This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: November 26 - December 2

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: November 26 - December 2

Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, December 4
Women's Basketball vs. Saint Anselm, 5:30 p.m.*
Men's Ice Hockey vs. Stonehill, 7 p.m.*
Men's Basketball vs. Saint Anselm, 7:30 p.m.* 

Saturday, December 8
Women's Basketball @ Merrimack, 1 p.m.*
Men's Basketball @ Merrimack, 3 p.m.*
Men's Ice Hockey @ Nichols, 4:40 p.m. 

* Northeast-10 Conference Event

 

Men's Basketball (3-4, 1-4) Splits Matchups Against Regionally-Ranked Opponents Assumption and Bentley

The Saint Michael's College men's basketball teams split its two Northeast-10 Conference matchups last week, defeating regionally-ranked Assumption College, 82-81, in overtime on Wednesday on Levi Holmes III's (East Brunswick, N.J./Rutgers Prep) go-ahead shot with 4.3 seconds left before falling to regionally-ranked Bentley University, 87-65, on Saturday. Assumption was ranked 10th in the last week's D2SIDA East Region Media Poll, while Bentley was ranked second.

In the win over Assumption, senior Derek Cheatom (Buffalo, N.Y./The Park School of Buffalo) notched 22 points, six rebounds, and two blocks, while shooting 6-for-7 from the free throw line. Junior Eli DiGrande (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) added 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field, a career-high 14 rebounds, and two steals, while Holmes posted 17 points and 10 rebounds Junior Jordan Guzman (Staten Island, N.Y./Xaverian) tied his career high in points with 17, going 5-for-8 from the field, while registering six rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Four of Guzman's six rebounds came on the offensive glass. The Purple Knights held a 43-29 rebounding advantage, including 15-5 on the offensive end, while holding the Greyhounds to just 6-for-24 shooting from three-point range. The Purple Knights also shot 18-of-20 from the charity stripe.

In the loss to Bentley, Cheatom recorded 14 points, five boards, and two assists, while Guzman tallied 13 points, four rebounds, and two assists. DiGrande contributed 10 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore Walker Storey (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) added six points on 2-for-4 shooting from beyond the arc. Senior Winston Jones II (Valley Stream, N.Y./Valley Stream Central) had five points and three rebounds, while classmate Jaylen Hall (Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park/Richard J. Daley) netted four points, five rebounds, and two assists. Holmes cashed in his 223rd career three-pointer in the contest, tying Mike Holton Jr. '15 for fifth in program history. The Purple and Gold held a slight 37-36 scoring advantage in the second half and outscored the Falcons 13-8 from the free throw line. The Purple Knights also forced 11 turnovers and committed only nine of their own.

Holmes increased his career point total to 1,442 over the two games and passed 1967 NBA Draft selection Dick Falkenbush '67 (1,431) and James Sorrentine '08 (1,433) for 16th in program history with his 17-point performance against Assumption.

 

Women's Basketball (2-5, 1-4) Drops NE10 Matchups to Assumption and Nationally-Ranked Bentley 

The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team dropped both of its Northeast-10 Conference matchups this past week, falling to Assumption College, 69-58, on Wednesday before losing to nationally-ranked Bentley University, 91-56, on Saturday. Bentley is ranked fourth in the latest D2SIDA National Media Poll and first in the D2SIDA East Region Media Poll. The Falcons are also one of three undefeated teams remaining in the NCAA East Region and are the defending NE10 postseason champions, having won six of the last eight titles, and qualified for 34 of the past 37 NCAA Tournaments.           

Against Assumption, sophomore Nicole Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/Marianapolis Prep) netted a career-high 19 points and shot 3-for-5 from three-point range, with 13 of those points and all of her three-pointers coming in the fourth quarter. Senior Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) posted 10 points, five assists, and two steals, while junior Taylor Miller (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth) added eight points, eight boards, and four rejections. Junior Alyssa Breunig (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull) tallied six points on 2-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc, while classmate Brianna Purcell (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) had five steals, four rebounds, and three assists. The Purple Knights outscored Assumption 56-42 over the final 27:58 and held a scoring edge in each of the final three quarters. Saint Michael's shot 9-for-21 (42.1%) from downtown, while holding the Greyhounds to 26.9 percent from three-point range.

