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

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


Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, September 11
Men's Soccer @ Merrimack, 7 p.m.*

Wednesday, September 12
Field Hockey vs. Franklin Pierce, 3:30 p.m.
Women's Tennis vs. SUNY Plattsburgh, 4 p.m.

Saturday, September 15
Men's Soccer vs. Adelphi, 12 p.m.*
Cross County @ Aldrich Invitational (Middlebury), 1 p.m. (men), 2 p.m. (women)
Field Hockey @ Saint Anselm, 1 p.m.
Women's Soccer @ New Haven, 7 p.m.*

Sunday, September 16
Men's Tennis @ Clark, 1 p.m.

* Northeast-10 Conference Event


Field Hockey (0-2) Drops Both Games at Dora Metrelis Classic to Open Season

The Saint Michael's College field hockey team dropped both games this weekend at the Dora Metrelis Field Hockey Classic at Southern Connecticut State University, losing 2-0 to Mansfield (Pa.) University on Saturday and 2-1 to No. 1 Shippensburg (Pa.) University on Sunday. 

Junior keeper Anna Hurley (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) led the Purple Knights with four saves against Mansfield, including a save on a penalty stroke in the 13th minute.

Against two-time defending national champion Shippensburg, senior Maddy Dobecki (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) gave the Purple Knights an early 1-0 lead with her first goal of the season. This was the first time the Raiders had trailed in seven games. Junior Claire Scherf (Bethlehem, Conn./Nonnewaug) tallied the assist on the goal. Hurley was able to block eight Raider shots.


Men's Golf Takes Seventh in Competitive Franklin Pierce Fall Invitational Field

The Saint Michael's College men's golf team took seventh among 11 schools when the Franklin Pierce University Fall Invitational came to an end on Monday. The Purple Knights, who saw all five competitors shoot 80 or better on day two, trimmed 14 shots between rounds and were amid a field that included five 2018 NCAA Championship qualifiers.

Junior Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) tied for 19th by shooting 154 for the tournament, including a 73 during the second round, when he was four strokes off the leader and tied for sixth. First-year Owen O'Malley (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) also tied for 19th at 154, turning in his best college round by carding a 76 on Monday, while senior Colin Gaunt (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) tied for 29th at 157. He had a second-round 76. Sophomore Connor Morse (Westford, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) tied for 33rd with a weekend 79-80--159, and senior Tucker Buteau (Gorham, Maine/Tilton School) shot an 80 during the second round to tie for 44th for the invitational. By shooting a 305 on Monday, the Purple Knights tied for fifth and edged 2018 NCAA Championship squad Post University by one stroke.


Men's Soccer (1-2) Takes Community Cup Matchup Against Saint Anselm, 3-1

The Saint Michael's College men's soccer team earned a 3-1 non-conference win over Saint Anselm College on Tuesday. This was the second annual Community Cup, in which both teams donate $500 to a charity of their choice. This year's recipient was the Winooski School District.

Junior forward Jacob von Giebel (Lambertville, N.J./South Hunterdon Regional) started the scoring off with a floater over the Saint Anselm keeper less than a minute into the match. Junior Jake Bannon (Clifton, Va./Paul VI Catholic) followed suit with a goal of his own in the 66th minute to put the Purple Knights up 2-0. Junior Wesley Lord (Manchester, Vt./Burr and Burton Academy) then tacked on an insurance goal with 9:31 remaining for his first career goal. Redshirt junior Gabriel Pineda (Miami, Fla./Immaculata-La Salle) tallied three saves in 45 shutout minutes to earn the win, while redshirt sophomore Leland Gazo (Colchester, Vt./Rice Memorial/Bradley) added another three saves in the second half.


Women's Soccer (1-2, 0-1) Wins Home Opener, Drops First Conference Matchup 

The Saint Michael's College women's soccer team went 1-1 last week with an 11-0 win over non-conference opponent Northern Vermont University-Lyndon on Tuesday before falling 3-1 to Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday to open Northeast-10 Conference play.

In the home opener against NVU-Lyndon, sophomore Taryn Manna (Shirley, Mass./Home Schooled) managed to find the back of the net three times for her first collegiate hat trick. First-year Adrianna Gomez (Okinawa, Japan/Kadena) scored her first two collegiate goals while also tallying an assist. Junior Greta Ricigliano (Milwaukee, Wis./ Nicolet) scored back-to-back goals in the 56th and 57th minutes, while fellow junior Madeleine Morse (Brownsville, Vt./Windsor) added a goal and two assists. Sophomore Victoria Zambello (Sharon, Mass./ Sharon) and first-years Emma Houston (Lunenburg, Mass./Lunenburg) and Maggie Taylor (Lake Forest Park, Wash./Shorecrest) all scored their first collegiate goals, while Taylor and Zambello each added an assist. Senior Alex Matteo (Tolland, Conn./Tolland), juniors Meghan Dieterle (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) and Riley Mitiguy (Shelburne, Vt./Rice Memorial), and first-year Brooke Caragher (Milton, Vt./Milton) all recorded two assists apiece. Sophomore keeper Liz Vallatini (Needham, Mass./Needham) earned her first collegiate win, combining with senior Megan LeCours (Barre, Vt./Spaulding) for the shutout.

