This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: September 4-10

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: September 4-10

Upcoming Schedule: 

Monday, September 11
Men's Golf @ Franklin Pierce Fall Invitational (Keene, N.H.), 12 p.m.

Tuesday, September 12
Men's Soccer vs. Merrimack, 3:30 p.m.*

Wednesday, September 13
Women's Tennis @ SUNY Plattsburgh, 4 p.m.

Saturday, September 16
Cross County @ Aldrich Invitational (Middlebury), 1 p.m. (men), 2 p.m. (women)
Women's Soccer vs. New Haven, 12 p.m.*
Women's Tennis vs. Franklin Pierce, 12 p.m.*
Men's Soccer @ Adelphi, 1 p.m.*

Sunday, September 10
Field Hockey @ LIU Post, 11 a.m.*
Women's Tennis vs. Stonehill, 12 p.m.*

 * Northeast-10 Conference Event


Field Hockey (2-2) Drops Contest to No. 4 Saint Anselm Before a 1-0 Victory Against Franklin Pierce

The Saint Michael's College field hockey team went 1-1 last week during its home openers, dropping its first contest 3-1 to No. 4 Saint Anselm College on Thursday and blanking Franklin Pierce University, 1-0, on Sunday. Both of these contests were non-conference games. Saint Anselm, which advanced to the NCAA Tournament Final Four last season, is ranked nationally by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).

For the Saint Anselm contest, sophomore Arianna Boscia (Cranston, R.I./Lincoln School) scored the lone goal for the Purple Knights, her first career tally during her first season on the team. Sophomore goalkeeper Anna Hurley (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) recorded four saves in the game for Saint Michael's, and junior Katie Leonard (Carmel, N.Y./The Ursuline School) notched her second defensive save of the year. The Purple Knights were only outshot 14-8. Against Franklin Pierce, Boscia scored for the second straight game, during the 30th minute, and Hurley registered her second shutout, recording one stop. 


Men's Soccer (1-0-1) Draws Second Straight Double-Overtime Game in a 1-1 Tie

The Saint Michael's College men's soccer team went 0-0-1 last week during a 1-1 double-overtime draw against Saint Anselm College on Saturday during the inaugural Community Cup. Through the inaugural Community Cup contest, both teams donated $500 to a local charity, with this year's being Inti Academy, which serves underprivileged youths in Manchester through the sport of soccer. Saint Michael's went to two overtimes for the second time in as many contests this season.

Sophomore Cris Cervantes (Barranquilla, Colombia/Doral Academy Charter School), who did not play last season, struck for the 66th-minute equalizer, posting his second career goal, and first since Sept. 4, 2015. Senior Matt Vlasich (East Kingston, N.H./Exeter/Saint Anselm) pitched in the assist. Sophomores Leland Gazo (Colchester, Vt./Rice Memorial/Bradley) and Gabriel Pineda (Miami, Fla./Immaculata-La Salle) shared the net, with Gazo picking up the lone save, during the opening half. He made his college debut after not appearing during his lone season last fall at Division I Bradley University. Pineda earned the tie with 65 minutes of shutout relief.


Women's Soccer (1-1-1, 0-1) Drops Conference Opener to Southern Connecticut State, 2-1

The Saint Michael's College women's soccer went 0-1 last week as the team dropped its Northeast-10 Conference opener against Southern Connecticut State University, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore Greta Ricigliano (Milwaukee, Wis./Nicolet) held the lone goal for the Purple Knights, her first tally of the season, with senior Abby Pelon (South Lyon, Mich./Ladywood) pitching in the assist. It happened during a corner kick in the 61st minute, when Pelon connected with Ricigliano on the left side of the box. Junior Megan LeCours (Barre, Vt./Spaulding) played the first 45 minutes in net with sophomore Lindsay St. Pierre (Hooksett, N.H./Manchester Central) relieving her, grasping three saves.


Women's Tennis (0-2, 0-1) Falls to Merrimack During Conference Opener

The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team went 0-1 over the weekend. During its Northeast-10 Conference opener, the team suffered a 7-2 setback to Merrimack College on Saturday. The hosts swept doubles play to nab a 3-0 lead, with two Saint Michael's tandems coming closest to victory behind 8-4 losses. Sophomore Caroline Sumner (Needham, Mass./Needham) and first-year Melissa Wood (Stratham, N.H./Exeter) combined in the second spot, while junior Katie Costa (Old Saybrook, Conn./Old Saybrook Senior) and sophomore Anna Schneider (Westbrook, Conn./Westbrook) sided at No. 3. Wood and junior transfer Margaret de Pont (Norton, Mass./Bishop Feehan) both notched their first collegiate singles victories to account for the Purple Knights' points on the day. De Pont was victorious by a 6-3, 6-1 count in the second position, while Wood won 7-5, 2-6, 10-8 in a tie-breaker. Schneider won six games during a straight-set loss in the sixth spot, and sophomore Abby Ramsay (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) did the same at No. 1.


Women's Volleyball (0-4) Opens its Season at the Gannon/Mercyhurst Invitational

The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team went 0-4 on the week as it opened the season at the Gannon (Pa.) University/Mercyhurst (Pa.) University Invitational. On Friday, the Purple Knights fell to Hillsdale (Mich.) College, 3-0, before losing against Mercyhurst, 3-0. Hillsdale has qualified for nine of the past 13 NCAA Tournaments, while the Lakers qualified for NCAAs four times since 2008. The team closed out competition on Saturday with a pair of losses to 2016 NCAA Tournaments teams. The Purple Knights fell to Gannon, 3-0, before dropping a 3-0 match with the University of Findlay (Ohio).

Sophomore Jordan Dean (Gilford, N.H./Gilford) posted five kills versus Hillsdale, senior Julia Colasanti (Northville, Mich./Northville) added 12 digs and two assists, while junior Sarah Rodgers (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) collected 10 helpers and three digs. Sophomore Tanner Barton (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls) totaled seven digs, an ace and a block. In her team's first meeting with Mercyhurst since 2008, Barton had six kills, and senior McKenzie McNamara (Pembroke, Mass./Pembroke) posted four. Rodgers had 12 assists and seven digs, Colasanti contributed 19 digs, and first-year Katy Konow (Lebanon, Conn./Lyman Memorial) collected seven helpers and two aces.

Against Gannon, which qualified for the last eight NCAA Tournaments, Barton and Dean paced all Purple Knights with four kills apiece, while Dean added five digs. Rodgers had 10 assists and two aces, Colasanti totaled eight digs, and junior Abby Blanchet (Milford, N.H./Milford) dropped a pair of service aces. Dean notched six kills versus Findlay, which competed in the past two NCAA Tournaments, McNamara had five kills and two blocks, and junior Gabby Ratte (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury Hall/Colby-Sawyer) added four kills. Konow and Rodgers each collected 11 kills, Colasanti had 16 digs, and first-year Jillian Harvie (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) turned in two aces.