This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: November 6-12

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: November 6-12

Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, November 14
Men's Ice Hockey vs. Post, 7:05 p.m.*

Wednesday, November 15
Women's Basketball vs. Southern New Hampshire, 5:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball vs. Southern New Hampshire, 7:30 p.m.*

Friday, November 17
Women's Ice Hockey @ Saint Anselm, 4 p.m.
Swimming & Diving @ North Country Invitational @ SUNY Potsdam, 4 p.m.

Saturday, November 18
Swimming & Diving @ North Country Invitational @ SUNY Potsdam, 10 a.m.
Women's Ice Hockey @ Saint Anselm, 1 p.m.
Women's Basketball @ Stonehill, 1:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball @ Stonehill, 3:30 p.m.*

* Northeast-10 Conference Event

 

Women's Volleyball (1-18, 1-13) Caps Campaign with Two Losses to Regionally-Ranked Foes

The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team concluded its season by going 0-2 in Northeast-10 Conference play last week. The Purple Knights lost a pair of 3-0 decisions against regionally-ranked squads, falling to the University of New Haven, which is second in the latest NCAA East Region poll, on Friday and versus eighth-ranked Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday.

Against a New Haven squad that won last year's NE10 Championship and qualified for 31 of the last 34 NCAA Tournaments, including the past 11, junior Gabby Ratte (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury Hall/Colby-Sawyer) collected six kills and six digs, senior McKenzie McNamara (Pembroke, Mass./Pembroke) posted three kills and three blocks, while sophomore Allie Statile (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) had five kills. Junior Sarah Rodgers (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) posted 13 helpers and eight digs, first-year Katy Konow (Lebanon, Conn./Lyman Memorial) turned in seven assists and seven digs, and sophomore Jordan Dean (Gilford, N.H./Gilford) had four kills and six digs. Senior Julia Colasanti (Northville, Mich./Northville) notched 14 digs.

Senior Megan Priester (Dover, N.H./Dover) collected six kills versus Southern Connecticut State, Ratte also had six kills along with two blocks, and sophomore Tanner Barton (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls) added five kills and 10 digs. Konow and Rodgers both nearly came away with a double-double as Rodgers tallied 14 assists and nine digs and Konow had 10 helpers and nine digs. Colasanti recorded 15 digs and Statile had three blocks.

Colasanti ended her career 15th in program history in career digs (788), passing Heather Frame '04 (764) during the weekend and landing three shy of Lindsey Shumway '05 (791) for 14th place. McNamara will graduate 11th in Saint Michael's annals with 80 block assists while Priester is 15th with 567 kills.

 

Men's Basketball (0-2) Begins Season with Pair of Setbacks at Saint Thomas Aquinas' Tournament

The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team went 0-2 while opening its season at Saint Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) College's Spartan Invitational over the weekend. The Purple Knights lost to Mercy (N.Y.) College, 89-82, on Saturday before falling against the host Spartans, 86-66, on Sunday. Saint Thomas Aquinas, which advanced to the 2017 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, is ranked fifth in the National Association of Basketball Coaches' (NABC) preseason national rankings while sitting first in the D2SIDA East Region Media Poll.

Junior Levi Holmes III (East Brunswick, N.J./Rutgers Prep) netted a career-high 29 points in 31 minutes against Mercy, shooting 10-of-19 overall and 4-of-9 from three-point range while going 5-of-5 on free throws. He also matched his best with nine rebounds and was one of five players with exactly two assists. Junior Derek Cheatom (Buffalo, N.Y./The Park School of Buffalo) added 16 points in 18 minutes, shooting 4-of-5 from deep, while senior Colin Richey (Upton, Mass./Choate Rosemary Hall) had 11 points and five boards off the bench. In his first game at the NCAA level, junior transfer Jaylen Hall (Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park/Richard J. Daley) tied his career high with six assists.

