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

Men's Basketball (6-15, 3-14) Snaps Five-Game Losing Streak, Tops UMass Lowell, 81-70

The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team finished the week 1-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference, bettering the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, 81-70, to end its five-game losing streak on Wednesday before falling to Franklin Pierce University, 69-60, on Saturday. Franklin Pierce was tied for second in the league.

Senior Derek Knutty (Rocklin, Calif./Whitney) recorded game highs of 21 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks off the bench against UMass Lowell while hitting 9-of-11 from the floor and adding four assists. Sophomore Dom Ditlefsen (Portland, Ore./Sunset) had 16 points on a 6-for-6 showing on free throws, and classmate James Cambronne (De Bary, Fla./The Winchendon School) added 12 points. First-year Greg Grippo (Edison, N.J./Rutgers Prep) notched 12 points and a season-high eight assists, while sophomore Corey Crawford II (Dover, Del./The Phelps School) scored 11 points and collected six boards. Classmate Mauri Boschetti (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) finished with seven points and three steals.

Crawford netted 15 points and tallied four assists against Franklin Pierce, while first-year Will Davis (Valley Stream, N.Y./Holy Cross) totaled a season-high 12 points on 3-of-3 three-point shooting. Cambronne had 10 points and seven rebounds, and classmate Mike Thompson (Rosedale, N.Y./Christ The King Regional) grabbed a career-high 12 boards while blocking a pair of shots.


Women's Basketball (9-12, 7-10) Responds to Midweek Loss in 73-59 Victory Over Franklin Pierce

The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team was 1-1 in a pair of Northeast-10 Conference games last week, falling to a team with the nation's third-highest scoring offense, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, 101-74, on Wednesday, and topping Franklin Pierce University, 73-59, on Saturday.

Junior Alexa Long (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) approached a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds, including five on the offensive glass against UMass Lowell. First-year Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) added 15 points and four boards, while senior Megan Olsen (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) finished with 10 points, six assists, five rebounds and a pair of steals. Classmate Nicole Adach (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohonasen) totaled 10 points and three assists, and junior Cara Deroy (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) had three assists and two steals. Senior Kayla Carnell (Burlington, Mass./Burlington) matched her career high with eight points while snagging five rebounds.

Olsen fell one rebound shy of a triple-double against Franklin Pierce, finishing with 19 points, a career-best 10 assists, nine rebounds and five steals in a game in which the Purple Knights were without their leaders in assists and rebounds. In her first collegiate start, first-year Theresa Carey (Hampton Bays, N.Y./Hampton Bays) netted a season-high 14 points on 3-of-3 three-point shooting after entering the contest with eight points in 14 games. Adach had 13 points, six rebounds and three assists, moving within 27 points of becoming the 20th Purple Knight with 1,000 in a career. Burud totaled 10 points, and Carnell again scored eight points, this time in her first career start.


Men's Ice Hockey (8-15, 5-11 ECAC East, 2-3 NE-10) Downs Nationally-Regarded Castleton State

The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team posted a 1-2 record last week, posting a 5-4 overtime victory against a Castleton State College team that is receiving a vote in the most recent national poll during Saturday's Senior Day in an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East game. The Purple Knights fell at Franklin Pierce University, 5-2, in a Northeast-10 Conference tilt on Tuesday and suffered a 4-3 setback to Skidmore College on Friday during ECAC East play.

First-year Nick Potter (Stoneham, Mass./Brooks School) scored the first two goals of his career during the third period at Franklin Pierce. Senior Mike Dizgun (Montreal, Quebec/OCN Blizzard) stopped seven shots in the first period before being replaced by sophomore Dave Donzanti (West Chester, Pa./Northfield Mount Hermon), who made 18 saves in the final two periods.

Senior Josh Geary (Wellesley, Mass./Phillips Andover Academy) netted a pair of goals and tacked on an assist against Skidmore, while classmate Petr Soustal (Unicov, Czech Republic/Gymnazium Unicov) also scored. Sophomores William Côté (Quebec City, Quebec/Rice Memorial Prep) and AJ Pieprzak (Barrie, Ontario/Ridley College) each added two assists, and Dizgun turned away 29 shots.

