This Week in Saint Michael’s College Athletics ‒ February 20-26

 

Men’s Basketball (11-15, 10-12 NE-10) Ends Season with Victory, Finishes in 10th-Place Tie

The Saint Michael’s College men’s basketball team went 1-0 last week in Northeast-10 Conference action, but narrowly missed the playoffs due to a tiebreaker and finished the season tied for 10th in the league. The Purple Knights hosted Southern New Hampshire University on Tuesday and earned a 59-48 victory.

During the lone game of the week, Tyler Schilling '12 (Excelsior, Minn./Minnetonka) and Travis Warech '13 (Pine Brook, N.J./Montville) both reached a milestone. Warech became the 13th junior in Saint Michael's history, and the 41st player overall, to reach the 1,000-point plateau, while Schilling grabbed eight boards to pass Rich Tarrant '65 and move into fifth place in program history, finishing with 886 rebounds.

Corey Crawford '15 (Dover, Del./The Phelps School) led the way with a game-high 13 points to go along with six rebounds, shooting 3-of-3 from deep, while Tom Ward '12 (Brighton, East Sussex, England/Saint Francis [N.Y.]) also buried a trio of triples en route to 11 points in his final collegiate contest. Derek Knutty '13 (Rocklin, Calif./Whitney) and Dom Ditlefsen '15 (Portland, Ore./Sunset) each added 10 points, with Knutty going 5-of-6 from the floor with three blocks and Ditlefsen nailing three threes. Mike Holton Jr. '14 (Portland, Ore./The Winchendon School) had seven boards and three helpers.

 

Women’s Basketball (12-15, 9-13 NE-10) Qualifies for NE-10 Tournament, Narrowly Falls

The Saint Michael’s College women’s basketball team went 1-1 last week against Northeast-10 Conference competition, including earning a victory over visiting regionally-ranked Southern New Hampshire University, 72-60, on Tuesday to capture the 10th and final NE-10 Tournament position. The No. 10 Purple Knights narrowly fell at the No. 7 College of Saint Rose, 51-49, in the first round of the NE-10 Tournament on Friday.

In a must-win game, Nicole Adach '13 (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohonasen) led the Purple Knights with 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting to lead five players in double figures against Southern New Hampshire. Coreen Hennessy '12 (Chatham, N.H./Fryeburg Academy) added 15 points on 11-of-12 free throw shooting to go along with six assists and three steals, while Cara Deroy '14 (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) notched 14 points. Megan Olsen '13 (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) totaled 11 points off the bench, Caitlin Quinn '12 (Oakdale, Conn./Montville) collected 10 and Alexa Long '14 (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) grabbed 10 rebounds. The Penmen were ninth in the latest NCAA Division II East region rankings.

At Saint Rose, the Purple Knights had a tying attempt just before the buzzer fall short. Saint Michael's held its 18th opponent to 60 points or fewer, extending a school record it set earlier this month. Olsen paced the Purple Knights with 15 points and five boards, while Adach added 11 points and seven rebounds. Hennessy had eight points in her final college game, while Long notched seven points, six caroms and two blocks. In her last game as a Purple Knights, Samantha Steinmetz '12 (Washington, Conn./Shepaug Valley) snared seven rebounds.

 

Men’s Ice Hockey (6-18-2, 3-14-1 ECAC East, 2-2-1 NE-10) Falls to Saint Anselm in NE-10 Semifinal

The fourth-seeded Saint Michael’s College men’s ice hockey team dropped its only game last week, falling to No. 1 Saint Anselm College, 1-0, in a Northeast-10 Conference Tournament semifinal on Saturday.

During a rematch of last year's NE-10 Tournament championship game, Eric McGuirk '13 (Rehoboth, Mass./Bridgewater Bandits) turned aside 29 shots in his first postseason outing. He made 26 saves in the opening two periods prior to the Purple Knights holding a 17-3 advantage in shots during the third stanza. This was the teams' eighth postseason meeting in the past 13 winters. Saint Michael's had advanced to three of the past four NE-10 Tournament title games, two of which had been against Saint Anselm.

 

Women’s Ice Hockey (3-22-1, 2-15-1 ECAC East) Falls to Two Division I Squads in ECAC Open Tournament

The fourth-seeded Saint Michel’s College women’s ice hockey team went 0-2 last week during the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Open Tournament at Saint Anselm College. The Purple Knights dropped a 3-0 decision on Saturday in a semifinal match-up to the top-seeded College of the Holy Cross and then fell 2-0 to third-seeded Sacred Heart University on Sunday in the consolation game.