Holmes scored 27 points against Saint Thomas Aquinas, shooting 6-of-10 from three-point range, matching his career high in triples and tying Travis Warech '13 for 14th in program history with 127 career threes. Sophomore Eli DiGrande (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) totaled eight points, seven rebounds, three offensive boards, three assists and three steals. Redshirt sophomore Stan Foster (Rochester, N.Y./Avon Old Farms School) had eight points, six boards and two steals, while Richey notched eight points and three assists. Sophomore Thomas Jackson III (Middletown, Conn./Holderness School) added six points, seven caroms and five helpers. Saint Michael's trailed only 45-41 early in the second half while remaining within single digits until fewer than seven minutes were left.

 

Women's Basketball (2-0) Downs Both Opponents at Bridgeport's Season-Opening Tournament

The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team opened its season with two victories over the weekend at the University of Bridgeport's Conference Crossover Tournament, downing the hosts, 69-61, on Saturday and the University of the District of Columbia, 77-59, on Sunday. Saint Michael's is 2-0 for the second time in four years.

A 14-0 second-half run helped the visiting Purple Knights down Bridgeport in a match-up between the only two Purple Knights in college athletics. Senior Leah Spencer (Brockton, Mass./Archbishop Williams) scored a game-high 19 points, including 14 in the second half, while classmate Maddy Bennett (Montpelier, Vt./U-32) posted 12 of her career-high 16 points by halftime. Junior Samantha Delaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) collected 10 points, seven rebounds and two blocks, while sophomore Brianna Purcell (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) turned in eight points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals. First-year Nicole Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/Marianapolis Prep) tacked on seven points, and redshirt first-year Casey Evans (Londonderry, N.H./Saint Andrew's School) had eight rebounds in 15 minutes in her college debut. Junior Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) totaled six boards and six helpers, while sophomore Taylor Miller (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth) rejected three shots. The visitors held the hosts to 33.3 percent shooting.

All five starters scored in double figures against the District of Columbia, led Delaney's fifth career double-double. Delaney notched a career-high 21 points, shooting 7-of-10 from the field and 7-of-8 on free throws, and grabbed 14 rebounds, within one of her career high. Purcell shot 5-of-7 from the floor and 6-of-9 on freebies en route to 16 points, while Ferreri and Spencer both had 11 points and four assists, with Ferreri hauling in six rebounds. Bennett added 10 points. Evans collected five boards off the bench, as the Purple Knights held a 43-31 rebounding edge. Saint Michael's shot 24-of-31 on free throws to the Firebirds' 11-for-22, including using a 19-of-22 second-half showing to the District of Columbia's 3-for-10 performance to pull away.

 

Men's Ice Hockey (2-1-1, 2-0) Edges Franklin Pierce, 4-3, in Lone Contest of Week

The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team defeated Franklin Pierce University, 4-3, on Saturday during its lone contest last week, beginning the year 2-0 in the Northeast-10 Conference for the first time since 2010-11. Sophomore John Barry (South Boston, Mass./Deerfield Academy) scored twice, junior Sam D'Antuono (Hingham, Mass./Dexter School) provided a goal and assist while going 17-for-22 on faceoffs, and first-year Brandon Mitchell (North Scituate, R.I./Pomfret School) notched the game-winning goal and a helper. Senior Eric Salzillo (Johnston, R.I./Boston Bandits) was 11-for-16 on draws, and junior Chris Johnson (Duxbury, Mass./Pomfret School) totaled 17 saves. Mitchell's tally at 11:41 of the third period broke the final tie, and the Purple Knights held the Ravens scoreless during a last-minute 6-on-4 power play to hang on for the victory.

 

Women's Ice Hockey (2-6) Falls Twice at Franklin Pierce During Weekend Series

The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team went 0-2 while losing both ends of a weekend series at Franklin Pierce University, dropping a 5-2 decision on Friday and a 4-1 contest on Saturday.

Senior Kaitlyn Wurzer (Lee, N.H./Berwick Academy) and first-year Maddie Gervais (Glastonbury, Conn./East Catholic) both scored on Friday, with Gervais netting the initial goal of her college career, while classmate Lucy Chin (Lexington, Mass./East Coast Wizards) had 29 saves during her first collegiate start. Junior defender Christiana Akiki (Allendale, N.J./New Jersey Rockets) blocked four shots.

