Saint Michael's College Magazine

Spring Sporting News

Tales of team and individual accomplishments for Purple Knight varsity athletes continued to pile up for the Spring Semester of 2013.

Baseball

Close games were the theme for Saint Michael's baseball (12–29, 8–21 NE- 10) in 2013, with 12 losses coming by a single run, including a pair to nationally ranked teams. In all, the Purple Knights played 19 contests decided by two runs or fewer. An 8–2 victory on April 17 over 12th ranked Southern New Hampshire, which advanced to the 2012 College World Series, proved to be a highlight during the spring, with Nick Myers '14 logging one of his squad-best four wins. Alec Tice '14 posted team highs in batting (.308), hits (45), doubles (9), walks (22) and RBIs (26).

Men's Golf

The men's golf team capped a seven-meet school year with a single spring event, taking second place at the Franklin Pierce University Spring Invitational on April 24. During the first 18-hole outing of his college career, Corey Carlos '14 won the meet, carding a seven-over 79 before winning a two-hole play-off against a pair of competitors from Franklin Pierce, which qualified for the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

Men's Lacrosse

One of the most challenging seasons in program history developed into one of the most successful by spring's end, as the Purple Knights (11–5, 9–2 NE-10) overcame an early season serious bus crash to make their third straight appearance in an NE-10 Championship semifinal. En route to breaking a 26-year-old school record by tallying nine straight wins, the team set a program mark for league victories while tying the standard for overall triumphs. Head coach Pat Ivory '08, who was hired on an interim basis in January before garnering a full-time position after the season, was named regional and conference Coach of the Year, helping the team earn a national ranking as high as number nine. Pete Donnally '13 graduated as the program's career goals leader (127).

Women's Lacrosse

The Purple Knights (5–10, 3–9 NE-10) approached .500 toward the end of the spring prior to a season-ending four-game stretch that including three nationally-ranked foes, and another receiving national votes. Balance was the name of the game for Saint Michael's, as eight players posted at least 10 points for the first time since 2007. Kate Boyer '15 netted a teamhigh 26 goals, and defender Nicole Buckley '14 led the league by forcing 1.9 turnovers per game.

Softball

A late-spring surge sent Saint Michael's (4–39, 4–25 NE-10) into the summer on a high note. The Purple Knights won a season-ending three-game series with Bentley University, as Brittany Cantore '13 and Carleen McLaughlin '13 drilled back-to-back home runs to highlight a 6–1 win on April 27. Stephanie Frank '13 overcame an early-season injury to land an all-conference citation, leading the team in runs and stolen bases while also becoming the tenth player in school history to record 100 career hits.

Men's Tennis

For the third straight season, the Purple Knights (4–7, 3–6 NE-10) missed out on a post-season berth by only one win. Chris Moskal '13 and Nick Bosco '14 both tied for the squad lead in overall (10), doubles (6) and singles (4) victories, combining for a 6–2 record from No. 2 doubles. Eric Parziale '13 and Steve Thomson '16 were 5–4 at No. 1 doubles and both won eight times overall.

Women's Tennis

Saint Michael's (12–5, 10–2 NE-10) qualified for an NE-10 Championship semifinal for the fourteenth consecutive season, the longest streak in the league, while being ranked as high as eighth in the region. Nine Purple Knights earned all-conference honors, including Alex Dalton '13 and Caroline Martin '15, who each drew a pair of nods for success in both singles and doubles. Dalton became the second player in program history to draw an all-league singles accolade each of her four years. Saint Michael's recorded at least a dozen wins for the seventh straight season, and reached double figures in NE-10 victories for the sixth time in seven years.

Recent Purple Knight sports headlines

  • Following a national search with the position becoming full time, Pat Ivory '08 was named head coach of the Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse program on May 16. The interim head coach since January, Ivory earned Coach of the Year honors from both the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) and the Northeast-10 Conference this spring, his first as a college head coach, while leading the squad to a national ranking. In his full-time capacity, Ivory will both coach and be Intramurals co-director.
  • Seven student-athletes and a pair of head coaches were recognized with major awards at the Athletic Department's 66th Annual Block 'M' Awards Dinner in the Ross Sports Center. Each of the 21 programs also honored their Coaches Award winners. Men's ice hockey senior Justin Castagna and women's soccer senior Natalie Zimmer earned the George "Doc" Jacobs Award. The Diane C. Foster '77 Award went to men's tennis senior Chris Moskal and women's volleyball senior Tracy Peterka, while Moskal was also named the institution's inaugural NCAA Man of the Year. Women's basketball senior Nicole Adach earned the college's NCAA Woman of the Year accolade, while men's ice hockey senior Dan Evarts and women's ice hockey senior Erin Stevens were Victor V. LeMieux '35 Award honorees. Men's lacrosse head coach Pat Ivory '08 and Alpine skiing head coach Gus MacLeod '02 both earned Purple Knight Coach of the Year honors.
  • During graduation-week activities, seniors Megan Olsen, women's basketball, and Eric Parziale, men's tennis, earned this year's Roger F. Keleher '15 Awards. Beginning in 1954 a single Keleher Award went annually for many years to the college's top student-athlete; since 1983, both the top male and top female student-athletes have been so honored.
  • Following five seasons as an assistant coach with the college's women's basketball program, Shannon Kynoch was appointed the sixth head coach in program history. She succeeds Jennifer Niebling, who resigned in March for personal reasons, and will be just the third head coach in 38 years for the program. A 2008 graduate of the University of Southern Maine, she majored in social work while playing four years for the Division III powerhouse. As a schoolgirl at South Burlington High she was named all-state three times by the Burlington Free Press. She's announced two additions to her coaching staff with Andrea Lozeau being hired as the full-time assistant coach and T.J. Sawyer joining the program as a part-time assistant coach. Jackson Strayer-Benton will also return for his fourth winter with the team in 2013–14 as a part-time assistant coach. Lozeau was an assistant coach at Northeast-10 Conference counterpart Southern New Hampshire University for the past three seasons, while Sawyer helped turn around the varsity girls' program at nearby Colchester High School.
  • Recent Saint Michael's College men's tennis graduate Chris Moskal was selected as one of three finalists for the inaugural Northeast-10 Conference Man of the Year Award in May, joining student-athletes from Bentley University and Stonehill College. The award honors an individual who represents his campus community through success in athletics, academics, community service and leadership. The winner was to be announced later in the summer at the NE-10's annual yearend banquet in Falmouth, MA.
  • Five former Saint Michael's men's and women's basketball players were selected for enshrinement into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. This marks the sixth induction class since the inaugural ceremony in 2002. They are: Kathy King Bird '89, Liz LeFebvre Bushey '03 and George Daway '88, honored for their college playing careers; Walter Baumann '63, entering due to his coaching success, and the Hon. Francis B. McCaffrey '58, selected because of scholarly achievements as a judge in Vermont.
  • Men's basketball senior John Reiser is the recipient of this year's Jerry Lanteri '76 Award, head coach Josh Meyer announced in May. The accolade is given annually to an exemplary member or members of the men's basketball team excelling in academics, leadership and character.

- Josh Kessler '04, Director of Athletic Communications

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