This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: January 21-27

Men's Basketball (5-12, 2-11) Falls Twice, Including by Three Points at New Haven

The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team was 0-2 in the Northeast-10 Conference last week, slipping at the University of New Haven, 66-63, on Wednesday before suffering a 65-56 loss to The College of Saint Rose on Saturday. Nine of the Purple Knights' losses this season have come by single digits.

Sophomore Corey Crawford II (Dover, Del./The Phelps School) notched 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting while adding seven rebounds against a New Haven team that extended its winning streak to 10 games. Classmate James Cambronne (De Bary, Fla./The Winchendon School) scored 12 points that included a 5-for-6 showing from the free throw line, and collected six boards, while senior Derek Knutty (Rocklin, Calif./Whitney) came up one rebound short of a double-double, finishing with 10 points and nine boards, including five on the offensive glass. Sophomore Dom Ditlefsen (Portland, Ore./Sunset) netted 12 points and provided four assists.

Cambronne recorded a team-high 14 points against Saint Rose, while classmate Mike Thompson (Rosedale, N.Y./Christ The King Regional) just fell short of a double-double, with 11 points and nine rebounds. First-year Greg Grippo (Edison, N.J./Rutgers Prep) finished with 10 points, Knutty posted eight points and nine boards, and Ditlefsen added eight points and four assists. Crawford tallied a game-high five assists.


Women's Basketball (7-10, 5-8) Keeps Rolling with a Pair of Double-Digit Victories

The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team went 2-0 in Northeast-10 Conference action last week, pushing its record to 5-1 over its last six outings. The Purple Knights equaled their season-best offensive output in an 89-75 win at the University of New Haven on Wednesday, and grabbed a 70-59 win against The College of Saint Rose on Saturday.

Senior Megan Olsen (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) totaled 18 points, including three three-pointers, while collecting seven rebounds at New Haven. Junior Cara Deroy (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) scored 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting while also notching four assists. Senior Nicole Adach (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohonasen) hit 8-of-8 from the free throw line to finish with 12 points, and first-years Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) and Megan Gaudreau (Brooklyn, Conn./Pomfret School) each scored nine. Gaudreau converted 3-of-6 from three-point range. Junior Alexa Long (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) scored nine points and controlled 13 rebounds. The Purple Knights used a 20-8 run over the game's final four minutes to pull away.

Olsen notched a career-best 31 points against Saint Rose, falling just five short of the 32-year-old program record held by Kathy O'Neil '81. Olsen also tallied five rebounds and a season-best six steals while hitting 10-of-17 from the field, 4-of-5 from long range, and 7-of-9 on free throws. Long posted her second double-double of the season, finishing with 10 points and 12 boards, while Deroy had 10 points and four assists. Adach added eight points and four rebounds, and Burud had six points, six boards and three steals. The Purple Knights pulled away thanks to an 18-7 run in the game's last 8:11.


Men's Ice Hockey (6-12, 3-9 ECAC East, 2-2 NE-10) Nets Five Goals Twice During Two-Win Week

The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team went 2-0 in a pair of road contests in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East action last week. The Purple Knights notched four unanswered goals, including the game-winner with nine-tenths of a second remaining, to top the University of Southern Maine, 5-4, on Friday before posting a 5-1 win at the University of New England on Saturday.

Sophomore AJ Pieprzak (Barrie, Ontario/Ridley College) tallied two goals and two assists at Southern Maine, while classmates William Côté (Quebec City, Quebec/Rice Memorial Prep) and Mark Higgins (Plainville, Mass./Bridgewater Bandits) each netted a power-play goal and an assist. Senior Tim McAuliffe (North Reading, Mass./Vermont Academy) also scored, and sophomore Dave Donzanti (West Chester, Pa./Northfield Mount Hermon) made 25 saves. After trailing 4-1 late in the second period, the Purple Knights scored four straight goals in the final 21:12, as Higgins tallied with less than a second remaining in the third period to give Saint Michael's the win and snap the team's four-game losing streak.

