This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: October 29 - November 4

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: October 29 - November 4

Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, November 6
Field Hockey vs. AIC, 2:30 p.m.* 

Friday, November 9
Men's Basketball vs. Concordia (N.Y.) @ Assumption, 4 p.m.
Women's Swimming & Diving vs. Merrimack, 4 p.m.
Women's Basketball vs. Mercy (N.Y.) @ Saint Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.), 7 p.m.
Men's Ice Hockey vs. Franklin Pierce, 7 p.m.*
Women's Ice Hockey @ Franklin Pierce, 7 p.m.^ 

Saturday, November 10
Field Hockey @ Stonehill, 1 p.m.*
Swimming & Diving @ Clarkson, 1 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. Molloy (N.Y.) @ Assumption, 2 p.m.
Women's Ice Hockey @ Franklin Pierce, 2 p.m.^
Women's Basketball @ Saint Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.), 3 p.m.
Men's Ice Hockey vs. SUNY Canton, 4 p.m. 

* Northeast-10 Conference Event
^ NEWHA Game 


French Takes 14th at NE10 Championship, Cross Country Teams Finish 13th and 14th 

Saint Michael's College women's cross country junior Abby French (Nashua, N.H./Academy of Notre Dame) landed on the Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference second team after placing 14th and setting a personal record of 22:36.2 during Sunday's NE10 Championship, becoming the first Purple Knight to qualify for all-conference since 2014. The Saint Michael's men's cross country team placed 13th out of 15 schools with 361 points in the 8K, tying 12th-place Saint Anselm College, while the women's team took 14th out of 15 schools with 329 points in the 6K. 

Junior Kevin Jeter (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) led the Purple Knight men, placing 51st with a time of 26:38.8, only four seconds off his PR. Senior Nathan Terry (Reading, Mass./Tilton School) clocked in at 28:06.8, placing 89th, while first-year Jake Donnelly (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) set a PR of 28:13.1 en route to a 95th-place finish. Senior David Baird (Higganum, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth) came in 100th place, crossing the finish line at 28.22.6, while first-years James Downs (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) and John Cunningham (Springfield, N.H./Kearsarge Regional) finished right behind him with PRs of 28:25.7 and 28:28.1, good for 101st and 102nd, respectively. First-year Matt Gianni (Stowe, Vt./Stowe) grabbed a 122nd-place finish while setting a PR with a time of 29:40.6.

Each of the top seven Purple Knight women set PRs, while their third- through seventh-place finishers all made their 6K debuts. Senior Kara Hettinger (Lindenhurst, Ill./Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) landed a 93rd-place finish, racing in at 25:36.5 to finish second behind French for the Purple Knights. Sophomore Molly Nemes (Plymouth, Mass./Sturgis Charter Public School) came in at 25:50.8, good for 98th, while first-year Rachel Smith (Old Forge, N.Y./Town of Webb) finished right behind her in 99th, clocking in at 25:54.2. First-years Eleanor Devereux (Jericho, Vt./Mount Mansfield Union) and Alexus Day (Belmont, N.H./Belmont) finished 101st and 104th, respectively, with Devereux sprinting in at 26:01.1 and Day finishing at 26:06.8. Fellow first-year Colleen Tubridy (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) came in at 26:12.2 to land in 108th place.  


Field Hockey (2-13, 2-9) Falls to NE10 Foes Southern New Hampshire and Bentley

The Saint Michael's College field hockey team lost both of its Northeast-10 Conference matchups last week, falling to Southern New Hampshire University, 2-0, on Wednesday before dropping a 2-1 decision to Bentley University on Saturday.

Against Southern New Hampshire, junior Anna Hurley (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) registered a career-high 14 saves, the most by a Purple Knight keeper since Jackie Chisholm '15 had 22 on Oct. 29, 2014. In the contest against Bentley, sophomore Shelagh Fluharty (Fitchburg, Mass./Saint Bernard's Central Catholic) landed the Purple Knights' lone goal with senior Maddy Dobecki (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) tallying the assist. Senior Claire Kondrotas (Barre, Mass./Quabbin Regional) had her sixth defensive save of the year, putting her in third in the NCAA and second in the NE10 in the category. The defensive save ties her for fifth in program history for defensive saves in a season with Kate Higgins '08 and gives her sole possession of fourth place in career defensive saves with 12, passing Higgins. Hurley added three saves in the contest.


