This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: September 2-8

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: September 2-8

Upcoming Schedule

Monday, September 9
Men's Golf @ Franklin Pierce Fall Invitational @ Keene (N.H.) Country Club, 9 a.m.

Tuesday, September 10
Women's Volleyball vs. Middlebury, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, September 11
Field Hockey @ Southern New Hampshire, 6 p.m.*

Friday, September 13
Women's Volleyball @ Kutztown (Pa.), 11 a.m.^
Women's Volleyball vs. Salem (W.Va.) @ Kutztown, 3 p.m.^
Men's Tennis @ ITA East Regional Championship @ USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (Flushing, N.Y.), TBA 

Saturday, September 14
Women's Soccer vs. Pace, 12 p.m.*
Women's Volleyball vs. Notre Dame (Ohio) @ Kutztown, 12 p.m.^
Field Hockey @ Molloy (N.Y.), 1 p.m.*
Women's Tennis @ Saint Anselm, 1 p.m.*
Women's Volleyball vs. Goldey-Beacom (Del.) @ Kutztown, 2 p.m.^
Men's Tennis @ ITA East Regional Championship @ USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (Flushing, N.Y.), TBA 

Sunday, September, 15
Men's Tennis @ ITA East Regional Championship @ USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (Flushing, N.Y.), TBA 

* Northeast-10 Conference Event
^ Kutztown Classic


Cross Country Squads Open Seasons at Shacklette Invitational, Burnham Debuts in Ninth

The Saint Michael's College men's and women's cross country teams opened their seasons at Saint Anselm College's Shacklette Invitational on Saturday, when first-year Maggie Burnham (Holden, Mass./Wachusett Regional) made her college debut with a ninth-place finish.

The women finished third out of three schools, behind a pair of squads ranked regionally by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Southern New Hampshire University is ranked sixth in the latest East Region poll, while host Saint Anselm is 10th. Burnham led the women with a time of 20:45.34 in the 5K race. She is the first Purple Knight to make college debut with a top-10 finish since senior Abby French (Nashua, N.H./Academy of Notre Dame) in 2016. Sophomore Ingrid Boland (Old Saybrook, Conn./Old Saybrook Senior) finished 20th with a time of 21:42.54, a personal best. Senior Emma Koukos (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough), first-year Cailey Comiskey (Swanton, Vt./Missisquoi Valley Union), and sophomore Hannah Muse (Yarmouth, Mass./Nauset Regional) finished 22nd (21:53.98), 23rd (21:54.66), and 24th (22:14.92), respectively. Sophomore Rachel Smith (Old Forge, N.Y./Town of Webb) finished 28th with a time of 22:49.58 with first-year Grace Erholtz (Baxter, Minn./Brainerd) right on her heels with a 29th-place finish and a time of 23:02.43, which rounded out the scoring.

On the men's side, the Purple Knights were third among three. Regionally-ranked Southern New Hampshire, which is fourth in the region won while Saint Anselm was second. Purple Knights were led by sophomore Liam Gay-Killeen (Rowley, Mass./Triton Regional), who had a time of 29:34.51 in an 8K race which was good for 14th place. The race was Gay-Killeen's first since last year's Shacklette Invitational where he finished as the top finisher for the team. Sophomore James Downs (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) finished 17th with a time of 29:49.59. Sophomore Jake Donnelly (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) finished two places later at 19th with a time of 30:34.33. Senior Kevin Jeter (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie), first-year Ethan Snook (Marblehead, Mass./Marblehead), senior Christopher Bittel (San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine College Prep), and sophomore John Cunningham (Springfield, N.H./Kearsarge Regional) finished 21st through 24th, respectively, at 30:50.11, 31:09.29, 31:30.95, 31:50.43.


Field Hockey (0-2) Drops First Two Games to Open Season

The Saint Michael's College field hockey team open its 2019 season going 0-2 as host of the Delta Hotel Fall Classic last weekend. The Purple Knights fell to Mansfield (Pa.) University, 5-0, on Saturday and to No. 7 Kutztown (Pa.) University, 8-0, on Sunday. Kutztown's national ranking was according to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). This was the first early-season tournament that the Purple Knights have hosted since 2015.

The Mansfield game had junior Talia Torkomian (Lincoln, R.I./Lincoln) start in goal for the Purple Knights. It was her first career start and first game since her rookie year, and she recorded a career-high 19 saves. Junior Molly Humiston (Kittery, Maine/R.W. Traip Academy) made her first career defensive save. In the match up against No. 7 Kutztown, senior Anna Hurley (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) started in goal for the Purple Knights recording four saves in 30 minutes. Junior Hannah Wilmot (West Townsend, Mass./Saint Bernard's Central Catholic) recorded five saves in 30 minutes of relief. Humiston recorded another defensive save.  


Men's Soccer (2-0) Starts the Season with Two Wins at Home 

The Saint Michael's College men's soccer team opened its season by going 2-0 last week. The Purple Knights started with a 2-1 overtime win Thursday against Saint Thomas Aquinas (N.Y.) College. On Saturday, the Purple Knights defeated Concordia (N.Y.), 3-0, on Duffy Field. This is the first time since the 2016 season that the Purple Knights have started 2-0.