Senior Ashley Dineen (Somers, N.Y./Canterbury School) scored the lone tally for the Purple Knights on Saturday while Wurzer and senior Katherine O'Brien (East Sandwich, Mass./Tilton School) pitched in the assists. Chin recorded 35 saves, notching a career high for the second time during the weekend.

 

Swimming & Diving Squads Combine for Two Dual Victories in Pair of Meets

The Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving teams combined to go 2-2 over the weekend during a pair of meets. The women moved to 5-2 on the season after splitting a Friday tri-meet, downing Franklin Pierce University, 186-26, and falling to Merrimack College, 123-100, before defeating Clarkson University, 125-77, on Saturday. The men are 2-2 after losing a 130-90 decision against Clarkson on Saturday.

Junior Patty Kohn's (Weston, Conn./Greenwich) three victories led the way on Friday, as she topped the 100- (57.09) and 200-yard (2:03.68) freestyle races while leading off for the top 200-yard medley quartet (1:57.36). Senior Theresa Murphy (Pittsfield, Mass./Pittsfield), junior Tess Grimaldi (Higganum, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth) and sophomore Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) swam the remaining legs. Murphy topped the 100-yard butterfly (1:03.01), while Giampietro was first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:13.51), with first-year Kristin Burlew (Springfield, Vt./Hartford) third. Giampietro also placed second during the 200-yard individual medley. Senior Genevieve Gigandet (Groveland, Mass./Central Catholic) claimed both one-meter diving competitions, first scoring 137.85 before netting 178.85. Burlew and Grimaldi joined senior Coral Santos (Pawtucket, R.I./Saint Raphael Academy) and sophomore Sarah White (Lakeville, Mass./Apponequet Regional) to capture second place in the 200 free relay, while first-year Meg Geschwind (Rochester, Minn./Mayo) was third in both the 500 and 1,000 free races.

Giampietro and Kohn both won three races on Saturday, including siding on the 400 medley relay (4:19.31). Murphy and White also swam legs. Kohn topped the 50 (26.58) and 500 (5:34.31) free races, and Giampietro took the 100 breast (1:13.93) and 200 IM (2:23.71) events. Kohn edged out Grimaldi by just 0.33 seconds in the 50 free. Murphy added a win in the 100 fly (1:03.07) by 0.07 seconds, and Grimaldi topped the 100 free (1:00.40) field, with junior Elizabeth Doherty (Dedham, Mass./Dedham) taking second. Grimaldi and White sided with Santos and junior Meg Flanagan (Middletown, R.I./The Prout School/Boston College) to win the 200 free relay (1:49.56.). Gigandet took both one-meter diving events, with 161.05 and 123.32 points. Sophomore Reiley Adelson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) touched the wall first during the 1,000 free (12:25.39) for her first career individual victory, followed by classmate Megan Reid (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) in second. Adelson was second in the 500 free, Santos took the runner-up spot in the 200 free, and senior Sammy Sidorakis (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) placed second during the 100-yard backstroke.

Senior Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy) registered three wins to pace the men, including taking the 500 free (5:10.18) and 1,000 free (10:51.09) events. During the 200 free relay, he partnered with junior Seamus Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham), sophomore Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) and first-year Payton Stewart (Keene, N.H./Keene) for victory in 1:34.19, topping a Clarkson foursome by 0.10 seconds. Hopkins took the 50 free race (22.37) for his second win. Junior Pat Thornton (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) was the runner-up during the 100 fly, 200 free and 500 free, as he trailed the winner during the 100 fly by 0.47 seconds and the top finisher during the 200 free by 0.54 ticks. Butler was part of a second-place 200 medley relay quartet, joining junior Jacob Sutton (Tyngsboro, Mass./Tyngsboro), sophomore Aidan Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) and first-year Dan Fortier (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich). Stewart was third in the 50 free, Fortier took third in the 100 fly, and Mulderrig placed third during the 200 IM.