This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: February 10-16

Upcoming Schedule 

Wednesday, February 19
Women's Basketball @ Assumption, 5:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball @ Assumption, 7:30 p.m.*

Friday, February 21
Skiing @ Middlebury Carnival/EISA Championship, 9 a.m.

Saturday, February 22
Skiing @ Middlebury Carnival/EISA Championship, 9 a.m.
Women's Ice Hockey vs. Saint Anselm @ Holy Cross, 1 p.m.^
Women's Basketball vs. Southern New Hampshire, 1:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball vs. Southern New Hampshire, 3:30 p.m.*

Men's Ice Hockey @ TBA, TBA$

Sunday, February 23
Women's Tennis @ Saint Lawrence, 12 p.m.
Women's Ice Hockey vs. TBA @ Holy Cross, 1 p.m. or 5 p.m.^
Men's Tennis @ Saint Lawrence, 3 p.m.

* Northeast-10 Conference Event
$ NE-10 Championship
^ ECAC Open Tournament

 

Men's Basketball (17-6, 12-6) Splits Pair of NE-10 Contests, Garners National Vote

The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team went 1-1 in Northeast-10 Conference action last week, losing to Saint Anselm College, 86-85, on Tuesday, then beating Bentley University, 69-66, on Saturday. The Purple Knights, who earned one vote toward last week's National Association of Basketball Coaches' (NABC) national poll, remain in third place in the NE-10 Northeast Division, just two games out of first place. The Purple and Gold has posted its highest win total since 2000-01 and matched its largest number of conference victories in 13 seasons.

Against Saint Anselm, Saint Michael's erased an eight-point deficit in the final three-plus minutes before yielding the go-ahead hoop with fewer than 30 seconds left. Junior Mike Holton Jr. (Portland, Ore./The Winchendon School) notched 27 points for the Purple Knights, shooting 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and snagging seven rebounds. Classmate Corey Crawford II (Dover, Del./The Phelps School) had 19 points behind 5-of-6 three-point shooting in addition to 10 rebounds and six assists, and classmate James Cambronne (De Bary, Fla./The Winchendon School) notched 15 points and seven boards. First-year Matt Bonds (Accokeek, Md./North Point) tacked on 11 points.

Against Bentley, Saint Michael's rallied from 13 points down in the second half before holding off a late Bentley charge. Cambronne posted a game-high 18 points for the hosts, going 4-of-9 from three-point range while also collecting eight rebounds and three blocks. Junior Mike Thompson (Rosedale, N.Y./Christ The King Regional) tacked on 11 points, eight rebounds and three assists, and Crawford had 11 points, five boards and five assists. Bonds snagged seven rebounds as the Purple Knights held Bentley to more than 16 points below their scoring average of 82.7, which was third in the conference. Holton notched eight points and three helpers, moving into 20th on the program's career scoring list (1,287). During the week, he passed Brendan Mullins '07 (1,263) and Saint Michael's Athletic Hall of Fame member Bob Toner '74 (1,282).

 

Women's Basketball (3-19, 2-16) Slips Twice in Conference Games

The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team lost both of its Northeast-10 Conference games last week, dropping a game to Saint Anselm College, 64-60, on Tuesday and then falling to No. 1 Bentley University, 84-52, on Saturday. The Falcons were first in last week's USA TODAY national poll and claimed the past three NE-10 Championships.

Against Saint Anselm, the Purple Knights suffered their school-record 11th single-digit loss of the season. First-year Indira Evora (Somerville, Mass./Somerville) led the hosts with 18 points and four steals, and sophomore Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) posted 12 points, seven rebounds and two steals off the bench. Senior Alexa Long (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) added nine points, four rebounds and two blocks. Junior Maggie Sabine (Litchfield, Maine/Oak Hill/Central Maine CC) notched eight boards, while senior Cara Deroy (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) totaled eight points, six caroms and three assists.

Against Bentley, Long posted 16 points and six rebounds for the Purple Knights, moving into 13th in program history with 580 career rebounds. During the week, she passed Karen Monahan '92 (572) and Erica Kensey '04 (576) on the program's all-time list. Sabine tallied nine points and four rebounds, and junior Kelly Frappier (Colchester, Conn./Bacon Academy) had eight points off the bench. Senior Kaitlin Geary (Milton, Vt./Milton) added seven in a reserve capacity, and Deroy dished out five assists with three steals.

