This Week in Saint Michael’s College Athletics ‒ February 6-12

Men’s Basketball (9-14, 8-11 NE-10) Picks up Two 66-64 Northeast-10 Wins with Last-Second Shots

The Saint Michael’s College men’s basketball team went 2-0 last week, winning Northeast-10 Conference match-ups against two of the top five teams in the league by identical 66-64 scores, hitting the winning bucket in the final seconds of each game. The Purple Knights defeated Bentley University on Wednesday at home and then won at Stonehill College on Saturday.

Senior Tyler Schilling (Excelsior, Minn./Minnetonka) had the winning tip-in with eight seconds left against Bentley, which has been to the last seven NCAA Tournaments. Sophomore Mike Holton Jr. (Portland, Ore./The Winchendon School) led the Purple Knights with 24 points, going 7-for-10 on free throws, while junior Travis Warech (Pine Brook, N.J./Montville) buried a trio of three-pointers en route to scoring 10  points. Schilling finished with eight points, while freshman Corey Crawford (Dover, Del./The Phelps School) notched seven points, six rebounds and four assists.

At Stonehill, Holton snapped a tie with fewer than two seconds left with a jumper to give the Purple Knights their second consecutive victory. Schilling provided 12 points and 10 rebounds, which moved him into seventh in program history in career rebounds (865). Holton and freshman Dom Ditlefsen (Portland, Ore./Sunset) each added 11 points, while Crawford had 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Warech notched 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists, bringing him within 14 points of 1,000 for his career.


Women’s Basketball (10-13, 7-12 NE-10) Falls to Two Northeast-10 Opponents

The Saint Michael’s College women’s basketball team went 0-2 last week in Northeast-10 Conference play, including having a rally fall short against nationally-ranked Bentley University. The Purple Knights fell to the visiting No. 7 Falcons, 69-58, on Wednesday before dropping an 84-56 decision at Stonehill College on Saturday.

Junior Nicole Adach (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohonasen) netted a career-high 25 points against Bentley, shooting 9-of-17 from the floor and 7-of-8 on free throws. Senior Coreen Hennessy (Chatham, N.H./Fryeburg Academy) and sophomore Cara Deroy (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) each contributed 10 points. Junior Megan Olsen (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) notched five steals, and senior Samantha Steinmetz (Washington, Conn./Shepaug Valley) rejected three shots during a game where the Purple Knights were 13-of-14 from the charity stripe and forced 25 turnovers.

Sophomore Alexa Long (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) shot 6-of-10, finishing with 16 points and nine rebounds, at Stonehill. Adach had 14 points, six boards and three steals, while freshman Natalie Wimett (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) buried a pair of three-pointers in seven minutes off the bench.


Men’s Ice Hockey (6-14-2, 3-12-1 ECAC East, 2-1-1 NE-10) Drops Two Road ECAC East Contests

The Saint Michael’s College men’s ice hockey team went 0-2 last week, slipping twice in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East road match-ups. The Purple Knights fell at No. 7 Castleton State College, 3-0, on Friday and at Skidmore College, 9-1, on Saturday.

Against nationally-ranked Castleton State, junior Mike Dizgun (Kirkland, Quebec/OCN Blizzard) stopped 32 shots, including 23 in the final two periods, and did not yield an even-strength marker. At Skidmore, junior Connor Logan (Shelburne, Vt./Green Mountain Glades) tallied the lone goal for the Purple Knights. Dizgun stopped nine shots, while junior Eric McGuirk (Rehoboth, Mass./Bridgewater Bandits) made 17 saves in relief. Juniors Tim McAuliffe (North Reading, Mass./Vermont Academy) and Rich Rodeschini (Katonah, N.Y./Canterbury School) each earned an assist.


Women’s Ice Hockey (3-18-1, 2-13-1 ECAC East) Falls in Overtime During Two-Game Weekend Set

The Saint Michel’s College women’s ice hockey team went 0-2 last week in a home weekend series against Lindenwood (Mo.) University, which will be competing in a Division I conference next winter. The Purple Knights dropped a 6-5 overtime decision on Friday and then fell 9-1 on Saturday. Along the way, junior Erin Stevens (Watertown, Conn./Connecticut Polar Bears) broke the school record for season saves. She now has 741.

