This Week In Saint Michael's College Athletics
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COLCHESTER, Vt. – All three teams in competition this week posted 1-1 records in what nearly could have been a spotless seven days for Saint Michael’s athletics, minus two heartbreaking losses.
Men’s basketball picked up its first win since Dec. 1 with a 66-55 home victory over Saint Rose on Wednesday, before suffering a nail-biting loss at Le Moyne on Saturday. Against the Golden Knights, freshman Michael Holton, Jr. (Portland, Ore./Sunset/The Winchendon School) led the team with 14 points, and sophomore Travis Warech (Pine Brook, N.J./Montville) netted 13 points while shooting 5-of-6 from the field and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. Senior Nate Birr (Burnsville, Minn./Saint Thomas Academy) tied his season-high with 11 points and handed out seven assists, securing his Northeast-10 lead with 6.08 assists per game. On Saturday, the Purple Knights led by as many as nine points in the second half before the Dolphins used a 10-0 run to keep Saint Michael’s winless on the road this season. Junior Tyler Schilling (Excelsior, Minn./Minnetonka) picked up his fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds in the setback. The Purple Knights return to action on Tuesday when they host Southern Connecticut.
Women’s basketball broke a two-game losing streak with a 55-49 win at Le Moyne on Saturday to cap a 1-1 week. On Wednesday, Saint Michael’s fell to Saint Rose at home 72-67 in a game that saw a handful of Purple Knights in foul trouble early in the first half. Sophomore Nicole Adach (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohonasen) had 15 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double this season. Saint Michael’s bounced back with its first road win of the season, topping the Dolphins in Syracuse, N.Y., thanks to junior Logan Pintka’s (Schenectady, N.Y./Colonie Central) team-high 15 points. Pintka needs just 32 points to become the 17th 1,000-point scorer in program history, and she will get in chance with two games this week, starting with a home contest against Southern Connecticut on Tuesday.
Men’s hockey posted a 1-1 week while securing the first-ever win in program history over Colby College on Friday. Senior Alex Higgins (Phoenix, Ariz./Kent School) was instrumental in the 5-2 win, scoring a goal and two assists, including a helper on sophomore Alex Davidson’s (South Burlington, Vt./St. Paul’s School) game-winning goal. Junior Reave MacKinnon (Winnipeg, Manitoba/Winnipeg Saints) had three goals and an assist on the week, with two scores coming in a 6-5 loss to nationally-ranked Bowdoin on Saturday. MacKinnon leads the Purple Knights with 10 goals and 16 points, placing him third in the Northeast-10 and eighth in the Eastern College Athletic Conference East in scoring. Sophomore goalie Mike Dizgun (Kirkland, Quebec/OCN Blizzard) stopped 70-of-78 shots faced during the week, and made a season-high 41 saves against a potent Polar Bears offensive on Saturday. Saint Michael’s has enjoyed eight of its 11 games at home this season, and is set to embark on a four-game road trip beginning this weekend with games at Saint Anselm and New England College.
First-year Nordic skier Silke Hynes (Burlington, Ontario/Milton District HS) is one of four women that will represent the United States at the 2011 International Biathlon Union (IBU) Youth/Junior World Championships, to be held from January 29-February 5 in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. The competition features the best biathletes in the world age 18 and under. Hynes, who has citizenship in both the United States and Canada, earned one of three guaranteed spots for the U.S. Youth Women at the Championships, by virtue of her third-place finish at the National Trials held December 28-30 at the Ethan Allen Biathlon Club in Jericho, Vt. At last week’s National Trials, Hynes finished fourth in the first Sprint race, and third in the Pursuit competition and the second Sprint race. In the Pursuit competition on Wednesday, Hynes connected on 18-of-20 targets in the shooting portion of the race (only one other U.S. Youth Woman hit as many as 15-of-20 targets). She also was the most accurate shooter in the first Sprint race (connecting on 8-of-10 targets), and the second-most accurate shooter in the final Sprint race (again hitting 8-of-10 targets). For more information on the 2011 IBU Youth/Junior World Championships, visit the IBU’s official website at www.biathlonworld.com.
Saint Michael's College men's basketball Hall of Famer Bob Hoehl '63 was named the Burlington Free Press 2010 Vermonter of the Year, it was announced on Saturday. Hoehl, who passed away on November 7 at age 68, was honored for his philanthropic contributions throughout the state, as he used his success in business to donate millions of dollars to community causes. Hoehl is the 11th person to be named the Burlington Free Press Vermonter of the Year since the honor was first awarded in 1997 (no award was given from 2001-03). Past winners include former governor and chairman of the Democratic National Committee Howard Dean, University of Vermont President Daniel Fogel, and Vermont National Guard Adjutant General Martha Rainville. The article, written by Free Press staff writer Molly Walsh, can be found in the Jan. 1 edition of the Free Press.
This Week’s Schedule:
Tue. Jan. 11 Women’s Basketball vs. Southern Conn. State*, 4 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. Southern Conn. State*, 6 p.m.
Thu. Jan. 13 Swimming and Diving vs. Bentley, 3:30 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 14 Skiing at Saint Lawrence Carnival, 9 a.m.
Women's Hockey at Salve Regina^, 12:30 p.m.
Men's Hockey at Saint Anselm*^, 7 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 15 Skiing at Saint Lawrence Carnival, 9 a.m.
Swimming and Diving vs. Saint Rose, 1 p.m.
Women’s Basketball at Pace*, 1:30 p.m.
Women’s Hockey at Holy Cross^, 3 p.m.
Men’s Basketball at Pace*, 3:30 p.m.
Men’s Hockey at New England College^, 4:30 p.m.
*Northeast-10 Conference Game
^Eastern College Athletic Conference East Game