Against Bentley, Ferreri notched 17 points, six rebounds, and three assists, while Anderson added 10 points on 2-for-3 shooting from three. Breunig registered eight points on 2-for-3 shooting from three-point range and added seven rebounds, and two assists. Purcell chipped in eight points and four assists, while junior Cassandra Falone (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) recorded five points and three assists. Miller grabbed seven rebounds and tied her career high in blocks with five, while dishing out two assists. The Purple Knights scored 37 first-half points, tying for the third-most points allowed in a half by Bentley over its past 17 games.

 

Men's Ice Hockey (2-7-1, 2-1-1) Falls at Tufts, Grabs OT Win Over Assumption in NE10 Play

The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team split its contests last week, falling to Tufts University, 4-0, in a non-conference bout on Tuesday before grabbing a 2-1 overtime victory over Northeast-10 Conference foe Assumption College on Saturday.

In the loss to Tufts, senior Chris Johnson (Duxbury, Mass./Pomfret School) posted 37 saves for his 35th career 30-save performance, while pushing his career save total to 1,932 and passing Bill Heney '92 (1,914) for fourth in program history. Senior Sam D'Antuono (Hingham, Mass./Dexter School) went 21-for-31 on faceoffs, while sophomore Brandon Mitchell (North Scituate, R.I./Pomfret School) had three blocked shots.

In the overtime win over Assumption, senior Nic Hermary (Coquitlam, British Columbia/Melfort Mustangs) tallied both goals to lead the Purple Knights, including the overtime winner with 56 seconds left. Junior Hadan Jordan (Colorado Springs, Colo./Boston Bandits) and sophomores Ethan Hendrickson (Budd Lake, N.J./New Jersey Rockets) and Noah Muller (Amsterdam, The Netherlands/Düsseldorfer EG) each tallied an assist. Junior Tim Decker (Liverpool, N.Y./Canterbury School) registered 28 saves, while sophomore Niall Foster (Newmarket, N.H./Walpole Express) went 7-for-12 on faceoffs. D'Antuono added 13 faceoff wins, including the 1,000th career, upping his total to 1,005 by game's end. First-year Andy Ide (Barrington, R.I./Cushing Academy) notched five faceoff wins in 10 chances.

 

Women's Ice Hockey (3-7, 2-4) Goes 0-2 in Weekend Series at the University of New England

The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team dropped both of its non-conference games last weekend against the University of New England, falling 7-1 on Friday before dropping an 8-1 decision on Saturday. The weekend series was the final two games of the first semester for the Purple Knights.

During Friday's contest, senior Madison Nichols (Gilford, N.H./Tilton School) tallied her team-leading fifth goal of the season, with sophomores Lizzie Blanchard (New Bedford, Mass./New Bedford) and Courtney Kelly (Arlington, Mass./Boston Jr. Shamrocks) registering assists on the goal. Kelly added a blocked shot, while sophomore Emily Lanci (Canton, Mass./Lawrence Academy) blocked two shots and won eight faceoffs. Senior Nicole Talcott (Colchester, Vt./Rice Memorial Prep) made 38 saves in 51:39, while sophomore Alyssa Cimino (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) stopped five shots in 8:21 of relief. This was Talcott's 14th career 30-save game.

During Saturday's game, Lanci scored the Purple Knights' lone goal, while Kelly tallied an assist. Sophomore Krista Ferrari (Dunstable, Mass./East Coast Wizards) went 10-for-22 from the dot, while junior Vika Simons (Essex Junction, Vt./Minnesota Duluth Club) saved five shots in 17:03. Cimino tallied a career-high 23 saves in 42:57 of relief.