Pieprzak scored the game-winning goal with 39.4 seconds remaining in overtime against Castleton State as one of his two markers in the contest. Geary also scored twice, while junior Kevin Lampron (Boston, Mass./Bridgewater Bandits) tallied his first goal of the season. Côté, senior Morgan Bell (Vancouver, British Columbia/Saint Albert Saints) and sophomore Mark Higgins (Plainville, Mass./Bridgewater Bandits) each had two assists, and senior Eric McGuirk (Rehoboth, Mass./Bridgewater Bandits) made 32 saves.


Women's Ice Hockey (2-19-1, 1-15) Ends Winless Streak with 2-1 Win Over Franklin Pierce

The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team went 1-1 over the past week, suffering its third straight one-goal defeat in a 3-2 loss against Franklin Pierce University on Friday before posting a 2-1 win over the Ravens on Saturday to its end its 17-game winless streak.

Senior Madelena Santore (Millington, N.J./New Jersey Rockets) and junior Macey Thomas (Amherst, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon) each scored goals in Friday's contest, while senior Erin Stevens (Watertown, Conn./Connecticut Polar Bears) made 46 stops for her 11th 40-save game of the season. Santore moved into a tie for fourth in program history in career goals (32), and she stands tied for seventh in points (50).

Sophomore Kristen Spulecki (Orchard Park, N.Y./Buffalo Bison) netted a pair of goals on Saturday, and Stevens notched 39 saves to record the victory.


Farrell and Hall Break into Top 20 During First Day of Dartmouth Carnival

The Saint Michael's College skiing team placed 11th among 15 teams at the Dartmouth College Carnival, falling two points short of 10th. Alpine senior Gabbi Hall (San Anselmo, Calif./Forest Charter School) and first-year Brad Farrell (West Windsor, Vt./Sharon Academy) turned in top-20 finishes in the giant slalom.

Farrell placed 14th in the giant slalom, first-year Cam Furrer (Wolcott, Vt./Mount Mansfield Winter Academy) was 39th, and junior Carl-Oscar Bredengen (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) took 44th. Hall finished 19th in the giant slalom, while first-year Nicole Cordingley (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) was 40th after entering the race slotted 77th. Slalom races at the carnival were canceled.

In Friday's women's Nordic 5K Classic, sophomore Chloe Boutelle (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs), junior Silke Hynes (Burlington, Ontario/Milton District) and senior Katlyn Keane (Bethel, Maine/Telstar Regional) finished within four placements and one minute of one another as the team's first three finishers. The trio comprised the first Saint Michael's group to finish the 3x5K freestyle relay, while sophomore Emily Burns (North Creek, N.Y./Johnsburg Central) and first-years Elizabeth Cubberley (Acworth, N.H./Fall Mountain Regional) and Brianna McKinley (Moultonborough, N.H./Moultonborough Academy) were the Purple Knight team to finish. Sophomore Isaiah St. Pierre (Charlestown, N.H./Fall Mountain Regional), first-year Samuel Fogg (Rutland, Vt./Rutland) and sophomore Sam Hammond (Oakdale, Minn./North) were the top three finishers in the men's 10K Classic, while the men did not field a 3x5K freestyle relay trio.


Swimming & Diving Teams Break Seven School Records, Set for Historic Finishes at NEISDA Championship

The Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving teams wrapped up their 2012-13 seasons at the three-day New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championship over the weekend. The diving portion of the meet is slated for this coming weekend, and while the Purple Knights will not be sending any qualifiers, neither will any of the teams within 100 points of the Saint Michael's squads. The women currently stand fourth out of 21 institutions, which would be just their third top-four showing since 2001-02, and the men are fifth in a field of 11 schools, as they are in position to match their best finish since 2000-01.

On Friday, sophomore Steph Nadow (Charlton, Mass./Saint Peter-Marian) set school records in the 100- (1:00.68) and 200-yard (2:12.30) backstrokes, topping Cassie Littlefield's '04 12-year-old marks, with the 100 back record coming during the leadoff leg of the 400-yard medley trials. Nadow, senior Corine McAllister (South Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury), junior Julie Mullowney (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) and sophomore Kathleen Lamontagne (Manchester, N.H./Trinity) finished third in the 400 medley relay. Mullowney placed fourth in the 50-yard freestyle and joined Nadow, sophomore Kim Brady (Morris Township, N.J./Academy of Saint Elizabeth) and first-year Luci Franklin (Steamboat Springs, Colo./Lowell Whiteman School) to take fourth in the 200 free relay. On the men's side, senior Andrew Marshall (Kittery, Maine/Saint Thomas Aquinas (Saint Joseph's [Maine]) surpassed Gene Taylor's '11 five-year-old mark in the 500 free, posting a fifth-place finish (4:53.74). Classmate Kyle Esposito (Endicott, N.Y./Union-Endicott) also passed Taylor's record to place sixth (4:58.91). Esposito and Marshall joined first-years Sam Miller (Long Lake, N.Y./Long Lake Central School) and Joe Thomas (Norwood, Mass./Boston College HS) to finish eighth in the 200 free relay.

