This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: September 25 - October 1

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: September 25 - October 1

Upcoming Schedule:

Monday, October 2
Men's Golf @ NE10 Championship (New London, N.H.), 9 a.m.

Tuesday, October 3
Men's Golf @ NE10 Championship (New London, N.H.), 9 a.m.
Women's Soccer vs. Saint Rose, 3 p.m.*
Women's Tennis @ Saint Anselm 4 p.m.*

Wednesday, October 4
Men's Soccer vs. Southern Connecticut State, 3 p.m.*
Field Hockey @ Franklin Pierce, 4 p.m.*

Thursday, October 5
Women's Soccer vs. Assumption, 2 p.m.*

Saturday, October 7
Women's Tennis @ New Haven, 9 a.m.*
Cross Country @ James Earley Invitational (Westfield, Mass.), 10:30 a.m. (men), 12 p.m. (women)
Field Hockey vs. Stonehill, 11 a.m.*
Women's Volleyball vs. Stonehill, 1 p.m.*
Women's Soccer vs. Pace, 2 p.m.*
Men's Soccer @ Felician (N.J.), 3 p.m. 

Sunday, October 8
Women's Tennis @ Adelphi, 11 a.m.*

* Northeast-10 Conference Event


Women's Cross Country Places Second, Men Third at Vermont State Meet

Saint Michael's College cross country sophomores Abby French (Nashua, N.H./Academy of Notre Dame) and Kevin Jeter (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) both cracked the top 10 at the Vermont Intercollegiate Championship on Saturday at Middlebury College, where the Purple Knight women placed second and the men took third.

In their second straight meet at Middlebury after competing there for the Aldrich Invitational on Sept. 16, the Purple and Gold women totaled 52 points in a nine-school field to trail only the host Panthers. After notching third-place showings at the past two state meets, Saint Michael's was back in second for the first time since 2014. The men finished third among eight squads at 77, just five short of Norwich University (72).

French placed fifth out of 67 harriers in the 5K at 19:32, just two seconds short of fourth. Senior Roxy Withers (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) was just short of the top 10, claiming 11th in 20:49. Classmate Leah Seften (Bolton, Conn./Bolton) took 12th in 21:10, and sophomore Emma Koukos (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) concluded a run of three straight Purple Knight finishers in 13th with a time of 21:13. Classmate Emily Calder (Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton) rounded out her team's top five at 16th in 21:26. French, Koukos and Seften all registered personal records, and Withers was within three seconds of hers.

Jeter's eighth-place showing during the 8K came courtesy of a time of 27:42, as he had the highest finish by a Purple Knight male at the Vermont Intercollegiate Championship since Peter McKenna '15 was sixth in 2013. Junior David Baird (Higganum, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth) nabbed 18th at 29:10, and sophomore Tim DeCosta (Barnstable, Mass./Barnstable) was 20th in 29:20. First-year Mike DeAngelo (Springfield, Mass./Springfield Central) placed 23rd by crossing the finish line at 29:42, and junior Nathan Terry (Reading, Mass./Tilton School) took 25th in 30:24. DeAngelo, DeCosta and Terry all turned in PRs as the Purple Knight men claimed third place at states for the third straight season, and for the 12th time in 20 seasons since last finishing as high as second in 1997.


Field Hockey (4-5, 1-3) Falls to Perennial National Power Merrimack

The Saint Michael's College field hockey team went 0-1 over the course of last week, falling to perennial national power Merrimack College, 4-1, on Friday in Northeast-10 Conference play. The Warriors have qualified for four of the past six NCAA Tournaments. Sophomore Arianna Boscia (Cranston, R.I./La Salle Academy) netted her third goal of the season, and classmate Anna Hurley (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) made two saves. Junior Maddy Dobecki (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) registered an assist.


Men's Soccer (2-5-1, 1-5) Splits Over the Course of the Week

The Saint Michael's College men's soccer team went 1-1 in Northeast-10 Conference play last week. On Tuesday, the Purple Knights suffered a 1-0 loss at The College of Saint Rose before defeating Bentley University, 5-0, on Saturday. At Saint Rose, first-year Leland Gazo (Colchester, Vt./Rice Memorial/Bradley) recorded three saves for the visitors, who held an 8-3 lead in corner kicks and matched Saint Rose with 13 shots. Against Bentley, Senior Adrián Díaz (Santiago de Compostela, Spain/Vermont Academy) and sophomore Jacob von Giebel (Lambertville, N.J./South Hunterdon Regional) both scored twice, netting their first multi-goal games. First-year Eamonn Mahoney (Springfield, Mass./Renaissance Charter School) recorded his first collegiate goal, and Gazo registered four saves for the initial win and shutout of his career.


