This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: February 3-9

Upcoming Schedule 

Tuesday, February 11
Women's Basketball vs. Saint Anselm, 5:30 p.m.*
Women's Ice Hockey @ Connecticut College, 7 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. Saint Anselm, 7:30 p.m.*

Friday, February 14
Skiing @ Williams Carnival, 9 a.m.
Swimming & Diving @ NEISDA Championship, 10 a.m. (Trials), 6:30 p.m. (Finals)
Women's Ice Hockey vs. Castleton State, 4 p.m.%
Men's Ice Hockey vs. UMass Boston, 7 p.m.%

Saturday, February 15
Skiing @ Williams Carnival, 9 a.m.
Swimming & Diving @ NEISDA Championship, 10 a.m. (Trials), 6:30 p.m. (Finals)
Women's Ice Hockey vs. New England College, 1 p.m.%
Women's Tennis @ American International, 1 p.m.*
Women's Basketball vs. Bentley, 1:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball vs. Bentley, 3:30 p.m.*
Men's Ice Hockey vs. Babson, 4 p.m.%

Sunday, February 16
Swimming & Diving @ NEISDA Championship, 10 a.m. (Trials), 5:30 p.m. (Finals)

* Northeast-10 Conference Event
% ECAC East Contest

 

Men's Basketball (16-5, 11-5) Grabs Pair of Conference Wins

The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team went 2-0 in Northeast-10 Conference action last week, including beating Franklin Pierce University, 106-91, on Thursday against a Raven team that was receiving votes toward last week's National Association of Basketball Coaches' (NABC) national poll. Saint Michael's then won against Stonehill College, 66-64, on Saturday. The Purple and Gold currently sits at third place in the NE-10 Northeast Division, just one game out of first place.

At Franklin Pierce, Purple and Gold junior James Cambronne (De Bary, Fla./The Winchendon School) recorded 26 points and 10 rebounds for his ninth 20-point performance in 13 games, and classmate Corey Crawford II (Dover, Del./The Phelps School) shot 5-of-6 from three-point range while notching a career-high-tying 26 points and six assists. Saint Michael's held a 45-27 advantage on the glass and shot 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from beyond the arc. Junior Mike Holton Jr. (Portland, Ore./The Winchendon School) tacked on 19 points and three helpers, sophomore Greg Grippo (Edison, N.J./Rutgers Prep) canned three threes and finished with 13 points, and first-year Matt Bonds (Accokeek, Md./North Point) collected nine points and nine rebounds. Junior Mike Thompson (Rosedale, N.Y./Christ The King Regional) hauled in seven caroms.

At Stonehill, Saint Michael's erased an 18-point first-half deficit before forcing Stonehill to miss three potential game-tying hoops in the final 24 seconds. Holton tallied a game-high 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting, Cambronne had 14 points and eight rebounds, and Crawford went 3of-5 from three-point range for 13 points. With 1,252 career points, Holton is 11 shy of matching Brendan Mullins '07 for 21st in school history.

 

Women's Basketball (3-17, 2-14) Falls Twice in NE-10 Contests

The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team lost both of its Northeast-10 Conference games last week, dropping a game to Franklin Pierce University, 61-53, on Thursday and then falling to Stonehill College, 85-61, on Saturday. Stonehill was receiving votes toward the USA TODAY national poll. Ten of the Purple Knights' losses have come by single-digits.

At Franklin Pierce, sophomore Megan Gaudreau (Brooklyn, Conn./Pomfret School) shot 4-of-7 from three-point range while notching 12 points and three assists. Sophomore Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) had 12 points off the bench, and junior Maggie Sabine (Litchfield, Maine/Oak Hill/Central Maine CC) turned in a well-rounded 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. First-year Indira Evora (Somerville, Mass./Somerville) collected 10 points and four assists, and senior Alexa Long (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) hauled in seven rebounds.

At Stonehill, Saint Michael's stood tied early in the second half before the Skyhawks pulled away. Sabine turned in 24 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals for the Purple and Gold, posting her third 20-point outing in eight games. Long contributed her ninth double-double of the year, scoring 10 points and snagging 10 boards while also blocking two shots. In the process, she pushed her career rebounding total to 570, moving into 15th in program history while closing in on Karen Monahan '92 (572) and Erica Kensey '04 (576). Burud collected nine points, six boards and four assists, and three players had six points. Gaudreau was among them, and she is already 14th in school history with 74 career three-pointers through just 46 games.

 

Men's Ice Hockey (6-16-1, 3-12-1 ECAC East, 2-3 NE-10) Goes 2-1, Clinches Postseason Berth

The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team went 2-1 last week, beating Franklin Pierce University, 4-1, during Northeast-10 Conference play on Tuesday to clinch the fourth spot in the four-team NE-10 Championship before splitting a weekend Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East pair. The Purple Knights downed Skidmore College, 3-2, in overtime on Friday before dropping a 4-1 decision to Castleton State College on Saturday.

