This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: January 14-20

Men's Basketball (5-10, 2-9) Snaps Five-Game Skid with 62-55 Win at American International

The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team finished 1-1 last week in Northeast-10 Conference action, falling to Southern Connecticut State University, 60-56, on Tuesday before bettering American International College, 62-55, on Saturday to snap a five-game losing streak. The Purple Knights have held seven opponents to 60 points or less, while seven of their losses came by seven points or fewer.

Sophomore Corey Crawford II (Dover, Del./The Phelps School) scored a career-high 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting while adding eight rebounds against Southern Connecticut State. The Purple Knights held the Owls to 17.2 points fewer than their season average, which ranked third the league heading into the game. Classmate Dom Ditlefsen (Portland, Ore./Sunset) drained three three-pointers and finished with 13 points and six boards. First-year Will Davis (Valley Stream, N.Y./Holy Cross) equaled his season high with 10 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the free throw line, sophomore Mike Thompson (Rosedale, N.Y./Christ The King Regional) registered nine points and nine rebounds, and classmate James Cambronne (De Bary, Fla./The Winchendon School) controlled a career-high 12 rebounds while blocking four shots.

Thompson netted 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including a 2-for-2 showing from three-point range, while adding a pair of blocks at American International. Cambronne shot 5-for-7 to finish with 12 points, senior Derek Knutty (Rocklin, Calif./Whitney) totaled nine points on 4-for-5 shooting, and Crawford notched nine points, eight rebounds and four assists. Ditlefsen tallied five assists for the Purple Knights, who shot 47.1 percent and committed only five turnovers. With 75 career blocks in 40 games, Cambronne is tied for ninth in program history.


Women's Basketball (5-10, 3-8) Tops NCAA Qualifier Southern Connecticut State During Two-Game Week

The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team went 1-1 last week in a pair of Northeast-10 Conference match-ups, beating Southern Connecticut State University, 62-60, on Tuesday before suffering a 69-68 overtime loss to American International College on Saturday. The Purple Knights have held nine opponents to 60 points or less, while seven of their losses came by seven points or fewer.

Senior Nicole Adach (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohonasen) paced the Purple Knights with 20 points and six steals against a Southern Connecticut State team that reached the second round of last season's NCAA Tournament. Adach hit 7-of-12 from the field while shooting at a 3-of-4 clip from both three-point range and the free throw line. Junior Alexa Long (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) finished with 10 points and seven rebounds, and senior Megan Olsen (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) tallied 10 points, three assists and three steals. First-year Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) had eight points, four boards and three assists, while junior Cara Deroy (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) contributed six points and four assists, recording the game-winning lay-up with 10.3 seconds remaining. Senior Kayla Carnell (Burlington, Mass./Burlington) grabbed six rebounds.

Long scored 19 points by hitting 6-of-9 from the floor while collecting a career-high 17 rebounds at AIC. Adach recorded her eighth 20-point game of the season, totaling 20 points on 4-of-6 shooting and an 11-for-16 performance from the free throw stripe while also adding nine boards. Olsen contributed nine points and six rebounds, while first-year Megan Gaudreau (Brooklyn, Conn./Pomfret School) connected for three three-pointers to finish with nine points. The Purple Knights scored all 13 of their points in overtime on free throws, and led 68-66 after Burud knocked down two free throws with 12 seconds to go, but the hosts hit a three with five seconds left.


Men's Ice Hockey (4-12, 1-9 ECAC East, 2-2 NE-10) Twice Matches Ranked Foes into Third Period

The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team kept pace with a pair of nationally-ranked opponents during an 0-2 weekend. The Purple Knights fell to No. 2 Norwich University, 5-2, in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East play on Friday before slipping in a non-conference tilt to No. 9 Amherst College, 4-1, on Saturday.

Senior Rich Rodeschini (Katonah, N.Y./Canterbury School) netted his first marker of the season as the go-ahead goal that gave Saint Michael's a 2-1 lead 8:20 in the second period against a Norwich team ranked in last week's U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) Division III national poll. First-year Kevin Altidor (Montreal, Quebec/Millbrook School) also scored, and sophomore Dave Donzanti (West Chester, Pa./Northfield Mount Hermon) made 30 saves.

Sophomore William Côté (Quebec City, Quebec/Rice Memorial Prep) scored a second-period goal to give the Purple Knights a lead against Amherst, which was ranked in the most recent national poll. Senior Mike Dizgun (Montreal, Quebec/OCN Blizzard) stopped 37 shots.


Women's Ice Hockey (1-14-1, 1-11) Stays Even with No. 9 Manhattanville into Second Period of Setback

The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team was 0-2 last week in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East action, falling in overtime at Nichols College, 3-2, on Friday before holding a 2-2 tie with 5:42 left in the second period of a 5-2 loss at No. 9 Manhattanville College on Saturday.

Seniors Melissa Hallisey (Dedham, Mass./Dedham) and Madelena Santore (Millington, N.J./New Jersey Rockets) each scored at Nichols, with Santore returning from injury and playing in her first game since Nov. 16. Classmate Erin Stevens (Watertown, Conn./Connecticut Polar Bears) registered her third career 50-save contest, totaling 50 stops. 

