This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: October 2-8

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: October 2-8

Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, October 10
Field Hockey @ American International, 4 p.m.*
Men's Soccer @ Franklin Pierce, 7 p.m.*
Women's Volleyball @ Saint Anselm, 7 p.m.*

Wednesday, October 11
Women's Tennis vs. Bentley, 3 p.m.*
Women's Soccer @ Saint Anselm, 4 p.m.*

Friday, October 13
Men's Golf @ Le Moyne Fall Invitational (Cicero, N.Y.), 8 a.m.

Saturday, October 14
Men's Golf @ Le Moyne Fall Invitational (Cicero, N.Y.), 8 a.m.
Women's Tennis @ Southern New Hampshire, 11 a.m.*
Field Hockey vs. Southern Connecticut State, 12 p.m.*
Women's Volleyball @ Merrimack, 1 p.m.*
Men's Soccer @ Stonehill, 2 p.m.*
Men's Tennis @ Southern New Hampshire, 2 p.m.*
Women's Soccer @ Southern New Hampshire, 4 p.m.*

* Northeast-10 Conference Event

 

Cross Country Squads Both Among Top 15 at James Earley Invitational

The Saint Michael's College men's and women's cross country teams competed in their first of two straight races at Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass., on Saturday, finishing 14th and 12th, respectively, during the James Earley Invitational.

The Purple Knight women were just outside the top 10 in a 41-school field that included NCAA Division II and III teams among its complete squads, as they netted 334 points to match 11th-place The College of Saint Rose and finish just one behind 10th-place Saint Anselm College (333). Sophomore Abby French (Nashua, N.H./Academy of Notre Dame) led the women during the 5K by placing 17th among 257 finishers in a time of 19:27.42, while senior Roxy Withers (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) was 54th in 20:12.83. Sophomore Emma Koukos (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) took 84th in 20:41.93, edging out senior Leah Seften (Bolton, Conn./Bolton), who placed 89th at 20:46.09. Junior Emily Calder (Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton) captured 104th place at 20:55.91 to round out her team's scorers. Koukos set a personal record for the third straight race, French and Seften reached PRs for their second consecutive meet, and Withers shattered her personal best by more than 34 seconds.

On the men's side, the Purple Knights scored 427 points to claim 14th out of 40 schools while besting Northeast-10 Conference foes Saint Anselm (521) and Saint Rose (650) along the way. Sophomore Kevin Jeter (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) took 19th among 266 finishers in the 8K by crossing the line in 27:01.85, while classmate Tim DeCosta (Barnstable, Mass./Barnstable) nabbed 82nd at 28:52.81. First-year Mike DeAngelo (Springfield, Mass./Springfield Central) was 104th in 29:21.88, and junior David Baird (Higganum, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth) narrowly trailed in 107th at 29:26.58. Classmate Nathan Terry (Reading, Mass./Tilton School) took 124th at 29:49.03, setting a PR for the third straight race. DeAngelo and DeCosta also registered PRs.

 

Field Hockey (4-7, 1-5) Drops Two Conference Contests

The Saint Michael's College field hockey team went 0-2 over the course of last week, falling to Franklin Pierce University, 3-1, on Wednesday and 4-1 to first-place Stonehill College on Saturday in Northeast-10 Conference play.

Against Franklin Pierce, junior Morgan Johnston (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport) scored her first goal of the season for the Purple Knights as first-year Maddie Green (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport) added the assist. Green recorded her first career point while assisting her former high school teammate. Sophomore Anna Hurley (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) picked up two saves. The Purple and Gold matched the Ravens with three shots apiece during the first half.

Junior Katie Leonard (Carmel, N.Y./The Ursuline School) picked up her first goal of the season for the Purple Knights against Stonehill. Sophomore Claire Scherf (Bethlehem, Conn./Nonnewaug) had two defensive saves as senior Jenna Deschaine (Claremont, N.H./Stevens) had one. Hurley posted four saves on the afternoon. Saint Michael's was barely outshot 16-15 while holding an 8-5 edge in penalty corners. Stonehill has qualified for the past four NCAA Tournaments and won two of the past three NE10 Championships.

 

Men's Golf Posts Historic Final Day at NE10 Championship

The Saint Michael's College men's golf team set two more school records on Tuesday while taking seventh place at the Northeast-10 Conference Championship at Lake Sunapee Country Club in New London, N.H., and coming within two strokes of fifth place.