Against Franklin Pierce, first-year defenders Danny Divis (Media, Pa./The Gunnery) and Stephen Inman (Coventry, R.I./Odessa Jackalopes) each had a goal and an assist. Sophomore Kevin Altidor (Montreal, Quebec/Millbrook School) and first-year Josh Dickman (Kapaa, Hawaii/Saint Paul's School) tacked on one goal apiece, and junior Jeremy Wong (Montreal, Quebec/Tilton School) had two assists. Junior Dave Donzanti (West Chester, Pa./Northfield Mount Hermon) made 23 saves.

At Skidmore, Altidor scored 23 seconds into overtime on the power play for the game-winning goal. Altidor was joined in the scoring column by sophomore Mike Schreiner (Saint Albans, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans/Norwich) and first-year Connor Mitchell (New Milford, Conn./Kent School), with the latter two both scoring their first college goals. Donzanti came within one save of his career high while making 40 stops for the visitors, who had not defeated Skidmore on the road since 2003 nor at any venue since 2008.

At Castleton State, the Purple Knights led the Spartans until fewer than 13 minutes remained. Donzanti had 36 stops for the Purple and Gold, while Altidor scored. Wong and graduate student Tim McAuliffe (North Reading, Mass./Vermont Academy) both won eight face-offs.

 

Women's Ice Hockey (2-16-3, 1-11-2) Picks up First ECAC East Win During 1-1 Week

The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team went 1-1 on the road during the weekend in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East play, winning at Nichols College, 4-2, on Friday before falling to Manhattanville College, 5-0, on Saturday.

At Nichols, behind three third-period goals, the Purple Knights rallied past the Bison. Sophomore Naomi Major (Telluride, Colo./Telluride Lizard Heads) scored the first two goals of her career for Saint Michael's, first-year Carolyn Avery (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) found the back of the net for the first time as a collegian while dishing an assist, and junior defender Maire Bartkus (Acton, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon) added her first goal of the year. Classmate Tina Frasca (Norwood, Mass./Massachusetts Spitfires) stopped 37 shots for her eighth 30-save outing and initial collegiate victory. It was the Purple Knights' first win in four all-time visits to Nichols' home rink.

At Manhattanville, first-year Abby Burke (Bedford, Mass./Assabet Valley Patriots) made 38 stops in 44:42 for her fifth 30-save performance of the winter before senior Meaghan Leong (Cohasset, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) had nine saves during 15:18 of relief. Classmate Macey Thomas (Amherst, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon) won eight face-offs and Avery won seven.

 

Skiing Finishes 12th at Dartmouth Carnival, Farrell Places 11th in Giant Slalom

The Saint Michael's College Alpine and Nordic skiing teams combined to finish 12th out of 16 schools at the Dartmouth College Carnival on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, sophomore Brad Farrell (West Windsor, Vt./Sharon Academy) broke into the top 20 for the fourth straight race, taking 11th in the giant slalom. On Saturday, junior Fredrik Sandell (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) turned in his second-best performance of the season by tying for 22nd place in the slalom. Senior Carl-Oscar Bredengen (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) was 24th and Farrell was the Purple and Gold's third scorer, placing 28th. Thanks to its three high scorers, Saint Michael's tied for sixth among 15 teams in the men's Alpine portion of the day. On the women's side, sophomore Nicole Cordingley (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) placed 53rd in the giant slalom on Friday. On Saturday, a season-high five women qualified for a second slalom run. Cordingley was her team's top finisher for the sixth time this winter, nabbing 40th. Senior Shannon Conroy (Auburn, Calif./Home Schooled) clocked in as the 42nd-place finisher, and sophomore Willow Smith (Bradford, Vt./Oxbow) narrowly trailed in 43rd.

On Friday, first-year Torin La Liberte (Madison, N.H./Kennett) led the Purple Knights by taking 56th in the 10K freestyle. Juniors Isaiah St. Pierre (Charlestown, N.H./Fall Mountain Regional) and Sam Hammond (Oakdale, Minn./North) were 64th and 66th, respectively. On Saturday, first-year Ryan Boquist (Meredith, N.H./Inter-Lakes) was a personal-best 59th in the men's 20K classic. St. Pierre was one spot behind Boquist, taking 60th, and first-year Cody Putnam (Alburgh, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans) was 62nd. For the women on Friday, senior Silke Hynes (Burlington, Ontario/Milton District) matched La Liberte with a 56th-place showing in the 5K freestyle. Junior Chloe Boutelle (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) took 63rd, and first-year Julia Snyder (Fairfax, Vt./BFA-Fairfax) was 64th. On Saturday, Boutelle turned in the top performance by a Saint Michael's women's Nordic skier for the sixth time this winter by taking 53rd in the 15K classic. Sophomore Elizabeth Cubberley (Acworth, N.H./Fall Mountain Regional) placed 58th, while Hynes took 60th.

