This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: February 5-11

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: February 5-11

Upcoming Schedule:

Wednesday, February 14
Women's Basketball @ Bentley, 5:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball @ Bentley, 7:30 p.m.*

Friday, February 16
Alpine Skiing @ Williams Carnival, 9 a.m. (Jiminy Peak)
Nordic Skiing @ Williams Carnival, 9 a.m. (Prospect Mountain)
Men's Ice Hockey vs. Franklin Pierce, 7:05 p.m.*
Women's Ice Hockey @ Sacred Heart, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 17
Alpine Skiing @ Williams Carnival, 9 a.m. (Berkshire East)
Nordic Skiing @ Williams Carnival, 9 a.m. (Prospect Mountain)
Women's Basketball vs. Saint Anselm, 1:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball vs. Saint Anselm, 3:30 p.m.*
Men's Ice Hockey vs. Franklin Pierce, 4 p.m.*
Women's Ice Hockey @ Sacred Heart, 4 p.m.

Sunday, February 18
Men's Tennis @ Saint Lawrence, 12 p.m.

* Northeast-10 Conference Event

 

Men's Basketball (6-17, 3-15) Splits 1-1 Week in Northeast-10 Conference Play

The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team went 1-1 last week in Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple Knights fell to regionally-regarded Stonehill College, 93-71, on Tuesday evening, but went on to beat Assumption College, 83-80, on Saturday. Stonehill received votes toward last week's D2SIDA East Region Media Poll.

Junior Levi Holmes III (East Brunswick, N.J./Rutgers Prep) scored 23 points on 10-of-20 shooting with four rebounds against Stonehill, hitting three three-pointers, while sophomore Eli DiGrande (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) had 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting with game highs of eight rebounds and two blocks. Junior Derek Cheatom (Buffalo, N.Y./The Park School of Buffalo) added 11 points, four rebounds and four assists, while sophomore Thomas Jackson III (Middletown, Conn./Holderness School) posted eight points, four rebounds and six assists off the bench. First-year reserve Jason Heter (Andover, N.J./Newton) contributed seven points on 3-of-3 shooting with six boards in 12 minutes. Saint Michael's held advantages of 41-31 in rebounding, 14-5 on the offensive glass and 12-5 in second-chance points.

Holmes struck for his fourth 30-point outing in the last five contests at Assumption, netting 33 to go along with six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals. He shot 10-of-19 overall, 4-for-9 from three-point range, and 9-of-10 on free throws. DiGrande turned in 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting with eight rebounds and two blocks, sophomore Jordan Guzman (Staten Island, N.Y./Xaverian) had 11 points and six assists while going 4-of-5 from the floor, and senior Colin Richey (Upton, Mass./Choate Rosemary Hall) returned after missing six games to register 10 points behind a 4-of-8 effort with three helpers. Jackson turned in nine points and six rebounds, going 3-of-4 from deep, while Cheatom dished out five assists.

During the week, Holmes pushed his career point total to 1,232 while becoming the seventh Purple Knight with 200 career threes, passing Brendan Mullins '07 (200) to take over sixth place with 201 treys. Holmes' 560 points this season are the 11th-most in Saint Michael's history, just four short of former teammate Matt Bonds '17 for a spot in the top 10. With 84 three-pointers, he is tied for fourth in program annals.

 

Women's Basketball (8-15, 5-13) Loses Two NE10 Decisions

The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team went 0-2 last week in Northeast-10 Conference action. The Purple Knights suffered a 68-54 loss to 10th-ranked Stonehill College on Tuesday and lost to Assumption College, 64-53, on Saturday. Last week, Stonehill was 10th in the D2SIDA National Media Poll, first in the regional rankings, and first in the NE10 Northeast Division.

Senior Leah Spencer (Brockton, Mass./Archbishop Williams) scored 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting and two assists against Stonehill, while junior Samantha Delaney (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) totaled 12 points, nine rebounds, five offensive boards and two steals. Sophomore Brianna Purcell (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) tacked on nine points and four steals, while classmate Taylor Miller (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth) collected eight points and five boards, with three offensive. Junior Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) posted eight points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Delaney notched 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting at Assumption, hauling in eight rebounds, while Ferreri had 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting with three assists and two blocks. Purcell collected seven rebounds, five assists and two steals, while Spencer and senior Maddy Bennett (Montpelier, Vt./U-32) totaled eight and seven points, respectively. Spencer added three assists and two steals.

