This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: February 11-17

Men's Basketball (8-15, 5-14) Grabs Pair of Wins in NE-10 Action

The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team was 2-0 last week in the Northeast-10 Conference, winning 66-62 at Bentley University on Tuesday before bettering Stonehill College, 74-59, on Saturday's Senior Day.

Sophomore James Cambronne (De Bary, Fla./The Winchendon School) scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds at Bentley, while first-year Greg Grippo (Edison, N.J./Rutgers Prep) netted 14 points. Sophomore Corey Crawford II (Dover, Del./The Phelps School) converted 7-of-8 free throws to finish with 13 points and seven boards, and classmate Mike Thompson (Rosedale, N.Y./Christ The King Regional) notched 10 points and two blocks. Senior Derek Knutty (Rocklin, Calif./Whitney) controlled six rebounds. Sophomore Dom Ditlefsen (Portland, Ore./Sunset) knocked down the go-ahead jumper with 6:13 left to give his team the lead for good.

Crawford scored 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting and added eight rebounds against Stonehill, while Cambronne had 14 points and six boards. Grippo and Thompson each netted 12 points, and Ditlefsen tallied five assists.


Women's Basketball (9-14, 7-12) Falls to Pair of Nationally-Ranked NE-10 Opponents, Adach Reaches 1,000

The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team went 0-2 against nationally-ranked foes in last week's Northeast-10 Conference action, dropping a 79-49 decision at No. 2 Bentley University on Tuesday and falling to No. 18 Stonehill College, 70-58, during Senior Day on Saturday. During the week, senior Nicole Adach (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohonasen) became the 18th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

Adach scored 16 points at Bentley, which is ranked in the most recent USA TODAY national poll, while shooting 6-for-6 on free throws and hitting 2-of-2 from three-point range. Adach also added nine rebounds, including six on the offensive glass, and a pair of steals. Senior Kayla Carnell (Burlington, Mass./Burlington) totaled a career-best 11 points with the help of a 5-for-6 performance from the foul line and grabbed five boards. First-year Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) had seven points and five rebounds, including four on the offensive end, classmate Megan Gaudreau (Brooklyn, Conn./Pomfret School) tallied six assists and two steals, and senior Megan Olsen (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) finished with four rebounds and three assists.

Adach netted 19 points against Stonehill, scoring her 1,000th point on a free throw with 12:42 remaining. She now ranks 18th on the team's all-time scoring list with 1,008 career points, and also grabbed six rebounds. Olsen added 15 points and nine boards, Burud scored 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting to go along with three steals, and junior Alexa Long (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) contributed 10 points. Burud, Long and senior Rachele Bernache (Rockland, Mass./Rockland) each controlled four rebounds.


Men's Ice Hockey (8-17, 5-13 ECAC East, 2-3 NE-10) Ends Season with Setbacks to Nationally-Ranked Foes

The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team finished 0-2 last week in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East play, falling 5-0 at the 12th-ranked University of Massachusetts at Boston on Friday before slipping to a 4-1 defeat in the season finale at 13th-ranked Babson College on Saturday.

Senior Eric McGuirk (Rehoboth, Mass./Bridgewater Bandits) made 30 saves against a UMass Boston team that entered the evening tied for second in the nation in scoring and is ranked 12th by both U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) and

First-year Kevin Altidor (Montreal, Quebec/Millbrook School) scored his 10th goal of the season to forge a 1-1 tie against a Babson side that is ranked in the most recent national poll. Senior Mike Dizgun (Montreal, Quebec/OCN Blizzard) turned aside 28 shots, completing his career tied for fourth in program history in career wins (23) while coming within 32 saves of 2,000 and 39 seconds of 4,000 minutes.


Women's Ice Hockey (4-19-1, 3-15) Goes 2-0 in ECAC East Play, Upsets Regional Power Manhattanville

The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team was 2-0 last week in a pair Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East contests, bettering Nichols College, 1-0, on Friday, and posting a 2-1 win over nationally-regarded Manhattanville College on Saturday's Senior Day.

Sophomore Maire Bartkus (Acton, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon) found the back of the net against Nichols during the first 1-0 victory in program history, while senior Erin Stevens (Watertown, Conn./Connecticut Polar Bears) posted her second shutout of the season by making 48 saves.

