This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: November 18-24

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: November 18-24

Upcoming Schedule: 

Tuesday, November 26
Men's Ice Hockey @ Amherst, 4 p.m.
Women's Ice Hockey @ Plymouth State, 6 p.m. 

Wednesday, December 4
Women's Basketball vs. Southern New Hampshire, 5:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball vs. Southern New Hampshire, 7:30 p.m.* 

Friday, December 6
Women's Ice Hockey @ Colby, 3 p.m.
Men's Ice Hockey vs. Southern New Hampshire, 7 p.m.* 

Saturday, December 7
Women's Ice Hockey @ Colby, 12 p.m.
Women's Basketball vs. Vermont Tech, 1 p.m.
Men's Ice Hockey vs. Castleton, 4 p.m. 

* Northeast-10 Conference Event



Men's Basketball (2-5, 0-2) Falls to Saint Rose and Stonehill in NE10 Play

The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team went 0-2 last week, falling to The College of Saint Rose, 68-66, on Wednesday and Stonehill College, 78-70, on Saturday in a Northeast-10 Conference game. The Purple Knights' contest with NE10 foe Saint Rose was non-league, as they will play in conference action on Jan. 15.

Against Saint Rose, senior Eli DiGrande (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) led the Purple Knights with 13 points and nine rebounds and shot 5-for-10 from the field. Classmate Jordan Guzman (Staten Island, N.Y./Xaverian) had 12 points, four assists and four steals and made three shots behind the three-point arc. First-year Kasai Brown (Brooklyn, N.Y./Millbrook School) finished with 11 points, five rebounds, three blocks and two assists, and junior Jason Heter (Andover, N.J./Newton) recorded 11 points and four rebounds and shot 5-for-7 from the field. Redshirt junior Thomas Jackson III (Middletown, Conn./Holderness School) had seven points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Sophomore Jontai Williams (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Hayes) finished with seven points and first-year Jalen Gorham (York, Pa./MacDuffie School) had three steals.

Brown led the Purple Knights against Stonehill with 20 points, six rebounds and two blocks and shot 10-for-11 on free throws. DiGrande recorded 13 points and eight rebounds and shot 5-for-6 from the field. Williams finished with a career-high 13 points and five assists and hit three from behind the three-point arc. Jackson recorded six points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Guzman had nine points and junior Walker Storey (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) finished with six points and six rebounds. The loss was the Purple Knights' third by 10 points or less, including the last two by a total of 10 points.


Women Basketball (4-2, 0-2) Falls to Nationally-Regarded Stonehill in NE10 Play

The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team fell to nationally-regarded Stonehill College, 74-66, on Saturday in a Northeast-10 Conference game. The Purple Knights were receiving votes toward the D2SIDA East Region Media Poll, while the Skyhawks were receiving votes toward the latest Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) national poll. Stonehill qualified for the last two NCAA Tournaments.

Junior Nicole Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/Marianapolis Prep) led the Purple Knights with a career-high-tying 26 points and two steals and shot 6-for-14 on three-pointers. Sophomore Emma MacDonough (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) finished with 12 points and three assists and shot 5-for-6 from the field. Senior Taylor Miller (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth) recorded nine points and six rebounds, and classmate Brianna Purcell (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) had eight points, four assists and four steals. Sophomore Nicole Ladas (Glastonbury, Conn./Tilton School) finished with four points and four rebounds. Anderson pushed her career total to 98 three-pointers, vaulting past Christine Gaffney '96 (96) and Dani Rayner '07 (97) to take over 12th in program history.