 

Men's Ice Hockey (13-8-2, 8-4-1) Finishes Season Sweep of Post

The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team went 2-0 over the weekend at Post University, playing two non-league games against the Northeast-10 Conference scheduling partner while finishing the three-game season sweep. The Purple Knights blanked Post, 3-0, on Friday night and earned an 8-1 victory on Saturday. The Purple and Gold moved to 7-2-1 in its last 10 games, as well as extending its unbeaten road run to seven games in improving to 9-2-2 away from home this winter.

Senior Sam Finkelstein (South Burlington, Vt./Rice Memorial Prep), sophomore John Barry (South Boston, Mass./Deerfield Academy) and first-year Andrew Olevitz (Winthrop, Mass./Northern Cyclones) all scored on Friday night, as Saint Michael's netted two power-play goals. Senior Eric Salzillo (Johnston, R.I./Boston Bandits) went 12-for-15 on faceoffs, first-year Niall Foster (Newmarket, N.H./Walpole Express) was 10-for-16, and junior Sam D'Antuono (Hingham, Mass./Dexter School) finished 19-of-31. Junior Chris Johnson (Duxbury, Mass./Pomfret School) made 27 saves for his first career shutout. Johnson took over sole possession of eighth place in program history with his 20th career win. He has won his last four decisions while registering a 0.75 goals-against average and a .976 save percentage in that time, yielding only two even-strength goals.

Barry and Finkelstein both rattled off four points with a goal and three assists on Saturday, while junior Jack Ouellette (Arlington, Mass./Dexter School) and first-year Thomas Flack (Toronto, Ontario/Saint Michael's Buzzers) recorded two goals each. Flack became the program-record 11th first-year this season to tally his first collegiate goal. Salzillo and first-year Ethan Hendrickson (Budd Lake, N.J./New Jersey Rockets) pitched in a goal each, and sophomore Tim Decker (Liverpool, N.Y./Canterbury School) had 29 saves. Classmate William Santangeli (Oakville, Ontario/Saint Mark's School) and first-year Sel Narby (Huntington, N.Y./Connecticut Junior Rangers) both contributed two assists. Salzillo was 11-for-17 on faceoffs, Flack went 9-for-15, and Foster finished 9-for-18. The Purple Knights finished 3-of-7 on power plays.

 

Women's Ice Hockey (5-19) Gains Two Victories at Post to Complete Season Sweep

The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team went 2-0 during its weekend series with Post University, finishing off a four-game season sweep. On Friday, the Purple Knights registered a 7-1 victory before grasping a 4-1 decision on Saturday.

First-year Emily Lanci (Canton, Mass./Lawrence Academy) registered her first two collegiate goals for the Purple Knights on Friday while adding an assist and a 7-for-12 effort on faceoffs. Classmates Megan Doherty (Stoughton, Mass./Walpole Express) and Courtney Kelly (Arlington, Mass./Boston Jr. Shamrocks) both tallied a goal and an assist, with Kelly scoring for the first time as a collegian. Senior Kaitlyn Wurzer (Lee, N.H./Berwick Academy), sophomore Arianna Boscia (Cranston, R.I./La Salle Academy) and first-year Riley Nichols (Gilford, N.H./Tilton School) also scored, and junior Brenna Galvin (Dorchester, Mass./Boston Latin School) handed out three assists. Nichols' goal was the first of her college career, and Wurzer went 9-for-14 on faceoffs. Junior Nicole Talcott (Colchester, Vt./Rice Memorial Prep) had 22 saves.

