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

Boutelle Cracks Top 70, 13 of 14 Purple Knights Race to Season-Best Finishes

The Saint Michael's College men's and women's cross country teams finished competition at the New England Championship in Westfield, Mass., on Sunday. Sophomore Chloe Boutelle (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) cracked the top 70 in the 37-school meet that featured teams from Divisions I, II and III. Thirteen of the Purple Knights' 14 men's and women's scorers finished with season-best times. The women's team finished 30th overall, and sixth out of 10 Division II schools. The men placed 36th.

Boutelle took 69th in the field of 251 runners, finishing the 5K race at 18:37 and coming 22 within seconds of the school record. Sophomore Lindy Heffernan (Sutton Mills, N.H./Kearsarge Regional) was next for the Purple Knights, finishing in 19:41. The next three Saint Michael's runners were within 16 seconds of one another, with sophomore Colleen Gilliatt (Grantham, N.H./Lebanon), senior Jennifer Labrenz (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) and sophomore Allie Gratton (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) clocking in at 20:06, 20:15 and 20:22, respectively. First-year Elizabeth Cubberley (Acworth, N.H./Fall Mountain Regional) finished in 20:56, and junior Mary Miller (Aurora, N.Y./Southern Cayuga) was just four seconds back.

Each of the Purple Knight men had their fastest showings of the season, all finishing within 21 spots of one another. Junior Dana Glubiak (Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Gilmour Academy) placed 230th with a time of 28:28 in the 8K race, trimming 1:59 off his previous season best, while sophomore Alex Gilgore (Scotia, N.Y./Scotia-Glenville Senior) was 21 seconds behind. Classmate Peter McKenna (Cohasset, Mass./Brooks School), first-year Jack Loomis (Eastham, Mass./Nauset Regional) and sophomore Isaiah St. Pierre (Charlestown, N.H./Fall Mountain Regional) completed the squad's top five in 29:13, 29:28 and 29:57, respectively.

In his first year of college running, senior Colin Marshall (Baldwin, Md./Loyola Blakefield) dropped 2:09 off his previous best time, in 30:07, while junior Steve Weng (Princeton, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro North) crossed the finish line in 30:36.


Field Hockey (4-10, 2-4) Records Season's Second Shutout at Southern Connecticut State

The Saint Michael's College field hockey team went 1-2 last week in Northeast-10 Conference action. The Purple Knights dropped a 4-1 decision to nationally-ranked University of Massachusetts at Lowell on Tuesday before grabbing a 2-0 win at Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday. Saint Michael's finished its week with a 4-0 defeat at Adelphi University on Sunday.

Senior Laken Ferreira (Holliston, Mass./Holliston) scored her second goal of the season against a UMass Lowell side that is ranked fourth in the latest National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) national poll and has appeared in the last five NCAA Tournament title games. Sophomore Sarah Healey (Canton, Mass./Canton) stopped nine shots for Saint Michael's before making eight saves at Adelphi.

Sophomore Jackie Chisholm (New Braintree, Mass./Quabbin Regional) earned her first collegiate victory in a four-save shutout against Southern Connecticut State. Senior Kelly MacDonald (Wayland, Mass./Wayland) and first-year Megan Deschaine (Claremont, N.H./Stevens) each tallied second-half goals for the Purple Knights, while seniors Erin Brien (Nahant, Mass./Newton Country Day School) and Julia Heald (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Brady) provided assists.


Men's Golf Wraps Two-Day NE-10 Championship 

The Saint Michael's College men's golf team finished play at the Northeast-10 Conference Championship last Monday, finishing 10th in the 11-school meet.

Senior Nick Angelo (Sutton, Mass./Saint John's) was the Purple Knights' top finisher, placing 33rd among 54 competitors, with a two-day total of 161 shots. Junior Steve French (Goffstown, N.H./Goffstown) finished three strokes better in his second round to equal senior Dylan Lavallee (Colchester, Vt./Rice Memorial) with 165 shots. Junior Spencer Mallette (Canton, N.Y./Hugh C. Williams) shot a 79 on Monday and trimmed 10 strokes off of his first round score to end the tournament with 168 strokes. Senior George Flanagan (Andover, Mass./Andover) matched Mallette with a 168 to round out the top five for the Purple Knights.


Men's Soccer (6-3-3, 2-3-3) Earns Tie on Second-Half Goal at AIC

The Saint Michael's College men's soccer team went 0-1-1 last week in Northeast-10 Conference play. The Purple Knights fell 1-0 against an unbeaten University of Massachusetts at Lowell team ranked sixth in the most recent National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) national poll on Tuesday before coming from behind to tie American International College (AIC), 1-1, on Sunday.