Men's Ice Hockey (4-2-1, 2-2) Falls to Franklin Pierce in High-Scoring Game

The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team fell to Franklin Pierce University, 8-4, on Friday in a Northeast-10 Conference game. Junior Sel Narby (Huntington, N.Y./Connecticut Junior Rangers) recorded one goal and two assists, and classmate Niall Foster (Newmarket, N.H./Walpole Express) finished with two assists and went 14-for-24 on faceoffs. First-year Jeremy Routh (Hamden, Conn./New Hampshire Junior Monarchs) also picked up two assists while going 6-for-6 on faceoffs. Juniors Ethan Hendrickson (Budd Lake, N.J./New Jersey Rockets) and Cameron Stewart (Sabattus, Maine/East Coast Wizards) both scored goals in the game. First-year Connor Redden (Southbury, Conn./Team Maryland) also picked up a goal, the first of his career, and classmate Matt Schreiner (Falmouth, Mass./Walpole Express) went 6-for-11 on faceoffs. Senior Tim Decker (Liverpool, N.Y./Canterbury School) made 18 saves in 36:51 and sophomore Hugo Turcotte (Gap, France/Kimball Union Academy) had 15 saves in 23:09 on relief. Juniors Brandon Mitchell (North Scituate, R.I./Pomfret School) and Noah Muller (Amsterdam, The Netherlands/Düsseldorfer EG) had assists in the loss.


Women's Ice Hockey (2-8, 2-7) Falls to SUNY Potsdam and Saint Anselm

The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team went 0-2 last week, losing in a non-conference game to the State University of New York at Potsdam, 8-3, on Tuesday and falling to Saint Anselm College, 3-0, on Saturday in a New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) game.

Against SUNY Potsdam, senior Arianna Boscia (Cranston, R.I./La Salle Academy) recorded one goal and one assist. Classmate Jordan Monbouquette (Wayland, Mass./Lawrence Academy) finished with two assists, and junior Krista Ferrari (Dunstable, Mass./East Coast Wizards) had a goal. First-year Maeghan Kennard (Hamlin, N.Y./Niagara Jr. Eagles) finished with one goal and went 9-for-17 on faceoffs. Senior Vika Simons (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) made nine saves in 17:52, junior Alyssa Cimino (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) had eight saves in 16:10 of relief, and sophomore Gabriella Dicomitis (Warwick, R.I./Williston Northampton School) recorded nine saves in 25:30 of relief in her college debut.

Simons recorded a career-high 59 saves at Saint Anselm, holding the Hawks scoreless until the third period and to just one goal in the opening 45:02. Sophomore Jenna Harrison (Kitchener, Ontario/Wellesley) went 11-for-25 on faceoffs and Kennard was 8-for-22. Simons' 59 saves tied for sixth in program history, the most since Erin Stevens '13 had the same number at SUNY Potsdam on Dec. 10, 2010.


Swimming & Diving Teams Both Finish Second at North Country Invitational

The Saint Michael's College swimming & diving teams both finished second among four schools in the State University of New York at Potsdam's two-day North Country Invitational over the weekend. The women, who had won four of the past five North Country Invitational crowns, totaled 470 points to trail victorious Clarkson University (546) by 76 points. The men, who won last year, claimed their fourth runner-up showing in five seasons.

On the men's side, senior Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) nearly put his name on two school records on Friday. He won the 50-yard freestyle (20.98) to come within 0.13 seconds of his own school mark - with the time 0.50 seconds faster than anyone in the Northeast-10 Conference this season - while joining senior Aidan Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side), junior Payton Stewart (Keene, N.H./Keene) and sophomore Sean McGurn (Braintree, Mass./Braintree) for a win in the 400-yard medley relay (3:35.88), clocking in just 0.84 ticks away from another program standard. Hopkins' 100-yard backstroke leadoff leg (52.66) was also the best in the NE10 this year by 1.54 seconds. Hopkins won the 200 back (1:57.65) while siding with Mulderrig, Stewart and sophomore Nate Imbergamo (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) on the top 200 free relay (1:28.99), which won by 0.34 seconds. McGurn captured the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.21) by 0.10 ticks and placed third in the 500 free, one spot behind Imbergamo, the runner-up. First-year Peter Middleton (Hingham, Mass./Thayer Academy) won the 200-yard individual medley (2:10.50), his first career win, and was third in the 200 back. Stewart placed third in the 50 free. Mulderrig touched the wall second in the 100-yard butterfly, junior Dan Fortier (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) placed fourth, and first-year Nolan Speidel (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) claimed sixth but was within 0.08 seconds of the top five. Fortier was third in the 200 IM while siding with McGurn, Middleton and Speidel for a fifth-place showing in the 200 free relay. Fortier, Imbergamo, Middleton and Speidel all swam legs for the fifth-place 400 medley relay. First-year Dennis Sullivan (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls) nabbed second place in one-meter diving, while classmate Rob Cattanach (Mount Kisco, N.Y./Fox Lane) made his college debut in third.