Hallisey and sophomore Fernanda Saavedra (Miami, Fla./Pittsburgh Penguins Elite) both found the back of the net against a Manhattanville team that was ranked nationally by U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) and Stevens turned away 29 shots in the contest while pushing her career total to 2,146. She now stands 18th all time in career saves among goalies who played in a Division III conference.


Skiing Places 10th at Saint Lawrence Carnival, Farrell, Hall and Sandell Finish in Top 20

The Saint Michael's College Alpine and Nordic skiing teams combined to finish 10th out of 16 schools at the Saint Lawrence University Carnival on Friday and Saturday. Alpine senior Gabbi Hall (San Anselmo, Calif./Forest Charter School) took 19th in the giant slalom on Friday before men's sophomore Fredrik Sandell (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) and first-year Brad Farrell (West Windsor, Vt./Sharon Academy) both notched top-20 finishes in the slalom on Saturday, as Farrell raced to 15th and Sandell took 17th.

Farrell placed 22nd in the giant slalom event on Friday, while junior Tim Spangler (Summit, N.J./Summit) turned in a 37th-place finish. Junior Carl-Oscar Bredengen (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) finished third among Purple Knights, placing 43rd overall. In Saturday's action, Bredengen was the Purple Knights' third finisher in the slalom, placing 31st, one spot ahead of first-year Kevin Krone (Copper Mountain, Colo./Summit). Hall took 34th in the slalom, while first-year Nicole Cordingley (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) and senior Christina Billotti (Massapequa, N.Y./Green Mountain Valley School) grabbed the next two spots for the team.

During Molly Peters' debut as the Nordic head coach, senior Colin Delaney (Lake Placid, N.Y./National Sports Academy) was the men's team's highest finisher in the 20K freestyle, as he skied to a 50th-place finish, while sophomore Isaiah St. Pierre (Charlestown, N.H./Fall Mountain Regional) and first-year Samuel Fogg (Rutland, Vt./Rutland) were the team's next two finishers. In the women's 15K freestyle event, senior Katlyn Keane (Bethel, Maine/Telstar Regional) placed first among Purple Knights, and junior Silke Hynes (Burlington, Ontario/Milton District) and sophomore Chloe Boutelle (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) grabbed the next two spots for Saint Michael's. Delaney paced the men in the Nordic 3K prologue freestyle by tying for 32nd, and St. Pierre and Fogg were the team's next two finishers. Hynes, Boutelle and Keane finished within 13.8 seconds of one another, as they grabbed the top three spots for the Saint Michael's women in the 3K prologue freestyle.


Swimming & Diving Fall at Saint Lawrence, Men Combine for Five Victories

The Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving teams each lost during a dual meet at Saint Lawrence University on Sunday, as the 1-6 men dropped a 110-107 decision and the 3-4 women fell, 130-87. The Purple Knight men combined to win five events in the meet.

Senior Andrew Marshall (Kittery, Maine/Saint Thomas Aquinas/Saint Joseph's [Maine]) finished first in both the 500- and 1,650-yard freestyle events for the men's team. Sophomore Nathan Paluso (Windham, Maine/Windham) took first in the 100-yard breaststroke, first-year Sam Miller (Long Lake, N.Y./Long Lake Central School) was the top finisher in 50 free, and the duo joined junior Jack Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) and first-year Nick Johns (Seaford, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) for a victory in the 200-yard medley relay. Paluso took second in the 100 free, Mulderrig finished as runner-up in the 100-yard butterfly, and first-year Joe Thomas (Norwood, Mass./Boston College HS) placed second in the 200 free. Thomas joined Marshall, Miller and first-year Brandon MacPherson (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) for a second-place finish in the 200 free relay. Additional second-place finishers included senior Kyle Esposito (Endicott, N.Y./Union-Endicott) in the 500 free, sophomores Matt Pearson (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) and Joe Vo (Springfield, Mass./Cathedral) in the 100 breast and one-meter dive, respectively, and first-year Chad Phalon (Wantage, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) during the 200-meter individual medley.

On the women's side, first-year Catherine Tierney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) was second in both the 500 and 1,650 free events, and sophomore Steph Nadow (Charlton, Mass./Saint Peter-Marian) was runner-up in the 100-yard backstroke. Nadow was joined by senior Corine McAllister (South Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury), junior Julie Mullowney (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) and first-year Luci Franklin (Steamboat Springs, Colo./Lowell Whiteman School) for a second-place finish in the 200 free relay.


Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, January 22
Swimming & Diving @ Norwich, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, January 23
Men's Basketball @ New Haven, 5:30 p.m.*
Women's Basketball @ New Haven, 7:30 p.m.*

Friday, January 25
Skiing @ Colby Carnival, 9 a.m. (Alpine only)
Women's Ice Hockey @ Castleton State, 6 p.m.^
Men's Ice Hockey @ Southern Maine, 7 p.m.^

Saturday, January 26
Skiing @ Colby Carnival, 9 a.m.
Swimming & Diving vs. SUNY Potsdam, 1 p.m.
Women's Ice Hockey @ New England College, 1 p.m.^
Women's Basketball vs. Saint Rose, 1:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball vs. Saint Rose, 3:30 p.m.*
Men's Ice Hockey @ University of New England, 4 p.m.^

Sunday, January 27
Skiing @ Colby Carnival, 9 a.m. (Nordic only)

* Northeast-10 Conference Event
^ ECAC East Event