Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Successful spring as Monks depart until fall by Rob Donato

The Saint Joseph’s College community will remember a very competitive group of student athletes that graduated on May 11 in Standish. The Monk student athletes left their mark in the college community with very successful spring seasons.

The Saint Joseph’s College baseball team finished up their season with a 31-14 record overall and 13-3 in the GNAC conference. The Monks season fell short when they lost to Western New England 5-3 in the NCAA Tournament on May 17. The Monks finished the year ranked number 6 in the region from the final NEIBA Poll of 2013 season. Mike Pratt, Tyler Laverriere, and Alex Lorenc all earned honors for the 2013 Monks. Pratt, who earned second team D3baseball.com, third team NEIBA and a 2013 first team All-Conference honors, batted .353 (53-150) with 30 runs, 12 doubles, six home runs and 49 RBIs during his final college season. Pratt led the team in home runs, RBIs and tied for the team lead in runs scored. Laverriere (third team D3baseball.com, third team NEIBA, and 2013 GNAC Pitcher of the Year) had a 5-2 record, 63 strikeouts, 16 walks in 62 innings along with the lowest single season ERA(1.16) in program history. Opponents that faced Laverriere batted a low .199 (44-62) and he only allowed seven extra base hits all season, all being doubles. Laverriere finishes his 4-year stint with the second lowest career WHIP (1.10) and the third best ERA (2.67) in team history. He fanned 140 batters while issuing only 39 walks over 134 innings. Lorenc (second team D3baseball.com and first team All-GNAC) led the 2013 Monks with a batting average of .377(57-151), 57 hits, and seven stolen bases. The junior slugger was second on the team in home runs with five and finished the year in RBIs with 32. The Monks baseball team defeated Suffolk in the GNAC Championship to advance to the NCAA Tournament. Saint Joe’s has won the conference championship eight out of the last nine years. It was the seventh time in team history that it reached the NCAA tournament.

The Saint Joseph’s College softball team was almost as successful as the baseball team finishing with an astounding 34-13 record, 18-6 in conference. The Lady Monks were three wins shy of their all-time wins record of 37, ranking them with the third most wins in school history. Saint Joe’s, fifth seed, finished up their season in the NCAA Tournament with a loss to second Rowan University 2-0 on May 11 at Babson Park in Massachusetts. The Lady Monks were led by their five seniors Danyelle Shufelt, Heather Tripp, Kayla Vannah, Danielle Leavitt and Kirin Schrum. With this group of girls in uniform for the Monks over the past four years, they have posted an impressive 134-42 (.761) overall record, with a record of 83-15 in conference.

The men’s lacrosse team finished their season with an overall record of 7-10, and 6-3 in the GNAC conference. Monks Lacrosse was led by senior defender Bert Comins, senior goalkeeper Christopher Driscoll and junior midfielder Andrew Hamill who all received second team All-GNAC accolades.

Saint Joseph’s College women’s lacrosse finished their season with an overall record of 11-7 and 6-3 in the GNAC conference. In 2013, the Lady Monks were led by juniors Rachelle Messuri and Cassie Diplock. Messuri was a first team all-conference defender in 2013 and Diplock is a two-time First Team All-GNAC honoree.

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