 

Men's Ice Hockey (6-16-3, 3-12-3 ECAC East, 2-3 NE-10) Ties Twice Against Nationally-Ranked Opponents

The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team went 0-0-2 last week in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East action, tying the 11th-ranked University of Massachusetts at Boston, 4-4, on Friday and then drawing even with No. 3 Babson College, 1-1, in Saturday's regular-season finale. Both teams were ranked according to the D3hockey.com Division III national poll.

With the regular season complete, Saint Michael's heads into the four-team Northeast-10 Conference Championship as the No. 4 seed, as semifinals take place on Saturday. The Purple Knights will learn their opponent when Saint Anselm College and Stonehill College meet for first place on Tuesday in Foxboro, Mass. Saint Michael's heads to the winner.

Against UMass Boston, Saint Michael's scored twice in the third period to rally for the tie. Saint Michael's junior AJ Pieprzak (Barrie, Ontario/Ridley College) recorded two goals and an assist after missing the last four games due to injury, with junior defender Eric Robinson (Williston, Vt./Berkshire School) and sophomore Nick Potter (Stoneham, Mass./Brooks School) providing the other tallies. Sophomore Kevin Altidor (Montreal, Quebec/Millbrook School) had two assists, while juniors Jeremy Wong (Montreal, Quebec/Tilton School) and William Côté (Quebec City, Quebec/Rice Memorial Prep) and first-year Danny Divis (Media, Pa./The Gunnery) all posted an assist. Junior goalie Dave Donzanti (West Chester, Pa./Northfield Mount Hermon) registered a career-high 45 saves.

Against Babson, Wong netted the tying goal with 2:34 left in the third period, while Potter added an assist. Donzanti made 41 saves for his second straight 40-save performance.

 

Women's Ice Hockey (3-18-3, 2-12-2) Earns ECAC East Win on Senior Day

The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team went 1-2 last week, losing to non-league opponent Connecticut College, 4-2, on Tuesday before returning to Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East play in a setback to Castleton State College, 3-0, on Friday and then beating New England College, 4-3, in Saturday's regular-season finale. The fourth-seeded Purple Knights head into this weekend's ECAC Open Tournament at the College of the Holy Cross, as they will take on No. 1 Saint Anselm College in a Saturday semifinal at 1 p.m.

At Connecticut College, first-year Erica Ragazzo (Mansfield, Mass./Ursuline Academy) made 33 saves in her college debut, while junior Fernanda Saavedra (Miami, Fla./Pittsburgh Penguins Elite) had a goal and an assist. Senior Macey Thomas (Amherst, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon) scored, sophomore Amanda Kempainen (Chazy, N.Y./Chazy Flyers U19) had two assists, and classmate Emily Loebs (Acton, Mass./Minuteman Lady Flames) dished a helper.

Against Castleton State, first-year goalie Abby Burke (Bedford, Mass./Assabet Valley Patriots) made 41 saves for her sixth performance of 30 saves or greater, while Thomas skated in her 100th game as a Purple Knight. She is among only nine players in program history to reach the century mark.

On Senior Day against New England College, the Purple Knights picked up their first win ever against the Pilgrims in the 24th head-to-head meeting. Senior Mary Liz Pinnella (Manasquan, N.J./New Jersey Lady Patriots) scored two goals, with Thomas and first-year Lauren Cuculino (Glen Mills, Pa./Quakers) netting the other markers. Loebs collected three assists, while first-year Erin Dwyer (Weymouth, Mass./Charles River) registered another helper. Senior goalie Meaghan Leong (Cohasset, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) made 26 saves for her first career victory in just her sixth start.

