The College Report: New Providence’s Puttress Provides Key Contributions to Northeaster Baseball Victory

John Puttress

Northeastern catcher John Puttress (New Providence, Soph.) drove in two runs with a first-inning triple that put the Huskies baseball team on track to defeat William & Mary, 5-3, in Brookline, Massachusetts on Friday. He then crossed the plate with Northeastern's third run on an infield ground out. Defensively, Puttress snuffed out a potential ninth-inning rally by the Tribe – their leadoff hitter singled and was then cut down by Puttress on an attempted steal of second base. Northeastern is now 13-27 overall and 8-12 in the Colonial Athletic Association. 

            Williams College's Harry Marino (Westfield, Jr.) threw a complete game victory in the first game of a Saturday doubleheader that the Ephs won, 3-2, over Hamilton in Clinton, N.Y. Marino yielded two earned runs on seven hits and one walk, while striking out five batters. He now has a 3-2 record for the Ephs.

            Then, on Monday, Steve Marino (Westfield, Fr.) hurled seven shutout innings and got the win for Westfield against Springfield in the Ephs' 3-0 home victory. The younger Marino overcame a touch of wildness – five walks and three wild pitches – to settle down and allow just three hits, while striking out four batters. This was his first collegiate mound decision. Williams is 23-10 overall and 6-7 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

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            Seton Hall's Mike Genovese (Livingston, Soph.) had a 5-for-12 series with the bat in his hands against Notre Dame in Indiana this past weekend. The second baseman out of Livingston High also performed well in the field, picking up 20 assists and three putouts, with only one error. He also stole a pair of bases in Friday's 2-1 Hall win. The Pirates then lost the final two games of the series, 2-1, in 12 innings on Saturday, and 5-4 on Sunday. Seton Hall is now 20-21 overall and 7-11 in the Big East.

            John Gianis (Summit, Jr.) scored what proved to be the winning run in North Carolina State's 7-5 victory over Maryland in Raleigh, N.C. on Sunday. Gianis led off the seventh inning with the game tied at 5 and reached base on an infield single. He advanced to second base on a sacrifice and came around on a 2-out single up the middle. He had a 1-for-4 game at the plate and caught four flyballs in rightfield. N.C. State is now 26-19 overall and 11-13 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

            Montclair State's John Silvestri (Livingston, Fr.) got the win in the Red Hawks' 8-4 win over Richard Stockton in the second game of a Sunday doubleheader in Pomona. Silvestri went 4-1/3 innings, scattering three hits and allowing three runs, two of which were earned. He struck out two batters and now has a 2-1 record for Montclair, which is now 18-15 overall and 10-8 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. 

            Susquehanna's Stephen Tamayo (South Orange, Fr.) went 2-for-5 at the plate in Sunday's 14-13 slugfest win over the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. The catcher had two singles, scored a run, drove in a run and stole a base. He also caught a baserunner leaning the wrong way off third base. Susquehanna is 14-24.

            Rob Anderson (Westfield, Fr.) gave Franklin & Marshall four innings of scoreless relief in Saturday's 5-3 loss to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. He allowed no hits, struck out four batters and walked three. The Diplomats are 22-18.



            This past weekend, the Ivy League offered up something of present value and something to look forward to in the future. Dartmouth clinched the League regular season title with a 14-7 home win over Harvard on Friday and then came back on Sunday and knocked off no. 1 and previously undefeated Maryland, 9-8, in overtime, also in Hanover, N.H. Georgia Bird (Summit, Jr.) concentrated on defense for the Big Green (11-3), which entered the weekend ranked 14thin Division 1. She picked up one ground ball in a starting role against Harvard, and then came off the bench in the Maryland win, as this was also Dartmouth's Senior Day, with the fourth-year players on the roster given the bulk of the playing time.

            Yale can look forward to a brighter tomorrow after Saturday's 14-10 home win over Stony Brook. Entering the game, Meghan Murray (Chatham, Fr.) had but two goals all season while seeing limited action for the Bulldogs. But she was taken off the leash here and responded with three goals (in as many attempts on goal) and an assist, along with a ground ball in her possession and a draw control. Teammate Courteney Rutter (Summit, Fr.) also scored a goal for Yale (3-12) and controlled one draw. Yale coach Anne Phillips had high praise for Murray after the game.

            "Meg Murray is one of the best inside finishers," Phillips said. "She knows how to move inside, and finally today it clicked for her. You just keep waiting for that 'Aha' moment, and that's what this [game] was. We felt we could work the ball inside today, and that is what she is great at."

            Trinity of Connecticut defeated Williams, 15-6, in the first round of the New England Small College Athletic Conference tournament in Hartford on Sunday. Megan Leonhard (Summit, Soph.) had two goals for the Bantams (15-0), who are ranked third in Division 3. She also controlled a pair of draws. On Friday, a goal by Leonhard with 7:37 left to play won the game for Trinity, which defeated Amherst, 9-8, at home. Leonhard also scored the Bantams' first goal, and had three altogether; she also scooped up four ground balls, caused a pair of Amherst turnovers and controlled four draws. For the Lord Jeffs, Hillary Densen (Summit, Soph.) scored a goal and picked up a ground ball, while Claire Bennett (Westfield, Jr.) brought about a Trinity turnover and recovered two ground balls.

