This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: February 4-10

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: February 4-10

Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, February 12
Women's Basketball @ Stonehill, 5:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball @ Stonehill, 7:30 p.m.*

Friday, February 15
Alpine Skiing @ Middlebury Carnival, 9 a.m. (Middlebury Snow Bowl)
Nordic Skiing @ Middlebury Carnival, 9 a.m. (Rikert Ski Touring Center)
Men's Tennis vs. Emerson @ Nashua (N.H.) Swim and Tennis Club, 12:30 p.m.
Women's Ice Hockey @ Sacred Heart, 4 p.m.^
Men's Ice Hockey @ Franklin Pierce, 7:30 p.m.* 

Saturday, February 16
Alpine Skiing @ Middlebury Carnival, 9 a.m. (Middlebury Snow Bowl)
Nordic Skiing @ Middlebury Carnival, 9 a.m. (Rikert Ski Touring Center)
Women's Basketball vs. Assumption, 1:30 p.m.*
Men's Ice Hockey @ Franklin Pierce, 3 p.m.*
Men's Basketball vs. Assumption, 3:30 p.m.*
Women's Ice Hockey @ Sacred Heart, 5:30 p.m.^

Sunday, February 17
Alpine Skiing @ NCAA-Qualifier Giant Slalom Races, 9 a.m. (Dartmouth Skiway)

* Northeast-10 Conference Event
^ NEWHA Game


Men's Basketball (6-15, 3-13) Splits NE10 Matchups Against Southern New Hampshire and Franklin Pierce

The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team split its two Northeast-10 Conference matchups last week, defeating Southern New Hampshire University, 82-72, on Wednesday before falling to Franklin Pierce University, 87-74, on Saturday.

Against Southern New Hampshire, senior Derek Cheatom (Buffalo, N.Y./The Park School of Buffalo) led the Purple Knights with 35 points on 12-of-19 shooting - including 6-of-9 from three-point range - while adding six rebounds, three assists, three steals, and a 5-of-5 showing from the free-throw line. Cheatom moved into a tie for 17th in program history in career three-pointers (123) with James Cambronne '15 during the game. Senior Levi Holmes III (East Brunswick, N.J./Rutgers Prep) tallied 15 points, six assists, and two steals, while shooting 6-for-7 from the charity stripe. Junior Jordan Guzman (Staten Island, N.Y./Xaverian) had 14 points, three assists, and two steals and shot 2-for-4 from beyond the arc, while senior Winston Jones II (Valley Stream, N.Y./Valley Stream Central) netted eight points and six boards. Sophomore Alvi Rodriguez (Madrid, Spain/La Salle Maravillas) added seven rebounds, four assists, three steals, and two blocks, while junior Eli DiGrande (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) posted nine rebounds, including four on the offensive glass. Saint Michael's shot 10-for-21 (47.6%) from three-point range and committed only seven turnovers to the Penmen's 14. That led to an 18-9 advantage in points off of turnovers for the Purple Knights.

Against Franklin Pierce, Holmes registered 30 points on 3-for-5 shooting from three and 13-of-14 shooting from the line. This was Holmes' ninth career 30-point game. Cheatom recorded 17 points on 7-for-15 shooting and dished out three assists, while Jones grabbed his second career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass. Guzman contributed 12 points, while senior Jaylen Hall (Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park/Richard J. Daley) had three assists. The Purple Knights shot 24-of-27 from the free-throw line.

With 45 points over the two games, Holmes pushed his career total to 1,681, passing Geoff Card '98 (1,651) for eighth in program history. Holmes also moved into a tie for third in program history with Mark Mulvey '97 for career three-pointers (259) during Saturday's contest.


Women's Basketball (10-11, 6-10) Defeats Regionally-Ranked Southern New Hampshire and Franklin Pierce

The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team recorded two victories during Northeast-10 Conference play last week, defeating regionally-ranked Southern New Hampshire University, 76-68, on Wednesday before downing Franklin Pierce University, 74-70, on Saturday. Southern New Hampshire was ranked ninth in last week's D2SIDA East Region Media Poll. Saint Michael's rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit against Southern New Hampshire to down its second consecutive regionally-ranked NE10 foe after defeating Southern Connecticut State University on Feb. 2. The Purple Knights have now won five of their last six games.