First-year Emily Loebs (Acton, Mass./Minuteman Lady Flames) scored her first college goal while adding an assist against Manhattanville, which is second in the league and is receiving votes from both U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO) and Senior Allison Graf (Long Lake, Minn./Minnesota Thoroughbreds) netted the winner 5:00 into the third period versus a Valiant team ranked eighth in the NCAA's East Region rankings, and which advanced to the past two ECAC East Tournament title games. Stevens made 42 saves to reach 2,454 for her career, moving into 13th among goaltenders that played in a Division III league. The win marked the first time the Purple Knights have beaten Manhattanville since the teams began playing in 2001-02.


Purple Knights Post Six Top-20 Finishes During Alpine Skiing Races at Pair of Competitions

The Saint Michael's College skiing team finished 10th out of 16 institutions at the Middlebury College Carnival, which finished on Saturday, while Alpine skiers posted six top-20 finishes over the weekend. The Purple Knight Alpine skiers also competed in a Sunday slalom, which counts toward the competitors' point totals for NCAA Championship qualifying following the cancelation of the event at the Dartmouth College Carnival.

First-year Brad Farrell (West Windsor, Vt./Sharon Academy) finished 17th and junior Carl-Oscar Bredengen (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) took 18th in the slalom at the Middlebury Carnival to help the men's Alpine team place seventh among 13 teams. In his first carnival of the year, junior Matt Beers (Wrentham, Mass./Killington Mountain School) placed 36th after standing 46th following his opening run. In the women's slalom, senior Gabbi Hall (San Anselmo, Calif./Forest Charter School) placed 32nd, first-year Nicole Cordingley (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) took 42nd, and junior Shannon Conroy (Auburn, Calif./Home Schooled) finished 45th in her first carnival of the year. In the giant slalom event on Saturday, senior Christina Billotti (Massapequa, N.Y./Green Mountain Valley School) raced to a season-best 19th-place finish, while Hall placed 35th and Cordingley was 41st. In the men's giant slalom, Farrell grabbed 16th place, sophomore Fredrik Sandell (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) was 21st, and Beers turned in a career-best showing for the second straight day, placing 29th. Farrell finished 18th in Sunday's slalom race, Sandell took 20th, and Bredengen was the team's third finisher. Conroy was the only Saint Michael's woman to complete the slalom, placing 42nd.

In Friday's men's Nordic 10K classic, senior Colin Delaney (Lake Placid, N.Y./National Sports Academy) finished 50th, while first-year Samuel Fogg (Rutland, Vt./Rutland) and sophomore Sam Hammond (Oakdale, Minn./North) were the team's next two finishers. In the women's 5K classic, junior Silke Hynes (Burlington, Ontario/Milton District) paced the Purple Knights, while sophomore Chloe Boutelle (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) and senior Katlyn Keane (Bethel, Maine/Telstar Regional) earned the next two spots for the team. On Saturday, Delaney placed 34th as the lone Purple Knight men's competitor in the 20K freestyle mass start. Boutelle was the team's top finisher in the women's 15K freestyle mass start, while Keane and Hynes placed second and third, respectively, among Saint Michael's competitors.


NEISDA Championship Concludes, Swimming & Diving Learn Final Placements

The Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving teams learned their final placements at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championship on Sunday, as the diving portion of the meet concluded to finalize team scores at the meet. Despite neither Purple Knight squad sending any divers, the women finished fourth out of 21 institutions, their best showing since 2008-09, and just their third top-four showing since 2001-02. The men took fifth in a field of 11 schools, matching their best placement since finishing fourth in 2000-01. They also claimed fifth in 2001-02 and 2008-09.


Upcoming Schedule:

Wednesday, February 20
Women's Basketball vs. Merrimack, 5:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball vs. Merrimack, 7:30 p.m.*

Friday, February 22
Skiing @ Bates Carnival/EISA Championship, 9 a.m.
Men's Tennis vs. Le Moyne, 3 p.m.*

Saturday, February 23
Skiing @ Bates Carnival/EISA Championship, 9 a.m.
Women's Ice Hockey vs. Saint Anselm, 1 p.m.^
Women's Basketball @ Saint Anselm, 1:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball @ Saint Anselm, 3:30 p.m.*

Sunday, February 24
Women's Ice Hockey vs. TBA, 1 p.m. or 4 p.m.^

* Northeast-10 Conference Event
^ ECAC Open Tournament (Bridgeport, Conn.)