Kelly tallied a goal and an assist for the Purple Knights on Saturday while Galvin, Wurzer and senior Amanda Donahoe (Wakefield, Mass./Saint Mary's) each had a goal. Lanci picked up an assist and went 8-for-10 on faceoffs, Wurzer was 9-for-14, and senior Jillian Witwicki (Danvers, Mass./Pingree School) finished 10-for-20. Talcott registered 13 saves. During the weekend, Talcott increased her season save total to 707, in the process passing Abby Burke '17 (675) and Alysia Goldman '11 (689) to take over fourth in program history.

 

Saint Michael's Alpine and Nordic Skiing Teams Take Eighth at Dartmouth Carnival

The Saint Michael's College Alpine and Nordic skiing teams combined to take eighth place among 17 schools behind 340 points, just 25 shy of seventh-place Bates College, on Friday and Saturday at the Dartmouth College Carnival. The Alpine program was fifth for the weekend, coming within 25 points of the University of New Hampshire. The Alpine women were also fifth, while the men took fourth, trailing New Hampshire by just one point while edging out Middlebury College by one point.

The Alpine program scored fifth-place points on Friday to trail fourth-place New Hampshire by 20. The women were fifth in the giant slalom, scoring 80 points to come within six of fourth-place New Hampshire. Sophomore Anna Willassen (Jar, Norway/Persbråten VGS) paced the team by placing 11th in a two-run combined time of 2:08.54, coming within 0.08 seconds of the top 10. Classmate Emilia Laffin (Chamonix, France/Lycée du Mont-Blanc René Dayve) was 16th at 2:09.71, and senior Meggane Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée des métiers Ambroise Croizat) nabbed 20th in 2:10.31. All six women completed both runs on Friday, with sophomore Megan Ahearn (Ringwood, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) the fourth Purple Knight finisher, taking 31st at 2:21.50 to fall 0.18 seconds behind the 30th-place racer, the last to earn NCAA Championship points. Junior Clara Lopez Costa (Barcelona, Spain/Green Mountain Valley School) was 33rd in 2:21.99, and first-year Julianne Grimsrud (Stabekk, Norway/Donski Alpine) placed a career-best 40th at 2:14.36 during her second collegiate race.

Junior Guillaume Grand (La Plagne, France./Lycée Général Ferrié) was the top Purple and Gold male during the GS, capturing 14th in 2:03.45. Senior Mathias Grimsrud (Stabekk, Norway/Donski Alpine) was 21st in 2:04.66, and sophomore Zach Bouchard (Merrimac, Mass./Gould Academy) tied for 29th in 2:05.86. Senior Danny Duffy (Warren, Vt./Green Mountain Valley School) claimed 33rd with a time of 2:06.12.

Senior Emma Barnes (Amherst, Wis./Amherst) registered her second top-40 time of the season on the Nordic side, taking 34th during the 5K classic in 39:15.40, finishing just 14.9 seconds short of the final competitor who notched points toward the NCAA Championship. First-year Ale Legate (Anchorage, Alaska/West Anchorage) was 57th in 41:29.60, and sophomore Aimee Sala (Carrabassett Valley, Maine/Kents Hill School) took 69th in 45:08.40. Sophomore Kevin Jeter (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) led the men during the 10K classic by placing 68th in 35:33.0, while classmate Mitch McDonald (Prior Lake, Minn./Prior Lake) was 72rd in 36:06.8. First-year Alex Warner (East Montpelier, Vt./U-32) nabbed 78th at 38:27.8.

The men's Alpine squad was third in the slalom on Saturday, scoring 86 points to place behind only Dartmouth and the University of Vermont. Guillaume Grand was fourth with a two-run time of 1:44.17, while Mathias Grimsrud took 16th in 1:46.36. Duffy placed 24th at 1:47.55. Junior Torjus Grimsrud (Stabekk, Norway/Donski Alpine) gave the Purple Knights four in the top 30 by nabbing 27th at 1:47.78. Bouchard was 38th in 1:49.72, while junior Tristan McInnis (Holladay, Utah/Rowland Hall) placed 45th with a time of 1:51.96. Meggane Grand led the women by taking 14th in the slalom at 1:51.18, and Laffin captured 27th at 1:54.66. Willassen took 32nd in 1:56.99, and Ahearn was one spot back in 33rd at 1:58.15. Lopez Costa narrowly trailed in 37th at 1:58.75.

