This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: January 7-13
Men's Basketball (4-9, 1-8) Loses Twice, Including Three-Point Defeat to NCAA Qualifier Adelphi
The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team fell in a pair of Northeast-10 Conference contests last week, dropping a 73-59 tilt at Pace University on Wednesday before slipping to an Adelphi University team that reached the second round of last year's NCAA Tournament, 61-58, on Saturday.
Sophomore Corey Crawford II (Dover, Del./The Phelps School) tallied 15 points and four assists at Pace, and first-year Greg Grippo (Edison, N.J./Rutgers Prep) netted 15 points while hitting 5-of-10 from long range. Sophomore James Cambronne (De Bary, Fla./The Winchendon School) recorded 11 points and nine rebounds in his first start of the season, while classmate Dom Ditlefsen (Portland, Ore./Sunset) finished with seven boards and five assists. Sophomore Mike Thompson (Rosedale, N.Y./Christ The King Regional) added seven rebounds.
Crawford tallied a game-high 17 points on 4-of-7 three-point shooting while adding three assists against Adelphi, while Cambronne registered 14 points, six rebounds and three blocks, moving into 10th in program history in career blocks (71) after just 38 contests. First-year Will Davis (Valley Stream, N.Y./Holy Cross) contributed a season-high 10 points and controlled five boards. The Purple Knights trailed by as many as 11 in the second half before Crawford knocked down a three with 10 seconds remaining to bring the hosts back to a 60-56 deficit. The Panthers hit a free throw to take a five-point lead, and Thompson converted a lay-up following a missed Saint Michael's three-pointer as time expired.
Women's Basketball (4-9, 2-7) Notches First NE-10 Victories During Two-Win Week
The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team went 2-0 last week in Northeast-10 Conference action, picking up its first conference win, 60-44, on Wednesday against Pace University, which has reached the last three NCAA Tournaments and yielding a season-low point total to better Adelphi University, 64-43, on Saturday.
Senior Megan Olsen (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) scored 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-4 from three-point range, and added three assists against Pace. First-year Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) finished with 10 points and seven rebounds, while classmate Megan Gaudreau (Brooklyn, Conn./Pomfret School) tallied nine points off the bench on 3-of-5 three-point shooting. Senior Nicole Adach (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohonasen) added eight points and six boards, and junior Cara Deroy (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) had seven points and three assists. Senior Kayla Carnell (Burlington, Mass./Burlington) contributed six points, and junior Alexa Long (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) grabbed eight rebounds.
Olsen notched a career-high 23 points on 10-of-17 shooting while tallying five steals against an Adelphi team that entered the game tied for third in the NE-10. Adach recorded her sixth 20-point game of the season, totaling 22 points and seven rebounds. Adach hit 8-of-11 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the free throw stripe. Deroy finished with a career-best eight rebounds, while Burud added seven boards. The Purple Knights shot 46.3 percent from the field while holding the Panthers, who entered the game with an NE-10-best 45.0 percent shooting clip, to 36.5 percent.
Men's Ice Hockey (4-10, 1-8 ECAC East, 2-2 NE-10) Slips by One Goal to Nationally-Regarded Babson
The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team finished 0-2 last week in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East action, dropping a 4-3 tilt against a Babson College team that is receiving votes in both the U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) Division III poll and the D3hockey.com poll on Friday before falling to the 13th-ranked University of Massachusetts at Boston, 10-3, on Saturday.
First-year Kevin Altidor (Montreal, Quebec/Millbrook School) scored twice against Babson, while senior Josh Geary (Wellesley, Mass./Phillips Andover Academy) added a first-period goal to put the Purple Knights ahead 1-0. Classmate Mike Dizgun (Montreal, Quebec/OCN Blizzard) stopped 43 shots, one shy of his career best.
Geary netted a pair of markers against UMass Boston, which is ranked by D3hockey.com, and classmate Dan Evarts (Hinesburg, Vt./Green Mountain Glades) recorded a goal. First-year Michael Comitini (Hudson, Quebec/Saint Mark's School) made a season-best 25 saves, while senior Eric McGuirk (Rehoboth, Mass./Bridgewater Bandits) stopped seven shots during a pair of stints, which included the start.
Women's Ice Hockey (1-12-1, 1-9) Suffers Home-and-Home Losses to No. 5 Norwich
The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team went 0-2 last week in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East play, falling at No. 5 Norwich University, 10-0, on Wednesday before dropping a 7-1 decision on Friday to the Cadets, who reached last year's NCAA Tournament championship game after winning the national title in 2011.
Senior Erin Stevens (Watertown, Conn./Connecticut Polar Bears) made at least 40 saves for the eighth time this season on Wednesday, as she stopped 41 against a Norwich team that is ranked in the D3hockey.com national poll.
Sophomore Shannon Rice (West River, Md./Navy U19) scored her first goal of the season on Friday, while junior Meaghan Leong (Cohasset, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) made 27 saves during the first two periods. Stevens entered the game in the third frame and turned away 20 shots, pushing her career total to 2,067, which is good for 20th all time among goalies who played in a Division III conference.
Alpine Skiing Places Ninth in Season-Opening UVM Carnival, Sandell Takes Fourth in Slalom
The Saint Michael's College Alpine skiing team finished ninth among 13 schools at the season-opening University of Vermont Carnival on Friday and Saturday. Two Purple Knights cracked the top 30 in the giant slalom before sophomore Fredrik Sandell (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) earned a spot on the podium in the slalom, taking fourth out of 81 racers, including third among collegiate competitors, in 1:47.31. The Nordic portion of the carnival will be contested on Feb. 2-3, when the final team standings will be determined.