 

Skiing Places 11th at Williams Carnival, Three Crack Top 20 During Alpine Races

The Saint Michael's College Alpine and Nordic skiing teams combined to finish 11th out of 15 schools at the Williams College Carnival on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, senior Carl-Oscar Bredengen (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine), junior Fredrik Sandell (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) and sophomore Brad Farrell (West Windsor, Vt./Sharon Academy) were all among the top 22 in the slalom, with Sandell leading the trio by tying for 14th after standing tied for 22nd after the opening run. Bredengen placed 16th, and Farrell claimed 22nd. Thanks to the trio's performances, the men's Alpine team scored fourth-place points during the day's races. On Saturday, during the men's giant slalom, Farrell led the way by taking 16th. Sandell was 21st, while sophomore Kevin Krone (Copper Mountain, Colo./Summit) placed 32nd after standing in a tie for 43rd following his opening run of the day. On the women's side, senior Shannon Conroy (Auburn, Calif./Home Schooled) cracked the top 50 in the slalom for the third straight carnival, to place 43rd, moving up four spots from where she stood following her opening run of the day. On Saturday, sophomore Nicole Cordingley (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) was 33rd in the giant slalom, and senior Karen Bell (Ogden, Utah/Rowmark Ski Academy/Montana State) captured 47th, moving up five spots from where she stood after her morning run. Sophomore Mary Joyce (Long Beach, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) claimed 57th.

On Friday, junior Isaiah St. Pierre (Charlestown, N.H./Fall Mountain Regional) and first-years Ryan Boquist (Meredith, N.H./Inter-Lakes) and Torin La Liberte (Madison, N.H./Kennett) were 19th in the Nordic 3x5K freestyle relay. The Purple Knights' second trio of junior Sam Hammond (Oakdale, Minn./North), sophomore Samuel Fogg (Rutland, Vt./Rutland) and first-year Cody Putnam (Alburgh, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans) was 20th. In Saturday's 10K classic, La Liberte was 54th, St. Pierre took 58th, and Boquist nabbed 61st. For the women, senior Silke Hynes (Burlington, Ontario/Milton District), junior Chloe Boutelle (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) and first-year Julia Snyder (Fairfax, Vt./BFA-Fairfax) claimed 16th place in the 3x5K relay on Friday. Sophomores Elizabeth Cubberley (Acworth, N.H./Fall Mountain Regional) and Brianna McKinley (Moultonborough, N.H./Moultonborough Academy) and first-year Catie Corrigan (Canajoharie, N.Y./Canajoharie Central School) were 18th. In Saturday's 5K classic, Boutelle took 56th, Cubberley was one spot back, and Snyder sat in 58th.

 

Women's Swimming & Diving Places Fourth at NEISDAs, Four School Records Set

The Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving teams finished seventh and fourth, respectively, when the season-ending, three-day New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championship concluded on Sunday. The Purple Knight women claimed fourth out of 20 schools, placing fourth in consecutive seasons for the first time in nine years, while the men were seventh among 12 institutions, placing among the top seven for the ninth straight season. Senior Julie Mullowney (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) broke a pair of school records at the meet, while junior Nathan Paluso (Windham, Maine/Windham) and first-year Lindsay McNall (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) each set one.

On Friday, Mullowney broke her own school record in the 50-yard breaststroke by clocking in at 31.30 during the trials, ultimately taking fifth in the finals (31.53). First-year Lauren Wheaton (Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth) won the "B" race to place ninth in the event, and senior Jill Connors (Dedham, Mass./Archbishop Williams) was 12th. Mullowney anchored the fourth-place 200-yard freestyle relay quartet, and helped the 400-medley relay take sixth. Juniors Kim Brady (Morris Township, N.J./Academy of Saint Elizabeth) and Steph Nadow (Charlton, Mass./Saint Peter-Marian) also swam for both quartets, while McNall and first-year Katrina Wiesner (Bow, N.H./Bow) aided the 200 free and 400 medley relays foursomes, respectively. Senior Grace Kahn (Fairhope, Ala./Bayside Academy) was sixth in the 200-yard backstroke, with Nadow taking seventh. Brady claimed 11th in the 50 free, with Wiesner in 13th, while Wiesner was also 13th during the 100-yard butterfly. In the 500 free, sophomore Catherine Tierney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) won the "C" race, placing 17th overall.