After being selected to finish ninth among 10 teams in the NE10 Championship pre-meet poll by the league's coaches, Saint Michael's not only placed as high as seventh for the first time since tying for sixth in 2011, but was within one shot of 2017 NCAA Championship qualifier Franklin Pierce University and two short of fifth-place Assumption College. The Purple Knights trimmed eighth-place The College of Saint Rose, an NCAA squad last spring, by three shots. On day two alone, Saint Michael's had the fifth-best score, within six shots of second place.

The Purple Knights carded 304 shots on Tuesday, registering their best 18-hole round at the NE10 meet since joining the league in 1987-88 for the second straight day, having shot 305 on Monday. Their 609 total strokes were their fewest in 22 36-hole conference championships, shattering the mark of 626 set by the 2003-04 squad. As a team, the Purple and Gold placed third in birdies (19) for the tournament while taking fourth in par-five scoring average (4.9). All five competitors broke 80 in a round at the NE10 Championship for the first time.

Junior Colin Gaunt (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) shot a 5-over 75 on Monday, coming within two strokes of his career low while posting the best NE10 meet showing of his career. Overall, he led the Purple and Gold by tying for 16th with an 11-over 75-76--151 for the tournament, turning in the best placement by a member of his program since Nathaniel Young '16 tied for 10th in 2014. Gaunt and Young both fired 151 strokes, with Will Crall '09 the last to best that score, with 149 in 2008. Gaunt took second with six birdies while placing seventh in par-three scoring average (3.3).

Sophomore Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) tied for 20th by shooting 77-75--152, nabbing the second top-20 showing during an NE10 meet of his career. Johnson recorded his eighth and ninth straight rounds in the 70s. First-year Connor Morse (Westford, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) tied for 23rd at 77-76--153, tying for second on par five holes (4.0) and tying for third in birdies (5).

Junior Tucker Buteau (Gorham, Maine/Tilton School) turned in a career-low 76 for the second straight round on Monday before finishing with a 76-78--154 for the tournament and tying for 27th. Junior David Boardman (Pelham, N.H./Pelham) trimmed a championship-best 13 strokes between Monday and Tuesday, carding a 77 on day two to finish the meet in 46th place at 167 overall.

 

Men's Soccer (3-6-1, 1-6) Splits Over the Course of the Week

The Saint Michael's College men's soccer team went 1-1 last week as the Purple Knights suffered a 2-1 Northeast-10 Conference loss to nationally-regarded Southern Connecticut State University on Wednesday before a 2-1 non-conference double-overtime victory against Felician (N.J.) University on Saturday.

Senior Matt Vlasich (East Kingston, N.H./Exeter/Saint Anselm) netted his first goal of the season against Southern Connecticut State, while first-year Leland Gazo (Colchester, Vt./Rice Memorial/Bradley) had a career-high eight saves. The Owls were receiving votes toward last week's United Soccer Coaches national poll.

Sophomore Andres Rivas (Caracas, Venezuela/Palmer Trinity School) scored the winning goal with 28 seconds left in the second overtime for the Purple Knights at Felician. Rivas netted his second goal of the season while picking up an assist on sophomore Justin D'Orlando's (Middleton, Mass./Bridgton Academy) 74th-minute tying strike. D'Orlando aided Rivas' winner, as each finished with three points on the day. Sophomore Gabriel Pineda (Miami, Fla./Immaculata-La Salle) picked up the victory while making three saves over the final 64:32 in relief of senior Daniel du Feu (Miami, Fla./Palmer Trinity School), who played the opening stanza.

 

Women's Soccer (3-6-1, 2-6) Upended by Three Regionally-Ranked NE10 Squads

The Saint Michael's College women's soccer team went 0-3 last week against three regionally-ranked Northeast-10 Conference teams. The Purple Knights fell to The College of Saint Rose, 2-0, on Tuesday, against Assumption College, 2-1, on Thursday, and versus Pace University, 2-0, on Saturday. Saint Rose, Assumption, and Pace were ranked fourth, fifth, and seventh, respectively, in last week's United Soccer Coaches East Region poll.