First-year Brad Farrell (West Windsor, Vt./Sharon Academy) raced to a 28th-place finish in the giant slalom, and Sandell was 34th. Senior Andrew Keating (Stowe, Vt./Burke Mountain Academy), junior Carl-Oscar Bredengen (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) and first-years Cam Furrer (Wolcott, Vt./Mount Mansfield Winter Academy) and Kevin Krone (Copper Mountain, Colo./Summit) also competed in the race. Along with Sandell's top-three finish in the slalom, Bredengen was 19th overall and 15th among college competitors, and Farrell, who took 22nd place, 17th among college racers.
Senior Gabbi Hall (San Anselmo, Calif./Forest Charter School) turned in a 28th-place finish in the giant slalom, while classmate Christina Billotti (Massapequa, N.Y./Green Mountain Valley School) finished 36th overall. First-years Mary Joyce (Long Beach, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy), Sarah Morse (New London, N.H./Gould Academy), Alicia Riley (Pittsford, N.Y./Stratton Mountain School) and Willow Smith (Bradford, Vt./Oxbow) also raced. Hall finished 31st in the slalom, while Riley and Joyce took 46th and 47th, respectively.
Swimming & Diving Teams Grab a Combined 10 Event Wins During Three-Meet Week
The Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving teams secured 10 event victories in three home meets over a five-day stretch last week. The Purple Knight men, now 1-5, fell to regional power Bentley University, 157-109, on Wednesday, while the 3-3 women lost, 170-109. The men suffered a 133-87 defeat to The College of Saint Rose on Saturday, and the women fell, 138-92, before the men's team wrapped up its week on Sunday with a 173-100 loss to Le Moyne College, while the women dropped a 149-116 decision.
Senior Andrew Marshall (Kittery, Maine/Saint Thomas Aquinas (Saint Joseph's [Maine]) and junior Jack Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) each recorded wins against a Bentley team whose men and women captured the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championship last season. Marshall took first in the 1,000-yard freestyle race, while Mulderrig won the 200-yard butterfly. Sophomore Joe Vo (Springfield, Mass./Cathedral) was second in both one-meter diving events, while classmate Nathan Paluso (Windham, Maine/Windham) finished as the runner-up in the 100-yard breaststroke. In his first college competition, recent first-year transfer Sam Miller (Long Lake, N.Y./Long Lake Central School) was second in both the 50 and 100 free races. Sophomore Steph Nadow (Charlton, Mass./Saint Peter-Marian) secured a victory on the women's side, as she won the 200-yard backstroke and was second in the 100 back. Junior Julie Mullowney (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) took the runner-up spot in the 100 breast, sophomore Kathleen Lamontagne (Manchester, N.H./Trinity) was second in the 200 free, and the duo joined senior Corine McAllister (South Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) and sophomore Kim Brady (Morris Township, N.J./Academy of Saint Elizabeth) to take second in the 400 free relay.
Nadow won twice against Saint Rose, taking the 100 back and swimming on the winning 400 free relay team alongside Lamontagne, sophomore Charlotte Murray (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) and first-year Catherine Tierney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth). Mullowney won the 50 free while placing second in the 100 breast. She also sided with Brady, McAllister and to combine for a runner-up placement in the 400-yard medley relay. Lamontagne was second in the 200 free, McAllister took the runner-up spot in the 100-yard butterfly, and Tierney raced to a second-place showing in the 1,000 free. Marshall took the 500 free for the men and placed second in the 1,000 free, and Vo was second during one of the one-meter diving events. Miller was second in the 50 free, while the 400 medley relay also took second. Mulderrig, sophomore Matt Pearson (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk), and first-years Brandon MacPherson (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) and Chad Phalon (Wantage, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) each swam legs.
Nadow grabbed victories in the 50 and 100 back events against Le Moyne, while Mullowney claimed victory in the 100 breast. During the 200-yard medley relay, Brady, Mullowney and Nadow joined first-year Luci Franklin (Steamboat Springs, Colo./Lowell Whiteman School) for a second-place showing. Lamontagne was second in both the 50 and 100 free races, while McAllister, Murray, Tierney and junior Grace Kahn (Fairhope, Ala./Bayside Academy) contributed to the runner-up 200 free relay. Kahn was also second in the 200-yard individual medley, and Tierney took second in the 1,000 free. MacPherson helped both the men's 200 free and 200 medley relay quartets take second. He sided with Miller, Paluso and senior Kyle Esposito (Endicott, N.Y./Union-Endicott) on the 200 free, and Marshall, Phalon and first-year Joe Thomas (Norwood, Mass./Boston College HS) during the 200 medley. Marshall also placed second in the 1,000 free, Paluso was the runner-up in the 100 free, and Miller touched the wall second in the 50 free. Vo was second in a pair of one-meter diving competitions, and Pearson was second in the 50 breast.
Women's Basketball vs. Southern Connecticut State, 5:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball vs. Southern Connecticut State, 7:30 p.m.*
Friday, January 18
Skiing @ Saint Lawrence Carnival, 9 a.m.
Men's Ice Hockey vs. Norwich, 7 p.m.^
Women's Ice Hockey @ Nichols, 7:40 p.m.^
Skiing @ Saint Lawrence Carnival, 9 a.m.
Women's Basketball @ American International, 1:30 p.m.*
Women's Ice Hockey @ Manhattanville, 1:30 p.m.^
Men's Basketball @ American International, 3:30 p.m.*
Men's Ice Hockey vs. Amherst, 4 p.m.
Sunday, January 20
Swimming & Diving @ Saint Lawrence, 1 p.m.
* Northeast-10 Conference Event
^ ECAC East Event