For the men, Paluso notched a seventh-place performance in the 200-yard individual medley, and first-year Seth Boudreau (Saint Albans, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans) was seventh in the 200 back. Boudreau and Paluso sided with sophomore Joe Thomas (Norwood, Mass./Boston College HS) and first-year Cam Thirkell (Tyngsboro, Mass./Tyngsboro) to place seventh in the 400 medley relay. Thirkell and Thomas also joined sophomore Brandon MacPherson (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) and first-year Stephen Andersen (Concord, N.H./Concord) to take seventh during the 200 free relay. Sophomore Nick Johns (Seaford, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) came in 10th during the 50 breast, and Thirkell and Thomas were 11th and tied for 13th, respectively, during the 100 fly. MacPherson notched a 13th-place performance during the 50 free, following by first-year Ryan Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) in 14th. Sophomore Chad Phalon (Wantage, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) finished 14th during the 500 free.

On Saturday, McNall won the 100 back in 59.38, while Nadow was sixth, Kahn took seventh, and sophomore Luci Franklin (Steamboat Springs, Colo./Lowell Whiteman School) claimed 11th. Kahn, McNall, Mullowney and Nadow took third in the 200 medley relay. During the 800 free relay, Brady, McNall, Mullowney, and Tierney joined to place fourth. Mullowney also led a quartet of scorers in the 100 breast, taking fourth, ahead of Wheaton in ninth, Connors in 12th and first-year Cymantha Rogers (Swampscott, Mass./Swampscott) in 19th. Tierney placed ninth in the 1,000 free, senior Maddie Craig (Westwood, Mass./Westwood) was 13th during the 400 IM, and sophomore Zoe Doucette (Ashland, Mass./Ashland) claimed 13th in the 50 fly. Brady rounded out the women's scorers by taking 18th in the 200 free.

Thomas had a hand in three top-10 finishes for the men, including joining MacPherson, Paluso and Thirkell to take fifth in the 800 free relay. Thomas was eighth in the 200 free, with MacPherson taking 14th. During the 50 fly, Thomas was ninth, and Thirkell nabbed 14th. MacPherson, Paluso and Thirkell sided with Boudreau to place ninth in the 200 medley relay, while Boudreau was 10th in the 100 back. During the 400 IM, senior Jack Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) was 10th, followed by Phalon in 12th. Paluso notched a 10th-place showing in the 100 breast, with Johns in 16th. Phalon placed 11th in the 1,000 free, while first-year Riley Faszewski (Hooksett, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) was 13th.

In Sunday's competitions, McNall claimed third place in the 200 fly in a school-record 2:14.56, cutting 0.07 seconds off of a mark she set on Nov. 16. During the 200 breast trials, Mullowney lowered her own week-old mark by 1.87 seconds, clocking in at 2:30.08. She ultimately placed fifth in the finals. Kahn capped her career by placing third in the 50 back, followed by Nadow in sixth and Franklin in 10th. The Purple Knights' 400 free relay quartet of Brady, Franklin, McNall and Wiesner took fourth. Wheaton won the "B" final during the 200 breast, nabbing ninth overall in the event, while Connors was 12th. Wiesner and Brady were 10th and 16th, respectively, in the 100 free, and Tierney clamed 13th in the 1,650 free. The 200 fly saw Craig place 13th, Doucette finish 16th, and senior Emily Dieter (Saint Charles, Ill./Saint Charles North) take 19th.

During the men's portion of the meet, Paluso clipped his own two-year-old 200 breast school record by 0.04 during trials to finish in 2:18.12. In the evening finals, he was eighth in the event, and Johns claimed 10th. Paluso sided with Butler, MacPherson and Thomas to place sixth during the 400 free relay. Thirkell notched an eighth-place performance in the 200 fly, while Mulderrig and first-year Sean Glasheen (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) were 11th and 15th, respectively. Faszewski took eighth in the 1,650 free, and Boudreau won the "B" final in the 50 back, taking ninth overall in the event. MacPherson missed qualifying for the 100 free "B" race by 0.11 seconds during trials.

McNall is the only Purple Knight whose season might continue beyond this weekend. After recording a provisional cut in the 200-yard backstroke for the March 12-15 NCAA Championship at the Feb. 6-9 Northeast-10 Conference Championship, she awaits word about whether she has qualified. Prior to the NEISDA Championship, when many Division II conferences had yet to hold their championships, McNall was 24th nationally in the event.

by Student Intern Eric Gissendanner