored. Leys and junior Hope Alto (South Boston, Mass./Ursuline Academy) both turned in three draw controls, and first-year Molly Gannon (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) tallied two ground balls and two draw controls. Cole made 11 saves, senior Paige Fleming (South Portland, Maine/South Portland) had two ground balls, Murray caused two turnovers, and Stolz handed out an assist. Saint Michael's trailed just 15-11 in draw controls to a Pace team that entered the day eighth in the nation in draws per game (17.4) and had two players ranked among the top 33 nationally in the statistic.

 

Softball (10-29, 6-20 NE10) Finishes Season with 10-Game Week, Devens Sets Home Run Record

The Saint Michael's College softball team finished its season by going 2-8 during Northeast-10 Conference action last week, opening play by losing twice to Southern New Hampshire University, 7-1 and 9-5, on Monday. The Purple Knights split regionally-ranked University of New Haven on Tuesday, losing 3-1 before winning 3-2 in eight innings. The Purple and Gold lost twice at Bentley University, 8-7 in eight innings and 4-3, on Thursday and split American International College on Friday, losing 4-3 before winning 10-3. The Purple Knights ended their season with a sweep at the hands of Assumption University, 10-3 and 6-1, on Saturday. Twelve of the Purple and Gold's losses this year came by two runs or fewer, with five of their nine one-run setbacks coming via a walk-off.

Saint Michael's finished as the NE10's regular-season leader in home runs, with a school-record 35. The Purple Knights also set a program mark by being hit by 21 pitches. Otherwise, the Purple and Gold put together its best offensive showing nearly across the board in 13 years, posting its highest slugging percentage (.385) and on-base percentage (.309) and most runs (147), hits (259) and RBI (129) since 2009. This year's team matched that 2009 squad for the most walks (78) since 2007. The Purple Knights' run and RBI figures were both third in program annals.

First-year Jenna Devens (Parsippany, N.J./Parsippany) ended the year with a school-record 12 home runs, swatting five last week alone, finishing as the NE10's regular-season leader in dingers. Her 30 RBI were two shy of a school record, while that and her 50 hits were each the most by any Purple Knight in 13 seasons. Devens slugged .779 this spring, the best by a Purple and Gold player since 1980, and highest since the program was reestablished in 1990. She enters her sophomore year tied for fourth in school history in career homers. Junior Haley Waghorn (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) set a school record by being hit by seven pitches this season. Classmate Jackie Cherry (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) made 31 appearances in the circle, tying for second in school annals, with the most since Meggan (Roberge) Dulude '07 had a record 35 in 2007.

In Monday's opener with Southern New Hampshire, sophomore Angelica Johns (Westbrook, Maine/Westbrook) was 1-for-3, while junior Hannah Arruda (Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth) walked twice. Cherry yielded seven runs - two earned - on eight hits over seven innings with four walks and four strikeouts.

Devens was 3-for-4 with a run, four RBI, and a home run during game two. She also came from the bullpen to go 2.2 innings with two hits, two runs and four strikeouts, and Arruda took the loss after tossing 3.1 innings of relief, with three runs - one earned - on six hits with one walk and one strikeout. Sophomore Meghan Connor (Saint Albans, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans/Endicott) was 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a double, and junior Sadie Pratt (Dighton, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth Regional) finished 1-for-3 with a run. Classmate Hope Hiscock (Schenectady, N.Y./Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons School) was 1-for-4 with a run, and first-year Kelleigh Simpson (West Burke, Vt./Lyndon Institute) yielded four runs on five hits in one inning.

The Purple Knights opposed New Haven, which was 10th in the latest NCAA East Region rankings and qualified for three of the past four NCAA Tournaments, including last year's, on Tuesday. Devens was 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a walk in game one, when senior Leigh Brandenburg (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) finished 2-for-3. Cherry allowed three runs on nine hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in seven frames.

First-year Kaylee Morey's (Stonington, Maine/Deer Isle-Stonington) long walk-off RBI single in the eighth inning gave the Purple Knights a win in the nightcap, with her first college RBI providing Saint Michael's its first victory over New Haven in 14 all-time meetings. Morey finished 1-for-4 with the RBI, Connor was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a double, and sophomore Marli Welter (Madison, N.J./Madison) went 1-for-2 with a walk. Simpson fired 2.1 innings of two-hit, shutout ball before Arruda went 2.1 innings with one hit, no runs and a walk. Devens allowed two runs on three hits in 1.2 innings with two walks and a strikeout before Cherry earned the win in relief, going 1.2 innings with three hits, no runs, one walk and a strikeout.