Women's Volleyball (0-19, 0-14) Defeated by New Haven and Southern Connecticut State to Finish Season

The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team fell twice last week, losing to regionally-ranked University of New Haven, 3-0, before being defeated by 2017 NCAA Tournament qualifier Southern Connecticut State University, 3-0, during its season finale on Saturday. New Haven is the top-ranked team in the East Region in the most recent NCAA poll; has won the last two Northeast-10 Conference Championships, and six of the last 10; and has qualified for the last 12 NCAA Tournaments.

In the match against New Haven, junior Tanner Barton (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls) registered six kills, seven digs, an ace, and a block while classmate Allie Statile (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) added four kills and a block. Sophomore Katy Konow (Lebanon, Conn./Lyman Memorial) notched 12 assists, 10 digs, and three kills, while senior Gabby Ratte (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury Hall/Colby-Sawyer) chipped in 12 digs and a block. First-year Jaeden Cruz (Makakilo, Hawaii/Saint Francis School) had seven digs and junior Anna Lonczak (Pine Plains, N.Y./Stissing Mountain) had six.

 Against Southern Connecticut, first-year Grace Fornabia (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Central Catholic) posted three kills, four aces, three digs, three blocks, and two assists, while Barton rattled off five kills, eight digs, and an ace. Konow added nine assists, nine digs, three kills, and a block while Ratte had 13 digs. First-year Abby Gallagher (Kingston, Mass./Silver Lake Regional) chipped in seven digs and a block, while Cruz had six digs and an ace.


Men's Basketball Falls to UVM in Preseason Exhibition

The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team stayed with Division I University of Vermont early into the second half of an eventual 90-61 loss during an exhibition game on Sunday. UVM competed in the 2018 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) after finishing as the America East Conference regular-season champion and tournament runner-up.

Senior Derek Cheatom (Buffalo, N.Y./The Park School of Buffalo) led the Purple Knights with 15 points, three rebounds, three steals, and a block, while going 5-for-5 from the charity stripe. Sophomore Walker Storey (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) collected 12 points and four blocks, going 2-for-4 from behind the arc and 5-for-9 on field goal attempts. First-year Jontai Williams (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Hayes) finished with eight points while going 2-for-2 from three-point range. Sophomore Jason Heter (Andover, N.J./Newton) also tallied eight points, going 3-for-5 from the field while senior Levi Holmes III (East Brunswick, N.J./Rutgers Prep) added seven points, three boards, two assists, and a steal. Junior Jordan Guzman (Staten Island, N.Y./Xaverian) had two assists and six steals, while senior Jaylen Hall (Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park/Richard J. Daley) grabbed three rebounds and classmate Winston Jones II (Valley Stream, N.Y./Valley Stream Central) chipped in three assists. The Purple Knights forced 24 turnovers, holding an 18-16 edge in points scored off of takeaways, while also outscoring the Catamounts' bench 30-17.


Women's Basketball Drops Exhibition Game to UVM

The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team dropped a 76-49 decision to Division I University of Vermont during an exhibition game on Sunday. Senior Samantha Delaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) led the Purple Knights with 12 points, eight boards, a block, and a steal while classmate Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) posted 10 points, four rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal. Junior Brianna Purcell (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) tallied six points, eight rebounds, and two assists while redshirt sophomore Casey Evans (Londonderry, N.H./Saint Andrew's School) added six points and a rebound. Junior Alyssa Breunig (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull) registered three rebounds. The Purple and Gold dished out 10 assists, two more than the Catamounts, and held a 12-8 advantage on the offensive glass while scoring 32 points in the paint.


Men's Ice Hockey (0-3-1) Draws Tie Against Southern New Hampshire, Falls in Overtime to Saint Anselm

The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team clawed out a 2-2 overtime tie against Southern New Hampshire University on Tuesday, before falling 5-4 in overtime in a comeback effort against Saint Anselm College on Friday. Both contests were Northeast-10 Conference matchups, while the affair against Saint Anselm was a rematch of last year's NE10 Championship title game.

In the Southern New Hampshire game, sophomore Sel Narby (Huntington, N.Y./Connecticut Junior Rangers) netted the equalizing goal as well as an assist to cap the Purple Knights' comeback from down 2-0. Senior Sam D'Antuono (Hingham, Mass./Dexter School) added a goal of his own, while going 18-for-22 on faceoffs. Senior Nic Hermary (Coquitlam, British Columbia/Melfort Mustangs) added an assist on D'Antuono's goal, while sophomore Niall Foster (Newmarket, N.H./Walpole Express) went 10-for-22 on faceoffs. In his first career start, first-year Hugo Turcotte (Gap, France/Kimball Union Academy) registered 31 saves.