Junior Megan LeCours (Barre, Vt./Spaulding) picked up seven saves for the Purple Knights with the team holding Saint Rose to six shots in the first half. Against Assumption, senior Abby Pelon (South Lyon, Mich./Ladywood) scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season for Saint Michael's, while first-years Sam Faust (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) and Holly Spencer (Windham, Maine/Windham) registered assists for their first collegiate points. LeCours collected three first-half saves while taking the loss, and first-year Liz Vallatini (Needham, Mass./Needham) made her college debut with four stops during a shutout second half. Vallatini made her first collegiate start with two stops against Pace, as Saint Michael's was only outshot 14-10.

 

Women's Tennis (4-8, 3-7) Swept in Conference Play

The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team went 0-3 last week in Northeast-10 Conference action. The Purple Knights suffered a 6-3 loss to Saint Anselm College on Tuesday, fell short at the University of New Haven, 5-4, on Saturday, and were swept by regionally-ranked Adelphi University, 9-0, on Sunday. Adelphi is ranked fifth in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll.

At Saint Anselm, junior Katie Costa (Old Saybrook, Conn./Old Saybrook Senior) and first-year Melissa Wood (Stratham, N.H./Exeter) teamed for an 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles to nab the Purple and Gold's lone point in that segment of the match. The visitors' other two duos both suffered 8-4 setbacks, with junior Margaret de Pont (Norton, Mass./Bishop Feehan) and sophomore Abby Ramsay (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) combining in the top spot and senior Amelia Weeks (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey) and sophomore Caroline Sumner (Needham, Mass./Needham) joining at No. 3.

Sumner eased to a 6-0, 6-1 triumph in the fifth singles slot while Weeks ground out a 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 10-3 win at No. 4. It was the second lengthy match of her career against the Hawks, having fallen during doubles play as a sophomore by a 9-8 (20-18) count. Sophomore Anna Schneider (Westbrook, Conn./Westbrook) was one of four Purple Knights to fall in straight sets, losing a 7-5, 6-4 decision at No. 6. De Pont was also among them, being defeated by the fourth-ranked singles player in the ITA East Region poll at No. 1.

Against New Haven, in a match that featured five tight results, the Chargers carried a 2-1 edge into singles action. Sumner and Weeks took an 8-1 decision at No. 2 doubles to tie the match before Costa and Wood narrowly dropped an 8-6 contest at No. 3. Wood claimed a 6-2, 6-0 triumph in the third singles slot to again tie the match before New Haven players picked up wins in the top two positions - including de Pont losing a pair of close sets in a 6-3, 6-4 setback at No. 2 - to push in front 4-2. However, Sumner and Weeks both rallied to win their matches in three sets, tying the match at 4-4.

Weeks first claimed a 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 decision at No. 4 before Sumner finished off a 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-0) triumph in the fifth position. Schneider also battled back from one set down to force a third and deciding set but ultimately lost 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (7-2) in the sixth spot, taking her opponent to a third-set tie-breaker to determine both their match and the final team result.

Facing Adelphi, de Pont and Ramsay lost by an 8-2 count at No. 1 doubles to the fourth-ranked duo in the region, taking the most games from the Panther tandem in three matches, as the Adelphi team had lost as many games only once in its prior five outings. Sumner/Weeks and Schneider/senior Melissa Hickox (Laurel, N.Y./Mattituck) both won one game from the second and third positions, respectively. Schneider captured three games during a pro-set loss at No. 6 singles, while de Pont took two games from the 16th-ranked singles player in the region at No. 1. Wood also won a pair of games during her contest in the second spot while appearing higher than No. 3 for the first time.

 

Women's Volleyball (1-8, 1-3) Blanked by Stonehill in NE10 Play

The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team went 0-1 last week, falling 3-0 on Saturday in Northeast-10 Conference play to Stonehill College. Seniors McKenzie McNamara (Pembroke, Mass./Pembroke) and Megan Priester (Dover, N.H./Dover), junior Gabby Ratte (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury Hall/Colby-Sawyer) and sophomore Jordan Dean (Gilford, N.H./Gilford) all had four kills for the hosts, with Ratte adding eight assists and seven digs. Sophomore Tanner Barton (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls) dropped five aces with seven digs, junior Sarah Rodgers (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) collected seven helpers and nine digs, while senior Julia Colasanti (Northville, Mich./Northville) contributed 10 digs.

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