Legate posted a career-best 40th-place showing during the mass-start 10K freestyle, clocking in at 15:54.6. Barnes was 56th in 16:23.7, and Sala took 68th at 17:30.7. Jeter was the men's team's top finisher again, taking 67th in the mass-start 10K freestyle in 30:18.0. McDonald was 69th in 30:30.3, and Warner captured 77th at 31:38.7.

 

Swimming & Diving Squads Set 11 School Records at Northeast-10 Championship

The Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving squads combined to set 11 school records during the four-day Northeast-10 Conference Championship, which concluded on Sunday at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Junior Patty Kohn (Weston, Conn./Greenwich) and sophomore Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) both played a hand in four records, while sophomore Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) had a role in three.

The women finished eighth among 10 schools, beating out two squads for the fourth consecutive year, while totaling 245 points, second only to last year's team (266) since the NE10 added its eighth program in 2009-10. The men took seventh out of seven at 218.5, notching their best total in three years and second-best since 2009-10.

Hopkins had a role in three records on Thursday during just two events in an abbreviated opening session. In the 800-yard freestyle relay, he joined senior Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy), sophomore Aidan Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) and first-year Payton Stewart (Keene, N.H./Keene) to finish sixth at 7:16.33, besting a three-year-old school record by 6.40 seconds. Hopkins' opening 200 free leg of 1:46.24 trimmed junior Pat Thornton's (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) year-old standard of 1:48.00. Thornton missed the championship while studying abroad this semester. During the 200-yard medley relay, Hopkins, Ralston, Stewart and first-year Dan Fortier (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) clocked in at 1:38.03 to take seventh, breaking a mark set in November by 1.24 seconds. Hopkins' opening 50-yard backstroke time of 24.18 nearly broke a fourth record, but was 0.16 seconds shy of a three-year-old standard. The Purple Knights' B 200 medley relay of Mulderrig, senior Michael May (Wallingford, Conn./Lyman Hall) and juniors Brandon Bielinski (Windham, N.H./Windham) and Jacob Sutton (Tyngsboro, Mass./Tyngsboro) took 14th.

The women claimed a program mark during the 200 medley, as Giampietro, Kohn, senior Theresa Murphy (Pittsfield, Mass./Pittsfield) and sophomore Sarah White (Lakeville, Mass./Apponequet Regional) tallied a time of 1:51.22 to edge the six-year-old standard by 0.15 seconds and place eighth. Kohn and White joined senior Sammy Sidorakis (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) and first-year Meg Geschwind (Rochester, Minn./Mayo) to take eighth during the 800 free relay at 8:13.85, coming within 0.85 seconds of seventh place. The B relay foursome placed 17th, with senior Coral Santos (Pawtucket, R.I./Saint Raphael Academy), junior Elizabeth Doherty (Dedham, Mass./Dedham), sophomore Reiley Adelson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) and first-year Kristin Burlew (Springfield, Vt./Hartford) siding. In the 200 medley relay, Burlew, Doherty, Santos and junior Meg Flanagan (Middletown, R.I./The Prout School/Boston College) were 18th.

On Friday, Hopkins twice lowered a three-year-old 50 free standard, first taking second in the morning trials at 21.15 to clip the record by 0.20 seconds. During the evening finals, he was third in 20.93, coming within 0.12 seconds of an NCAA Championship provisional standard and 0.22 ticks of the winner. For comparison's sake, he beat out the fourth-place racer by 0.36 seconds. Hopkins neared another record during the opening 50 back leg of the 400 medley relay, clocking in at 52.54 to come within 0.35 seconds of a three-year-old record. He sided with Fortier, Ralston and Stewart to take seventh (3:41.45). The Purple Knights' B quartet was 15th, with Bielinski, May, Sutton and junior Tim Kinville (Colchester, Vt./Missisquoi Valley Union) completing legs. Ralston was 15th in the 500 free (4:59.64).