In the overtime loss to Saint Anselm, sophomore Brandon Mitchell (North Scituate, R.I./Pomfret School) tallied two goals and an assist, netting back-to-back goals in the third period to bring the Purple Knights within one after trailing 4-1. Sophomores Thomas Flack (Toronto, Ontario/Saint Michael's Buzzers) and Paul McAuliffe (Newton, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) each added a goal, with Flack recording the equalizer, while also going 5-for-5 on faceoffs. Senior Patrick Doherty (Tewksbury, Mass./Middlesex Black Bears) and sophomore Matt McGlynn (Walpole, Mass./New Hampton School) each notched two assists. Sophomore Andrew Olevitz (Winthrop, Mass./Northern Cyclones) blocked six shots, while D'Antuono went 17-for-26 at the dot. Senior Chris Johnson (Duxbury, Mass./Pomfret School) recorded 16 saves in 33:14, while Turcotte stopped 13 shots in the final 28:48.


Swimming & Diving Wins 27 Events in Sweep of Colby-Sawyer

The Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving teams combined to win 27 events while defeating Colby-Sawyer College on Saturday. The men, who are now 1-1, notched a 138-31 triumph, while the women, also 1-1, claimed a 188-66 win.

On the men's side, junior Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) collected four wins, topping the 50- (22.17) and 100-yard (50.72) freestyle and the 100-yard individual medley (58.35), while joining senior Jacob Sutton (Tyngsboro, Mass./Tyngsboro), and sophomores Dan Fortier (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) and Payton Stewart (Keene, N.H./Keene) in the 200 free relay (1:38.83) victory. Stewart finished second in the 100 free while also finishing second in the 1,000 free to first-year Sean McGurn (Braintree, Mass./Braintree) (10:51.91). First-year Nate Imbergamo (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) also corralled four wins while staying undefeated in eight races on the season, taking wins in the 50-yard backstroke (27.96), 200 free (1:54.90) and 500 free (5:23.09). He combining with McGurn and first-years Myron Prograis (Etters, Pa./Cedar Cliff), and William Sullivan (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) for a win in the 200-yard medley relay (1:44.18). McGurn claimed the 200-yard breaststroke (2:23.35) for his third victory of the meet, while senior Seamus Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) finished second and edged out McGurn for second in the 50 breast by 0.06 seconds. Sullivan finished second in the 200 free as well as second in the 50-yard butterfly to Prograis (25.81), who claimed his first career individual win. Fortier finished in third, right behind the pair in the 50 fly, while finishing second to junior Aidan Mulderrig (Rockville Center, N.Y./South Side) in the 200 fly (2:10.76). Mulderrig also grabbed second-place finishes in the 100 IM and 200 back, trailing only senior Pat Thornton (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) during the 200 back (2:10.69). Thornton finished second in the 50 back, only 0.23 seconds behind Imbergamo. The team of Butler, Fortier, Mulderrig, and Stewart combined to take second in the 200 medley relay. Senior Tim Kinville (Colchester, Vt./Missisquoi Valley Union) won both one-meter diving competitions, with 104.60 points in one and 153.35 in the other.

On the women's side, senior Patty Kohn (Weston, Conn./Greenwich) tallied four wins, claiming the 200 back (2:14.99) and 1,000 free (11:11.98), while pairing with senior Meg Flanagan (Middletown, R.I./The Prout School/Boston College) and juniors Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) and Sarah White (Lakeville, Mass./Apponequet Regional) for a win in the 200 medley relay (2:00.87). Kohn also added a win along with Flanagan and fellow seniors Elizabeth Doherty (Dedham, Mass./Dedham) and Tess Grimaldi (Higganum, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth) in the 200 free relay (1:49.32). White also recorded four wins, emerging victorius in the 200 free (2:07.20), the 50 fly (28.53), and 200 fly (2:23.30) to go along with the 200 medley win. Giampietro posted individual victories in the 50 breast (33.44) and 100 IM (1:06.21) while finishing second in the 200 breast. Grimaldi notched a win in the 50 free (26.85) and grabbed second in the 100 free, while junior Reiley Adelson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) claimed victory in the 500 free (5:52.10). First-year Maggie King (Clinton, Conn./Mercy) rounded out the victories for the Purple Knight women by topping the lone one-meter diving (78.55) competition in her collegiate debut. Doherty and Flanagan each registered second-place finishes, with Doherty's coming in the 200 free and Flanagan's coming in the 50 and 200 back races. Junior Megan Reid (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) claimed second in the 500 free, while sophomores Leah Benoit (Franklin, Mass./Franklin), Kristin Burlew (Springfield, Vt./Hartford), and Megan Geschwind (Rochester, Minn./Mayo) finished second in the 50 free, 50 breast, and 200 fly, respectively.