Women's Soccer (3-3-1, 2-3) Earns Second Conference Victory Against Bentley

The Saint Michael's College women's soccer team went 1-0 last week in Northeast-10 Conference play as the Purple Knights defeated Bentley University, 3-0, on Saturday. Senior Abby Pelon (South Lyon, Mich./Ladywood) netted two goals, recording her first career multi-goal game while junior Emily Durette (Nashua, N.H./Nashua South) posted her first goal of the season. Sophomore Brett Matzke (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow) and first-year Taryn Manna (Shirley, Mass./Home Schooled) each added an assist. Junior Megan LeCours (Barre, Vt./Spaulding) nailed down the shutout for the Purple Knights with 11 saves.


Women's Tennis (4-5, 3-5) Picks Up One Victory, Drops One During the Week

The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team went 1-1 last week as the Purple Knights picked up their third Northeast-10 Conference win against The College of Saint Rose, 8-1, on Saturday before falling to Le Moyne College, 7-2, on Sunday.

On Senior Day against Saint Rose, seniors Melissa Hickox (Laurel, N.Y./Mattituck) and Amelia Weeks (Clinton, Wash./South Whidbey) teamed for the first time in their careers, sweeping to an 8-0 victory at No. 2 doubles. Junior Margaret de Pont (Norton, Mass./Bishop Feehan) and sophomore Abby Ramsay (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) sided to claim an 8-5 triumph in the top spot, giving the Purple Knights a 3-0 edge after Saint Rose defaulted at No. 3. After the visitors also did not field a player at sixth singles, first-year Melissa Wood (Stratham, N.H./Exeter) clinched the victory for Saint Michael's by not dropping a game during a straight-set win at No. 3 singles. Weeks won 6-2, 6-0 in the fourth spot, Ramsay followed with a 6-0, 6-1 triumph at No. 2, and Hickox rounded out the victors by taking an 8-1 pro-set in the fifth spot. De Pont nearly completed a sweep for her team but lost a 5-7, 6-2, 10-8 decision in the top position.

Against Le Moyne, Saint Michael's forged a 2-1 lead coming out of doubles, including as Weeks and sophomore Caroline Sumner (Needham, Mass./Needham) notched an 8-6 win at No. 2 against a duo that had been 5-2 entering the day, including 3-1 in the NE10. De Pont and Ramsay claimed their match in the top position by virtue of a tie-breaker, taking a 9-8 (8-6) contest. All six Purple Knights lost in straight sets during singles play, with de Pont dropping a pair of close decisions during a 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 setback at No. 2. Ramsay, Sumner and sophomore Anna Schneider (Westbrook, Conn./Westbrook) all won five games from the first, fifth and sixth positions, respectively.


Women's Volleyball (1-7, 1-2) Splits in Conference Play 

The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team went 1-1 over last week, taking a 3-1 victory over Assumption College on Tuesday in Northeast-10 Conference play before losing to Southern New Hampshire University, 3-0, Saturday afternoon.

Against Assumption, sophomore Tanner Barton (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls) recorded a double-double of 10 kills and 15 digs, her first in her college career, while senior Julia Colasanti (Northville, Mich./Northville) also had 15 digs and added three of her team's 10 service aces. Junior Gabby Ratte (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury Hall/Colby-Sawyer) neared a triple-double with nine kills, 22 assists, and 12 digs while classmate Sarah Rodgers (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire) added 24 assists. Senior McKenzie McNamara (Pembroke, Mass./Pembroke) had a season high of 12 kills while sophomore Jordan Dean (Gilford, N.H./Gilford) also had a season high of 13 digs in addition to seven kills. Senior Megan Priester (Dover, N.H./Dover) recorded eight kills on only 17 attacks while hitting .471 and sophomore Allie Statile (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) tacked on seven kills.

At Southern New Hampshire, McNamara had a team high of seven kills along with six digs while Colasanti led the team with 20 digs, her season high. Rodgers added eight digs to her 14 assists. Dean contributed 10 digs.