This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: February 6-12

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: February 6-12

Upcoming Schedule:

Wednesday, February 15
Women's Basketball vs. Bentley, 5:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball vs. Bentley, 7:30 p.m.*

Thursday, February 16
Swimming & Diving @ NE10 Championship @ Southern Connecticut State, 2 p.m./6 p.m.

Friday, February 17
Skiing @ Middlebury Carnival, 9:30 a.m.
Swimming & Diving @ NE10 Championship @ Southern Connecticut State, 9:45 a.m./6 p.m.
Women's Ice Hockey @ Southern Maine, 4 p.m.^

Saturday, February 18
Swimming & Diving @ NE10 Championship @ Southern Connecticut State, 9:45 a.m./6 p.m.
Skiing @ Middlebury Carnival, 9:30 a.m.
Women's Basketball vs. Assumption, 1:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball vs. Assumption, 3:30 p.m.*
Men's Ice Hockey vs. Stonehill, 4 p.m.#
Women's Ice Hockey @ University of New England, 4 p.m.^

Sunday, February 19
Swimming & Diving @ NE10 Championship, 9:45 a.m./6 p.m.

* Northeast-10 Conference Event
^ New England Hockey Conference Event
# NE10 Championship Semifinal

 

Men's Basketball (5-18, 4-14) Drops Two NE10 Road Contests

The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team went 0-2 in Northeast-10 Conference road contests last week, losing to Franklin Pierce University, 86-74, on Wednesday and to regionally-ranked Saint Anselm College, 95-86, on Saturday. The Hawks were 10th in the D2SIDA East Region Media Poll.

At Franklin Pierce, sophomore Levi Holmes III (East Brunswick, N.J./Rutgers Prep) scored 19 points, shooting 6-of-6 on free throws while knocking down three three-pointers. Senior Zaire Williams (Paterson, N.J./Newark Academy) shot 3-of-5 from three and 4-of-4 on freebies for 15 points while tacking on three assists, and classmate Matt Bonds (Accokeek, Md./North Point) turned in his 16th double-double of the year with 14 points, 10 rebounds, five offensive boards, four steals and two assists. Senior David Sullivan (Egg Harbor Township, N.J./Saint Augustine Prep) and first-year Thomas Jackson III (Middletown, Conn./Holderness School) had nine points apiece, with Sullivan 5-of-6 on free throws with two assists, and Jackson dishing off three helpers.

At Saint Anselm, Jackson scored a career-high 22 points - including 17 in the second half - on 9-of-13 shooting, including going 4-of-6 from three-point range, in 24 minutes, helping his squad shoot 13-of-26 from deep. Bonds registered his 17th double-double behind his 18th 20-point outing, finishing with 21 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Holmes shot 4-of-7 from beyond the arc for 16 points, and first-year Stan Foster (Rochester, N.Y./Avon Old Farms School) was 3-for-4 from three to finish with 10 points. Sophomore Derek Cheatom (Buffalo, N.Y./The Park School of Buffalo) nearly gave the Purple Knights five double-digit scorers, ending up with nine to go along with two steals, and Williams totaled five assists and two steals. Junior Colin Richey (Upton, Mass./Choate Rosemary Hall) dished off three helpers. Saint Michael's chipped a 19-point deficit to five with 1:05 remaining. Jackson netted the most points by a first-year since Mike Holton Jr. '15 scored 24 points on Feb. 26, 2011. He also matched the highest point total off the Saint Michael's bench since Ryan Rodrigues '10 tallied 23 on Dec. 17, 2007.

Holmes increased his season three-pointer total to 60, becoming the eighth Saint Michael's player ever to reach that figure, and is now 19th in school history with 111 career triples. Williams pushed past former teammate Dom Ditlefsen '15 (216) to nab 23rd place with 217 assists. During the week Bonds took over 13th in program history in scoring by reaching 1,466 career points, passing James Sorrentine '08 (1,433), Brian Monahan '08 (1,451) and Steve Bourke '83 (1,452). With 507 points this season, Bonds has the 20th-highest total in Saint Michael's annals while becoming just the 17th Purple Knight ever with 500, including only the sixth in the last 28 seasons. He also broke a tie with Shawn Earl '94 to move alone into 25th in blocks (41), and with 1,067 career rebounds he sits alone in fifth in NE10 history.

