This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: October 1-7

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: October 1-7

Upcoming Schedule:

Monday, October 8
Men's Golf @ Post Eagles Invitational (Watertown [Conn.] Golf Club), 8 a.m. 

Tuesday, October 9
Men's Golf @ Post Eagles Invitational (Watertown [Conn.] Golf Club), 8 a.m.
Men's Soccer vs. Franklin Pierce, 3 p.m.*
Women's Volleyball @ Franklin Pierce, 7 p.m.* 

Wednesday, October 10
Women's Soccer vs. Saint Anselm, 3 p.m.* 

Friday, October 12
Men's Tennis vs. Norwich, 5 p.m.
Women's Volleyball vs. Saint Rose, 7 p.m.* 

Saturday, October 13
Field Hockey @ Adelphi, 11 a.m.*
Men's Soccer vs. Stonehill, 11 a.m.*
Men's Tennis @ Gordon, 12 p.m.
Women's Tennis vs. Southern New Hampshire, 12 p.m.*
Women's Volleyball vs. Le Moyne, 1 p.m.*
Women's Soccer vs. Southern New Hampshire, 2 p.m.* 

Sunday, October 14
Women's Tennis vs. Post, 10 a.m.
Men's Tennis vs. Post, 3 p.m. 

* Northeast-10 Conference Event


Cross Country Teams Both Finish in Top 13 at James Earley Invitational

The Saint Michael's College cross country teams both finished in the top 13 out of 36 schools at the James Earley Invitational on Saturday. The women's team finished ninth with 275 points in the 5K while the men finished 13th with 325 points in the 8K. The women were able to best two Northeast-10 Conference opponents in Southern Connecticut State University and the University of New Haven, which finished 12th and 13th, respectively. Eleven of 14 Purple Knight scorers set personal records.

Junior Abby French (Nashua, N.H./Academy of Notre Dame) sped in at 18:53.91 while finishing in ninth place to tally her 10th career top-10 finish. French has finished no worse than 21st in all three of her career Earley Invitational appearances. Senior Emily Calder (Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton) finished 64th, clocking in at 20:31.46 for her fastest time since 2015. Junior Emma Koukos (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) was 65th, right on the heels of Calder at 20:31:55, while first-year Hannah Muse (Yarmouth, Mass./Nauset Regional) finished at 20:52.34, good for 77th. Sophomore Molly Nemes (Plymouth, Mass./Sturgis Charter Public School) crossed the finish line at 20:57.43, grabbing 79th place, while senior Kara Hettinger (Lindenhurst, Ill./Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) came in three spots behind her with a time of 21:00.58. First-year Alexus Day (Belmont, N.H./Belmont) rounded out the scoring for the women, coming in at 21:38.99 for a 109th-place finish.

On the men's side, junior Kevin Jeter (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) posted a 22nd-place finish in a field of 210 runners, pacing the Purple Knights at 26:54.74. Jeter has now finished in the top 32 in all three of his career Earley Invitational showings. First-year James Downs (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) finished in 73rd, recording a time of 28:29.79, while classmate Nate Hartley (Hadley, N.Y./Hadley-Luzerne) came in 84th at 28:52.21. Senior Nathan Terry (Reading, Mass./Tilton School) kicked in two places behind Hartley at a time of 28:57.70 and first-year Jake Donnelly (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) clocked in at 29:07.57 to finish 91st. First-year John Cunningham (Springfield, N.H./Kearsarge Regional) crossed the finish line at 29:15.90 to place 95th, while senior David Baird (Higganum, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth) added a time of 29:26.08, landing in 101st.


Field Hockey (1-7, 1-3) Shut Out by Saint Anselm, Goes to a Shootout with No. 10 Assumption

The Saint Michael's College field hockey team fell in both of its Northeast-10 Conference matchups last week, losing 2-0 to Saint Anselm College on Tuesday before going into double overtime with No. 10 Assumption College on Saturday, ultimately losing 2-1 after dropping the shootout, 5-3. Saint Anselm has qualified for the last two NCAA Tournaments.

Against Saint Anselm, junior Anna Hurley (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) finished with five saves before recording nine in 36:29 against Assumption. Junior Nell Criscione (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) netted her second career goal and second of the season, scoring off a long pass from senior Katie Leonard (Carmel, N.Y./The Ursuline School). Senior Claire Kondrotas (Barre, Mass./Quabbin Regional) tallied her second defensive save of the year and sophomore Hannah Wilmot (West Townsend, Mass./Saint Bernard's Central Catholic) recorded eight saves in 53:31 of relief in her collegiate debut.


Men's Soccer (3-6-1, 2-4-1) Falls to Southern Connecticut State, 1-0

The Saint Michael's College men's soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to 2017 NCAA Tournament Qualifier Southern Connecticut State University in Wednesday's Northeast-10 Conference bout. Redshirt sophomore Leland Gazo (Colchester, Vt./Rice Memorial/Bradley) finished the match with six saves. The Purple Knights' last five games have been decided by one goal or less, with four of the five being 1-0 affairs.