Erin Stevens '13 (Watertown, Conn./Connecticut Polar Bears) earned all-tournament honors, finishing with 77 saves against the Division I opponents. Stevens turned aside 38 shots against Holy Cross and made 39 saves against Sacred Heart, which brought her total to 884 on the year, extending her own school record while besting the previous mark by 148.

 

Skiing Takes 10th at Middlebury Carnival, Sandell Earns All-EISA Honors

The Saint Michael's College skiing teams finished the two-day Middlebury College Carnival on Saturday by taking 10th place out of 16 teams, as Fredrik Sandell '15 (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) highlighted the weekend by landing on the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) All-East second team. The carnival was also the EISA Championship while serving as the NCAA East Regional Championship.

Sandell took 13th out of 73 starters in the men's slalom on Friday and fell just 0.64 seconds short of the top 10. On Saturday, Sandell finished 17th among 73 skiers in the giant slalom and was 0.73 seconds out of the top 10. Carl-Oscar Bredengen '14 (Reistad, Norway/Donski Alpine) scored both days for the Purple Knights and took 23rd in the slalom, coming within 0.63 ticks of placing in the top 20. During the giant slalom, Purple Knights' second- through fifth-place  finishers were within 0.74 seconds of one another, with Kevin O'Brien '12 (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield), Bredengen, Matt Beers '14 (Wrentham, Mass./King Philip Regional) and JD Levine '12 (Toronto, Ontario/National Ski Academy) rounding out the spots, respectively.

Graduate student Heidi Robbins (Mendon, Vt./Killington Mountain School/Saint Lawrence) and Gabbi Hall '13 (San Anselmo, Calif./Forest Charter School) both scored on each day, with Robbins pacing the Purple Knights in the women's slalom on Friday and then Hall taking the top spot for the Purple and Gold in the giant slalom on Saturday. Robbins finished 26th in the slalom, and Hall tied for 17th among 69 skiers in the giant slalom, thanks in part to the 12th-fastest second run in the competition.

Junior Colin Delaney '13 (Lake Placid, N.Y./National Sports Academy) paced the men's Nordic team in the 10k freestyle technique on Friday, with a 31st-place finish, just 30 seconds out of the top 20, while Robert Sitzer '12 (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) led the Purple and Gold in the 20k classic mass start on Saturday. Both Sitzer and Delaney scored for Saint Michael's each day. Chloe Boutelle '15 (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) topped the Saint Michael's women in the 5k freestyle technique on Friday and in the 15k classic mass start on Saturday, while Gabrielle Naranja '14 (Fort Kent, Maine/Fort Kent Community) and Emily Burns '15 (North Creek, N.Y./Johnsburg Central) also scored both days.

 

Men's Tennis (4-2, 3-2 NE-10) Falls to Regionally-Ranked Merrimack

The Saint Michael's College men's tennis team returned to action for the first time since Oct. 9 on Saturday, falling to Merrimack College, 6-3, at home during Northeast-10 Conference play. The Warriors sat in fifth place in last week's Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East region poll.

Nick Bosco '14 (Glastonbury, Conn./East Catholic) earned a 6-1, 6-3 victory in the first singles spot, while Kenny Vassallo '13 (Wilmington, Mass./Wilmington) picked up an 8-6 win during a pro set at No. 5. Sam Cieplicki '12 (South Burlington, Vt./New Hampton School) narrowly lost his opening set, 7-6 during a straight-set defeat at No. 3.

 

Women's Tennis (7-1, 7-0 NE-10) Remains Perfect in NE-10 with Victory against Merrimack

The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team pushed its perfect Northeast-10 Conference record to 7-0 and ran its winning streak to seven matches with a 7-2 triumph over visiting Merrimack College on Saturday. The Purple Knights remain alone in first place in the NE-10.

The hosts claimed a 3-0 advantage heading into singles thanks to a trio of doubles victories. Alex Dalton '13 (South Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) and Emily Magee '13 (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) combined for an 8-0 win at No. 1, while Jean-Marie McGrath '13 (Niwot, Colo./Alexander Dawson School) and Caroline Martin '15 (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) sided for an 8-5 victory at two. In the third position, Emily Ogilvy '12 (Bedford, N.H./Trinity) and Caroline Toutoungi '15 (Weston, Conn./Weston) notched an 8-4 victory.

In singles play, Dalton yielded just one game during a straight-set victory at No. 3, and Hannah Benoit '15 (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) earned a 6-1, 6-1 win at  the fourth spot. Ogilvy and McGrath notched pro-set triumphs in the fifth and sixth slots, respectively.

 

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