This Week in Saint Michael’s College Athletics ‒ February 13-19

Men’s Basketball (10-15, 9-12 NE-10) Drops One and Picks Up Crucial Win to Stay in Play-off Hunt

The Saint Michael’s College men’s basketball team went 1-1 last week in Northeast-10 Conference action, with the win helping it stay in the postseason hunt. The Purple Knights fell at Merrimack College on Tuesday, 56-48, and then defeated Saint Anselm College, 66-65, at home on Saturday.

Mike Holton Jr. '14 (Portland, Ore./The Winchendon School) led the Purple Knights with 13 points, four assists and four rebounds at Merrimack., while Corey Crawford '15 (Dover, Del./The Phelps School) notched 11 points. Tyler Schilling '12 (Excelsior, Minn./Minnetonka) provided 10 points and four boards, while James Cambronne '15 (De Bary, Fla./The Winchendon School) contributed nine points and eight rebounds.

Against Saint Anselm, Crawford totaled 16 points, six rebounds and three assists, while Holton had 11 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 2:34 remaining. Travis Warech '13 (Pine Brook, N.J./Montville) added 10 points and is two points shy of becoming the 13th Purple Knight junior to notch 1,000 career points. Schilling scored nine points and added nine rebounds, becoming the first Saint Michael's player in 37 years to reach the 870-board plateau. With 878, he is two shy of matching Rich Tarrant '65 for fifth in program history. Derek Knutty '13 (Rocklin, Calif./Whitney) added seven points, and Cambronne blocked three shots, bringing his total to 42 this season, the most by a Purple Knight first-year since Michel Bonebo '90 had 71 in 1986-87.

 

Women’s Basketball (11-14, 8-13 NE-10) Remains in Play-off Contention with Win Versus Saint Anselm

The Saint Michael’s College women’s basketball team went 1-1 last week in Northeast-10 Conference play, including a victory over Saint Anselm College to remain in the play-off picture. The Purple Knights fell at Merrimack College, 69-49, on Tuesday before hosting the Hawks on Saturday and picking up a 52-41 victory.

Nicole Adach '13 (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohonasen) totaled 15 points and eight rebounds against Merrimack, while Alexa Long '14 (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) had 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting to go along with eight boards. Megan Olsen '13 (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) added four assists and three steals, and Coreen Hennessy '12 (Chatham, N.H./Fryeburg Academy) notched seven points and six rebounds, including five on the offensive glass.

Against Saint Anselm, the Purple Knights held its school-record 16th opponent to 60 points or fewer. Adach and Olsen each netted 11 points, while Caitlin Quinn '12 (Oakdale, Conn./Montville) had nine points. Hennessy notched seven points, while Samantha Steinmetz '12 (Washington, Conn./Shepaug Valley) had eight rebounds in her second career start. In four minutes off the bench, Morgan Jenkins '15 (Revere, Mass./Revere) notched five boards and four points.

 

Men’s Ice Hockey (6-17-2, 3-14-1 ECAC East, 2-2-1 NE-10) Drops Three Contests, Finishes Regular Season

The Saint Michael’s College men’s ice hockey team went 0-3 last week, slipping twice in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East home contests and once in a Northeast-10 Conference match-up. The Purple Knights fell to Stonehill College, 7-3, at home on Tuesday and then hosted a pair of ECAC East games during the weekend, dropping a 4-1 decision to Babson College on Friday and then falling 5-1 to the University of Massachusetts at Boston on Saturday.

Against Stonehill, Tim McAuliffe '13 (North Reading, Mass./Vermont Academy) led the Purple Knights with two goals and an assist, while Brady Earle '12 (Columbia, Md./The Gunnery) tallied a marker in his 100th career game. Mike Dizgun '13 (Kirkland, Quebec/OCN Blizzard) stopped 15 shots, while classmate Eric McGuirk '13 (Rehoboth, Mass./Bridgewater Bandits) made seven saves in relief. Saint Michael's clinched the fourth seed in the upcoming four-team NE-10 Tournament, which begins with semifinals on Saturday. The Purple Knights will head to an opponent to be determined at a time that has yet to be determined.

During the weekend, Michael Jangro '13 (Reading, Mass./Valley Jr. Warriors) tallied for the hosts against Babson, while Josh Geary '13 (Wellesley, Mass./Phillips Andover Academy) netted the lone goal for the Purple Knights against UMass Boston. McGuirk stopped a combined 55 shots in both games, with 26 coming against the Beavers and 29 versus the Beacons.