Against Saint Thomas Aquinas, sophomore Kenny Cesar (Port-au-Prince, Haiti/Pope Francis) scored with 39.3 seconds remaining in the second half to tie the game, before senior Jake Bannon (Clifton, Va./Paul VI Catholic) scored the game winner just 17 seconds into overtime. Sophomore Kyle Brady (Needham, Mass./Worcester Academy) recorded the assist for Cesar's goal. Senior Andres Rivas (Caracas, Venezuela/Palmer Trinity School) and sophomore Cam Goodrich (Milton, Vt./Milton) provided an assist on Bannon's goal. Junior Mathias Loft (Frederiksberg, Denmark/Cohasset) recorded one save in 45 minutes in his first career start. First-year Tommy Coil (Toledo, Ohio/Ottawa Hills) made one save in 45:17 of relief with his lone save coming on a penalty kick.

Against Concordia, three separate players scored their first career goal. Redshirt first-year Luc Dionne (Cumberland, Maine/Cheverus) recorded the first goal which was assisted by sophomore Miguel Diaz (Madrid, Spain/Saint Thomas Aquinas). Sophomore Ryan DiNapoli (North Reading, Mass./Worcester Academy) recorded the second goal of the game which was assisted by Brady. The final goal was scored by first-year Mikael Ameris (West Palm Beach, Fla./Oxbridge Academy) and assisted by sophomore Max Rossignol (Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton) and first-year Kevin Sullivan (Walpole, Mass./Worcester Academy). Loft recorded three saves in the start and notched his first career win. Coil came into the game at the start of the second half and recorded two saves.


Women's Soccer (2-0) Opens Season with Two Wins on the Road

The Saint Michael's College women's soccer team open its 2019 season by starting 2-0 for the first time in 11 years, with both games occurring on the road. The Purple Knights defeated Bloomfield (N.J.) College, 1-0, on Saturday before downing Lincoln (Pa.) University, 9-0, on Sunday.

Against Bloomfield, junior Melanie Roberge (Chester, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) struck for the game's only goal in the 88th minute. The goal was assisted by senior Greta Ricigliano (Milwaukee, Wis./Nicolet). Junior Liz Vallatini (Needham, Mass./Needham) started in goal for the Purple Knights and recorded three saves in the shutout win. Saint Michael's improved to 4-0 all-time against Bloomfield, pushing its scoring advantage to 22-0.

Against Lincoln, junior Kara Bassett (New London, Conn./Saint Bernard School) netted two goals and an assist. Sophomore Dora Barrett (Medford, Mass./Medford) tallied one goal and two assists. Ricigliano and first-year Julia Rosano (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) both finished with two goals. Juniors Tess McCabe (Cataumet, Mass./Bourne) and Victoria Zambello (Sharon, Mass./Sharon) each had one goal. Barrett, Bassett, McCabe, and Rosano all scored their first goals of their career. Vallatini started in net for the Purple Knights and recorded one save in 45 minutes. First-year Katie Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) took the net for the second half and maintained the shutout for the Purple Knights.


Women's Tennis (0-2, 0-2) Finishes Weekend with Two NE10 Losses

The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team open its 2019 season by starting 0-2 with two Northeast-10 conference losses over the weekend. On Saturday, the Purple Knights visited regionally-ranked Adelphi University and fell 7-0. The Panthers were ninth in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region poll. On Sunday, the Purple Knights fell to the University of New Haven, 7-0.

In the match against Adelphi, senior Caroline Sumner (Needham, Mass./Needham) and sophomore Annie Serkes (Garden City, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) were paired up for the first time together and went on to win at No. 3 doubles, 7-5. First-year Ava Albis (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) put together the closest set for the Purple Knights during singles play, ultimately losing her college debut by a 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 count at No. 6.

Facing New Haven in the second match of the weekend, the duo of Serkes and Sumner played the closest result, falling by a 6-3 count in the No. 3 spot. At No. 6, Albis won her opening set before losing her second in a tie-breaker and ultimately falling by a 5-7, 7-6 (11-9), 6-3 result.


Women's Volleyball (0-2) Loses First Two Matches of Season

The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team began its 2019 season with a pair losses on Saturday during a tri-match at Southern New Hampshire University. The Purple Knights fell to Division I Merrimack College, 3-0, and against the host Penmen, 3-0.

In the first match against Merrimack, the Purple Knights were led by first-year Sarah Scott's (Granby, Mass./MacDuffie School) nine kills and sophomore Grace Fornabia's (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Central Catholic) five kills. Senior Tanner Barton (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls) led the team with three aces while sophomores Jaeden Cruz (Makakilo, Hawaii/Saint Francis School) and Abby Gallagher (Kingston, Mass./Silver Lake Regional) both had two aces. Junior Katy Konow (Lebanon, Conn./Lyman Memorial) had nine assists, five digs, and three blocks. First-year London Starley (Sandy, Ore./Sandy) finished with six assists. The Purple Knights held advantages in aces (9-8) and blocks (4-2).

Facing Southern New Hampshire in the second match, Barton and Fornabia both notched five kills. Scott was able to record four kills and eight digs during the match. Konow had 11 assists and Starley had eight. Cruz finished with eight digs.