This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: January 2-7

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: January 2-7

Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, January 9
Swimming & Diving @ Bentley, 1 p.m.
Women's Basketball vs. New Haven, 5:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball vs. New Haven, 7:30 p.m.*

Friday, January 12
Men's Ice Hockey @ Assumption, 5:35 p.m.*
Women's Ice Hockey vs. Sacred Heart, 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, January 13
Nordic Skiing @ Colby Carnival, 9 a.m.
Women's Ice Hockey vs. Sacred Heart, 1 p.m.
Swimming & Diving @ SUNY Potsdam, 1 p.m.
Women's Basketball @ Adelphi, 1:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball @ Adelphi, 3:30 p.m.*
Men's Ice Hockey @ Assumption, 6:05 p.m.*

Sunday, January 14
Nordic Skiing @ Colby Carnival, 9 a.m.
Swimming & Diving @ Saint Rose, 1 p.m.

* Northeast-10 Conference Event

 

Men's Basketball (5-9, 2-7) Falls on the Road Before Earning a Victory at Home

The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team went 1-1 last week as it fell to regionally-ranked The College of Saint Rose, 96-83, on Wednesday before earning a 65-53 victory over American International College on Saturday in Northeast-10 Conference play. Saint Rose, which is ninth in the latest D2SIDA East Region Media Poll, advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 last winter.

At Saint Rose, junior Levi Holmes III (East Brunswick, N.J./Rutgers Prep) netted a career-high 31 points while shooting 10-of-14 overall, including 5-of-7 from three-point range, and hitting all six free throw attempts. Senior Colin Richey (Upton, Mass./Choate Rosemary Hall) added a career-high 18 points thanks to shooting 7-of-11 overall and 3-of-4 from deep. Junior Derek Cheatom (Buffalo, N.Y./The Park School of Buffalo) had 11 points, turning in a 5-of-5 free throw effort, sophomore Eli DiGrande (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) blocked three shots, and sophomores Jordan Guzman (Staten Island, N.Y./Xaverian) and Thomas Jackson III (Middletown, Conn./Holderness School) both dished off three assists. Saint Michael's committed only nine turnovers during the contest while shooting 20-of-25 on free throws and 11-for-23 on threes, finishing the game at 48.1 percent shooting from the floor.

In the Purple Knights' 100th all-time meeting with AIC, Holmes and junior Winston Jones II (Valley Stream, N.Y./Valley Stream Central) both registered 17 points for the Purple and Gold, with Holmes picking up two steals and shooting 8-of-9 on free throws while Jones snagged five rebounds and shot 6-of-13 overall, hitting three three-pointers. Cheatom and redshirt sophomore Stan Foster (Rochester, N.Y./Avon Old Farms School) both scored 10 points off the bench, with Cheatom draining three threes and Foster adding two steals. Guzman had five assists and five rebounds, Richey grabbed a team-best seven rebounds, and Jackson totaled five boards, three assists and two steals. The Purple Knights allowed their fewest points since also yielding 53 to the University of New Haven on Jan. 26, 2016, thanks to AIC shooting only 30.9 percent from the field and 23.5 percent from three-point range. Saint Michael's connected on 10 triples while going 13-of-15 on free throws and holding a 41-38 advantage on the glass. Saint Michael's improved to 4-3 in its last seven games with AIC, with the three losses coming by an average of 4.3 points. Each of the last nine meetings had been decided by eight points or fewer, with Saturday's margin the largest since a 12-point Yellow Jacket victory on Nov. 22, 2008. The Purple Knights last won by this many points on Feb. 10, 2001, an 81-50 win.

Over the course of the week, Holmes increased his career point total to 981 through 65 contests, becoming one of the top 50 scorers in the more than 100-year history of the program, while tying Dom Ditlefsen '15 for 11th in school annals with 160 career threes.

 

Women's Basketball (5-9, 2-7) Drops Two NE10 Decisions

The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team went 0-2 last week in Northeast-10 Conference action. On Wednesday the team suffered a 73-54 loss to The College of Saint Rose before falling to American International College, 62-44, on Saturday.

At Saint Rose, junior Samantha Delaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) notched 13 points and seven rebounds for the visitors, while senior Leah Spencer (Brockton, Mass./Archbishop Williams) had nine points. Sophomore Taylor Miller (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth) turned in eight points and two blocks off the bench, first-year reserve Nicole Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/Marianapolis Prep) scored seven points, and sophomore Brianna Purcell (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) totaled six points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals. Senior Maddy Bennett (Montpelier, Vt./U-32) snagged seven boards and dished off three assists from the post, while junior Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) tacked on three steals.

Against AIC, Anderson notched seven points, five assists and two steals for the hosts, while Ferreri totaled seven points and five steals. Miller notched six points, six rebounds and two blocks in her first career start, Delaney had six points and five boards, including four offensive, and sophomore Cassandra Falone (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) netted six points with two steals.

 

Men's Ice Hockey (6-6-1, 3-2) Falls Short in Overtime Action Against Wesleyan

The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team kicked off the new year with a 3-2 overtime loss to Wesleyan University on Wednesday. Sophomore John Barry (South Boston, Mass./Deerfield Academy) and first-year Brandon Mitchell (North Scituate, R.I./Pomfret School) tallied a goal each for the Purple Knights. Senior Nathan Foice (Essex, Vt./The Winchendon School) and first-year Ethan Hendrickson (Budd Lake, N.J./New Jersey Rockets) pitched in an assist apiece. Senior Eric Salzillo (Johnston, R.I./Boston Bandits) went 12-for-21 from the dot while first-year Thomas Flack (Toronto, Ontario/Saint Michael's Buzzers) went 6-for-13. Senior Keegan Finn (Yarmouth, Mass./Bay State Breakers) blocked three shots as sophomore Tim Decker (Liverpool, N.Y./Canterbury School) had 34 saves.

 

Women's Ice Hockey (2-12) Defeated Over the Weekend in the Trader Duke's Ice Hockey Classic

The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team went 0-2 during the 13th annual Trader Duke's Ice Hockey Classic last weekend, dropping a 3-2 decision to the University of Southern Maine on Friday evening and falling 4-1 to Plymouth State University Saturday afternoon.

Against Southern Maine, sophomore Jordan Monbouquette (Wayland, Mass./Lawrence Academy) and first-year Krista Ferrari (Dunstable, Mass./East Coast Wizards) both scored for the hosts, with Ferrari potting her initial college marker. Senior Jillian Witwicki (Danvers, Mass./Pingree School) was 12-for-20 on faceoffs while blocking four shots, first-year Megan Doherty (Stoughton, Mass./Walpole Express) went 7-for-13 at the dot, and junior Nicole Talcott (Colchester, Vt./Rice Memorial Prep) made 25 saves. The hosts held a 35-28 advantage in shots.

Against Plymouth State, Witwicki collected a goal for the Purple Knights and was named to the All-Tournament Team with classmate Katherine O'Brien (East Sandwich, Mass./Tilton School) and first-year Courtney Kelly (Arlington, Mass./Boston Jr. Shamrocks) pitching in the assists. Junior Christiana Akiki (Allendale N.J./New Jersey Rockets) blocked five shots while Witwicki, senior Kaitlyn Wurzer (Lee, N.H./Berwick Academy), and sophomore Arianna Boscia (Cranston, R.I./La Salle Academy) stopped three. Wurzer also went 9-for-16 from the dot as Talcott denied 37 shots, three shy of her career high.