At Bentley, the Purple Knights resumed a game suspended in the sixth inning on April 9 before playing a complete second contest. Devens was 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI, a double and home run in the opener, including swatting the go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh, while first-year Riley Sroczinski (Raynham, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham Regional) was 2-for-2 with a run and two walks. Waghorn finished 3-for-4 with a run, an RBI and two doubles, and Pratt was 1-for-2 with a run, a walk and a sacrifice bunt. Johns went 2-for-5 with a run and two RBI, and Cherry allowed eight runs - five earned - on eight hits in 7.2 innings with one strikeout.

In game two, Devens batted 2-for-4 with an RBI and a double, sophomore Jenna Hoops (Woodbury, Minn./Visitation School) was 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Connor batted 1-for-4 with a run. Cherry allowed four runs - one earned - on eight hits in six innings with five strikeouts.

Devens was 2-for-3 with two runs and a solo homer in the opener at AIC, while Waghorn went 2-for-3 with a run and a double. Pratt was 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Brandenburg finished 1-for-2. Cherry allowed four runs on nine hits in 6.2 innings with one walk and 10 strikeouts.

Saint Michael's scored its most runs ever against AIC in 53 all-time meetings during game two. Hoops went 3-for-4 with three runs, an RBI, a home run and a stolen base, and Pratt batted 1-for-2 with three RBI, a walk, a double and a sacrifice. Johns was 1-for-3 with two runs, four RBI, two walks and a grand slam, and Welter hit 1-for-3 with one run, one RBI, a walk and a double. Devens was 1-for-4 with a solo home runs and earned a no-decision after allowing one hit in two shutout innings, with two walks and four strikeouts. Simpson earned the win in relief after yielding three runs on three hits in two innings with one walk and three strikeouts. Cherry claimed the save behind three innings of three-hit, shutout softball, fanning one.

In game one at Assumption, Devens was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a double, and Connor was 1-for-4 with a solo home run. Johns finished 1-for-4 with a run and a double, and Waghorn walked twice. Cherry pitched two-plus innings with five hits, six runs and three walks before Simpson went four innings with six hits, four runs, one walk and three strikeouts.

In the nightcap, Waghorn was 1-for-2 with a double and a hit-by-pitch and Hoops finished 1-for-3 with a solo home run. Devens was 1-for-3 and allowed six runs - five earned - on six hits with seven walks and five strikeouts during six innings.

 

Men's Tennis (7-10, 3-4 NE10) Finishes Season with Loss in First Round of NE10 Championship

The fourth-seeded Saint Michael's College men's tennis team's historic season came to an end with a 4-1 loss to No. 5 Franklin Pierce University on Tuesday during the first round of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship. Facing a Raven team that returned five regulars after qualifying for the 2021 NCAA Tournament, the Purple Knights hosted an NE10 Championship match for the first time since April 22, 2009, playing just the third home postseason contest in program history. Junior Josh Weiss (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) earned his team's win.

Weiss became the first Purple Knight to win a postseason singles match since April 22, 2008, when David Besserer '09, Sean Steigerwald '09 and Craig Lindabery '10 were all victorious against Bentley University. The Purple Knights finished with seven wins twice in the past three seasons, matching their highest win total since going 9-8 in 2007-08. Despite finishing three matches under .500, Saint Michael's split all of its singles and doubles matches this season, going 54-54 in the former and 27-27 during the latter. More than one third of the singles setbacks - 19 - came in three sets.

Franklin Pierce nabbed a 1-0 lead by taking the opening two doubles matches. Junior Jason Boucher (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) and first-year Sergio Barroso (Madrid, Spain/Colegio Montpellier) lost a 6-1 decision in the second spot before senior Michael Rosen (Andover, Mass./Andover/Saint Anselm) and Jackson Moser (Missouri City, Texas/Ridge Point) lost by a 6-1 count at No. 1. Weiss and junior Seb Tonini (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) trailed 4-2 in the third position when their match was halted. Facing a player who was an NE10 All-Conference third team pick at No. 1 singles last year, Moser narrowly lost his opening set before suffering a 6-4, 6-2 defeat. At No. 2, Weiss eased past an opponent who entered the day 11-5, had been an NE10 All-Conference first team selection last year, and had won their regular-season meeting on March 26 by a 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 count. Weiss claimed a 6-4, 6-3 victory on Tuesday, bringing Saint Michael's within 2-1. Barroso dropped his opening set at No. 3 against the reigning NE10 Rookie of the Year before forcing a third set, but ultimately lost a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 contest. Boucher also lost the first set in the fourth spot before rallying to force his ninth three-set match of the season. However, his 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 loss allowed Franklin Pierce to clinch the win. Boucher ended the year with school records in singles (13) and overall (24) victories for a season. In a pair of unfinished contests, Rosen lost his opening set, 6-4, at No. 5 during his final collegiate appearance, while Tonini won his opening set, 6-1, before trailing by a 3-2 count in the second at No. 6.