Senior Logan Kingman (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) stopped seven shots against UMass Lowell before saving six more versus AIC. Sophomore Colby Ajoku (Weymouth, Mass./Boston College HS) scored his second goal of the season to tie the Yellow Jackets during the 67th minute on an assist from junior Josh Vlasich (East Kingston, N.H./Exeter/Siena), who extended his school record to nine helpers this fall.

Women's Soccer (2-8-1, 2-6-1) Notches Double-OT Goal to Top Franklin Pierce

The Saint Michael's College women's soccer team split a pair of double-overtime Northeast-10 Conference contests against regionally-ranked teams last week, topping Franklin Pierce University, 2-1, on Tuesday before falling 1-0 to Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday.

Senior Cassie Crockett (Gilmanton, N.H./Gilford) scored the game-winner at Franklin Pierce with 5:23 remaining in the final overtime period, marking her second game-winning goal against the Ravens in as many years. Franklin Pierce was 10th in the most recent National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) East region poll. Junior Jordyn Mallett (Winslow, Maine/Winslow) scored her first of the season for the Purple Knights, while sophomore Aubrey Ouellet (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) made eight saves to notch her first win of the year.

Ouellet made four saves against a Southern Connecticut State team ranked seventh in the most recent NSCAA East Region poll. The Owls scored with 11.2 seconds left in the second overtime.


Women's Tennis (2-0, 2-0) Blanks New Haven, 9-0, in Final Home Match of 2012

The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team topped the University of New Haven, 9-0, in Northeast-10 Conference action on Saturday to remain unbeaten.

First-years Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) and Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) recorded the largest margin of victory among the Purple Knights' doubles pairings, notching an 8-2 win from the third position. Seniors Emily Magee (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) and Jean-Marie McGrath (Niwot, Colo./Alexander Dawson School) grabbed an 8-5 victory at the No. 1 position, and sophomores Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) and Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) won 8-3 in the second slot.

Sophomore Kayla Dowd (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) blanked her opponent at the No. 6 singles position, while Martin dropped only one game from the fifth slot. Senior Alex Dalton (South Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) recorded a 6-0, 6-2 win from the second position, and McGrath earned a 6-2, 6-3 victory from No. 4. Sophomore Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School) notched a 7-5, 6-4 win at No. 3, and Magee rallied for a 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 10-5 victory from the first position.


Women's Volleyball (9-5, 1-2) Grabs Wins on Back-to-Back Days, Earns First NE-10 Victory

The Saint Michael's College women's volleyball team went 2-0 last week, topping Merrimack College, 3-0, on Tuesday to pick up its first Northeast-10 Conference win before defeating the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, 3-0, on Wednesday.

Senior Katie Walsh (North Kingstown, R.I./The Prout School) led the Purple Knights with 12 kills and added seven digs and three blocks against Merrimack. Classmate Tracy Peterka (Newport Beach, Calif./Mater Dei) and junior Chelsey Covitz (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) each tallied eight kills, while Peterka contributed eight digs and Covitz had six blocks. Junior Jess McLeod (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) gave out 33 assists, while senior Courtney Dunne (Hopkinton, Mass./Bancroft School) collected 19 digs. First-year Kelsey Flaherty (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) registered nine digs, and junior Lindsay Phenix (Tewksbury, Mass./Central Catholic) recorded three blocks.

Covitz tallied 16 kills and three service aces against SUNY Plattsburgh, while Walsh registered nine kills and a team-leading 18 digs. McLeod recorded 36 assists and four digs, while Dunne added 13 digs in two sets. Junior Cynthia Edgerton (Vail, Colo./Vail Mountain School) notched a service ace to give the Purple Knights a 23-22 lead in the third set before Covitz added a pair of kills on two of the match's final three points to help Saint Michael's close out the set.


Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, October 9
Women's Volleyball @ UMass Lowell, 7 p.m.*

Wednesday, October 10
Men's Golf @ Franklin Pierce Fall Invitational, 12 p.m.
Field Hockey vs. Merrimack, 1 p.m.*
Women's Soccer vs. Southern New Hampshire, 3:30 p.m.*

Thursday, October 11
Women's Volleyball vs. Bentley, 7 p.m.*

Friday, October 12
Cross Country @ Saint Michael's Invitational, (W) 3:30 p.m., (M) 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, October 13
Field Hockey @ Franklin Pierce, 1 p.m.*
Men's Soccer vs. New Haven, 1 p.m.*
Women's Soccer @ New Haven, 1 p.m.*

Sunday, October 14
Women's Tennis @ Saint Anselm, 1 p.m.*

* Northeast-10 Conference Event