This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: October 28-November 3

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: October 28-November 3

Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, November 5
Women's Soccer vs. Le Moyne, 1:30 p.m.*
Men's Ice Hockey @ SUNY Canton, 7 p.m. 

Friday, November 8
Men's Basketball vs. Caldwell (N.J.) @ Assumption, 4 p.m.%
Women's Swimming & Diving vs. Merrimack, 4 p.m.
Women's Volleyball @ Le Moyne, 5 p.m.*
Women's Basketball vs. Wilmington (Del.), 7 p.m.#
Women's Ice Hockey vs. Franklin Pierce, 7 p.m.^

Saturday, November 9
Cross Country @ NCAA East Regional Championship @ Belmont Plateau (Philadelphia), 11 a.m. (women), 12:15 p.m. (men)
Women's Ice Hockey vs. Franklin Pierce, 1 p.m.^
Women's Volleyball @ Saint Rose, 1 p.m.*
Women's Basketball vs. Caldwell (N.J.), 3 p.m.#
Men's Basketball vs. NYIT @ Assumption, 4 p.m.%
Men's Ice Hockey @ Saint Anselm, 4 p.m.* 

* Northeast-10 Conference Event
^ New England Women's Hockey Alliance Game
% Assumption Tip-Off Classic
# Delta Hotel NE10/CACC Conference Challenge 


Field Hockey (4-14, 4-10) Finishes Season with Two Losses to NE10 Foes

The Saint Michael's College field hockey team finished off its season with two Northeast-10 conference losses at home last week, to Stonehill College, 4-0, on Tuesday and No. 8 Assumption College, 4-0, on Saturday. Assumption was eighth in the latest National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) national poll and fourth in the most recent NCAA East Region rankings.

Senior Anna Hurley (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) had nine saves against Stonehill and 16 saves in 51:03 against Assumption. Junior Hannah Wilmot (West Townsend, Mass./Saint Bernard's Central Catholic) had four saves in 8:57 of relief versus the Greyhounds. Hurley finished her career sixth in program history in saves (286) and keeper minutes (2,948:17) and eighth in shutouts (9). Her 124 saves this season were the 10th-most in school annals.


Men's Soccer (4-10-2, 1-9-2) Wraps Season with 1-1 Week in One-Goal Games

The Saint Michael's College men's soccer team went 1-1 last week, finishing its season with two Northeast-10 Conference games, a loss to regionally-ranked The College of Saint Rose, 1-0, on Tuesday and a victory over Stonehill College, 2-1, on Saturday. Saint Rose was sixth in last week's United Soccer Coaches East Region poll.

First-year Tommy Coil (Toledo, Ohio/Ottawa Hills) had four saves in the game versus Saint Rose, yielding only a penalty kick in the 15th minute. He added another seven in the win over Stonehill. The Purple Knights scored twice in the final 1:40 to stun the Skyhawks. Sophomore Ryan DiNapoli (North Reading, Mass./Austin Prep) scored the game-winning goal with 14 seconds left on a corner kick by classmate Kyle Brady (Needham, Mass./Worcester Academy) after senior Jake Bannon (Clifton, Va./Paul VI Catholic) tied the game up in the 89th minute on a cross by junior Matteo Bianchini (Winchester, Mass./Winchester).


Women's Soccer (5-9-2, 1-9-2) Finishes Week 0-2, Falling to Franklin Pierce and Bentley

The Saint Michael's College women's soccer team went 0-2 last week, falling to defending Northeast-10 Conference Championship titlist Franklin Pierce University, 4-0, on Wednesday and Bentley University, 2-1, in double overtime on Saturday in NE10 action.

Junior Liz Vallatini (Needham, Mass./Needham) finished with seven saves in the Franklin Pierce game and had another nine against Bentley. The Bentley game also saw first-year Zoe Rogers (Shelton, Conn./Shelton) score her first career goal to snap the Falcons' shutout streak at 531:24.


Women's Volleyball (1-16, 0-9) Falls to Two 2018 NCAA Tournament Qualifiers

The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team went 0-2 last week in Northeast-10 Conference play, losing to last year's NE10 Championship titlist Southern Connecticut State University, 3-0, on Friday and to the University of New Haven, 3-0, on Saturday. New Haven has qualified for 33 of the past 36 NCAA Tournaments and was the East Region's top seed in last fall's championship, while the Owls qualified for the last two NCAAs.

