This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: February 17-23

Upcoming Schedule

Tuesday, February 25
Women's Basketball @ Merrimack, 5:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball @ Merrimack, 7:30 p.m.*

Saturday, March 1
Men's Tennis vs. Merrimack, 1 p.m.*
Men's Lacrosse vs. NYIT, 1:30 p.m.

Men's Ice Hockey @ Southern New Hampshire, 2:10 p.m.$

Sunday, March 2
Men's Basketball @ TBA, TBA$

* Northeast-10 Conference Event
$ NE-10 Championship

 

Men's Basketball (18-7, 13-7) Splits Pair of NE-10 Games

The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team went 1-1 in Northeast-10 Conference action last week, beating Assumption College, 73-53, on Wednesday, then dropping a contest to Southern New Hampshire University, 63-54, on Saturday. After its regular-season finale on Tuesday, the Purple and Gold will receive word regarding its opponent for Sunday's quarterfinal round of the Northeast-10 Championship.

At Assumption, spurred by yielding only 11 points during one nearly 19-minute stretch, Saint Michael's pulled away from the hosts to win on the Greyhounds' court for the first time in 14 years. Junior Mike Thompson (Rosedale, N.Y./Christ The King Regional) turned in 14 points and 11 rebounds, shooting 6-of-9, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, with two steals. First-year Matt Bonds (Accokeek, Md./North Point) had eight points, a season-high-tying 15 rebounds and three assists in 17 minutes off the bench. Sophomore Morrell Gaskins (Cambria Heights, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy) collected 11 points in 16 reserve minutes, and junior James Cambronne (De Bary, Fla./The Winchendon School) had 10 points and five boards. Classmate Dom Ditlefsen (Portland, Ore./Sunset) shot 3-of-4 from three-point range for nine points while racking up three helpers, and sophomore Greg Grippo (Edison, N.J./Rutgers Prep) posted nine points. Junior Mike Holton Jr. (Portland, Ore./The Winchendon School) notched eight points and four assists, pushing his career scoring total to 1,295 and passing Saint Michael's Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Monroe Blakes '92 M'93 (1,288) for 19th in school history. Josh Meyer became the first first-year Saint Michael's head coach to guide his team to at least 18 wins since Walter Baumann '63 did so in 1972-73, with an 18-9 mark.

Against Southern New Hampshire, Bonds tallied 13 points and nine rebounds in just 16 minutes off the bench, shooting 5-of-6, while Thompson had 11 points and 10 boards in 23 minutes for his third double-double of the season. Holton scored 10 points, pushing his career figure to 1,305, while Ditlefsen matched him with 10 points, shooting 3-of-4 from three-point range. Grippo dished four assists off the bench. The hosts came as close as 56-51 on Cambronne's bucket at 1:34 of the second half before the Penmen scored seven straight in 25 seconds.

 

Women's Basketball (4-20, 3-17) Wins in Overtime on Senior Day

The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team went 1-1 in Northeast-10 Conference play last week, dropping a game to Assumption College, 80-66, on Wednesday but rebounding to win in overtime against Southern New Hampshire University, 64-63, in Saturday's Senior Day game.

At Assumption, senior Alexa Long (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) posted 24 points, shooting 3-of-4 from three-point range and 7-of-8 on free throws, to go along with nine rebounds. While pushing her career rebounding total to 589 and passing Lynne Liebhauser '94 (581) for 12th in program history, Long was one point short of her career high while falling a single board shy of her 10th double-double this season. She notched her sixth career 20-point game, including the second against Assumption. Sophomore Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) notched a career-high 21 points and a career-high-tying 11 rebounds, among them a personal-best nine offensive rebounds as the lone Purple Knight to snag an offensive board. Burud was 11-of-15 on free throws, setting a high for freebies while tacking on two assists and two steals. Senior Cara Deroy (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) added 11 points, and junior Maggie Sabine (Litchfield, Maine/Oak Hill/Central Maine CC) posted seven points and two assists.

Against Southern New Hampshire, Burud hit two free throws in the final minute of regulation to force overtime before dropping in the winning bucket with 29 seconds remaining in the extra session. Burud scored 10 points off the bench while pulling down a career-high-tying 11 rebounds for the second straight game, recording eight on the offensive end alone. She added four assists and two steals, as 17 of the 22 boards she has snagged in the past two games were offensive. Long totaled 12 points and six rebounds, and junior reserve Kelly Frappier (Colchester, Conn./Bacon Academy) matched her career high with 12 points, shooting 5-of-6. Sabine added eight points and eight rebounds, while three Purple Knights scored six points, as all eight players who saw action scored. Deroy dished out five assists in her final home game, becoming the 41st player in school history to appear in 100 games, and first-year Indira Evora (Somerville, Mass./Somerville) tallied four steals.