 

Swimming & Diving Teams Place Seventh at NE-10s, McNall Earns All-Conference Finish

The Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving teams both finished seventh at the four-day Northeast-10 Conference Championship over the weekend, with the men competing among seven schools and the women competing among nine. First-year Lindsay McNall (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) met a provisional standard for the NCAA Championship on Sunday while becoming the fourth swimming & diving student-athlete in school history to earn an all-conference finish. McNall broke two school records during the meet, and senior Julie Mullowney (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) broke one.

On Thursday, junior Joe Vo (Springfield, Mass./Cathedral) took fifth place in the one-meter diving, while sophomore Nick Johns (Seaford, N.Y./Saint Anthony's), who only began diving this season, placed seventh. The 200-yard medley quartet of junior Nathan Paluso (Windham, Maine/Windham), sophomore Brandon MacPherson (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) and first-years Seth Boudreau (Saint Albans, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans) and Cam Thirkell (Tyngsboro, Mass./Tyngsboro) was sixth. MacPherson, Paluso, Thirkell and sophomore Joe Thomas (Norwood, Mass./Boston College HS) all completed legs for the team's "A" 800-yard freestyle relay foursome, which was seventh. On the women's side, Mullowney, McNall and first-year Katrina Wiesner (Bow, N.H./Bow) all swam during both relay events. The trio sided with junior Steph Nadow (Charlton, Mass./Saint Peter-Marian) to nab fifth in the 200 medley. In the 800 free event, McNall, Mullowney, Wiesner and junior Kim Brady (Morris Township, N.J./Academy of Saint Elizabeth) were eighth.

On Friday, Mullowney played a hand in 37 of her team's 41 points, including placing eighth in the 50 free. Mullowney also swam for the sixth-place 400 medley relay. McNall, Mullowney, Wiesner and senior Grace Kahn (Fairhope, Ala./Bayside Academy) all swam legs. The Purple Knights' "B" 400 medley relay quartet of senior Maddie Craig (Westwood, Mass./Westwood), sophomores Luci Franklin (Steamboat Springs, Colo./Lowell Whiteman School) and Catherine Tierney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) and first-year Lauren Wheaton (Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth) were 15th. The Purple and Gold men earned all of their points during the 400 medley relay. Boudreau, Paluso, Thirkell and Thomas placed seventh, and the "B" quartet of Johns, senior Jack Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side), sophomore Chad Phalon (Wantage, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) and first-year Stephen Andersen (Concord, N.H./Concord) nabbed 14th overall.

On Saturday, McNall set her seventh school record of the season, eclipsing Nadow's 100-yard backstroke mark (1:00.09) before lowering the standard later in the day. During a day in which she became the first woman in program history to break one minute in the event, McNall pushed the standard to 58.85 while claiming fourth place in the finals. McNall also took seventh in the 200 free. Mullowney was eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke after clocking in at 1:08.83 during the trials, coming within 0.18 seconds of her own school mark. Wheaton was 14th in the event, and senior Jill Connors (Dedham, Mass./Archbishop Williams) took 15th. In the 200 free relay, Brady, Franklin, McNall and Mullowney placed sixth. The "B" quartet of Craig, Tierney, Wheaton and first-year Cymantha Rogers (Swampscott, Mass./Swampscott) placed 15th. During the men's portion, Boudreau was 10th in the 100 back. Mulderrig was 15th during the 400-yard individual medley, while Phalon placed 16th. In the 100 breast, Paluso came in 15th. In the 200 free relay, Andersen, MacPherson, Thirkell and Thomas took seventh.

On Sunday, McNall captured second place in the 200 back, as the top two finishers in each event claim all-conference laurels. Her time of 2:04.06 lowered a program mark she set last month by 4.56 seconds and was good for her first NCAA provisional qualifying cut, as she will have to wait and see if she gains entry into the NCAA Championship. McNall joined eight-time all-conference qualifier Eileen Mullowney '12 as the lone swimmers in school history to land all-league finishes, while female diver Tierney Carey '09 and male diver Max O'Brien '13 also did so. McNall joined Eileen Mullowney and O'Brien in turning the feat as first-years. Julie Mullowney placed 11th in the 200- breast in 2:31.95, breaking her own two-year-old school record by 0.85 seconds. In the 400 free relay, Brady, Franklin, Tierney and Wiesner placed seventh. During the men's 200 back, Boudreau placed 12th, while Phalon was 13th. Paluso was 14th in the 200 breast. Thirkell was 15th in the 200-yard butterfly and first-year Riley Faszewski (Hooksett, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) claimed 15th in the 1,650 free.

by Student Intern Eric Gissendanner