Kohn bagged a record in the 500 free, first touching the wall during the morning trials at 5:17.55 to shave 11.03 seconds off of her seed time before dropping her time to 5:12.88 while taking 10th in the finals. That broke the longest-standing women's swimming record at Saint Michael's - and the second-longest swimming mark between the men's and women's programs - as she bested Eileen Mullowney's '12 nine-year-old standard by 1.44 seconds. Kohn aided a ninth-place 400 medley relay squad, joining Giampietro, Murphy and White to compile a time of 4:07.18. The B foursome of Burlew, Geschwind, Sidorakis and first-year Leah Benoit (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) placed 18th.

Both squads saw a diver make the finals, with Kinville giving the men a diver at NE10s for the first time since 2015. Kinville took seventh in the one-meter event, scoring 220.17 points to come within 10.14 of the top five. Senior Genevieve Gigandet (Groveland, Mass./Central Catholic) made her second consecutive finals appearance in the one-meter dive, concluding her standout career by claiming 280.17 points to take eighth and fall just 0.51 seconds shy of seventh.

On Saturday, Giampietro twice lowered the 400-yard individual medley record, set more than four years ago by Lindsay McNall '17 (4:53.00). After dropping her seed time by 10.29 seconds to shatter the mark at 4:50.01 during morning trials, Giampietro trimmed the time even further to 4:45.72 while taking 14th in the event at the evening finals session. Giampietro was also seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:08.64, moving up one spot following the morning portion of the meet. Murphy placed eighth in the 100-yard butterfly at 59.84, while Kohn took 12th in the 100 back at 1:00.01. Doherty, Giampietro, Murphy and Santos combined to take ninth in the 200 free relay (1:44.15). The Purple Knights' B squad was 18th, with Benoit, Flanagan, Sidorakis and sophomore Megan Reid (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) all completing legs.

Mulderrig also bested the 400 IM standard, the oldest men's or women's swimming record at Saint Michael's. While cutting 8.68 seconds from his seed time, Mulderrig clocked in at 4:24.93 during the morning prelims, eclipsing Aidan Warhall's '11 10-year-old record of 4:25.01. Mulderrig ended 14th in the event, with a finals time of 4:32.59. Hopkins took fourth in the 100 back at 52.24, leaving him 0.12 seconds shy of third place and a spot on the podium. Hopkins, who entered the event as its top seed, was only 0.05 ticks away from the three-year-old school record. In all, he cut 0.75 seconds off of his league-best seed time prior to the championship. Fortier was 16th in the 100 fly, taking 56.05 in the finals, while Ralston placed 16th in the 200 free in 1:51.09. May narrowly missed qualifying for a pair of finals races during morning trials, coming within 0.71 seconds of 16th place in the 100 breast and falling 1.99 seconds shy in the 400 IM. Bielinski, Fortier, May and Ralston sided to take seventh in the 200 free relay (1:38.07).

On Sunday, Kohn took 10th in the 1,650 free at 18:12.25, dropping 16.87 seconds from her seed time to fell her own year-old record by 10.05 ticks. She completed the opening 1,000-yard portion of the race in 11:00.43, which was good for another mark, besting the one she set two years ago by 6.87 seconds. Giampietro clocked in at 2:28.91 during the morning 200 breast race, lowering Julie Mullowney's '14 four-year-old school standard by 1.17 seconds. In the evening B final, Giampietro touched the wall at 2:30.02, placing her first in the heat as well as ninth overall. Kohn led off for the ninth-place 400 free relay quartet (3:46.75), joining Burlew, Sidorakis and White. The B squad was 18th, with Doherty, Flanagan, Murphy and Santos siding.

Hopkins had the best finish for the men, placing sixth in the 100 free (47.04) to move up one slot over his trials finish and come within 0.31 seconds of third place. Ralston was ninth in the 1,650 free (17:03.44), and two Purple Knights apiece qualified for two different consolation finals. Mulderrig tied for 12th in the 200 fly (2:04.35), followed by Fortier in 16th (2:09.68). During the 200 breast, May nabbed 15th (2:26.56) while Sutton captured 16th (2:46.59). Hopkins, Mulderrig, Ralston and Stewart joined to take sixth in the 400 free relay (3:18.01), coming within 0.16 seconds of a three-month-old school record. Bielinski, Fortier, May and Sutton combined for a 15th-place finish.