In the conference opener against Southern Connecticut State, Ricigliano opened the match with her career-high third goal of the season, putting the Purple Knights up 1-0. Vallatini snagged a career-high six saves in 76:04 of play.


Women's Tennis (1-2, 1-1) Goes 1-2 to Open Season

The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team went 1-2 last week, falling 5-2 to Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) College on Friday and 7-0 to No. 42 Stonehill College on Saturday before notching a 6-1 win over Franklin Pierce University on Sunday. The final two matches of the weekend were Northeast-10 Conference contests.

In the matchup against Roberts Wesleyan, sophomore Melissa Wood (Stratham, N.H./Exeter) led the Purple Knights with the lone singles win, 6-4, 6-1 in the third spot, while also pairing with senior Margaret de Pont (Norton, Mass./Bishop Feehan) for a 6-4 doubles victory at No. 2. Senior Katie Costa (Old Saybrook, Conn./Old Saybrook Senior) and first-year Brittany Katz (Ballston Lake, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) were able to clinch the doubles point for the Purple Knights with a 7-5 win at No. 3, earning Katz her first collegiate win. De Pont and Katz both lost a set in tie-breaking fashion during singles, with de Pont falling 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) at No. 2 and Katz falling 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 at No. 4. Senior Anna Schneider (Westbrook, Conn./Westbrook) was able to claim the opening set of a 1-6, 6-3, 10-4 loss at No. 6, while juniors Abby Ramsay (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) and Caroline Sumner (Needham, Mass./Needham) each lost in straight sets, with each narrowly being defeated 6-4 in their second sets.

Against Stonehill, doubles duo Ramsay and Sumner lost 6-4 to the ninth-ranked tandem in the region after being down 5-0 to start the match. Ramsay also faced the 15th-ranked singles player in the East, grabbing three games in the second set before falling in straight sets. Katz was narrowly defeated in the first set of an eventual 6-4, 6-0 loss at No. 4, while Wood led her first set 4-3 before losing 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3.

In the final matchup of the weekend against conference foe Franklin Pierce, Saint Michael's was able to sweep its doubles matchups, while also taking five of six singles matches. The duos of Ramsay/Sumner and de Pont/Wood were able to pull out matching 6-3 doubles victories at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Costa and first-year Elly McKenna (Lowell, Mass./Lowell Catholic) won their doubles match 6-1 at No. 3, earning McKenna her first collegiate win in her debut. Ramsay and de Pont both grinded out second victories by winning their singles matches 6-2, 7-5 at No. 1 and 7-5, 6-3 No. 2, respectively, with de Pont's win clinching the Purple Knights' victory. Katz took home a near perfect 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 4 while Sumner rattled off a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 5. Schneider rounded out the weekend with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 6 for her first victory of the season.


Women's Volleyball (0-4) Opens Season at Union Invitational, Barton Named to All-Tournament Team

The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team opened the season with four losses this past weekend at the Union (N.Y.) College Invitational while junior outside hitter Tanner Barton (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls) was named to the all-tournament team. The Purple Knights dropped their first two matches 3-0 to Skidmore College and State University of New York at Buffalo on Friday before dropping their Saturday matchups to Union, 3-1, and Williams College, 3-0.

In Friday's opening match against Skidmore, first-year Grace Fornabia (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Central Catholic) led the team with six kills on 11 attempts, finishing with a .455 hitting percentage. Barton had five kills and eight digs, while sophomore Katy Konow (Lebanon, Conn./Lyman Memorial) chipped in 11 assists and nine digs. Senior Gabby Ratte (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury Hall/Colby-Sawyer) provided three kills, eight assists, and five digs while junior Allie Statile (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) logged three kills and five digs. Junior Anna Lonczak (Pine Plains, N.Y./Stissing Mountain) added eight digs in her college debut.

Facing SUNY Buffalo in the second match of the weekend, Fornabia and sophomore Jillian Harvie (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) led the team in kills with six apiece. First-year Abby Gallagher (Kingston, Mass./Silver Lake Regional) added five kills and five digs while Konow set up a team-high 14 assists. Barton and Lonczak each matched their dig totals from the first match with eight apiece.

Against Union, Barton tied for the team high in kills with five while leading the Purple Knights in digs with 15. Fornabia and Statile also contributed five kills, while Konow tossed in 10 assists and nine digs. Gallagher added nine digs while Ratte had seven assists. In the third set, the Purple Knights trailed 10-2 before going on a 14-4 run. The two teams went back and forth through five separate ties with Union fending off a 24-21 deficit and Saint Michael's battling back from set point twice before sealing the set with a kill from first-year Jaeden Cruz (Makakilo, Hawaii/Saint Francis School).

In the final match of the weekend against Williams, Fornabia again led the Purple Knight with five kills and a .625 hitting percentage. Konow positioned 10 assists while Barton delivered a match-high 14 digs. Cruz also provided nine digs of her own.