 

Men's Ice Hockey (7-16-3, 3-12-3 ECAC East, 2-3 NE-10) Upsets No. 1 Stonehill, Advances to NE-10 Final

The fourth-seeded Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team won its lone game of the week, beating top-seeded Stonehill College, 2-1, on Saturday during the semifinal round of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship. The Purple Knights advance to Saturday's championship game at No. 3 Southern New Hampshire University, with opening face-off at 2:10 p.m. The Purple and Gold previously qualified for the NE-10 Championship title game six times, winning five of those contests, and returns for the first time since 2011.

At Stonehill, first-year defenders Danny Divis (Media, Pa./The Gunnery) and Stephen Inman (Coventry, R.I./Odessa Jackalopes) both scored third-period goals, and junior Dave Donzanti (West Chester, Pa./Northfield Mount Hermon) made 26 saves, blanking Stonehill for the final 56:43. Senior Ryan Arsenault (Reading, Mass./New Hampton School) dished assists on both goals after entering the contest with three points in 23 regular-season games. Graduate student Tim McAuliffe (North Reading, Vt./Vermont Academy) was 6-of-11 on face-offs while lending an assist, and junior Jeremy Wong (Montreal, Quebec/Tilton School) won a team-best eight face-offs. Saint Michael's improved to 6-3-2 in its last 11 games while remaining perfect in four all-time postseason meetings with the Skyhawks, all one-goal victories. Stonehill had entered the game riding the longest winning streak among Division II/III teams (10) and had been 11-0 against NE-10 foes this season.

 

Women's Ice Hockey (3-19-4, 2-12-2) Ties Sacred Heart, Takes Fourth in ECAC Open Tournament

The fourth-seeded Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team went 0-1-1 during the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Open Tournament at the College of the Holy Cross, losing to No. 1 Saint Anselm College, 5-0, on Saturday in a semifinal then tying No. 3 Sacred Heart University, 1-1, in Sunday's consolation game. Against the Division I Pioneers, the Purple Knights lost a shootout, 1-0, to finish fourth in the tournament. Saint Michael's was 2-5-2 in its final nine games after a 1-14-2 start.

Against Saint Anselm, first-year goalie Tina Frasca (Norwood, Mass./Massachusetts Spitfires) made 39 stops for her ninth 30-save performance of the season, while junior Kristen Spulecki (Orchard Park, N.Y./Buffalo Bison) won a team-high seven face-offs for the Purple and Gold. Senior Macey Thomas (Amherst, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon) won five face-offs.

Against Sacred Heart, sophomore defender Emily Loebs (Acton, Mass./Minuteman Lady Flames) scored her third goal of the season for Saint Michael's, posting five points in her final five games. Juniors Maire Bartkus (Acton, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon) and Fernanda Saavedra (Miami, Fla./Pittsburgh Penguins Elite) dished assists. First-year Abby Burke (Bedford, Mass./Assabet Valley Patriots) recorded 35 saves for her seventh 30-save outing of the year before keeping the Pioneers scoreless during the shootout until the fourth round. She was later named to the all-tournament team. Thomas concluded her career with her 103rd appearance wearing Purple and Gold, tying a program mark held by Jess Tourville '09 and Meghan Sweezey '10. After a scoreless overtime, none of the six shooters scored during the first three rounds of the shootout, necessitating sudden death. After Saint Michael's missed its first try in the fourth round, Sacred Heart scored on its first sudden-death shot to ensure third place in the tournament.

 

Skiing Finishes 10th at Middlebury Carnival, Farrell Snags NCAA Berth

The Saint Michael's College Alpine and Nordic skiing teams combined to finish a season-high 10th out of 15 schools at the season-ending Middlebury College Carnival on Friday and Saturday. Sophomore Brad Farrell (West Windsor, Vt./Sharon Academy) claimed the 16th and final spot among men's Alpine skiers from the East Region for the March 5-8 NCAA Championship, giving Saint Michael's representation at the national meet for the fifth time in six years. The Alpine portion of the event will occur at Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, Utah.

