This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: February 24-March 2

Upcoming Schedule 

Wednesday, March 5
Skiing @ NCAA Championship, 2:30 p.m.&

Friday, March 7
Skiing @ NCAA Championship, 11 a.m.&

Saturday, March 8
Women's Tennis vs. Adelphi, 10 a.m.*
Men's Lacrosse @ Molloy (NY), 12 p.m.
Women's Lacrosse @ American International, 1 p.m.*
Men's Tennis vs. Adelphi, 2 p.m.*

* Northeast-10 Conference Event
& sophomore Brad Farrell representing Saint Michael's in Park City, Utah

 

Men's Basketball (18-9, 13-8) Falls in NE-10 Championship Quarterfinal to New Haven

The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team went 0-2 last week, losing at Merrimack College, 67-59, in Tuesday's regular-season finale and then dropping a Northeast-10 Conference Championship quarterfinal match at the University of New Haven, 83-65, on Sunday. The Purple Knights find out next Sunday if they have nabbed an NCAA Tournament berth, which would be their first since 2001. Saint Michael's is fifth in the NCAA East Region.

At Merrimack, junior Mike Holton Jr. (Portland, Ore./The Winchendon School) netted a team-high 16 points for Saint Michael's, knocking down three three-pointers and corralling five rebounds. Classmate Corey Crawford II (Dover, Del./The Phelps School) had 15 points, and juniors James Cambronne (De Bary, Fla./The Winchendon School) and Dom Ditlefsen (Portland, Ore./Sunset) each totaled nine. Cambronne also rejected three shots and pulled five boards, while Ditlefsen was 3-of-4 from three-point range. Junior Mike Thompson (Rosedale, N.Y./Christ The King Regional) snagged double-digit rebounds for the third straight game, collecting 11.

At New Haven, Thompson notched 17 points, coming within one of his career high, to pace the visitors, shooting 7-of-11 while posting five rebounds and two blocks. Crawford had 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting to go along with six boards and two assists, and Holton added 14 points and four helpers. Cambronne totaled eight points and five boards. Saint Michael's was the No. 3 seed from the Northeast Division while opposing New Haven, the No. 2 seed from the Southeast and the fourth-ranked squad in the region. The Purple Knights were back in the postseason for the second time in four years, but for just the third time in 12 seasons. During the week, Holton moved into 16th in program history in career points (1,335), passing SMC Athletic Hall of Famer Tom Hoey '79 (1,317), Jay Wandtke '98 (1,317) and Brian Young '89 (1,330).

 

Women's Basketball (4-21, 3-18) Caps Season in Loss to Merrimack

The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team lost its lone contest last week, a 74-63 Northeast-10 Conference loss on Tuesday at Merrimack College. Senior Alexa Long (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) closed out her career with her 10th double-double of the season. In her final outing, Long tallied 15 points, 11 rebounds and two assists, hitting all four free-throw tries. During the contest, she became the 12th Purple Knight to reach the 600-rebound plateau, finishing with 606, while her 223 boards this season were the most by a Saint Michael's player since 2002-03. First-year Indira Evora (Somerville, Mass./Somerville) came within two points of her career high while netting 20 thanks to a 4-of-6 three-point effort. Junior Kelly Frappier (Colchester, Conn./Bacon Academy) posted a career-best 15 points to go along with four boards. Both teams shot 7-of-15 from three-point range, while the Purple Knights also went 10-of-11 on free throws.

 

Men's Ice Hockey (7-17-3, 3-12-3 ECAC East, 2-3 NE-10) Falls in NE-10 Title Game to SNHU, 4-1

The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team fell to Southern New Hampshire University, 4-1, on Saturday in the Northeast-10 Championship title game. Saint Michael's was making its eighth league championship game appearance, falling for just the third time. The fourth-seeded Purple Knights trailed by one goal into the final minute until No. 3 Southern New Hampshire tallied two empty-net goals. Purple and Gold junior Dave Donzanti (West Chester, Pa./Northfield Mount Hermon) and sophomore Kevin Altidor (Montreal, Quebec/Millbrook School) were named to the NE-10 Championship All-Championship Team, as Altidor provided the lone Saint Michael's goal and Donzanti made 26 saves while yielding just two goals. The goalie allowed only three goals on 55 shots in this year's tournament. Junior defenseman Eric Robinson (Williston, Vt./Berkshire School) registered an assist, as the visitors held a 45-30 advantage in shots.

 

Men's Lacrosse (0-1) Slips Against No. 13 NYIT in Season Opener

The No. 14 Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse team opened its 2014 slate with a loss to 13th-ranked New York Institute of Technology, 12-4, on Saturday. Both teams' rankings were according to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA). The Purple Knights received three goals from senior Cooper Quenneville (Shoreham, Vt./Gould Academy). It was Quenneville's first career hat trick, and he added five ground balls. Classmate Tim McDonald (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) also scored, senior Evan Antolino (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) lent two assists, and classmate Chris Casserly (Kensington, N.H./Exeter) was 6-of-14 on face-offs with four ground balls. Junior Luke Solms (Bedford, N.H./Northfield Mount Hermon) caused three turnovers, while senior Andrew Landers (Manchester, Mass./Proctor Academy) had a career-high 10 saves in his first collegiate start.

 

Men's Tennis (0-6, 0-5) Returns Home for First Time Since September, Falls to Merrimack

The Saint Michael's College men's tennis team lost its lone match last week, a 9-0 decision to regionally-ranked Merrimack College on Saturday. The contest continued a four-match stretch during which the Purple Knights are facing three regionally-ranked squads. The Warriors won the past three Northeast-10 Conference regular-season titles and the last two NE-10 Championships, qualified for the most recent six NCAA Tournaments, and are fifth in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) East Region poll. Senior Chris Allen (Springfield, Mass./Cathedral) and first-year Hayden Steward (Hamilton, Mass./Pingree School) played the closest doubles match of the day, losing a narrow 8-6 decision at No. 2. Seniors Nick Bosco (Glastonbury, Conn./East Catholic) and Tom Brahm (Marlborough, Conn./Xavier) teamed to grab three points at No. 1 against the fifth-ranked tandem in the region. Sophomore Charlie Merry (Kennebunkport, Maine/Kennebunk) claimed five points in his setback at No. 4 singles, while Steward fell by an 8-4 count in the fifth position.

by Student Intern Eric Gissendanner