On Saturday, Hopkins reached the 80-win plateau for his career. He, McGurn, Mulderrig and Stewart combined to win the 200 medley relay (1:38.74), with the foursome coming within 0.71 seconds of a school record. Hopkins' opening 50 back leg of 24.87 was tops in the NE10 this season, and he added another league-best time while winning the 100 free (46.64), coming within 0.24 seconds of a program mark. McGurn placed second in the 200 breast (2:16.04) while breaking his own school standard by 0.80 seconds. Imbergamo won the 1,650 free (17:27.90), and Mulderrig topped the 400 IM (4:29.04) field. Both joined Hopkins and Stewart to place second in the 400 free relay. Mulderrig was runner-up in the 200 fly, followed by Fortier in third and Speidel in fifth. Sullivan placed second in the three-meter dive, making his first career appearance in the event. Stewart nabbed third in the 100 free, coming within 0.38 seconds of second place, and the 200 free. Middleton placed third in the 100 back while siding with Fortier, McGurn and Speidel on the fourth-place 400 free relay. Fortier, Imbergamo, Middleton and Speidel joined for a fifth-place performance in the 200 medley relay.

Junior Meg Geschwind (Rochester, Minn./Mayo) won the 500 free (5:40.35) to lead a clean sweep of the top four spots by Purple Knights in the event on Friday. Seniors Reiley Adelson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs), Megan Reid (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) and Sarah Brennan (Glen Rock, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) took second through fourth, respectively. Adelson claimed second in the 1,650 free, and Reid was third. Sophomore Maggie King (Clinton, Conn./Mercy) placed third during the first three-meter diving event of her career. The relay quartet of seniors Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) and Sarah White (Lakeville, Mass./Apponequet Regional), junior Leah Benoit (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) and first-year Bella Amedio (Schenectady, N.Y./Albany Academy for Girls) were third during both the 200 free relay and 400 medley relay, coming within 0.37 seconds of second place in the former. Benoit nabbed third in the 200 back and 200 IM, while White was third in the 100 fly. Giampietro placed third in the 100 breast, with Amedio in fourth, while first-year Emma Jane Tagliaferro (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) finished fourth in the 200 back.

On Saturday, Giampietro won the 200 breast (2:34.22) and 400 IM (4:54.81) races while swimming for a pair of third-place relays. She joined Amedio, Benoit and White in both the 200 medley and 400 free events. With the six-member diving team entirely in action for the first time this season, all four women scored in the one-meter event. King took third, junior Liz Vallatini (Needham, Mass./Needham) was fourth, sophomore Tess Brown (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) claimed fifth, and first-year Rosemary Marr (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) finished sixth. White was third in both the 200 fly and 200 free, followed in the latter by Tagliaferro, Adelson, and Brennan in fourth through sixth, respectively. Benoit took third in the 100 back, with Tagliaferro in fourth, while Geschwind was third during the 400 IM. Amedio was fourth in the 200 breast. Adelson, Geschwind, Tagliaferro and first-year Lia D'Aquila (West Newbury, Mass./Saint Thomas Aquinas) placed fifth in the 400 free relay.