 

Women's Basketball (12-11, 10-8) Splits NE10 Road Contests, Wins at Franklin Pierce

The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team went 1-1 on the road in the Northeast-10 Conference last week, beating Franklin Pierce University, 60-53, on Wednesday before falling to regionally-ranked Saint Anselm College, 60-55, on Saturday. The Hawks were 10th in the D2SIDA East Region Media Poll.

Saint Michael's won at Franklin Pierce for the first time since Jan. 22, 2001, snapping a 13-game losing streak there and picking up just its third victory on the Ravens' home court. The Purple and Gold picked up nine steals on 17 turnovers, using a 20-7 advantage in made free throws, and limiting the hosts to 4-of-16 three-point shooting. Sophomore Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) put together her second 20-point outing of the season for the Purple Knights, netting 21 points on 10-of-17 shooting with seven rebounds and three steals. Classmate Samantha Delaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) had her fourth career double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, while first-year Brianna Purcell (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) totaled 10 points, eight boards, four assists and two steals. Senior Indira Evora (Somerville, Mass./Somerville) collected nine points, four assists to zero turnovers, and two steals.

At Saint Anselm, Ferreri led the visitors with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including 2-for-3 from three-point range, to go along with two steals. Delaney neared a double-double with nine points, 13 rebounds and two blocks, as did junior Tomi Akinpetide (Sydney, Australia/Rice Memorial), who notched nine points and nine boards to go along with two helpers. In her 100th career game, Evora recorded seven points and four assists, while Purcell handed out three helpers. Saint Michael's allowed 60 points or fewer for the 13th time this winter, as each of its past eight meetings with Saint Anselm has been decided by eight points or less. The Purple and Gold committed only 11 turnovers while holding a 42-39 rebounding edge and blocking four shots, but was outgained at the free throw line by a 13-4 count.

As the 44th Purple Knight to ever appear in 100 contests, Evora is 20th in program history in scoring (995), tied for seventh in free throws (258), eighth in three-pointers (121) and steals (210), 18th in blocks (38) and tied for 26th in assists (206). At 5-foot-7, Evora is the shortest player in program history to be among the top 20 in blocks.

 

Men's Ice Hockey (8-15-2, 4-1 NE10, 4-13-1 NEHC) Falls at Home to No. 1 Norwich

The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team wrapped up its regular-season slate with a 6-0 loss to No. 1 Norwich University in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action on Saturday. The Cadets are ranked first in both Division III national polls. The Purple Knights head into the Northeast-10 Conference Championship as the second seed, hosting third-seeded Stonehill College for a semifinal on Saturday at 4 p.m.

The Purple Knights held a 39-38 edge in shots versus Norwich, and senior Justin McKenzie (Hawthorne, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) won 10 faceoffs. Sophomore Chris Johnson (Duxbury, Mass./Pomfret School) made 32 saves, pushing his career saves total to 1,394, which moved him past Dave Donzanti '15 (1,366) into seventh in program history. His new total of 769 season saves moved him past Bill Heney '92 (753) for fifth in program history.

 

Women's Ice Hockey (3-19, 3-12) Suffers Two NEHC Road Losses

The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team went 0-2 in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action over the weekend, falling to Plymouth State University, 3-2, on Friday before losing to Saint Anselm College, 12-1, on Saturday.

At Plymouth State, seniors Athena Akiki (Allendale, N.J./New Jersey Rockets) and Tori Dinger (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) scored for the visitors, with classmate Erin Dwyer (Weymouth, Mass./Archbishop Williams) providing an assist. Senior Tina Frasca (Norwood, Mass./Tabor Academy) recorded 19 saves.

At Saint Anselm, junior Jillian Witwicki (Danvers, Mass./Pingree School) scored the lone goal for Saint Michael's while senior Erica Ragazzo (Mansfield, Mass./Ursuline Academy) made 33 saves in 34:19 of relief. Classmate Abby Burke (Bedford, Mass./The Rivers School) made 14 saves in 16:12, and Frasca made five saves in 9:29. Frasca's five saves pushed her season total to 465, which is just three shy of tying Annice Mason '06 (468) for 10th in program history. Dwyer and fellow senior Kayla Kee (Newton, Mass./Newton South) each played in their 100th career game, becoming the 11th and 12th Purple Knights to ever reach the plateau.