Against Southern New Hampshire, junior Brianna Purcell (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) posted 18 points, five rebounds, six assists, and three steals, while shooting 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. Senior Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) netted 15 points and five rebounds and shot 3-for-5 from three-point range. Sophomore Nicole Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/Marianapolis Prep) registered 13 points - including the go-ahead three-pointer with 34.1 seconds remaining - and added a 5-of-6 performance from the line, all of which came in the final 25.9 seconds. Junior Alyssa Breunig (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull) contributed 11 points and seven rebounds, while hitting three three-pointers. First-year Nicole Ladas (Glastonbury, Conn./Tilton School) added eight points on 4-for-5 shooting, while junior Taylor Miller (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth) grabbed 10 rebounds - including five on the offensive side - and blocked four shots. Miller's four blocks improved her career total to 71, passing Kathy King '89 (68) and Alexa Long '14 (68) for eighth in program history. The Purple Knights forced 16 turnovers and held a 25-13 scoring advantage off of giveaways. Saint Michael's shot 13-for-14 from the free-throw line and 9-for-27 (33.3%) from three-point range, while holding the Penmen to 7-for-27 (25.9%) shooting from deep.

Against Franklin Pierce, Anderson tallied 21 points and five rebounds and shot 5-for-7 from three-point range to lead the Purple Knights. Purcell added 20 points, six assists, and four steals and shot 5-for-6 from the field and 9-for-12 from the line. Ferreri corralled nine points, five rebounds, and three assists, while Miller had eight points and seven boards. Ladas tossed in seven points. The Purple and Gold forced 18 turnovers while committing only 11 and shot 10-for-20 from three and 18-of-25 from the free-throw line. Purcell became the 20th Purple Knight with at least 250 career assists (252), while Ferreri passed the 850-point plateau (852) for her career.


Men's Ice Hockey (5-15-4, 5-5-3) Falls to Stonehill in NE10 Play, Comes Up Winless Against Post

The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team went 0-3 last week, falling to Northeast-10 Conference opponent Stonehill College, 3-2, on Wednesday before dropping a 2-1 overtime decision on Friday and a 4-3 contest on Saturday to Post University. Ten out of the Purple Knights' last 11 games have been decided by two goals or less.

Against Stonehill, senior Sam D'Antuono (Hingham, Mass./Dexter School) tallied a goal and an assist, while adding an 18-for-29 performance on faceoffs and finishing plus-2. Sophomore Zach Sullivan (Weymouth, Mass./Walpole Express) netted the second goal, while classmates Brandon Mitchell (North Scituate, R.I./Pomfret School), Noah Muller (Amsterdam, The Netherlands/Düsseldorfer EG), and Sel Narby (Huntington, N.Y./Connecticut Junior Rangers) each added an assist. Junior Tim Decker (Liverpool, N.Y./Canterbury School) made 26 saves in net, while classmate Hadan Jordan (Colorado Springs, Colo./Boston Bandits) blocked four shots. First-year Andy Ide (Barrington, R.I./Cushing Academy) won 6-of-11 faceoffs as the Purple Knights held a 36-32 advantage in faceoff wins.

In Friday's contest against Post, sophomore Niall Foster (Newmarket, N.H./Walpole Express) scored the lone Purple Knight goal and went 15-for-27 from the dot, while senior Chris Johnson (Duxbury, Mass./Pomfret School) recorded 31 saves. D'Antuono added 19 faceoffs wins in 34 attempts.

During Saturday's contest, senior Patrick Doherty (Tewksbury, Mass./Middlesex Black Bears), sophomore Ethan Hendrickson (Budd Lake, N.J./New Jersey Rockets), and first-year Matt Egan (Hingham, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) each potted a goal, while D'Antuono registered two assists and went 16-for-26 on faceoffs. Johnson stopped 29 shots in net.

With 60 saves across his two weekend starts, Johnson upped his career total to 2,006, passing Mike Dizgun '13 (1,968) for third in program history, while taking sole possession of sixth on the NE10 all-time saves list, passing Dizgun and Saint Anselm College's Jim Merola (1,957). He is the third Purple Knight to reach the 2,000-save plateau, behind Phil Hernandez '87 (2,320) and Simon Theberge '02 (2,344).