Senior Josh Geary (Wellesley, Mass./Phillips Andover Academy) recorded his first career hat trick while adding an assist, all in the second period, at the University of New England. Côté and first-year Kevin Altidor (Montreal, Quebec/Millbrook School) each picked up a goal and an assist. Four additional players added an assist for the Purple Knights, while senior Mike Dizgun (Montreal, Quebec/OCN Blizzard) turned away 16 shots. Among Geary's three goals were a power-play tally, an even-strength marker, and a short-handed goal. Altidor also scored with his team playing a man down.


Women's Ice Hockey (1-16-1, 1-13) Drops Pair of Conference Road Match-Ups

The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team finished 0-2 last week in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East play, slipping to Castleton State College, 4-1, on Friday before dropping a 5-1 decision at New England College on Saturday.

Senior Melissa Coughlin (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) scored her first goal of the season at Castleton State, scoring on a second-period power play, while classmate Erin Stevens (Watertown, Conn./Connecticut Polar Bears) made 43 saves for her 10th 40-save outing of the season.

First-year Amanda Kempainen (Chazy, N.Y./Chazy Flyers U19) netted her first career goal at New England College, knotting the game in the first period, while Stevens stopped 39 shots.

Senior Melissa Hallisey (Dedham, Mass./Dedham) picked up an assist in both contests during the weekend, extending her points streak to four games. With 2,228 career saves, Stevens is 15th in NCAA history among goalies that played in a Division III league.


Skiing Races to Top-10 Finish at Colby Carnival, Farrell Places in Top 20 Twice

The Saint Michael's College Alpine and Nordic skiing teams combined to finish 10th out of 16 schools over the weekend at the three-day Colby College Carnival, while Alpine first-year Brad Farrell (West Windsor, Vt./Sharon Academy) finished in the top 20 in a pair of events. The Alpine skiers competed on Friday and Saturday, while the Nordic racers skied on Saturday and Sunday.

Farrell paced the men's Alpine team with a 15th-place finish in the giant slalom on Friday, while sophomore Fredrik Sandell (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) took 28th. First-year Kevin Krone (Copper Mountain, Colo./Summit) placed 39th as the team's third scorer. Farrell tied for 17th in the slalom on Saturday, Sandell was 20th, and junior Carl-Oscar Bredengen (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) took 21st. Senior Gabbi Hall (San Anselmo, Calif./Forest Charter School) finished 17th in the women's giant slalom, while first-year Willow Smith (Bradford, Vt./Oxbow) was the second finisher for the Purple Knights. Hall placed 34th in the slalom, while first-year Nicole Cordingley (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) was 36th.

In Saturday's Nordic action, men's senior Colin Delaney (Lake Placid, N.Y./National Sports Academy) skied to a 37th-place finish in the 10K classic. Sophomore Isaiah St. Pierre (Charlestown, N.H./Fall Mountain Regional) and first-year Samuel Fogg (Rutland, Vt./Rutland) were the team's next two scorers.  Delaney paced the men in the 20K freestyle mass start with a 45th-place showing before St. Pierre and sophomore Sam Hammond (Oakdale, Minn./North) were team's next two finishers. During the women's 5K classic, the Purple Knights' top three finished within 30.3 seconds of one another. Senior Katlyn Keane (Bethel, Maine/Telstar Regional) clocked in at 21:49.2 before junior Silke Hynes (Burlington, Ontario/Milton District) and sophomore Chloe Boutelle (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) were the squad's next two finishers. In the 15K freestyle mass start, Hynes was the Purple Knights' top finisher, while Keane and Boutelle took the next two scoring spots.


Swimming & Diving Women Win Twice, Including on Senior Day Against SUNY Potsdam

The Saint Michael's College women's swimming & diving team finished 2-0 last week, winning at Norwich University, 159-51, on Tuesday before topping the State University of New York at Potsdam, 120-85, on Saturday to close the regular season 5-4. The men fell narrowly in both dual meets, dropping a 155-141 decision to Norwich, and suffering a 123-110 defeat against SUNY Potsdam. The men wrapped up their season with a 1-8 mark.

