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

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

Upcoming Schedule:

Wednesday, March 13
Women's Lacrosse vs. Adelphi, 3 p.m.* 

Saturday, March 16
Softball vs. Pittsburgh Johnstown (Pa.), 9 a.m.#
Women's Lacrosse @ Assumption, 12 p.m.*
Men's Lacrosse vs. Assumption, 1 p.m.*
Softball vs. Salem (W.Va.), 1:30 p.m.# 

Sunday, March 17
Baseball vs. Gallaudet (D.C.), 9 a.m.# (2)
Softball vs. Minnesota Duluth, 9 a.m.#
Softball vs. Minnesota Crookston, 1:30 p.m.#

* Northeast-10 Conference Event
# Spring Break Trip in Florida


Skiing Finishes 13th at NCAA Championship, Grand Earns Third Career All-America Placement

The Saint Michael's College Alpine skiing team finished 13th of 24 schools at last week's NCAA Championship with 72 points after qualifying a school-record five Purple Knights for the competition. The men's side sent the maximum three skiers, while the women sent two. The Purple Knights came within one placement and one point of the school records they set last year. Senior Guillaume Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée Général Ferrié) earned his third career All-America finish in the slalom on Saturday, taking fourth place overall and first in the East. His top-five finish earned him the first United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association (USCSCA) All-America first-team qualification in Purple Knight history, while his fourth NCAA Championship appearance ties him with Keith Farnand '00 for the school record.

During Thursday's giant slalom race, first-year Ben Throm (Aspen, Colo./Aspen) placed 24th out of 34 skiers with a two-run time of 1:59.97 to lead the Purple Knight men in his first NCAA Championship appearance. He finished 12th of 16 in the East and totaled the 15th-best second run (1:01.40) of the day. Junior Colby Jordan (Charlotte, Vt./Mount Mansfield Winter Academy), who was also appearing in his first NCAA Championship, stood 22nd after his first run, but did not finish his second run. Grand did not finish his first run. For the women, junior Anna Willassen (Jar, Norway/Persbråten VGS) took 25th of 34 racers with a time of 2:06.45 while becoming the first Saint Michael's woman to make three NCAA Championship appearances. She finished 10th of 16 in the East. Junior Emilia Laffin (Chamonix, France/Lycée du Mont-Blanc René Dayve) claimed 27th at 2:06.92 in her first NCAA Championship appearance.

On Saturday the Purple Knights set the school mark for points in a single day at NCAAs with 55, as the men and women combined to place eighth nationally during the slalom. The men alone took third place with 53 points on the day, behind only the University of New Mexico (74) and Denver University (57). Grand earned a fourth-place finish with a time of 1:42.50 to grab his third career All-America finish and first career first-team award. The top 10 finishers are named USCSCA All-Americans, with the top five being first team. Throm took 19th at 1:46.16, posting his career-best finish in the slalom and the third-best improvement in the event between starting position and final placement. Jordan grabbed 21st at 1:47.00, tying his career-high placement in the event. For the women, Willassen took 29th, clocking in at 2:00.47, while Laffin did not finish her first run.

Grand capped the most successful career of any skier in Purple Knight history on Saturday. He is the only All-America qualifier - a feat he accomplished as a first-year, sophomore, and senior - is one of two four-time NCAA Championship qualifiers among Purple Knights and is the College's only four-time Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) All-East honoree in the league's modern era. In 18 NCAA Championships, Saint Michael's has totaled 610 points, with Grand singlehandedly accounting for 144 (23.6%). In 56 career starts, Grand placed in the top 10 44 times, reaching the podium - among the top three - 10 times.  

Among the Alpine teams at the championship, the Purple and Gold finished 10th out of 16 programs and fourth in the East. The Purple Knights tied for sending the third-most Alpine qualifiers from the East, matching national power University of Vermont, while sending more than regional heavyweight University of New Hampshire (4). The Purple Knights also sent more men (3) than the Catamounts (2). Saint Michael's was among just seven programs across the nation to send the maximum three male Alpine skiers. This marked the third time in four years Saint Michael's has set a school record for qualifiers for the NCAA meet, while at least one Purple Knight qualified for the eighth straight year, and for the 10th time in 11 years.


