Three Dozen Saint Michael's Student-Athletes Complete Study-Abroad Experiences in 2018-19

Three Dozen Saint Michael's Student-Athletes Complete Study-Abroad Experiences in 2018-19

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COLCHESTER, Vt. - A large contingent of Saint Michael's College students who have studied away from campus in various corners of the world during the 2018-19 school year and this summer are members of varsity athletic programs, as 36 student-athletes and two team managers took advantage of the opportunity through the College's Study Abroad Office. Follow links below for student-run blogs from some of the trips.

While a dozen spent full semesters away, nearly two dozen enrolled in two-week classes between terms. "Field Tropical Ecology" (Costa Rica) and "Jews, Christians & Muslims in the Holy Land" were offered during the winter break, while "Culture & Society in Medieval Burgundy" (France), "Music & Dance of West Africa" (Ghana), "Kyoto: An Aesthetic Perspective on Place" (Japan), "Apartheid, Revolution & Representation" (South Africa) and "Environmental Study of Sustainable Places" (Wales) took place between May and June.

Later in the summer, 11 Saint Michael's students - including three student-athletes - started professional internships in business, educational, medical and other non-profit settings in Hong Kong. The internships were supported by a grant from the Freeman Foundation, which supports intercultural understanding between the United States and Asia.


2018-19 Study-Abroad Student-Athletes

Men's Basketball

  • Rising junior Jason Heter (Andover, N.J./Newton) - South Africa class (summer) - averaged 3.1 points and 2.0 rebounds while shooting 47.4 percent and blocking eight shots in 26 games as a reserve
  • Rising sophomore Jontai Williams (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Hayes) - South Africa class (summer) - averaged 1.1 points and 1.2 rebounds while adding 19 assists in 20 games as a reserve

Women's Basketball

  • Rising senior Alyssa Breunig (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull) - South Africa class (summer) - averaged 5.0 points and 3.9 rebounds while knocking down 26 three-pointers and blocking 15 shots in 25 games, including 21 starts

Men's Cross Country

  • Rising sophomore Ty Santos (Wenham, Mass./Hamilton-Wenham Regional) - South Africa class (summer) - competed in five races during debut campaign

Women's Cross Country

  • May graduate Emily Calder (Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton) - Costa Rica class (winter) - among team's top three during each of her five races
  • Rising senior Emma Clark (Killingworth, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth) - Wales class (summer) - missed season due to injury
  • Rising senior Abby French (Nashua, N.H./Academy of Notre Dame) - Wales class (summer) - cracked top 10 five times before earning Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference after taking 14th at NE10 Championship
  • Rising senior Emma Koukos (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) - Stockholm, Sweden (spring) - among team's top three at each of her final four races, including the NCAA East Regional Championship

Field Hockey

  • Rising senior Bryn Churchill (Danvers, Mass./Danvers) - South Africa class (summer) - did not make any appearances
  • Rising senior Nell Criscione (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) - France class (summer) - scored three goals with one assist while starting all 17 games
  • Rising senior Maggie Daley (Slingerlands, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) - Japan class (summer) - appeared in eight games as a reserve
  • Rising senior MaKayla Foster (Middlebury, Vt./Middlebury Union) - Holy Land class (winter) - played all 17 games, drawing one start
  • Rising junior Katriona Hajduk (Winthrop, Maine/Winthrop) - Wales class (summer) - made two defensive saves while playing 12 games, starting 10
  • Rising senior Maryel Likhite (Jericho, Vt./Mount Mansfield Union) - Copenhagen, Denmark (spring) - started all 17 games on defense
  • Rising senior Claire Scherf (Bethlehem, Conn./Nonnewaug) - San José, Costa Rica (spring) - handed out two assists while making all 13 appearances as a starter

Men's Ice Hockey

  • Rising junior Matt McGlynn (Walpole, Mass./New Hampton School) - Hong Kong Freeman scholar (summer) - three assists and plus-2 in 20 games on defense
  • May graduate Jake Myers (Belmont, Mass./The Hill School) - Wales class (summer) - appeared in three games
  • Rising senior William Santangeli (Oakville, Ontario/Saint Mark's School) - Wales class (summer) - won 44.9 percent of faceoffs in 20 games

Women's Ice Hockey

  • Rising senior Torrie Gray (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth North) - Hong Kong Freeman scholar (summer) - three assists and plus-2 in 25 games on defense
  • Rising senior Vika Simons (Essex Junction, Vt./Minnesota Duluth Club) - Seville, Spain (summer) - .912 save percentage, 3.68 goals-against average and 35.0 saves per game in 13 games, including 12 starts
  • Rising senior Regan Ugalde (Colchester, Vt./Rice Memorial) - Holy Land class (winter) - team manager

Men's Lacrosse

  • Rising sophomore Brandon Croce (Apex, N.C./Apex) - Holy Land class (winter) - team manager

Alpine Skiing

  • Rising senior Erin Spence (Aspen, Colo./Aspen) - France class (summer) - cracked top 20 five times while placing among team's top three 11 times in 12 starts

Women's Soccer

  • Rising senior Meghan Dieterle (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) - Wollongong, Australia (spring) - three assists in 13 games, including six starts
  • Rising senior Bridie McNamara (Harvard, Mass./The Bromfield School) - Galway, Ireland (spring) - appeared in 11 games on defense, starting six
  • Rising senior Greta Ricigliano (Milwaukee, Wis./Nicolet) - Wollongong, Australia (spring) - three goals in 15 games, including 14 starts
  • Rising junior Liz Vallatini (Needham, Mass./Needham) - Ghana class (summer) - .833 save percentage and 1.51 goals-against average in 13 contests, including 10 starts


  • Rising senior Julia Sevigny (Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hill) - Seville, Spain (fall) - started all 36 games in center field while picking up 13 hits and nine walks
  • Rising junior Maggie Welling (Baltimore, Md./Maryvale Preparatory School) - Cambridge, England (summer) - fielded .976 in 25 starts as a middle infielder while adding 13 hits

Women's Swimming & Diving

  • Rising senior Reiley Adelson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) - Bali, Indonesia (spring) - won two events in five meets before studying abroad during spring segment of season
  • Rising junior Leah Benoit (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) - Wales class (summer) - won pair of events
  • Rising senior Sarah Brennan (Glen Rock, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) - Barcelona, Spain (spring) - competed in five meets before studying abroad during spring segment of season
  • Rising senior Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) - Wales class (summer) - won 21 events, including 11 individual races
  • Rising senior Katie Valle (Weston, Mass./Weston) - Salamanca, Spain (spring) - competed in five meets before studying abroad during spring segment of season

Men's Tennis

  • Rising senior Matt Mosher (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) - Hong Kong Freeman scholar (summer) - went 10-10 during doubles play while adding six singles victories

Women's Tennis

  • Rising senior Caroline Sumner (Needham, Mass./Needham) - Florence, Italy (spring) - notched four wins between No. 1 and 2 doubles and was the Purple Knights' regular No. 5 singles player
  • Rising senior Autumn Tamlyn (Silver Bay, N.Y./Queensbury) - San José, Costa Rica (summer) - 3-1 between singles and doubles, including 2-0 at No. 6 singles

Women's Volleyball

  • Rising senior Anna Lonczak (Pine Plains, N.Y./Stissing Mountain) - Madrid, Spain (spring) - 87 digs and six service aces in 50 sets over 19 matches