Sophomore Steph Nadow (Charlton, Mass./Saint Peter-Marian) played a role in four victories against Norwich, including individual wins in the 50- and 100-yard backstroke events. Nadow also recorded wins for the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay teams. In the 200 medley relay, Nadow was joined by junior Julie Mullowney (Burlington, Vt./Burlington), sophomore Kim Brady (Morris Township, N.J./Academy of Saint Elizabeth) and first-year Luci Franklin (Steamboat Springs, Colo./Lowell Whiteman School). During the 400 free relay, Brady and Nadow teamed up with sophomore Kathleen Lamontagne (Manchester, N.H./Trinity) and first-year Catherine Tierney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth). Mullowney and Tierney each captured three wins, as Mullowney topped the fields in 50- and 100-yard breaststrokes, and Tierney placed first in the 500 free and 1,000 free races. Franklin and senior Corine McAllister (South Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) each won two events, with Franklin taking the 200 free, and McAllister touching the wall first in the 100 free and 100-yard butterfly events. Senior Andrea Munar (Westwood, Mass./Westwood) notched her first career win, in the 50 breast, junior Maddie Craig (Westwood, Mass./Westwood) was victorious in the 200-yard individual medley, and first-year Zoe Doucette (Ashland, Mass./Ashland) bested the field in the 50 fly.

On the men's side, senior Andrew Marshall (Kittery, Maine/Saint Thomas Aquinas/Saint Joseph's [Maine]), sophomore Nathan Paluso (Windham, Maine/Windham) and first-years Sam Miller (Long Lake, N.Y./Long Lake Central School) and Joe Thomas (Norwood, Mass./Boston College HS) combined for seven victories. The four won the 400 free relay, while Marshall also topped the 500 and 1,000 free competitions. Thomas took first in the 50 fly and 200 free, and Miller won the 50 free. Paluso captured the 50 back with a time of 28.88, besting second-place first-year Nick Johns (Seaford, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) by 0.01 seconds.

Mullowney grabbed three victories against SUNY Potsdam, taking first in the 50 free, 200 breast and 400 medley relay. She joined Lamontagne, McAllister and Nadow on the winning 400 medley relay team. Lamontagne also claimed the 200 free event, Nadow topped the 200 back field, and McAllister took second in the 400 IM. Brady touched the wall first in the 100 free, finishing 0.56 seconds ahead of the second-place Lamontagne. Brady also swam on the runner-up 400 free relay team, competing alongside Franklin, Tierney and first-year Victoria Schon (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional). Tierney finished second in the 500 and 1,000 free events, and sophomore Olivia Hamilton (Bourne, Mass./Bishop Stang) was the runner-up in the 200 fly.

For the men, sophomore Joe Vo (Springfield, Mass./Cathedral) won a pair of one-meter diving events, topping four-athlete fields in both competitions. Marshall was first in the 500 free and took second in the 1,000 free and the 400 free relay. In the 400 free relay, Marshall sided with Paluso, Thomas and senior Kyle Esposito (Endicott, N.Y./Union-Endicott) for a second-place showing. Paluso and Thomas also finished second in the 100 free and 200 free, respectively. Three first-years placed second, including Miller in the 50 free, Cody Arrington (Middleton, Mass./Masconomet Regional) in the 200 breast and Chad Phalon (Wantage, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) during the 200 back. The team's 400 medley relay also took second, with Miller, Paluso and Phalon joining junior Jack Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side).


Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, January 29
Women's Basketball vs. Assumption, 5:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball vs. Assumption, 7:30 p.m.*

Thursday, January 31
Swimming & Diving @ NE-10 Championship, 10 a.m.

Friday, February 1
Swimming & Diving @ NE-10 Championship, 10 a.m.
Women's Ice Hockey vs. Plymouth State, 4 p.m.^
Men's Ice Hockey vs. Saint Anselm, 7 p.m.^

Saturday, February 2
Skiing @ Vermont Carnival, 9 a.m. (Nordic only)
Swimming & Diving @ NE-10 Championship, 10 a.m.
Women's Basketball @ Le Moyne, 1 p.m.*
Women's Ice Hockey vs. Southern Maine, 1 p.m.^
Men's Basketball @ Le Moyne, 3 p.m.*
Men's Ice Hockey vs. New England College, 4 p.m.^

Sunday, February 3
Skiing @ Vermont Carnival, 9 a.m. (Nordic only)

* Northeast-10 Conference Event
^ ECAC East Event