In the Southern Connecticut State match, first-year Sarah Scott (Granby, Mass./MacDuffie School) led the Purple Knights in kills (8) and digs (12) while also recording an ace. Sophomore Grace Fornabia (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Central Catholic) and first-year Brigid Heinrich (Syracuse, N.Y./Westhill) had six and four kills, respectively. First-year London Starley (Sandy, Ore./Sandy) had a team-high 24 assists and finished with one ace and eight digs. Senior Tanner Barton (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls) recorded one ace and six digs and sophomore Jaeden Cruz (Makakilo, Hawaii/Saint Francis School) had six digs.

Against New Haven, Fornabia and sophomore Abby Gallagher (Kingston, Mass./Silver Lake Regional) recorded six kills each, while the former had a .364 hitting percentage in the match. Scott recorded four kills, one ace, and a team-high nine digs. Senior Allie Statile (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) had three kills, one ace, and a team-high two blocks. Starley finished with 16 assists, one ace, and seven digs, and Barton and Cruz both recorded six digs.


Men's Basketball Begins Season with Two Exhibition Games Against Division I Opponents

The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team played in two exhibition games with Division I opponents last week, falling to four-time national champion University of Connecticut, 103-64, on Wednesday and to crosstown rival University of Vermont, 84-48, on Sunday. The Catamounts qualified for two of the past three NCAA Division I Tournaments as America East Conference champions and landed among's top 10 mid-major programs last spring, while the Huskies' national titles have all come since 1999.

The Connecticut game saw four Purple Knights in double figures during Eric Eaton's first contest as head coach, led by junior Walker Storey (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) with 15 points, four rebounds and 5-for-9 shooting on three-pointers. First-year Kasai Brown (Brooklyn, N.Y./Millbrook School) recorded 13 points, nine rebounds, three steals, and a block after redshirting last season. Senior Jordan Guzman (Staten Island, N.Y./Xaverian) had 12 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals, and junior Jason Heter (Andover, N.J./Newton) finished with 11 points, six rebounds, one assist, one block and 2-for-5 three-point shooting. First-year RJ Sheridan (Jersey City, N.Y./Marist) had seven points and redshirt junior Thomas Jackson III (Middletown, Conn./Holderness School) finished with four points and five assists in his first game since 2017-18. First-year Jalen Gorham (York, Pa./MacDuffie School) had four rebounds.

Guzman led the Purple Knights with 14 points against Vermont, also recording four rebounds and two steals. Brown had 12 points, seven rebounds, one block and one steal, and senior Eli DiGrande (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) had nine points, a team high eight-rebounds and one steal off the bench. Jackson finished with six points, five assists, and four rebounds, Heter had six rebounds, and sophomore Jontai Williams (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Hayes) had three rebounds and two assists.


Men's Ice Hockey (1-0-1) Opens Season with 1-0-1 Showing Against Albertus Magnus

The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team opened its season with a 1-0-1 during a home weekend series against Albertus Magnus College, winning 2-1 on Friday and playing to a 2-2 draw on Saturday.

Junior Brandon Mitchell (North Scituate, R.I./Pomfret School) scored with 15 seconds remaining in the third period to give the Purple Knights the win on Friday. Sophomore Andrew DeCristoforo (Medway, Mass./South Shore Kings) recorded his first college goal and had four blocks in the game. Junior Niall Foster (Newmarket, N.H./Walpole Express) went 12-for-18 on faceoffs and senior Tim Decker (Liverpool, N.Y./Canterbury School) recorded 18 saves. Junior Sel Narby (Huntington, N.Y./Connecticut Junior Rangers) and first-years Sam Johnson (Freeport, Maine/Walpole Express), Jeremy Routh (Hamden, Conn./New Hampshire Junior Monarchs) and Matt Schreiner (Falmouth, Mass./Walpole Express) all recorded an assist in the game.

Sophomore Matt Egan (Hingham, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) recorded a goal and an assist in the Saturday game. Schreiner added the second goal for the Purple Knights, the first of his career. Schreiner also went 15-for-20 on faceoffs. Foster went 12-for-19 on faceoffs and senior William Santangeli (Oakville, Ontario/Saint Mark's School) was 9-for-14.  Sophomore Hugo Turcotte (Gap, France/Kimball Union Academy) recorded 18 saves. Johnson, Narby and junior Noah Muller (Amsterdam, The Netherlands/Düsseldorfer EG) all recorded an assist.