Women's Soccer (1-7-2, 0-6-2) Loses Pair of NE10 Matches to Regionally-Ranked Saint Rose and Pace

The Saint Michael's College women's soccer team lost both of its Northeast-10 Conference matchups this past week, falling 1-0 to regionally-ranked The College of Saint Rose on Wednesday and 3-0 to Pace University on Saturday. Sophomore Liz Vallatini (Needham, Mass./Needham) recorded eight saves against Saint Rose, while tallying three in 29:02 against Pace. Senior Megan LeCours (Barre, Vt./Spaulding) grabbed seven saves in 60:58 of relief against Pace.


Women's Tennis (5-9, 3-7) Stifles NVU-Johnson Before Losses to Assumption, New Haven, and Adelphi 

The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team went 1-3 on the week, defeating Northern Vermont University-Johnson, 9-0, on Tuesday before losing 6-1 to Assumption College on Thursday, 4-1 to the University of New Haven on Saturday, and 6-1 to regionally-ranked Adelphi University on Sunday. Adelphi has won the past three Northeast-10 Conference Championships and qualified for the last three NCAA Tournaments. The final three matchups were in NE10 play.

In the win against NVU-Johnson, the women had nine different players earn at least one victory. Junior Autumn Tamlyn (Silver Bay, N.Y./Queensbury) landed two wins, a 6-0, 6-4 decision at No. 6 singles and an 8-0 doubles victory at No. 3 alongside senior Anna Schneider (Westbrook, Conn./Westbrook). First-years Elly McKenna (Lowell, Mass./Lowell Catholic) and Annie Serkes (Garden City, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) also had two wins, sharing an 8-3 doubles win in the second spot while individually grabbing a 6-1, 6-2 win in the five spot and a 6-0, 6-0 win in the four spot, respectively. Senior Margaret de Pont (Norton, Mass./Bishop Feehan) and junior Abby Ramsay (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) nabbed an 8-0 victory in the top doubles spot to help the Purple Knights sweep the doubles matches. Sophomore Melissa Wood (Stratham, N.H./Exeter) won 6-2, 6-0 in the top singles spot, while senior Katie Costa (Old Saybrook, Conn./Old Saybrook Senior) finished with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph in the third position. First-year Abby Edelmann (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) came away with a 6-0, 6-3 victory in the two spot.

Playing in the fourth position against Assumption, Wood came away with the lone point for the Purple Knights, capturing a 7-6 (7-2) tiebreaker in the first set before her opponent retired prior to the start of the second set.  Ramsay suffered a close 6-4, 6-2 defeat in the top spot, while de Pont narrowly lost in three sets in the second spot, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5.

In the loss to New Haven, de Pont grabbed the only point with a 6-3, 7-6 (10-8) victory in the two spot. Ramsay lost a close match at one, finishing 6-0, 3-6, 6-2. Both Edelmann and Schneider saw their matches cut short due to poor weather with the former finishing at 2-6, 6-6 (4-4) and the latter being in the second set of a 5-7, 5-4 match.

In the final match against Adelphi, the lone point for the Purple Knights came on a default in the sixth singles position. Edelmann went to three sets at No. 5, ultimately falling 1-6, 6-2, 6-0 in her first completed NE10 match.


Women's Volleyball (0-10, 0-5) Drops Match Against Saint Anselm, Takes Merrimack to Five Sets

The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team lost 3-1 to 2017 NCAA Tournament qualifier Saint Anselm College on Tuesday before taking Merrimack College to five sets and falling 3-2 on Thursday. Both matches were in Northeast-10 Conference play.

Against Saint Anselm, junior Tanner Barton (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls) posted 13 kills, 14 digs, three aces, and three assists. Senior Gabby Ratte (Kula, Hawaii/Seabury Hall/Colby-Sawyer) chipped in eight kills, eight digs, and two aces while sophomore Katy Konow (Lebanon, Conn./Lyman Memorial) added a full line of 28 assists, 13 digs, four kills, three aces, and a block while also finishing with a .400 hitting percentage. First-year Grace Fornabia (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Central Catholic) had six kills and a block while classmate Abby Gallagher (Kingston, Mass./Silver Lake Regional) tacked on five kills. First-year Jaeden Cruz (Makakilo, Hawaii/Saint Francis School) grabbed 11 digs and two aces while junior Anna Lonczak (Pine Plains, N.Y./Stissing Mountain) had eight digs. 

In the matchup versus Merrimack, Konow recorded career highs with nine kills and 40 assists while also pitching in 12 digs, two aces, and a block. Barton mustered 13 kills, a career-high 21 digs, and one ace while Ratte had 13 kills, 10 digs, six assists, and three blocks. Gallagher hit a career-high nine kills and junior Allie Statile (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) chipped in seven kills, five digs, three blocks, and an ace. Fornabia had six kills and two blocks while Cruz tossed in a career-high 13 digs and five assists. Lonczak also set a career high in digs, registering nine.