March 9, 2009

This Week In Saint Michael's College Athletics

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The men's ice hockey team repeated as Northeast-10 Conference Tournament Champions on Saturday with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Stonehill College. The men's and women's lacrosse teams both opened up their seasons at home on Saturday. The men handled Dominican College, 13-1, while the women's team fell to second-ranked Adelphi University, 21-1. This weekend the baseball and softball teams open up their seasons in Florida, while the men's and women's tennis teams open their seasons in South Carolina.

The men's ice hockey team (11-15-2) scored two late third period goals and never trailed again en route to back-to-back Northeast-10 Conference Tournament Championships for the first time in the program's history. For Saint Michael's, senior Ryan Mero (Peekskill, N.Y./Avon Old Farms) registered a goal and two assists, while freshman Brady Earle (Columbia, Md./The Gunnery School) and junior Dave Vorozilchak (Clark Summit, Pa./CD Selects) each added a goal. Senior captain Chris Healey (Salem, N.H./N.H. Monarchs) and sophomore Matt Rigtrup (Upper Montclair, N.J./Pickering Panthers) each recorded an assist. Senior Tyler Bilton (Penticton, British Columbia/Finlandia University) was tremendous in net for the Purple Knights, turning aside 38 shots and adding an assist. Mero and Healey were named to the All-Tournament team, while Bilton collected his second straight Tournament Most Valuable Player Award.

The men's lacrosse team (1-0) defeated Dominican College (N.Y.), 13-1, on Duffy Field on Saturday. Senior Jake Previte (Cohasset, Mass./Cohasset) tallied three goals and one assist, while freshman Andrew Buccellato (Glen Rock, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) scored three goals in his collegiate debut. Junior Charlie Niznansky (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield-Ludlowe) added a pair of goals for the Purple Knights, while senior Bryan Zaremba (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) recorded a goal and two assists. Junior Zach Jandl (Brookline, N.H./Vermont Academy) and freshman Ian O'Brien (Gansevoort, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) combined to stop three shots in net as Saint Michael's held a commanding 57-11 advantage in shots.

Women's lacrosse (0-1) suffered a 21-1 setback in their season opener on Duffy Field on Saturday to No. 2 Adelphi University. Senior Kim Berlo (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) scored the lone Purple Knights' goal with the assist coming from sophomore Elizabeth Siekman (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire). Sophomore Meghan McLaughlin (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) and first-year Sandra Palumbo (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) each stopped three shots in defeat.

Saint Michael's College junior Brad Harden (McConnellsville, N.Y./Northwood School) is one of 35 men's alpine skiers who have qualified for the 2009 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men's and Women's Skiing Championships, it was announced on Tuesday, March 3. The championships will be held March 11-14 at Sunday River and Black Mountain in Bethel and Rumford, Maine, and are hosted by Bates College. Harden is the first Saint Michael's skier to qualify for the NCAA Championships since Megan McCarthy '02 finished 15th in the giant slalom at the 2002 NCAA Championships in Anchorage, Alaska. He is the first Purple Knight male to qualify since Keith Farnand '00 made four straight appearances from 1997-2000, with his best finish a 13th-place slalom finish in 1998.

Upcoming Schedule:

Sat. Mar. 14 Men's Lacrosse at C.W. Post 6 p.m.

Sun. Mar. 15 Softball vs. Dominican (DH) @ Clermont, Fla. 9 a.m.

Men's Tennis vs. Hobart @ Hilton Head, S.C. 12 p.m.

Baseball vs. Minnesota-Crookston @ Fort Myers, Fla. 1 p.m.

Women's Tennis vs. Wisconsin-Eau Claire @ Hilton Head, S.C. 5:30 p.m.