This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: October 1-6

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: October 1-6

Upcoming Schedule:

Monday, October 7
Men's Soccer vs. Saint Anselm, 3 p.m.* 

Tuesday, October 8
Women's Soccer vs. Saint Rose, 3 p.m.*

Wednesday, October 9
Men's Soccer vs. American International, 3 p.m.*
Women's Tennis vs. Franklin Pierce, 3 p.m.*
Field Hockey @ American International, 4 p.m.* 

Friday, October 11
Men's Golf @ Saint Rose Fall Shootout @ Pinehaven Country Club (Guilderland, N.Y.), TBA

Saturday, October 12
Cross Country @ UQAM Interlock Invitational (Montreal), 11:30 a.m. (women), 12:30 p.m. (men)
Field Hockey vs. New Haven, 12 p.m.*
Women's Soccer @ Adelphi, 12 p.m.*
Women's Tennis vs. Le Moyne, 12 p.m.*
Women's Volleyball @ Saint Anselm, 12 p.m.*
Men's Soccer vs. Bentley, 3 p.m.*
Men's Golf @ Saint Rose Fall Shootout @ Pinehaven Country Club (Guilderland, N.Y.), TBA 

Sunday, October 13
Men's Tennis at UMass Boston, 1:30 p.m. 

* Northeast-10 Conference Event



Field Hockey (2-8, 2-5) Grabs Two NE10 Wins by One Goal Apiece

The Saint Michael's College field hockey team went 2-0 last week with two Northeast-10 Conference wins, in overtime against Bentley University, 6-5, on Wednesday and against Southern Connecticut State University, 2-1, on Saturday.

The Purple Knights were led by senior MaKayla Foster (Middlebury, Vt./Middlebury Union) in the Bentley game, when she had three goals. Sophomore Jenna Puleo (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex/Providence) also helped with two goal and one assist, scoring the winner 3:43 into overtime. Senior Nell Criscione (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) recorded one goal and first-year Erickson Richard (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) had an assist in the game. Junior Talia Torkomian (Lincoln, R.I./Lincoln) had 12 saves in the win, and first-year Maci Leali (Corinna, Maine/Nokomis Regional) added a defensive save. The Purple Knights won at Bentley for the first time since Oct. 18, 1992, while picking up their third all-time victory on the Falcons' home field.

Foster and Puleo kept up their offensive performances in the Southern Connecticut State win, each scoring once, including netting the winner in the 52nd minute. Senior Anna Hurley (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) recorded two saves in the game.


Johnson Wins NE10 Championship, Locke Takes Second, Purple Knights Tie for Fourth

Senior Matt Johnson (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) became the first member of the Saint Michael's College men's golf team to win the Northeast-10 Conference Championship on Monday, when day two of the two-day event was canceled due to rain. First-year Brendan Locke (Marblehead, Mass./Marblehead) placed second, while the Purple Knights tied for fourth among 10 programs with a 10-over 298, the lowest 18-hole round at an NE10 Championship in program history. It was also the Purple and Gold's fifth-best round ever.

Saint Michael's tied perennial power Franklin Pierce University and The College of Saint Rose for fourth place while holding off seventh-place Bentley University, which advanced to the NCAA Championship finals last spring, by two shots. The Purple Knights finished within six strokes of first place, as Assumption College (292) took the win. Saint Michael's secured its best finish at NE10s since taking third - among six teams - in 1999-2000.

Johnson finished first among 50 golfers, carding the lowest score ever by a Purple Knight at NE10s, going 4-under 68 to not only take first place but come within one shot of Saint Michael's Athletic Hall of Famer Steve Gretkowski's '90 30-year-old school record. He was also two strokes away from the league championship mark. Locke finished second with a 2-under 70, matching a program record for the best score be a first-year at any meet while joining Johnson as the only Purple Knight first-years to ever shoot 70 at NE10s. Johnson and Locke are the first teammates to go 1-2 at an NE10 meet since 2012-13, when Adelphi did it, while Locke's finish is the best by a first-year at NE10s since an Adelphi competitor in 2012-13.

Junior Connor Morse (Westford, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) finished tied for 36th with a 6-over 78, while sophomore Owen O'Malley (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) finished tied for 44th with a 10-over 82 and posted one of five eagles in the field, carding a three on the par-five 12th hole. First-year Kevin Mannion (Boston, Mass./Boston Collegiate Charter School) finished tied for 49th with a 14-over 86.


Men's Soccer (3-3-1, 0-2-1) Falls to No. 1 Adelphi in Lone Contest of Week

The Saint Michael's College men's soccer team fell to No. 1 Adelphi University, 4-1, on Saturday to begin the a run of five Northeast-10 Conference contests in 11 days. The Panthers' No. 1 national ranking is according to the United Soccer Coaches. The lone goal for Saint Michael's was scored by senior Andres Rivas (Caracas, Venezuela/Palmer Trinity School). Redshirt junior Leland Gazo (Colchester, Vt./Rice Memorial/Bradley) recorded five saves in 83:38 in his season debut. First-year Tommy Coil (Toledo, Ohio/Ottawa Hills) went untested in 6:22 of relief.