Men's Lacrosse (2-0) Grabs 16-7 Win Over Post for Second Straight Victory

The Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team defeated Post University, 16-7, during Saturday's non-conference contest, improving to 2-0 to start a season for the first time since 2015. The Purple Knights were receiving votes toward last week's New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) poll.

Graduate student Brian Loughlin (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) scored a career-high-tying eight points to lead the Purple Knights, tying a career high in goals with five, while adding three assists. Junior Ralph Grillone III (Brockton, Mass./Cardinal Spellman) notched a career-high four goals and added an assist, while first-year Max Djusberg (Abington, Mass./Boston College HS) buried a career-high three goals and added an assist and five ground balls and went 6-for-9 on faceoffs. Grillone scored at even strength, with a man advantage and with his team a man down, becoming the first Purple Knight to turn the feat since Mark Yetter '16 on March 26, 2016. Sophomore Jon Lockwood (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) netted two goals, while senior David Malota (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) and junior Alec Sharlow (Watertown, N.Y./South Jefferson) each added a goal. First-year Matt McGaffigan (Rockland, Mass./Rockland) totaled two assists and three ground balls, while junior Justin Richmond (New Market, Md./Linganore) registered an assist and nine ground balls and went 13-for-18 on faceoffs.

Senior Matt Cotter (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) posted two assists and six ground balls, while classmate Brendan Morris (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) had four ground balls and two caused turnovers. First-year Addison Kitchin (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) recorded an assist and three ground balls. Sophomore Dominic Joy (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) made nine saves in 57:12 in net for the win, while first-year Brady Neeb (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) made his college debut with no saves in 2:48 of relief. The Purple Knights held advantages in shots (49-21), ground balls (38-19), and faceoff wins (19-8), while forcing 30 turnovers. 

Loughlin's eight points extended his career total to 132, moving him into ninth in program history after passing Ray Roch '87 (130) and Kevin Duffy '03 (131). He is now just one point behind George Finn '90 (133) for eighth. Loughlin also pushed his career assist total to 70, which is fourth in program history. Richmond moved into a tie with Zach Smith '09 for fourth in program history with 207 career faceoff wins.


Women's Lacrosse (1-0) Opens Season With 13-6 Win Over Saint Thomas Aquinas

The Saint Michael's College women's lacrosse team opened its season with a 13-6 win over Saint Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) College during non-conference play last Friday. Senior Alex Vincent (Rush, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women) became just the 17th Purple Knight to reach the 100-point plateau, finishing the game with 103 career points, while interim head coach Courtney Barrett earned her first win as a college head coach.

Senior Kate Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) totaled five points on two goals and three assists, while grabbing three ground balls and five draw controls. Vincent posted her 14th career hat trick and added an assist, scoring her 100th point with the first goal of the game, while sophomore Kaitlyn Waystack (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet Regional) had her second career hat trick to go along with four ground balls. Junior Kaelyn Oliver (Canton, Conn./Canton) notched her third career hat trick, while first-years Kelsey Bush (North Conway, N.H./Kennett) and Kit Geary (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport) tallied their first collegiate goals, with Bush adding two ground balls. Senior Annie Martin (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang) had five draw controls, while junior Katrina Pietz (Brentwood, N.H./Exeter) recorded three. Sophomore Emma Coleman (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale) picked up two ground balls and caused two turnovers, while classmate Steph Brunelle (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) caused three turnovers. Sophomores Victoria Putnam (East Falmouth, Mass./Saint Mark's School) and Lucy Chin (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) each made two saves in net, with the former playing the first 44:35 for the win and the latter coming in for the final 15:25 in relief. The Purple Knights held a 16-5 advantage in draw controls and a 37-19 lead in shots.

Annie Martin's five draw controls upped her career total to 98, passing Lauren Rizzotti '09 (97) for sixth in program history, while tying Brynne Curran '08 for fifth.