Women's Ice Hockey (6-14-1, 4-9-1) Sweeps Post in Two-Game Series During NEWHA Play

The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team swept Post University in a two-game series this past weekend, winning 2-0 on Friday and 5-0 on Saturday. Both games were New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) contests, with Saturday's win clinching the fourth seed in the NEWHA Tournament for the Purple Knights.

On Friday, junior Jordan Monbouquette (Wayland, Mass./Lawrence Academy) netted both of the Saint Michael's goals for her first career multi-goal game, while sophomore Krista Ferrari (Dunstable, Mass./East Coast Wizards) tallied an assist and went 10-for-18 on faceoffs. Junior Torrie Gray (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth North) and sophomores Courtney Kelly (Arlington, Mass./Boston Jr. Shamrocks) and Riley Nichols (Gilford, N.H./Tilton School) each added an assist. Senior Nicole Talcott (Colchester, Vt./Rice Memorial Prep) made 29 saves in net, while sophomore MacRae McCarthy (Ithaca, N.Y./Syracuse Nationals) won 13 faceoffs in 21 tries. Sophomore Emily Lanci (Canton, Mass./Lawrence Academy) added a 7-of-9 performance from the dot, while the Purple and Gold held a 34-26 advantage in faceoffs.

On Saturday, Nichols netted two markers, while classmate Lizzie Blanchard (New Bedford, Mass./New Bedford) scored her first career goal. Kelly and fellow sophomore Maddie Gervais (Glastonbury, Conn./East Catholic) each added a goal, while junior Arianna Boscia (Cranston, R.I./La Salle Academy) notched two assists. Senior Christiana Akiki (Allendale, N.J./New Jersey Rockets) had an assist and three blocked shots, while junior Vika Simons (Essex Junction, Vt./Minnesota Duluth Club) turned away 56 shots for her second shutout and second 50-save showing of the season. Five other Purple Knights tallied an assist, including Ferrari, Lanci, McCarthy, junior Alissa Sullivan (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) and first-year Jenna Harrison (Kitchener, Ontario/Wellesley). Saint Michael's outshot the Eagles 61-56. 


Skiing Finishes 11th at Dartmouth Carnival

The Saint Michael's College Alpine and Nordic skiing teams finished 11th out of 15 institutions with 305 points last weekend during the two-day Dartmouth College Carnival.

On Friday, first-year John Cunningham (Springfield, N.H./Kearsarge Regional) paced the Nordic team with a 69th-place finish in the 15K skate, clocking in at 54:49.3, while classmate Gaelan Boyle-Wight (Newry, Maine/Telstar Regional) came in at 55:10.8 for a 71st-place finish. First-year Mikey Halligan (Gansevoort, N.Y./Saratoga Central Catholic) and senior Mitch McDonald (Prior Lake, Minn./Prior Lake) crossed the finish line in 76th and 77th place with times of 57.47.9 and 58.07.2, respectively. First-year Brian Wing (Chugiak, Alaska/Chugiak) notched 78th place at 1:00.11.0, while classmate Will Meehan (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle Regional) grabbed 80th at 1:02.39.3. Senior Amy Duclos (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) led the women with a 72nd-place finish in the 10K skate, skiing in at 40:08.5, while classmate Ellen Emers (East Hardwick, Vt./Hazen Union) came in at 41:45.2, good for 76th. First-year Rachel Smith (Old Forge, N.Y./Town of Webb) clocked in at 43:27.1 to finish right behind Emers in 77th, while sophomore Emma Bellefleur (Wolfeboro, N.H./Kingswood Regional) claimed 78th at 45:31.9. The Alpine team did not ski on Friday due to unsafe trail conditions with the giant slalom races being postponed until Sunday, Feb. 17. Those races will not have any bearing on the team scoring for the Dartmouth Carnival.