 

Women’s Ice Hockey (3-20-1, 2-15-1 ECAC East) Falls Twice in ECAC East Action

The Saint Michel’s College women’s ice hockey team went 0-2 last week in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East home contests to end its regular season. The Purple Knights dropped a 4-0 decision on Friday to second-place College of the Holy Cross and then fell 6-1 to Salve Regina University on Saturday.

Erin Stevens '13 (Watertown, Conn./Connecticut Polar Bears) finished with 32 saves against Holy Cross, including 14 in the third period, when the hosts trailed just 2-0 until the final 11 minutes. Against Salve Regina, Ellia Héroux '15 (Thunder Bay Ontario/Thunder Bay Queens) tallied the lone goal for the Purple Knights, while Stevens finished with 34 stops. Midway through the second period, Stevens surpassed the 800-save mark on the season, eventually extending her own school record to 807. Meaghan Leong '14 (Cohasset, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) finished with five saves.

 

Skiing Takes 10th at Williams Carnival, Sandell Posts Pair of Top-10 Finishes

The Saint Michael's College skiing teams finished the two-day Williams College Carnival on Saturday by taking 10th place out of 16 teams, as Fredrik Sandell '15 (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) highlighted the weekend with a pair of top-10 Alpine finishes. Friday's Nordic races were canceled.

Sandell took ninth among 73 varsity collegiate skiers in the men's slalom on Friday, due in part to the second-best second-run time in the competition (45.03), which was just 0.08 seconds behind the leader. On Saturday, Sandell took second out of 73 in the giant slalom, finishing 0.26 seconds short of the winner. Carl-Oscar Bredengen '14 (Reistad, Norway/Donski Alpine) scored both days, finishing 27th in the slalom and 26th in the giant slalom.

Kerstin Middleton '14 (Greenland, N.H./Proctor Academy) paced the Purple Knights in the women's slalom on Friday, while Gabbi Hall '13 (San Anselmo, Calif./Forest Charter School) posted a 17th-place finish among 64 competitors in the women's giant slalom on Saturday, and classmate Christina Billotti '13 (Massapequa, N.Y./Green Mountain Valley School) finished 19th behind the fifth-best opening run. Ashley Langlands '12 (Shelburne, N.H./Gorham) scored both days.

Junior Colin Delaney '13 (Lake Placid, N.Y./National Sports Academy) paced the Nordic men's team in the 10k classic on Saturday, when finishes accounted for double points due to Friday's cancelation. Delaney and Robert Sitzer '12 (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) were less than a minute outside of the top 30 during the 73-racer event. Chloe Boutelle '15 (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) topped Saint Michel's for the women in the 10k classic, while Gabrielle Naranja '14 (Fort Kent, Maine/Fort Kent Community) took second.

 

Men's (2-8) and Women's (5-4) Swimming & Diving Teams Finish Sixth at NEISDA Championship

The Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving teams both finished sixth when the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championship came to an end on Sunday, as the teams combined to break 18 of the programs' 46 swimming records. The women competed among 22 institutions, and the men were in a 13-school field, with their high standings coming despite not sending competitors to the previous weekend's diving portion of the meet.

Eileen Mullowney '12 (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) was named Women's Swimmer of the Meet after winning the 50- (24.14), 100- (52.70) and 200-yard (1:53.60) freestyle events, reaching provisional qualification for the NCAA Championship in each while breaking the school records in all three. She played a role in seven school records over the weekend while falling 0.57 seconds short of the 19-year-old meet mark in the 200. Mullowney finished with five career victories at NEISDA meets, having also won twice as a freshman.

Mullowney helped four relays set school records, joining sister Julie Mullowney '14 (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) and Kaytlyn Kelley '12 (Jefferson, Mass./Wachusett Regional) for each mark. The trio joined Sammy Sweeney '12 (Waterbury, Vt./Harwood Union/Franklin & Marshall) for third-place showings in the 200- (1:51.37) and 400-yard (4:05.49) medleys. The trio swam legs with Steph Nadow '15 (Charlton, Mass./Saint Peter-Marian) on the third-place 200 free relay (1:40.72) and Corine McAllister '13 (South Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) for the fifth-place 400 free relay (3:42.34).