 

Alpine and Nordic Skiing Finishes Seventh at the Dartmouth Carnival

The Saint Michael's College Alpine and Nordic skiing teams combined to finish seventh among 15 schools at the conclusion of the Dartmouth College Carnival on Saturday. With 425 points, the Purple Knights held off eighth-place Bates College (413) and claimed a second consecutive seventh-place showing after having never placed as high during the modern era of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) until the prior weekend. The Alpine squad placed fourth during the weekend (311), placing eight in the top 20.

On Friday, first-year Anna Willassen's (Jar, Norway/Persbråten VGS) sixth-place finish in the giant slalom led the way for the women's Alpine squad, who scored fourth-place points (83). Willassen notched her second consecutive top-10 GS showing. First-year Emilia Laffin (Chamonix, France/Lycée du Mont-Blanc René Dayve) tied for 19th, and junior Meggane Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée des métiers Ambroise Croizat) took 23rd. First-year Erin Spence (Aspen, Colo./Aspen) also racked up NCAA points by claiming a career-high 26th. The men tied for fourth (67) with Williams College, as first-year Colby Jordan (Charlotte, Vt./Mount Mansfield Winter Academy) was a career-best 15th the GS, just 0.78 seconds short of the top seven, while sophomore Guillaume Grand (La Plagne, France/Lyceé Général Ferrié) took 19th. Classmate Danny Duffy (Warren, Vt./Green Mountain Valley School) was the third Purple Knight scorer, taking 38th, just 0.64 seconds outside the top 30.

Both Nordic teams competed in 3x5K freestyle relays, with the top Purple Knight men's squad taking 18th. Senior Torin La Liberte (Madison, N.H./Kennett) finished the middle leg, while sophomores Aaron Deeter (Truckee, Calif./Tahoe Truckee) and Liam Schmelzle (Saint Louis Park, Minn./Saint Louis Park) skied the anchor and leadoff loops, respectively. The Purple and Gold's first-year Minnesotan trio of Ethan Brookner (Minneapolis, Minn./Minneapolis), Kevin Jeter (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) and Mitch McDonald (Prior Lake, Minn./Prior Lake) took 22nd. Senior Julia Snyder (Fairfax, Vt./BFA-Fairfax), junior Emma Barnes (Amherst, Wis./Amherst) and sophomore Amy Duclos (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) competed in that order for the 20th-place Saint Michael's women's 3x5K freestyle trio. Seniors Hallie Bergwall (Lebanon, N.H./Lebanon) and Catie Corrigan (Canajoharie, N.Y./Canajoharie Central School) and first-year Aimee Sala (Carrabassett Valley, Maine/Kents Hill School) combined to take 22nd.

On Saturday, the men's Alpine team placed third in the slalom behind only the University of Vermont and Middlebury College, while the women were sixth (73), narrowly trailing Bates (75) and Middlebury (77). Guillaume Grand was fourth in the men's slalom, falling just 0.17 seconds short of his fourth straight podium in the discipline. It marked his 19th top-10 finish during an EISA carnival in 20 career starts. Junior Mathias Grimsrud (Stabekk, Norway/Donski Alpine) was 12th, and just 0.38 seconds away from the top 10, and Jordan placed 28th, moving up 16 spots from his first run. Sophomore Tristan McInnis (Holladay, Utah/Rowland Hall) took 32nd, improving 12 positions and coming within 0.45 seconds of 30th place and NCAA points. Laffin had a career-high 13th-place showing in the slalom, improving nine spots from her morning trek, and Meggane Grand tied for 20th. Willassen was 26th, and first-year Megan Ahearn (Ringwood, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) nabbed 30th place.

During the men's Nordic 10K classic race, Schmelzle took 43rd and La Liberte crossed the finish line at 45th. Deeter was 60th. The women's 5K classic saw two Purple Knights apiece on each other's heels, including Duclos taking 47th just ahead of Barnes, the 48th-place finisher. Snyder placed 62nd, while Sala was 63rd.

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