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

Men's Basketball (2-3, 1-3) Falls Twice to Regional-Power NE-10 Opponents

The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team went 0-2 last week in Northeast-10 Conference action, slipping in overtime to Bentley University, 73-72, on Wednesday and dropping a 51-47 decision at nationally-ranked Stonehill College on Saturday. Bentley went to seven of the last eight NCAA Tournaments, while the Skyhawks are ranked 23rd in the most recent National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) national poll and reached last season's NCAA Tournament Final Four.

Sophomore James Cambronne (De Bary, Fla./The Winchendon School) led the Purple Knights with 15 points and six rebounds against Bentley. Classmate Dom Ditlefsen (Portland, Ore./Sunset) had 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range, while sophomore Corey Crawford II (Dover, Del./The Phelps School) added 11 points and six assists. Senior Derek Knutty (Rocklin, Calif./Whitney) notched a double-double, finishing with 10 points and 11 rebounds, and first-year Greg Grippo (Edison, N.J./Rutgers Prep) shot 3-for-3 from long range to turn in a season-best nine points to go along with three assists and two blocks. Saint Michael's trailed by as many as 13 points prior to Ditlefsen converting a go-ahead three with 43.8 seconds remaining in regulation before the teams went to overtime. Knutty made a go-ahead bucket with 16.3 ticks left, but the Falcons won on a hoop at 3.4 seconds.

Crawford paced the Purple Knights with 13 points, shooting 3-for-5 from three-point range, while adding five rebounds at Stonehill. Cambronne went 3-for-3 from beyond the arc to finish with 11 points and four rebounds, and Knutty totaled six points and seven boards. Junior Mike Holton Jr. (Portland, Ore./The Winchendon School) netted six points and grabbed five rebounds, and needs 69 points to reach 1,000. Holton's pair of free throws capped a 7-0 Saint Michael's run that tied the game at 44-44 with 2:40 left, but Stonehill scored the next seven points.


Women's Basketball (1-5, 0-4) Drops Pair Against Undefeated NE-10 Competition

The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team finished 0-2 in Northeast-10 Conference play last week, falling to nationally-ranked Bentley University, 54-42, on Wednesday before suffering a 56-50 loss at Stonehill College on Saturday.

Senior Nicole Adach (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohonasen) tallied a game-high 16 points, hitting 8-of-9 from the field, while adding five rebounds and four steals against a Bentley team that is ranked second in the most recent USA TODAY national poll and has reached 29 of the last 31 NCAA Tournaments, including appearances in the last two Elite Eights. Junior Cara Deroy (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) notched seven points, five assists and three steals, while senior Megan Olsen (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) contributed seven points and three steals. First-year Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) had six points and five rebounds, and junior Alexa Long (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) finished with five boards and two of her team's season-best 13 steals.

Olsen scored a season-high 16 points and added three steals at Stonehill, while first-year Megan Gaudreau (Brooklyn, Conn./Pomfret School) knocked down three three-pointers to finish with nine points. Adach controlled 11 rebounds, including five on the offensive glass, Burud and Long each had six boards, and Deroy had four assists. Gaudreau's three-pointer with 25 ticks left trimmed a 12-point deficit to 52-50, as Deroy had four points and three assists during a 17-7 run, but Saint Michael's came no closer.


Men's Ice Hockey (2-7, 1-6 ECAC East, 0-1 NE-10) Falls in Pair of ECAC East Road Contests

The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team went 0-2 last week in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East action, falling at Castleton State College, 6-3, on Friday before suffering a 1-0 defeat at Skidmore College on Saturday.

Junior Ryan Arsenault (Reading, Mass./New Hampton School) tallied a pair of goals against a Castleton State team that is receiving votes in the and U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) national polls, while senior Dan Evarts (Hinesburg, Vt./Green Mountain Glades) netted his first goal of the season. Classmate Mike Dizgun (Montreal, Quebec/OCN Blizzard) made 17 saves before first-year Michael Comitini (Hudson, Quebec/Saint Mark's School) turned away three shots in 7:14 during his collegiate debut. At Skidmore, sophomore Dave Donzanti (West Chester, Pa./Northfield Mount Hermon) stopped 20 shots in his second career start, limiting the third-ranked offense in the league to just a first-period marker.


Women's Ice Hockey (1-7, 1-7) Falls Twice, Stevens Set Program's Career Saves Record

The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team went 0-2 last week in a pair of Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) contests, falling at Salve Regina University, 2-0, on Friday before dropping a 3-2 decision to Division I College of the Holy Cross on Saturday. Senior Erin Stevens (Watertown, Conn./Connecticut Polar Bears) broke the school record for career saves during the weekend.

Stevens made 46 saves at Salve Regina to surpass Alysia Goldman '11 (1,823) atop the program's career saves list. Senior Allison Graf (Long Lake, Minn./Minnesota Thoroughbreds) and sophomore Fernanda Saavedra (Miami, Fla./Pittsburgh Penguins Elite) both netted third-period goals at Holy Cross to erase a 2-0 deficit prior to the Crusaders scoring on the power play with fewer than two minutes remaining. Stevens posted 41 saves, finishing the weekend with 1,892 career stops. Thanks to her 12th and 13th career 40-save efforts, she is closing in on 2,000 saves, a plateau previously reached by only 22 players in Division II/III history.


Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, December 4
Women's Basketball @ Merrimack, 5:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball @ Merrimack, 7:30 p.m.*

Thursday, December 6
Women's Basketball vs. Saint Anselm, 5:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball vs. Saint Anselm, 7:30 p.m.*

Friday, December 7
Women's Ice Hockey @ SUNY Potsdam, 3 p.m.

Saturday, December 8
Women's Ice Hockey @ SUNY Potsdam, 3 p.m.
Men's Ice Hockey @ Stonehill, 4:10 p.m.*

* Northeast-10 Conference Event