This Week In Saint Michael's College Athletics

February 20, 2006                                                                                             
Contact: Daniel O’Reilly                                                                                                 
Phone: (802) 654-2929

COLCHESTER, Vt. – The women’s ice hockey team (4-20, 3-16 ECAC East) lost back-to-back games over the weekend, falling to Manhattanville, 9-2, and Salve Regina, 4-1. Saturday, senior Michelle Miaskiewicz (Salem, Mass./North Shore Vipers) and sophomore Gabrielle Bourgeois (New Haven, Vt./Middlebury Union) each scored goals, while Kristen Salierno (Ridgefield, Conn./Connecticut Stars) stopped a record 86 shots on goal in just 50 minutes played, making more saves than any goaltender in the history of college hockey. With her 79th save, Salierno broke the previous Division III record, set by Salve Regina’s Sarah Kuecher on February 8, 2004 against RPI. The freshman then moved past Boston College’s Tim Ready, whose all-time record of 82 saves stood for 70 years since being established on February 11, 1936 against Princeton University. On Sunday, freshman Anne Altieri (Stamford, Conn./Millbrook School) scored, and Annice Mason (Berlin, Vt./U-32) stopped 27 shots on goal in the senior’s final regular-season game.
The men’s basketball team (8-18, 5-16 NE-10) split its two games last week, first losing to Bryant, 88-77, before earning a 93-81 overtime win over Southern Connecticut State. On Wednesday, senior BJ Robertson (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) tallied a team-high 28 points, and passed the late Bernie Cieplicki '57 for 22nd in program history in scoring, with 1,144 points, while sophomore Brian Monahan (Kinderhook, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) added 18 points. On Saturday, the Purple Knights outscored the Owls, 15-3, in overtime to snap an eight-game losing skid and keep their hopes alive for the 12th and final seed in the NE-10 Playoffs. In his final regular-season home game, Robertson led five Purple Knights in double figures with 21 points, making all 12 of his free throw attempts, as Saint Michael's was a perfect 20-of-20 from the line after halftime, including 11-of-11 in overtime. Junior Brendan Mullins (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South) added 21 points and a game-high eight assists and four steals, while classmate Chris Cayole (Burlington, Vt./Rice Memorial) notched his first career double-double with 18 points and a career-high 11 rebounds off the bench. Sophomores Monahan and James Sorrentine (Pawtucket, R.I./Saint Raphael Academy) tallied 12 points apiece as the Purple Knights end the home portion of their schedule with a 7-7 record.
The men’s and women’s swim team had a successful weekend, as they competed in the New England Championship meet at Western New England College. In the 400-yard individual medley, sophomore Michael Kaas (West Haven, Conn./Notre Dame) placed fourth overall, finishing the race in 4:37.56, while senior Chris Cochran (Forestdale, Mass./Barnstable) came in sixth with his time of 4:44.37. Senior Ellie Hedden (Warwick, R.I./Toll Gate) finished in fifth place in the 50-yard butterfly on Saturday, recording a time of 28.27.
The skiing team finished 10th at the two-day Williams College Winter Carnival over the weekend. Freshman Mary Lynn Denholm (Sparks, Md./Okemo Mountain School) finished the giant slalom in 1:53.46, earning 15 points, while freshman Tyler Haynes (Kearsauge, N.H.) and Brendan Forbes (Hanover, Maine) combined to earn 31 points with their respective times of 1:42.24 and 1:45.04. Senior Lionel Welch (Worthington, Mass./Wahconah Regional) was the team’s top finisher in the 10K Nordic race, completing the race in 26:24.4, while sophomore Thomas Pryor (Hudson, Wyo./Lander Valley) finished 25 seconds later. In the slalom, sophomore Cameron Dexter (Franconia, N.H.) gathered 14 points with her time of 57.43, and Denholm’s time of 59.09 earned her 13 points. Senior Mike Rosenberg (Montgomery Center, Vt./North Country Union) placed 29th overall in the slalom, good for 16 points, with Forbes adding 13 points with his time of 2:21.2.
The women’s basketball team (17-9, 12-9 NE-10) lost both of its games last week, dropping a 64-50 contest to Bryant on Wednesday, and a 50-34 match to Southern Connecticut State on Saturday. Against the Bulldogs, the Purple Knights scored just 17 first-half points, and were led by junior Jevy Rayner’s (Westminster, Vt./Bellows Falls Union) nine points. Dani Rayner (Westminster, Vt./Bellows Falls Union) and sophomore Allison Dunn (Wippany, N.J./Morris Catholic) added eight points apiece, but made just 5-of-22 shots from the field. On Saturday, against the Northeast-10 leading Owls, senior Brigid Hegarty (North Andover, Mass./Central Catholic) and Jevy Rayner scored a team-high nine points apiece, with Rayner adding a game-high eight rebounds. The Purple Knights shot a season-low 32 percent from the field and made a season-low two 3-pointers in losing for the fourth time in their last five games. The game marked the final regular-season home game for three seniors: Hegarty, Holly Reeves (Arlington, Mass./Arlington Catholic) and Chandler Smalling (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex).
The men’s ice hockey team (8-13-4, 4-11-4 ECAC East, 3-2 NE-10) lost consecutive games over the weekend, falling to Colby, 5-0, and Bowdoin, 7-0. Entering Friday’s game against the Mules, the Purple Knights had not been shutout in their previous 29 games, dating back to February 5, 2005, when the team was defeated 9-0, also at the hands of Colby. Junior Derek Jackson (Clinton, N.Y./Gunnery School) made 21 saves on Friday and classmate Erik Smith (Warwick, R.I./Hill School) stopped 38 shots on Saturday, while sophomore Adam Sullivan (Winthrop, Mass./Winthrop) recorded 14 saves in just over 33 minutes played in two games.

This Week’s Schedule:
2/21      Women’s Basketball @ Saint Rose, 5:30 p.m.
2/21      Men’s Basketball @ Saint Rose, 7:30 p.m.
2/24      Men’s and Women’s Skiing @ EISA Championship, TBA
2/25      Men’s and Women’s Skiing @ EISA Championship, TBA
2/25      Men’s Basketball vs. TBA, TBA #              
2/25      Men’s Hockey vs. Franklin Pierce, 3 p.m. %
2/25      Women’s Hockey vs. Sacred Heart, 7 p.m. $
2/26      Women’s Basketball vs. TBA, TBA #              
2/26      Women’s Hockey vs. Saint Anselm/Holy Cross, TBA $

# – First Round of the Northeast-10 Tournament
% – Northeast-10 Quarterfinals
$ – ECAC Open Tournament at Holy Cross