On Saturday, the Alpine team took eighth place with 224 points as senior Guillaume Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée Général Ferrié) posted a fifth-place finish in the slalom with a two-run time of 1:37.28, just 0.32 seconds out of third place and a podium finish. This was Grand's 39th career top-10 placement. Junior Zach Bouchard (Merrimac, Mass./Gould Academy) recorded a 34th-place finish with a time of 1:41.63, while first-year Christian Gallagher (Stowe, Vt./Burke Mountain Academy) grabbed 39th at 1:42.26. Junior Colby Jordan (Charlotte, Vt./Mount Mansfield Winter Academy) took 40th place at 1:42.36, while first-year Ben Throm (Aspen, Colo./Aspen) placed 42nd at 1:42.61. For the women, junior Emilia Laffin (Chamonix, France/Lycée du Mont-Blanc René Dayve) notched an 18th-place finish with a time of 1:46.22, while classmate Erin Spence (Aspen, Colo./Aspen) took 33rd at 1:48.26. Junior Anna Willassen (Jar, Norway/Persbråten VGS) clocked in at 1:50.29 for 42nd place, while senior Clara Lopez Costa (Barcelona, Spain/Green Mountain Valley School) finished right behind her in 43rd at 1:50.32. Junior Kara Gailiunas (Warren, Vt./Green Mountain Valley School) skied in just 0.18 seconds behind Lopez Costa for 44th.

For Nordic on Saturday, Cunningham, Halligan, and McDonald finished 24th in the 3x5 classic relay, crossing the finish line at 48:22.3, while the trio of Boyle-Wight, Meehan, and Wing took 26th, coming in at 50:33.7. For the women, Duclos, Emers and Smith posted a 23rd-place finish with a time of 1:02:03.5.


Swimming & Diving Breaks Nine School Records at NE10 Championship to Finish Season

The Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving teams concluded their season by breaking nine school records across the four-day Northeast-10 Conference Championship last week. The Purple Knight men finished sixth among seven schools with 279 points, their best placement since 2014-15 and third-highest point total in 15 championships, while the women finished ninth out of nine schools with 193 points. Junior Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) had a hand in breaking five school records and won the 50-yard freestyle on Friday, becoming the first male swimmer in program history to win an event at the NE10 Championship and in the process landing NE10 All-Conference first team laurels.

During the opening day of competition of Thursday, senior Patty Kohn (Weston, Conn./Greenwich) took eighth place in the 1,000 free (10:51.31), eclipsing her own three-month-old school record by 0.68 seconds. Kohn also led off for the Purple Knights' top 800 free relay, which finished ninth (8:08.70). Juniors Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) and Sarah White (Lakeville, Mass./Apponequet Regional) and sophomore Meg Geschwind (Rochester, Minn./Mayo) rounded out the rest of the quartet. For the men, senior Tim Kinville (Colchester, Vt./Missisquoi Valley Union) claimed fourth among nine competitors in the three-meter diving trials with 256.70 points, becoming the first Purple Knight male to take part in the event at a championship in nine years. Jake Stamas '10 and Max O'Brien '13 had been the last to do so during the 2010 NE10 Championship, when they netted 328.80 and 344.60 points, respectively. Senior Pat Thornton (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence), junior Aidan Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side), sophomore Payton Stewart (Keene, N.H./Keene) and first-year Nate Imbergamo (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) partnered to finish fifth in the 800 free relay (7:22.03), while Imbergamo and fellow first-year Sean McGurn (Braintree, Mass./Braintree) finished 14th and 15th in the 1,000 free with times of 10:21.19 and 10:25.92, respectively.

On Friday, Hopkins won the 50 free (20.85) as the top seed, lowering his own year-old school for the second time on the day after his opening 50 free leg of the 200 free relay trimmed the record to 20.89. The 200 free relay team of Hopkins, Mulderrig, Stewart, and first-year William Sullivan (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) finished sixth, but lowered their three-month-old program record by 1.89 seconds (1:26.31). In the 400-yard medley relay Hopkins, McGurn, Stewart, and Thornton sided to finish seventh (3:35.04), also shattering a three-month-old standard by 1.84 seconds. Hopkins set another record during his opening 100-yard backstroke leg, clocking in at 51.37 to drop his time by 0.75 ticks. Kinville finished eighth in the three-meter diving event (244.85), coming within 2.1 points of seventh, while Thornton claimed 12th (5:00.58) and Imbergamo finished 14th (5:04.56) in the 500 free. The Purple Knights' second 200 free relay quartet of McGurn, seniors Seamus Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) and Jacob Sutton (Tyngsboro, Mass./Tyngsboro) and first-year Myron Prograis (Etters, Pa./Cedar Cliff) placed 14th (1:34.14), while Mulderrig took 15th in the 200-yard individual medley (2:03.93). For the women, first-year Maggie King (Clinton, Conn./Mercy) had the highest finish of the day, taking eighth in the one-meter diving event (199.40). Two relay foursomes earned ninth-place showings, with seniors Meg Flanagan (Middletown, R.I./The Prout School/Boston College), Elizabeth Doherty (Dedham, Mass./Dedham), and Tess Grimaldi (Higganum, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth) and sophomore Leah Benoit (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) competing in the 200 free relay (1:45.95), while Giampietro, Grimaldi, Kohn, and White rounded out the 400 medley relay (4:10.68) team. Kohn also claimed 13th in the 500 free (5:16.15).