On Friday, the Purple Knights battled back from three two-goal deficits and took a lead with 2:28 to go in the final stanza before losing with 26 seconds remaining in the extra session. Senior Madelena Santore (Millington, N.J./New Jersey Rockets) and freshmen Shannon Rice (West River, Md./Navy U19) and Fernanda Saavedra (Miami, Fla./Pittsburgh Penguins Elite) notched a goal and an assist apiece, while Stevens made 41 saves. Senior Casey Yelton (Arnold, Md./Washington Pride) and junior Melissa Coughlin (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) also scored, with Coughlin netting her first career marker, and sophomore Olivia Collins (South Boston, Mass./Boston Shamrocks) provided two assists.

During the second game of the weekend series, Stevens made 44 stops and broke Melanie Cullen's '09 program mark of 736 saves, set during the 2007-08 season. Sophomore Courtney Burnett (Deep River, Ontario/Northwood School) recorded her first career goal.


Skiing Takes 10th at Dartmouth Carnival, Sandell Posts Pair of Top-15 Finishes

The Saint Michael's College skiing teams finished the two-day Dartmouth College Carnival on Saturday by taking 10th place out of 15 teams. The Purple Knights totaled 290 points, coming within 50 of ninth-place Harvard University.

Freshman Fredrik Sandell (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) took ninth among 75 varsity collegiate skiers in the men's giant slalom on Friday, due in part to the second-best second-run time in the competition (54.16). On Saturday, Sandell took 15th out of 74 in the slalom, finishing 0.27 seconds out of the top 10. Sophomore Carl-Oscar Bredengen (Reistad, Norway/Donski Alpine) scored both days, finishing 29th in the slalom.

Junior Gabbi Hall (San Anselmo, Calif./Forest Charter School) posted an 18th-place finish among 70 competitors in the women's giant slalom, edging out classmate Christina Billotti (Massapequa, N.Y./Green Mountain Valley School) by less than a second. Billotti finished 25th. Hall once again paced the Purple Knights on Saturday by finishing 28th out of 68 in the slalom. Sophomore Kerstin Middleton (Greenland, N.H./Proctor Academy) also scored points both days.

Junior Colin Delaney (Lake Placid, N.Y./National Sports Academy) paced the Nordic men's team in 10k freestyle on Friday, while senior Robert Sitzer (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) led the Purple Knights in the 20k classic mass start on Saturday. Sitzer was second for his squad in the 10K freestyle, and Delaney crossed second in the 20k classic. Sophomore Gabrielle Naranja (Fort Kent, Maine/Fort Kent Community) was the top Saint Michael's finisher for the women in the 5k freestyle and the 15k classic mass start, followed by freshman Chloe Boutelle (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) in both.


Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, Feb. 14
Women's Basketball @ Merrimack, 5:30 p.m.*
Men's Ice Hockey vs. Stonehill, 5:50 p.m.*
Men's Basketball @ Merrimack, 7:30 p.m.*

Friday, Feb. 17
Skiing @ Williams Carnival, 9 a.m.
Swimming & Diving @ NEISDA Championship (Swimming), 10 a.m.
Women's Ice Hockey vs. Holy Cross, 4 p.m.^
Men's Ice Hockey vs. Babson, 7 p.m.^

Saturday, Feb. 18
Skiing @ Williams Carnival, 9 a.m.
Swimming & Diving @ NEISDA Championship (Swimming), 10 a.m.
Women's Ice Hockey vs. Salve Regina, 1 p.m.^
Women's Basketball vs. Saint Anselm, 1:30 p.m.*

Women's Tennis @ American International, 1:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball vs. Saint Anselm, 3:30 p.m.*
Men's Ice Hockey vs. UMass Boston, 4 p.m.^

Sunday, Feb. 12
Swimming & Diving @ NEISDA Championship (Swimming), 10 a.m.

* Northeast-10 Conference Game
^ ECAC East Game