            As for Amherst, they then made their way to Brunswick, Maine for a Sunday NESCAC tournament match with Bowdoin, which they lost, 5-3. Densen scored one of the three Amherst goals and reeled in one ground ball. Bennett had a team-high three caused turnovers and she lifted two balls off the ground. The Lord Jeffs ended the season with a 9-6 record.

            Elsewhere in the NESCAC, Colby eliminated Bates, 17-8, in Waterville, Maine on Sunday, with Mary Cummings (Summit, Jr.) offering one draw control and one caused turnover to the winning Mules (12-3), who meet Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon in a NESCAC semifinal match at Trinity. The host school's semifinal round opponent will be Tufts, which took Middlebury out, 13-12. Sara Bloom (Summit, Sr.) was in goal for the Jumbos (11-5) and made 12 saves.

            Stanford worked out a 12-10 victory over Oregon in the championship game of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament in Moraga, California on Sunday. Paige Farmakis (Chatham, Jr.) earned All-Tournament accolades on behalf of her work for the Cardinals. She caused a pair of turnovers, retrieved a ground ball and controlled one draw in the Oregon win and had a team-high three draw controls in Friday's 20-11 semifinal round triumph over California. Teammate Carolyn Bradley (Short Hills, Soph.) earned credit for one draw control in each game, along with plucking a ground ball and causing a bobble against Oregon. Stanford, ranked sixth in Division 1, now possesses a 16-2 season record.

            Brittany Carlin (Summit, Soph.) scored a goal to help push Boston University past Vermont, 16-8, in Burlington, Vermont on Saturday. The Terriers improved to 8-8 overall and 4-2 in the America East with the triumph.

            Kelly Buechel (South Orange, Jr.) rang up a goal and an assist – her fourth of the season in each category – in Columbia’s 12-11 loss to Binghamton in Vestal, N.Y. on Saturday. The Lions slipped to 4-10.

            Courtney Davis (Madison, Sr.) recorded a game-high six turnovers caused in Cabrini’s 18-10 home victory over Immaculata in the first round of the Colonial States Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday. Davis also had her way on four draws and got her stick on two ground balls. The 7-9 Cavaliers now have a date with Gwynedd-Mercy on that rival’s field on Wednesday, hoping to reverse an 11-10 loss suffered earlier this season.

            As goes Lucy Johnson (Short Hills, Jr.), so goes William Smith or so it seems, and nothing happened last weekend to change that view. Johnson was held scoreless, although she did record an assist, in the Herons' 10-8 loss at home to Rensselaer Poly on Friday. She did make her presence known in other facets of the game, however – four ground balls, three draw controls and two RPI turnovers to her credit. Johnson then busted out on Saturday with three goals in a 17-16 home win over Vassar. To that, she added two assists, two ground balls, two draw controls and one turnover caused. Smith (6-9, 4-4 Liberty League) clinched the fourth and final League playoff spot with the win.

            Nicole Peotter (New Providence, Soph.) scored on a free position shot to help FDU-Florham defeat Lycoming, 20-13, in Madison on Sunday. The Devils (11-5) take on Eastern in the first round of the Middle Atlantic Conference tournament in Madison Tuesday evening.

            Liberty's Kristen Masullo (Berkeley Heights, Fr.) had 13 saves in goal as the Flames were doused by Davidson, 11-6, in a Friday road game. They bounced back on Saturday with a 16-13 win over Howard; Masullo minded the net for 52 minutes, and allowed 11 goals, while stopping six shots. Liberty ended the season at 7-11.



            Johns Hopkins, ranked second in Division 1, held off a fourth-quarter rally by no. 18 Loyola (Md.) to leave the pitch with an 8-7 victory in Baltimore on Saturday. Rob Guida (Chatham, Fr.) had one of the Blue Jays’ goals, while Matt Langan (Madison, Sr.) fired one in for Loyola. Both were credited with picking up a ground ball and Guida also brought about one Greyhounds turnover. Both men are now in double digits in goals scored this season; Guida has 10 and Langan 15. Hopkins ticked up to 11-2, while Loyola fell to 8-4.

            Billy Eisenreich (Chatham, Jr.) scored a goal and assisted on another to help Bucknell earn the Patriot League Championship with a 10-3 win over Colgate in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania on Sunday. Eisenreich also picked up one ground ball; teammate John Scally (Short Hills, Jr.) caused one Colgate turnover and recovered two balls off the ground. Colgate’s John Donnally (Madison, Jr.) and Bobby Lawrence (Summit, Fr.) were both active on defense – each came up with one ground ball, with Donnally jarring loose the ball twice and Lawrence doing likewise once.