In the second day of the championship, Nadow bettered her day-old school record in the 100 back, winning the event (1:00.09). Mullowney broke her own school record while placing fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.65). Brady, McAllister, Mullowney and Nadow raced to a fourth-place finish in the 200 medley relay, while Brady, Lamontagne, Mullowney and first-year Catherine Tierney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) were sixth in the 800 free relay. Tierney also finished eighth in the 1,000 free. Marshall was fourth in the 1,000 free (10:08.30) in another school-record time, while Esposito was sixth. Esposito, Marshall, Thomas and sophomore Nathan Paluso (Windham, Maine/Windham) combined to take fourth in the 800 free relay, and first-year Nick Johns (Seaford, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) placed eighth in the 100 back.

In Sunday's action, Mullowney swam a 1:02.04 in the 100-meter individual medley trials to surpass her sister Eileen's '12 four-year-old school mark by 1.88 seconds. Mullowney won the final in 1:02.08. Nadow touched the wall at 28.19 to win the 50 back, while junior Grace Kahn (Fairhope, Ala./Bayside Academy) finished fourth. Tierney finished seventh in the 1,650 free before joining Brady, Lamontagne and Nadow for a seventh-place finish in the 400 free relay. Marshall finished the 1,650 free at 16:56.32 to take fourth and break the program record by 44.0 seconds. Esposito was sixth. First-year Cody Arrington (Middleton, Mass./Masconomet Regional) placed sixth in the 200 breast, and sophomore Matt Pearson (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) was eighth. Johns swam to a sixth-place finish in the 50 back, while Paluso took seventh in the 100 IM. Marshall, Paluso, Thomas and first-year Brandon MacPherson (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) combined to finish seventh in the 400 free relay.


Women's Tennis (3-0, 3-0) Stays Perfect with an 8-1 Victory Over AIC

The Saint Michael's College women's tennis team began the 2013 portion of its schedule by topping American International College, 8-1, in a Northeast-10 Conference match on Sunday to remain unbeaten on the season. It was the Purple Knights' first match since Oct. 6.

Junior Samantha Purnell (Stowe, Vt./Stowe) and sophomore Kayla Dowd (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) blanked their opponents in the third doubles position, with Purnell notching a win in her first appearance with the team. Senior Alex Dalton (South Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) and sophomore Caroline Martin (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) posted an 8-2 victory at No. 2, while seniors Emily Magee (Queensbury, N.Y./Queensbury) and Jean-Marie McGrath (Niwot, Colo./Alexander Dawson School) won 8-3 as the top doubles pairing. Dalton blanked her opponent from the No. 3 singles position, and sophomore Hannah Benoit (Mystic, Conn./Saint Bernard School), first-year Alexandra Sulkin (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) and sophomore Caroline Toutoungi (Weston, Conn./Weston) also shut out their opponents at the fourth, fifth and sixth singles positions, respectively. First-year Erica Bundrick (Mattituck, N.Y./Mattituck) notched a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 2, and Magee won the first set of her No. 1 singles match before falling in three sets.


Upcoming Schedule:

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

Friday, February 15
Skiing @ Middlebury Carnival, 9 a.m.
Women's Ice Hockey vs. Nichols, 7 p.m.^
Men's Ice Hockey @ UMass Boston, 7 p.m.^

Saturday, February 16
Skiing @ Middlebury Carnival, 9 a.m.
Women's Basketball vs. Stonehill, 1:30 p.m.*
Women's Ice Hockey vs. Manhattanville, 3 p.m.^
Men's Basketball vs. Stonehill, 3:30 p.m.*
Men's Ice Hockey @ Babson, 4 p.m.^

Sunday, February 17
Skiing @ Dartmouth Carnival, 9 a.m. (Alpine only)

* Northeast-10 Conference Event
^ ECAC East Event