On Friday, Farrell placed 11th in the slalom thanks to the fastest second run in the competition, while Junior Fredrik Sandell (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) was 15th overall after making the second-fastest second run. Senior Carl-Oscar Bredengen (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) placed 26th. In Saturday's races, Farrell was ninth in the giant slalom, Sandell tied for 18th, and Bredengen placed 42nd. Joining Bredengen for a final race in Purple and Gold was senior Matt Beers (Wrentham, Mass./Killington Mountain School), who placed 46th. Sophomore Kevin Krone (Copper Mountain, Colo./Summit) was 0.36 seconds behind in 47th, and senior Tim Spangler (Summit, N.J./Summit) also competed in his last college race. For the women on Friday, sophomore Nicole Cordingley (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) turned in her second-best slalom placement of the winter, taking 33rd. Senior Shannon Conroy (Auburn, Calif./Home Schooled) was 44th, and sophomore Mary Joyce (Long Beach, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) took 51st. In Saturday's giant slalom, senior Karen Bell (Ogden, Utah/Rowmark Ski Academy/Montana State) placed 32nd, her best finish in two seasons as a Purple Knight. Joyce matched the best finish of her career, claiming 42nd, and first-year Abigail Hotaling (Fabius, N.Y./Fabius-Pompey) placed a season-high 49th.

On Friday, first-year Torin La Liberte (Madison, N.H./Kennett) paced the Nordic men, claiming 55th place during the 10K classic. Junior Isaiah St. Pierre (Charlestown, N.H./Fall Mountain Regional) was 61st, and sophomore Samuel Fogg (Rutland, Vt./Rutland) took 63rd as the first of four consecutive Purple Knights to cross the finish line. In Saturday's mass-start 20K freestyle, La Liberte was 52nd. The placement was the second best this season by La Liberte, who occupied the Purple Knights' top spot in all 10 individual races he completed, and was the top placement in a race greater than 10K by a Saint Michael's skier, man or woman. St. Pierre was 62nd and Fogg took 63rd. For the women on Friday, senior Silke Hynes (Burlington, Ontario/Milton District) was 58th in the 5K classic, and sophomore Elizabeth Cubberley (Acworth, N.H./Fall Mountain Regional) took 60th. First-year Catie Corrigan (Canajoharie, N.Y./Canajoharie Central School) was 62nd, with teammates also claiming each of the next three spots. On Saturday, the women competed in a 15K freestyle with a mass start, as Hynes concluded her career with a 53rd-place showing. Cubberley was 56th, and first-year Julia Snyder (Fairfax, Vt./BFA-Fairfax) placed 58th.

 

Men's Tennis (0-5, 0-4) Loses to Saint Lawrence to Begin Second Semester

The Saint Michael's College men's tennis team opened its 11-match second-semester slate on Sunday with a 9-0 loss at Saint Lawrence University. The Purple Knights were competing for the first time since Oct. 13.

Senior Chris Allen (Springfield, Mass./Cathedral) and first-year Hayden Steward (Hamilton, Mass./Pingree School) teamed for the first time this school year, nabbing three points at No. 2 doubles. Junior Michael Matczak (North Kingstown, R.I./North Kingstown) and sophomore Sam Laves (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Brady) both suffered narrow 6-4 opening-set losses during singles setbacks at No. 6 and 5, respectively. Senior Nick Bosco (Glastonbury, Conn./East Catholic) and sophomore Charlie Merry (Kennebunkport, Maine/Kennebunk) joined Laves in taking four points during their matches at No. 1 and 4, respectively.

 

Women's Tennis (2-1, 2-0) Suffers Setback at Saint Lawrence

The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team returned to action for the first time since Oct. 5 with a 7-2 loss to regionally-ranked Saint Lawrence University on Sunday. The Purple Knights kicked off a 15-match second-semester slate.

Saint Lawrence claimed all three doubles matches, with junior Kayla Dowd (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and first-year Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) earning the most points by Purple Knights during an 8-4 loss at No. 3. Sophomores Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) and Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) lost an 8-3 decision in the top position to the 14th-ranked tandem in the region. Kellogg earned a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles, and junior Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) picked up a 6-0, 6-3 victory in the sixth spot. Bundrick played a pair of close sets during a 6-3, 6-4 loss at No. 1, while junior Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) lost at No. 5 after dropping a narrow 6-4 opening set.

by Student Intern Eric Gissendanner