Women's Soccer (3-5-1, 0-5-1) Goes 0-1-1 in Two Road NE10 Games

The Saint Michael's College women's soccer team went 0-1-1 last week with two Northeast-10 Conference games on the road, a 1-1 draw at regionally-ranked Saint Anselm College on Wednesday and a 3-0 loss to American International College on Saturday. Saint Anselm was ninth in last week's United Soccer Coaches East Region poll.

First-year Izzy Ruprecht (Kingston, Mass./Silver Lake Regional) scored her first career goal in the game versus the Hawks. Senior Greta Ricigliano (Milwaukee, Wis./Nicolet) recorded the assist on the goal. Junior Liz Vallatini (Needham, Mass./Needham) had one save in 45 minutes and first-year Katie Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) made two saves in 65 minutes of relief. In the AIC game, Vallatini had five saves in 76:33 and Escobedo had one save in 13:27 of relief.


Men's Tennis (2-0) Blanks Regis During Lone Match

The Saint Michael's College men's tennis team picked up a 9-0 victory against Regis College on Friday, its second clean sweep of the fall. Senior Matt Mosher (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) had two wins on the day with a 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 5 singles and a No. 3 doubles win, 6-1, with sophomore Michael Rosen (Andover, Mass./Andover/Saint Anselm), a first-time partner. Rosen also won at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-1, to notch two wins. The new pairing of sophomore Constantin Krogh (Oslo, Norway/Persbråten VGS) and first-year Josh Weiss (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) claimed a 6-4 victory at No. 2 doubles. Krogh also won at the third spot, 6-2, 6-0, in singles play and Weiss picked up a win at No. 1, 6-1, 6-2. The No. 1 duo of first-years Jason Boucher (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) and Connor Scott (Bellevue, Wash./Newport) recorded a 6-0 win. Sophomore Ivan Llona (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) earned a win in the sixth position, turning in a 6-0, 6-2 performance. First-year Seb Tonini (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) captured a 6-1, 6-0 decision at No. 4.


Women's Tennis (4-5, 3-5) Splits NE10 Weekend Matches

The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team went 1-1 last week against two Northeast-10 Conference foes, winning over American International College, 4-3, on Saturday and losing to Southern New Hampshire University, 6-1, on Sunday.

Sophomores Abby Edelmann (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) and Elly McKenna (Lowell, Mass./Lowell Catholic) earned a win at No. 3 doubles, 6-0, against AIC, but the Purple Knights were in a 3-0 hole until they won the final four points to come back and win. Sophomore Annie Serkes (Garden City, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) started the comeback by claiming a 6-3, 6-2 victory in the third singles spot. Senior Caroline Sumner (Needham, Mass./Needham) won in the fifth position, 6-0, 6-1, and first-year Ava Albis (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) tied the match with a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 4. Edelmann broke the deadlock by blanking her opponent in the sixth position, giving the Purple Knights the team win and their third one-point victory this fall.

Edelmann recorded the lone win for the Purple Knights against Southern New Hampshire at No. 6 singles, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7). It was just the Penmen's second loss at that position all year. The Purple Knight tandems of Sumner/senior Abby Ramsay (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) and Edelmann/McKenna had the closest matches at doubles, but both dropped 6-3 decisions, playing at the No. 1 and 3 spots, respectively. Sophomore Brittany Katz (Ballston Lake, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) had a close match in the second singles position in a 6-2, 6-2 loss.


Women's Volleyball (1-10, 0-3) Loses Twice on the Road

The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team went 0-2 last week on the road, falling to Mercy (N.Y.) College, 3-0, on Tuesday and at Northeast-10 Conference foe Bentley University, 3-0, on Saturday.

In the Mercy match, first-year Sarah Scott (Granby, Mass./MacDuffie School) led the team in kills (11) and digs (7) while also hitting .524. First-year London Starley (Sandy, Ore./Sandy) led the team in assists (16) in just two sets. Sophomore Grace Fornabia (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Central Catholic) recorded six kills and an ace and junior Katy Konow (Lebanon, Conn./Lyman Memorial) had six digs and two blocks. Senior Tanner Barton (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls) recorded five digs and sophomore Jaeden Cruz (Makakilo, Hawaii/Saint Francis School) had two aces.

In the Bentley match, Scott led the team in digs (16) and tied junior Jillian Harvie (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) in kills with seven. Fornabia had six kills and two blocks and Starley recorded 10 assists and four digs. Konow had nine assists and one ace, while Barton recorded 10 digs and three assists.