Women's Ice Hockey (2-2, 2-2) Splits Games with NEWHA Foe LIU

The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team finished its weekend series 1-1 against New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) opponent Long Island University, falling on Friday, 5-2, and winning on Saturday, 4-1.

On Friday, senior Jordan Monbouquette (Wayland, Mass./Lawrence Academy) finished with a goal and an assist, and first-year Maeghan Kennard (Hamlin, N.Y./Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles) scored her first career goal while going 14-for-26 on faceoffs. Senior Arianna Boscia (Cranston, R.I./La Salle Academy) had two assists and junior Riley Nichols (Gilford, N.H./Tilton School) had five blocks. Junior Krista Ferrari (Dunstable, Mass./East Coast Wizards) went 12-for-27 on faceoffs. Senior Vika Simons (Essex Junction, Vt./Minnesota Duluth Club) finished with 26 saves and senior Alissa Sullivan (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) recorded an assist.

On Saturday, Kennard scored twice while going 10-for-23 on faceoffs. Junior Maddie Gervais (Glastonbury, Conn./East Catholic) recorded a goal and an assist and Sullivan scored the final Purple Knight goal. Boscia had an assist and sophomore Jenna Harrison (Kitchener, Ontario/Wellesley) finished with seven blocked shots while going 7-for-14 on faceoffs. Simons recorded 44 saves in the win.


Swimming & Diving Set Four Pool Records, Win 22 Events in Sweeps of Colby-Sawyer

The Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving teams combined to set four pool records while totaling 22 event victories in dual-meet sweeps of Colby-Sawyer College on Saturday. The men claimed a 152.5-53.5 triumph, and the women won 152-119.

For the men (1-3), seniors Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) and Aidan Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side), junior Payton Stewart (Keene, N.H./Keene), and sophomore Nate Imbergamo (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) set a pool record during their 800-yard freestyle relay (7:49.68) victory. Hopkins won the 50- (25.70) and 200-yard (2:03.28) backstroke races, setting another pool mark in the 200. Sophomore Sean McGurn (Braintree, Mass./Braintree) claimed the 50- (28.67) and 200-yard (2:20.66) breaststroke events, breaking a pool record in the 200 despite swimming unopposed. Mulderrig won the 1,000 free (11:20.92) and 200-yard butterfly (2:12.73), while Imbergamo topped the 200 free (1:55.24) and 500 free (5:42.05) competitions. Sophomore William Sullivan (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) won the 100 free (53.79) and tied for first in the 50 free (23.30) while taking second in the 50 fly, behind only Stewart, who won in 25.50. Junior Dan Fortier (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) captured the 100-yard individual medley (1:05.65) and took second during the 200 fly, while first-year Dennis Sullivan (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls) won the one-meter dive (114.52) for his initial college triumph. Classmate Peter Middleton (Hingham, Mass./Thayer Academy) nabbed the runner-up spot in the 1,000 free.

For the women (2-2), seniors Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) and Sarah White (Lakeville, Mass./Apponequet Regional) both played a hand in two relay victories, including helping the 800 free quartet set a pool record (8:36.53). Senior Reiley Adelson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) and first-year Emma Jane Tagliaferro (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) rounded out the foursome. Giampietro and White sided with first-years Bella Amedio (Schenectady, N.Y./Albany Academy for Girls) and Marisa Butzirus (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) during a top 200-yard medley relay (1:58.33) performance, winning by 0.25 seconds. White finished with four wins, topping the 50 fly (28.95) and 200 fly (2:27.12). Giampietro added a win in the 200 breast (2:36.25), with Amedio second in that race but victorious in the 50 breast (33.03) over the second-place Giampietro. Adelson won the 1,000 free (12:15.58) and took second during the 100 free and 500 free, while Butzirus claimed second in the 50 back and 200 fly. Sophomore Maggie King (Clinton, Conn./Mercy) topped the one-meter diving competition (121.87), with classmate Tess Brown (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) taking second. Tagliaferro was second in the 200 back, as was junior Meg Geschwind (Rochester, Minn./Mayo) in the 200 free.