On Saturday, Hopkins again felled his own 100 back school record, set just the night before, with a 51.26 swim in the morning prelims. He finished fourth in the evening finals (51.73) and led off for the sixth-place 200 medley relay (1:38.12) team that included Butler, Sullivan, and Thornton, and which missed a year-old program record by only 0.09 seconds. Kinville capped his career by taking sixth in the one-meter diving competition (274.60). Mulderrig broke his own year-old school record in the 400 IM during trials by 1.05 seconds (4:23.88) before finishing 12th in the evening finals (4:29.01). McGurn and Butler both took part in the 100-yard breaststroke finals, with the former placing 12th (1:02:43) and the latter coming in 15th (1:03.05). The Purple and Gold's second 200 medley relay team of McGurn, Prograis, Sutton, and sophomore Dan Fortier (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) claimed 13th (1:47.03). Prograis took 15th in the 100 back finals (1:01.66), while Thornton took 15th in the 100-yard butterfly (54.12). For the women, Giampietro placed sixth in the 100 breast (1:08.07) and 13th in the 400 IM (4:44.70), breaking her own school record in the latter by 1.02 seconds. Giampietro also helped the Purple Knights' top 200 medley relay take ninth (1:53.23) alongside Grimaldi, Kohn, and White. The 200 medley relay B squad placed 19th (2:01.60) with Benoit, Doherty, Flanagan, and Geschwind teaming up.

On Sunday, Hopkins lowered his own three-month-old school record in the 200 back during morning trials (1:54.79) by 2.21 seconds, taking second in prelims and fourth in the evening finals (1:55.94). Imbergamo claimed 10th in the 1,650 free (17:10.04), while Stewart was 16th in the 100 free (49.09). Fortier, Mulderrig, and Thornton all qualified for the 200 fly finals with Thornton taking 13th (2:03.08), Mulderrig 15th (2:07.10), and Fortier 16th (2:11.84). McGurn captured 14th in the 200 breast (2:19.07), while Hopkins, Mulderrig, Stewart, and Thornton joined for a seventh-place showing in the 400 free relay (3:15.40). Butler, Imbergamo, Prograis, and Sullivan sided to finish 14th in the 400 free relay as the second Purple Knight team. For the women, Giampietro set her second school record of the weekend by defeating her own year-old mark in the 200 breast by 0.11 seconds during the morning trials (2:28.80). She finished 10th in the finals (2:29.73). Kohn posted a sixth-place finish in the 1,650 free (18:09.95), while White grabbed 15th in the 200 fly (2:17.37). The quartet of Giampietro, Grimaldi, Kohn, and White notched ninth place in the 400 free relay, while Benoit, Doherty, Flanagan, and Geschwind placed 18th (3:59.21) as the B squad.


Men's Tennis (2-4, 1-1) Falls to Regionally-Ranked Franklin Pierce

The Saint Michael's College men's tennis team fell to regionally-ranked Franklin Pierce University, 6-1, during Saturday's Northeast-10 Conference contest. The Ravens are ranked seventh in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region Poll.

Senior Dan Foley (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) faced the 12th-ranked player in the East Region during singles and was among five Purple Knights to fall in straight sets. Senior Max Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) and sophomore Colby Antonacci (Bolton Valley, Vt./Mount Mansfield Union/Saint Anselm) both claimed a team-best three games, in the second and fourth positions, respectively. Saint Michael's earned its point when Franklin Pierce defaulted at No. 6 singles.