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COLCHESTER, Vt. – The Purple Knights men’s hockey team clinched its first Northeast-10 regular season title since 2007-08 and men’s basketball upset region- and league-leading Bentley on Saturday for an exciting week in Saint Michael’s athletics.
Men’s basketball capped a 1-1 week with a 54-42 upset of league-leading Bentley on the road on Saturday, giving Saint Michael’s its second straight season with a win over the Falcons and the team’s first win at Bentley since Dec. 2, 2000 – the year the Purple Knights went 27-4 and reached the Sweet 16. Bentley’s 42 points is the fewest Saint Michael’s has allowed since Nov. 15, 2008, and the least points given up against a Division II team since the 1960s. Junior Tyler Schilling (Excelsior, Minn./Minnetonka) powered the Purple Knights with back-to-back double-doubles, upping his total to seven on the season while averaging 14 points and 12 rebounds and shooting 55 percent from the field. Freshman Michael Holton, Jr. (Portland, Ore./Sunset/Winchendon School) saw his double-figures scoring streak come to an end with nine points at Bentley. The rookie scored at least 10 points in the first 19 games of his college career. Saint Michael’s, whose nine wins already matches its win total from last season, has seven league wins to tie the most for the team since going 12-10 in 2006-07. The Purple Knights play the final three home games of the regular season this week, beginning with Franklin Pierce on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Men’s hockey skated to a 1-2 week that began with a dominant 9-2 win over Southern New Hampshire that clinched the Northeast-10 regular season title, giving Saint Michael’s its first regular season banner since the 2007-08 season. The nine goals are the most for the Purple Knights since a 9-2 win at Assumption on Nov. 22, 2005. Senior Nick Sheehan (Potsdam, N.Y./Cornwall Colots) led the way with a hat trick against the Penmen to go with two assists during the week. Junior Brady Earle (Columbia, Md./The Gunnery School) and senior Matt Rigtrup (Montclair, N.J./Pickering Panthers) each had two goals and three assists, and Earle moved into third in the NE-10 in assists and ninth in scoring. The Purple Knights hit the road against Skidmore on Friday before facing nationally-ranked Castleton on Saturday.
Women’s basketball worked a 1-1 week and claimed its 10th win of the season over UMass Lowell on Thursday, exceeding last year’s nine-win total. Senior Logan Pintka (Schenectady, N.Y./Colonie Central) averaged 16 points, seven rebounds and two blocks per game while sinking 16-of-18 free throws to move into 12th place in program history with 1,075 career points. Senior Marilyn Ferreira (New London, N.H./Kearsarge Regional) averaged 4.5 assists during the week and has 289 for her career, just 15 shy of cracking the top-10 in program history. The Purple Knights play the final three home games of the season this week, starting with Franklin Pierce on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Women’s hockey went 1-1 last week, ending with a 7-3 win over Plymouth State on Saturday that gave Saint Michael’s its first home win of the season. Seven goals is the most the Purple Knights have scored since topping the Panthers 10-0 last season on Nov. 14, 2009. Junior Madelena Santore (Millington, N.J./New Jersey Rockets/Rutgers Univ.) led the team with four points on a goal and three assists in the win, while classmate Kiera Nelligan (Melrose, Mass./Arlington Catholic) had two goals and two assists. Saint Michael’s is 2-1-1 in the last four games, and plays the final two road games of the season this week, beginning with UMass Boston on Friday.
Both Saint Michael’s swimming and diving squads finished seventh at the Northeast-10 Championship at Southern Connecticut last weekend. Junior Eileen Mullowney (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) took the Purple Knights’ lone first-place finish and broke her own program record in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 53.31 seconds. Mullowney earned a NCAA B qualifying time with the effort. Senior diver Alex Stott (Plymouth, Mass./Sturgis Charter Public School) had the best men’s finish, placing fifth in the one-meter dive. The Saint Michael's diving teams return to action next Saturday and Sunday at the NEISDA Championship at Bentley University.
The Saint Michael's ski team earned a 10th-place finish on Saturday at the two-day University of Vermont Carnival, held at Stowe Mountain Resort and Trapp Family Lodge. Freshman Carl-Oscar Bredengen (Reistad, Norway/Donski VGS) had the best finish of his young collegiate career on Saturday, placing 17th in the men's slalom. Junior J.D. Levine (Toronto, Ontario/National Ski Acad./King's College at Univ. of W. Ontario) also fared well for Saint Michael's in the men's slalom, finishing 25th. In the women's slalom, junior Ashley Langlands (Shelburne, N.H./Gorham Middle) led the Purple Knights with a 29th-place finish. In the men's 10-kilometer freestyle, junior Robert Sitzer (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) placed 52nd for Saint Michael's, while in the women's five-kilometer freestyle, freshman Gabrielle Naranja (Fort Kent, Maine/Fort Kent Community) finished an impressive 51st. Saint Michael's is back in action next Friday and Saturday at the Dartmouth College Carnival.
This Week’s Schedule:
|Tue.||Feb. 8||Women’s Basketball vs. Franklin Pierce*, 5:30
Men’s Basketball vs. Franklin Pierce*, 7:30 p.m.
|Thu.||Feb. 10||Women’s Basketball vs. Merrimack*#, 5:30
Men’s Basketball vs. Merrimack*#, 7:30 p.m.
|Fri.||Feb. 11||Skiing at Dartmouth Carnival, 9 a.m.
Women’s Ice Hockey at UMass Boston^, 4 p.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey at Skidmore^, 7 p.m.
|Sat.||Feb. 12||Swimming and Diving at NEISDA Diving Championship, 1 p.m.
Skiing at Dartmouth Carnival, 9 a.m.
Women’s Ice Hockey at Saint Anselm^, 1 p.m.
Women’s Basketball vs. Stonehill*, 1:30 p.m.
Men’s Basketball vs. Stonehill*, 3:30 p.m.
Men’s Ice Hockey at Castleton^, 4 p.m.
*Northeast-10 Conference Game
^Eastern College Athletic Conference East Game
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