This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: November 27 - December 3

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: November 27 - December 3

Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, December 5
Women's Basketball @ Saint Anselm, 5:30 p.m.*
Men's Ice Hockey @ Stonehill, 7 p.m.*
Men's Basketball @ Saint Anselm, 7:30 p.m.*

Friday, December 8
Men's Ice Hockey vs. Southern New Hampshire, 7:05 p.m.*

Saturday, December 9
Women's Basketball vs. Merrimack, 1:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball vs. Merrimack, 3:30 p.m.*
Men's Ice Hockey vs. Castleton, 4 p.m.

* Northeast-10 Conference Event


Men's Basketball (1-6, 1-4) Earns NE10 Victory Against Assumption Before Falling to Bentley

The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team went 1-1 last week as it earned a 69-67 victory over Assumption College on Wednesday before falling to regionally-ranked Bentley University, 80-61, on Saturday in Northeast-10 Conference action.

Against Assumption, junior Levi Holmes III (East Brunswick, N.J./Rutgers Prep) tallied 26 points, narrowly missing his season average of 26.6 points, which led the NCAA East Region and was good for third in Division II at the time of the contest, while shooting 11-of-16 overall and 3-of-4 from three-point range. He added team bests of six rebounds and two steals while matching for high honors with five assists. Sophomore Eli DiGrande (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) shot 6-of-9 en route to 15 points, five rebounds and two blocks in 23 minutes off the bench, while junior Derek Cheatom (Buffalo, N.Y./The Park School of Buffalo) notched 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting with four boards. Senior Colin Richey (Upton, Mass./Choate Rosemary Hall) turned in eight points and five assists - versus zero turnovers - and redshirt senior Bruno Beča (Zagreb, Croatia/Westchester Country Day School) and sophomore Jordan Guzman (Staten Island, N.Y./Xaverian) posted five and four rebounds, respectively.

When hosting Bentley, which was tied for eighth in the latest D2SIDA East Region Media Poll, Cheatom scored 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting with six rebounds to pace the hosts, while Holmes had 15 points thanks to 3-of-5 three-point shooting. Sophomore Thomas Jackson III (Middletown, Conn./Holderness School) added 12 points while hitting all four free throw tries. DiGrande pulled six rebounds, and redshirt sophomore Stan Foster (Rochester, N.Y./Avon Old Farms School) knocked down a pair of triples. The Purple Knights were taking on a Bentley squad leading the NCAA East Region in four offensive statistical categories, and held the visitors below their scoring average (93.7), which was ninth in Division II. The Falcons were also second in the region in three-point shooting (41.4%) but were limited to a 27.3 percent showing, going 6-of-22, while being held to a little more than half of their average made threes per game (10.0).

During the week, Holmes took over 12th in program history with 145 treys, passing Ben Smith '04 (142).


Women's Basketball (4-4, 1-4) Splits the Week with Victory Over Assumption and Loss to No. 3 Bentley

The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team went 1-1 last week. In Northeast-10 Conference action, the team trumped Assumption College, 67-41, on Wednesday before dropping an 81-47 contest on Saturday to No. 3 Bentley University, which is ranked third in both national polls and sits first in the most recent D2SIDA East Region Media Poll, won five of the last seven NE10 Championships and qualified for 33 of the past 36 NCAA Tournaments.

Against Assumption, Saint Michael's was led by junior Emily Ferreri's (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting - including 3-for-4 from three-point range - with two blocks in 22 minutes, as the hosts rejected 11 shots, shot 41.4 percent and allowed 26.8 percent shooting. The Purple Knights forced 19 turnovers. Senior Leah Spencer (Brockton, Mass./Archbishop Williams) had 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 22 minutes, shooting 3-of-5 from deep. Sophomore Brianna Purcell (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) notched eight points, eight assists with no turnovers, five rebounds and two steals, and junior Samantha Delaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) turned in six points, nine boards and two blocks, passing Sarah Turkington '92 (102) to take over sixth in program history with 103 rejections. Sophomore reserve Taylor Miller (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth) collected six points, five rebounds, five blocks and two steals in 18 minutes, first-year Nicole Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/Marianapolis Prep) handed out three assists, and redshirt first-year Casey Evans (Londonderry, N.H./Saint Andrew's School) pulled five boards.

Delaney scored 11 points against Bentley with five rebounds, including four offensive, in 18 minutes for the Purple and Gold, while sophomore Alyssa Breunig (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull) had nine points on 4-of-6 shooting with six rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal in 15 minutes off the bench. Purcell dished off five assists while snagging six rebounds, and Miller pulled six boards. Saint Michael's assisted 16 of its 21 baskets while outscoring Bentley, 33-32, in the second half.


Men's Ice Hockey (3-3-1, 2-1) Falls to Assumption, 4-2, in NE10 Title Game Rematch

The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team went 0-1 last week in a rematch of the 2017 Northeast-10 Conference Championship title game, as the team fell to Assumption College, 4-2, on Saturday in Cairns Arena. The Purple Knights had been the only NE10 team remaining with a perfect league record while the Greyhounds had also won last spring's championship contest, 3-2 in overtime. Juniors Sam D'Antuono (Hingham, Mass./Dexter School) and Nic Hermary (Coquitlam, British Columbia/Melfort Mustangs) scored for the Purple and Gold, while senior Eric Salzillo (Johnston, R.I./Boston Bandits) finished a team-best 10-of-20 on faceoffs. Sophomore Tim Decker (Liverpool, N.Y./Canterbury School) made 23 saves. Senior Nathan Foice (Essex, Vt./The Winchendon School) and sophomore Hadan Jordan (Colorado Springs, Colo./Boston Bandits) both blocked three shots.


Women's Ice Hockey (2-10) Falls Twice in Weekend Series Against the University of New England

The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team went 0-2 while losing both ends of a weekend series against the University of New England, dropping a 3-2 decision on Friday and a 3-1 contest on Saturday.

On Friday night, seniors Ashley Dineen (Somers, N.Y./Canterbury School) and Katherine O'Brien (East Sandwich, Mass./Tilton School) both scored, while junior Nicole Talcott (Colchester, Vt./Rice Memorial Prep) had 37 saves. Senior Kaitlyn Wurzer (Lee, N.H./Berwick Academy) was 12-of-20 on faceoffs, and classmate Jillian Witwicki (Danvers, Mass./Pingree School) went 8-for-14 at the dot.

Sophomore Arianna Boscia (Cranston, R.I./La Salle Academy) notched her first goal of the season for the Purple Knights on Saturday with first-year Krista Ferrari (Dunstable, Mass./East Coast Wizards) pitching in the assist. Witwicki went 10-for-17 at the dot. Senior Amanda Donahoe (Wakefield, Mass./Saint Mary's) and sophomore Torrie Gray (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth North) had three blocks each while Talcott denied 23 attempts in 56:47 of action.