            No. 12 Bucknell (14-2) advanced to the championship game by defeating Lehigh, 13-5, on Friday at home. Eisenreich assisted on a goal and picked up two ground balls; Scally came up with one ground ball. For Lehigh, which ended its season at 7-9, Richard Bradley (Short Hills, Sr.) caused a pair of Bucknell turnovers and retrieved a ground ball.

            Colgate, ranked 16thin Division 1, made it to Sunday's game with a 7-6 win over Army on Friday, also at Bucknell. Donnally and Lawrence were credited with three and two ground balls, respectively. The Raiders are now 10-5.

            Jeff Keating (Chatham, Jr.) scored a pair of goals and earned an assist on another tally as Roanoke defeated Hampden-Sydney, 13-11, in Salem, Virginia on Sunday to advance to the championship game of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The Maroons next take on Lynchburg at home this coming Sunday.  

            Rensselaer Poly finished the regular season with a 9-7 win over Union (N.Y.) in Schenectady, N.Y. on Saturday. Max Blair (West Orange, Soph.) retrieved four ground balls for the Engineers (10-5, 4-2 Liberty League)

            Elsewhere in the Blair family, Lee Blair (West Orange, Jr.) tallied three goals and an assist for Misericordia, which came out on the wrong end of a 15-9 verdict to Elizabethtown in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Saturday. Misericordia, which began the season by winning six of their first eight games, limped across the finish line having won just one of their last eight outings to finish at 7-9.

            Air Force defeated Hobart, 9-6, at home on Saturday with Brian Wilson (Summit, Sr.) recording nine saves in goal for the winning Falcons (6-7).

            Drew and Goucher needed three overtime periods to settle Saturday’s contest in Towson, Maryland to the satisfaction of Goucher, 8-7. Drew’s Charlie DeSocio (Maplewood, Jr.) made 19 saves as the Rangers dropped to 8-6 overall and 2-3 in the Landmark Conference.

            A game-high three goals from Henry Burchenal (Summit, Sr.) highlighted Hamilton’s 10-6 win over St. Lawrence in Canton, N.Y. on Saturday. Burchenal also lifted two ground balls and caused the Saints to cough the ball up twice. The Continentals improved to 11-3 overall and 3-3 in Liberty League action.

            Springfield’s Harry Bernstein (Westfield, Jr.) was also on a 3-goal diet in the Pride’s 15-5 defeat of MIT at home on Saturday. Bernstein also accounted for three assists and two ground balls as Springfield’s record climbed to 9-5 overall and 5-0 in the Pilgrim Lacrosse League, the regular season championship of which they clinched with this victory.

            Five ground balls claimed and three takeaways engineered by Chris Ficke (Madison, Sr.) went a long way in Villanova’s 11-7 home victory over Providence on Saturday. The 10th-ranked Wildcats are now 11-3 overall and 3-2 in the Big East.

            Terry White (Summit, Jr.) scored one goal for Harvard in their 9-5 triumph over Yale in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Saturday. The Crimson are now 9-5 overall and 3-3 in the Ivy League standings.  

            With four goals in the bank, you might be quick to anoint Susquehanna’s Luke Delavan (Madison, Jr.) as man of the match in the Crusaders’ 16-6 defeat of the Merchant Marine Academy in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania on Saturday. But that honor would probably go, instead, to teammate Billy Spack with a 5-spot. Yet, it was Delavan who set Spack up for numero cinco. Also making their marks for Susquehanna (11-5) were Henry Weismantel (Chatham, Sr.) with an assist and a ground ball, and Jimmy Warburton (Chatham, Sr.), with a ground ball and two rival turnovers perpetrated.

            Dickinson, ranked sixth in Division 3, laid claim to the Centennial Conference championship by edging no. 17 Gettysburg, 6-5, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on Sunday to move to 16-1 on the season. In Friday’s semifinal round, Dickinson defeated Ursinus, 12-3, with defensive contributions from Alex Yedibalian (Madison, Sr.), who brought up two ground balls, and B.J. West (Summit, Jr.), who lifted one. Gettysburg made it to the title game with a 10-7 win over Haverford on Friday. Will Sangree (Summit, Jr.) made off with a couple ground balls for the Fords (11-4).

            Rutgers lost to Georgetown, 12-9, in Piscataway on Saturday, but got fine performances from Chris Mattes (Westfield, Sr.) and Will Mangan (Maplewood, Jr.). Mattes assisted on one goal, scooped up five ground balls and prevailed on 14 of 25 faceoffs. Mangan scored a goal, earned an assist and retrieved two ground balls. The Scarlet Knights are 5-9 overall and 0-5 in the Big East.

            Cory Weiss (Maplewood, Soph.) chipped in an assist and recovered one ground ball as FDU-Florham defeated Lycoming, 8-7, in Madison on Monday evening in a first-round Middle Atlantic Conference playoff game. The Devils had just knocked off the same rival, 6-5, at Lycoming on Saturday to end the regular season.

            Michael Acierno (Short Hills, Jr.) wrangled four ground balls in Williams College's 12-9 loss to Middlebury on Friday in Vermont. The Ephs finished the season 2-11.



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