February 2, 2009

This Week In Saint Michael's College Athletics

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Two senior days took place this past week in women's basketball and swimming and diving. The women's basketball team went 0-2, while the women's swimming and diving team finished 1st in the tri-meet, and the men falling to in-state rival Norwich. The men's basketball team took a 1-1 split, men's ice hockey suffered two losses, and women's ice hockey finished up 0-1-1. The ski team earned a ninth-place finish at the University of New Hampshire Carnival over the weekend.

The men's basketball team (7-11, 5-11 NE-10) started off the week with a 76-60 loss at Assumption College on Thursday. Freshman Alex Berthiaume (Springfield, Mass./Cathedral) had a game-high 16 points to lead four Purple Knights in double figures. Sophomore Nate Birr (Burnsville, Minn./Saint Thomas Academy) added 12 points and five rebounds before fouling out, while freshman Tyler Schilling (Excelsior, Minn./Minnetonka) tallied 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Senior Mike Iola (West Newbury, Mass./Pentucket Regional) recorded 10 points off the bench in defeat. On Saturday, the Purple Knights picked up a huge victory at home against American International College, 68-60. Senior Jon Zylstra (Uxbridge, Mass./Whitinsville Christian School) scored a career-high 21 points, making 9-of-14 shots from the floor, as Saint Michael's improved to 7-3 at home this season. Zylstra added seven rebounds for the Purple Knights, while Berthiaume tallied 13 points, making all eight of his free throw attempts. Birr added 11 points, making all three 3-point attempts, as Saint Michael's shot 7-of-17 from beyond the arc and held a 37-26 rebounding advantage.

Women's basketball (10-10, 7-9 NE-10) suffered two losses over the week, with the first coming on Thursday at Assumption College, 71-70 in overtime. Sophomore Mandy Scott (Vergennes, Vt./Vergennes Union) tallied a career-high 16 points and added a team-best five rebounds and two steals to lead the Purple Knights. She shot 6-of-10 from the floor, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. Junior Meg O'Shea (West Sand Lake, N.Y./Averill Park) added a career-best 15 points for the Purple Knights, also draining 4-of-5 3-pointers. Sophomore Logan Pintka (Niskayuna, N.Y./Colonie Central) tallied 13 points, while Keller recorded 10 points and five rebounds. Prior to Saturday's 66-59 loss to American International College, Saint Michael's College recognized senior Anna Florent (Fort Wayne, Ind./Snider) on "Senior Day." Keller had a team-high 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Florent added 11 points and five rebounds in the loss.

The women's ice hockey team (4-12-3, 2-10-3 ECAC East) suffered a 4-1 setback Friday evening at home to Salve Regina University. Junior assistant captain Alexis Regan (Canton, Mass./Canton) registered a score, while sophomores Kelly Rose Losi (Milton, Mass./Milton) and Kaleigh Ferrari (Millbrook, N.Y./The Millbrook School) had one helper apiece. Sophomore Alysia Goldman (Ballston Lake, N.Y./Hebron Academy) recorded 29 saves in defeat. On Saturday, the Purple Knights skated to a 2-2 tie versus UMass Boston. Junior assistant captain Meghan Sweezey (Lynnfield, Mass./Lynnfield) scored two goals, while senior captain Jess Tourville (Baltimore, Vt./Springfield), sophomore Emily Paquin (Bowie, Md./Washington Pride), and junior Desiree Biron (Bow, N.H./The Gunnery School) all added an assist each. Goldman registered 45 saves en route to the win.

Men's ice hockey (6-9-2, 4-8-1 ECAC East, 2-1 NE-10) suffered two losses this past weekend in New Hampshire. On Friday evening, the Purple Knights suffered a 5-3 setback at New England College. Senior captain Chris Healey (Salem, N.H./N.H. Monarchs) freshman Reave MacKinnon (Winnipeg, Manitoba/Winnipeg Saints), and junior assistant captain Dave Vorozilchak (Clark Summit, Pa./CD Selects) all provided goals in the loss. Senior assistant captain Ryan Mero (Peekskill, N.Y./Avon Old Farms) ended with two assists, while junior Pat McGuirk (Hingham, Mass./Avon Old Farms), sophomore Nick Sheehan (Potsdam, N.Y./Cornwall Colts), and fellow sophomore Matt Rigtrup (Upper Montclair, N.J./Pickering Panthers) all added an assist each. Senior Tyler Bilton (Penticton, British Columbia/Finlandia University) stopped 34 shots in defeat. In Saturday's 4-2 loss at Saint Anselm College, Mero and junior Ryan Nest (Gansevoort, N.Y./National Sports Academy) both registered goals. Healey, McGuirk, and MacKinnon all had helpers in the loss. Bilton recorded 26 saves in 40 minutes of action, while sophomore Brendan Rimmer (Newbury, Mass./Pingree School) stopped six shots in relief of Bilton.

The swimming and diving team held "Senior Day" in a tri-meet on Saturday featuring Assumption College and Norwich University. The women finished 1st out of the three schools, while the men fell to in-state rival Norwich University, 162-117. On the women's side, freshman Eileen Mullowney (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) earned wins in the 50 and 500-yard freestyle races, while classmate Katie Kelly (Jefferson, Mass./Wachusett Regional) collected wins in the 50 and 100-yard backstroke along with the 100-yard individual medley. Senior Tierney Carey (Newton, Conn./Newton) won both of her one-meter diving events. For the men, junior Jake Stamas (Andover, Mass./Andover) took first place in both of his one-meter diving events, while freshman Allen Hubbard (Newton, Conn./Newton) took first-place in the 100-yard breaststroke and classmate Tim McGrath (Hyannis, Mass./Barnstable) won his 100-yard individual medley race.

The ski team earned a ninth-place finish at the University of New Hampshire Carnival at Attitash Bear Peak and the Jackson Ski Center. In the men's slalom, junior Brad Harden (McConnellsville, N.Y./Northwood School) finished in ninth-place, and sophomore Nigel Kinney (Chanhassen, Minn./Eden Prairie) finished 30th in the Men's 10K Free Technique race. On the women's side, sophomore Abby Middleton (Portsmouth, N.H./Portsmouth) finished 31st in the women's giant slalom, while junior captain Lauren Fereshetian (Turner, Maine/Leavitt Area) finished in 51st-place in the women's Classic Sprints race.

Upcoming Schedule:

Tue. Feb. 3 Men's Ice Hockey vs. Southern N.H.* 7 p.m.

Wed. Feb. 4 Women's Basketball vs. Saint Rose* 5:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball vs. Saint Rose* 7:30 p.m.

Fri. Feb. 6 Skiing at Univ. of Vermont Carnival 9 a.m.

Swimming & Diving MIT Invitational 6:30 p.m.

Men's Ice Hockey vs. Middlebury* 7 p.m.

Sat. Feb. 7 Skiing at Univ. of Vermont 9 a.m.

Swimming & Diving MIT Invitational 1 p.m.

Men's Ice Hockey vs. Williams* 3 p.m.

Women's Ice Hockey at Nichols* 5:30 p.m.

Sun. Feb. 8 Skiing at Univ. of Vermont Carnival 9 a.m.

Women's Basketball at Pace* 1:30 p.m.

Women's Ice Hockey at Holy Cross* 2 p.m.

Men's Basketball at Pace* 3:30 p.m.