Julie Mullowney set school records in the 50- (31.53), 100- (1:08.73) and 200-yard (2:32.80) breaststroke events, including breaking Shauna McMahon's '97 18-year-old school mark in the 100. She was third in the 50 and fourth in the 100. Kelley placed second in the 50-yard backstroke (27.83), breaking Cassie Littlefield's '04 11-year-old record and coming within 0.02 seconds of the winning swimmer. Nadow was fifth. Kelley also placed fifth in the 100 back, coming within 0.21 seconds of another 11-year-old Littlefield mark. Sweeney broke the 200-yard butterfly (2:16.14) record during trials before taking eighth in the finals. In all, Julie Mullowney had a role in seven school records, Kelley had a hand in five and Sweeney put her name on three.

Dan Healy '12 (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) had a hand in four school records, while Nathan Paluso '15 (Windham, Maine/Windham) aided three. Healy set a mark in the 100 back (54.27) - taking fourth - and the 200 back record in trials (1:59.73) before finishing the finals in sixth. Healy also notched a record showing of 48.90 in a 100 free time trial. He and Paluso joined Michael Sprague '12 (Sharon, Mass./Sharon) and Aidan Meehan '15 (Levittown, N.Y./Island Trees) to capture fifth place in the 800 free relay in 7:26.99.

Paluso was seventh in the 200-yard individual medley (2:02.93) and set a mark in the 200 breast (2:18.16) during trials before taking eighth in the finals. Sprague was seventh in the 1,000 free, Kyle Esposito '13 (Endicott, N.Y./Union-Endicott) was eighth in both the 1,000 and 1,650 free races, and Andrew Marshall '13 (Kittery, Maine/Saint Thomas Aquinas/Saint Joseph's [ME]) was ninth in the 1,650. All three approached school records. Meehan took eighth in the 200 free, while he, Healy, Paluso and Nicholas Lamana '14 (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) combined for a seventh-place finish in the 400 medley relay.

Eileen Mullowney will now await word on whether she becomes the first swimming & diving student-athlete in Saint Michael's history to qualify for the NCAA Championship, as the entry lists will be revealed on Feb. 29. Based on national results entering the weekend, her performances at NEISDAs would have had her tied for 43rd in Division II in the 50 free and alone in 49th and 34th in the 100 and 200, respectively. At the 2011 NCAA Championship, 56 swimmers qualified for the 50 free, 58 for the 100 free, and 50 for the 200 free.

 

Women's Tennis (6-1, 6-0 NE-10) Returns from Four-Month Layoff with Win at AIC

The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team returned to action for the first time since Oct. 16 on Saturday, picking up a 9-0 victory at American International College during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple Knights are alone in first place in the NE-10.

The visitors won all six of their singles matches by 6-0, 6-0 counts. Emily Magee '13 (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury), Caroline Martin '15 (Scituate, Mass./Scituate), Alex Dalton '13 (South Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames), Hannah Benoit '15 (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School), Emily Ogilvy '12 (Bedford, N.H./Trinity) and Caroline Toutoungi '15 (Weston, Conn./Weston) won in the first through sixth positions, respectively. Each of the three doubles tandems posted 8-0 triumphs, with the duos of Magee/Dalton, Ogilvy/Toutoungi and Kayla Dowd '15 (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and Michelle Moreau '15 (Stratham, N.H./Exeter) all victorious.

 

Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, Feb. 21
Women's Basketball vs. Southern New Hampshire, 5:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball vs. Southern New Hampshire, 7:30 p.m.*

Friday, Feb. 24
Skiing @ EISA Championship, 9 a.m.
Men's Basketball - NE10 Tournament First Round @ TBA, TBA
Women's Basketball - NE-10 Tournament First Round @ TBA, TBA

Saturday, Feb. 25
Skiing @ EISA Championship, 9 a.m.
Women's Tennis vs. Merrimack, 11 a.m.*
Men's Tennis vs. Merrimack, 3 p.m.*

Men's Ice Hockey - NE-10 Tournament Semifinals @ TBA, TBA
Women's Ice Hockey - ECAC Open Tournament @ Saint Anselm, TBA

Sunday, Feb. 26
Men's Basketball - NE-10 Tournament Quarterfinals @ TBA, TBA
Women's Basketball - NE-10 Tournament Quarterfinals @ TBA, TBA
Women's Ice Hockey - ECAC Open Tournament @ Saint Anselm, TBA

* Northeast-10 Conference Game