This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: February 18-24

Men's Basketball (8-17, 5-16) Falls Twice in NE-10 Action

The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team dropped a pair of Northeast-10 Conference contests to finish last week 0-2. The Purple Knights fell to Merrimack College, 71-57, on Wednesday before suffering a 74-56 defeat at No. 12 Saint Anselm College on Saturday.

First-year Greg Grippo (Edison, N.J./Rutgers Prep) netted 19 points behind a 5-for-8 showing from three-point range against Merrimack, falling just one point short of his season high. Grippo also added three steals and two assists. Sophomore Corey Crawford II (Dover, Del./The Phelps School) recorded 11 points and three assists, senior Derek Knutty (Rocklin, Calif./Whitney) totaled 10 points, nine rebounds and two steals in his final career home game, and sophomore Mike Thompson (Rosedale, N.Y./Christ The King Regional) controlled nine boards.

Grippo paced Saint Michael's with 14 points, hitting 3-for-4 from long range and 5-of-6 overall, at Saint Anselm, which is ranked in the most recent National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) national poll. Sophomore James Cambronne (De Bary, Fla./The Winchendon School) had 13 points with the help of three three-pointers and hauled in eight rebounds off the bench, while Crawford netted 10 points in 13 minutes. Thompson notched seven points and a career-high-tying 12 rebounds, and sophomore Dom Ditlefsen (Portland, Ore./Sunset) contributed eight points and three assists. The Purple Knights' defense held Saint Anselm's East Region-leading scoring attack to 8.2 points below its average in the contest.


Women's Basketball (10-15, 8-13) Betters Saint Anselm, 63-43, During Two-Game Week

The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team was 1-1 last week in a pair of Northeast-10 Conference contests, falling to Merrimack College, 66-64, on Wednesday, and snapping its three-game losing skid with a 63-43 win at Saint Anselm College on Saturday.

Senior Nicole Adach (Schenectady, N.Y./Mohonasen) led the Purple Knights with 18 points against Merrimack on 7-of-11 shooting, including 2-of-3 three-point shooting, while adding eight rebounds, with four on the offensive end. First-year Megan Gaudreau (Brooklyn, Conn./Pomfret School) scored 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting from long range, while classmate Makenzie Burud (Red Hook, N.Y./Coleman Catholic) had 10 points, four rebounds and two steals. Redshirt sophomore Kaitlin Geary (Milton, Vt./Milton) added nine points, hitting 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, and senior Megan Olsen (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) finished with five points, seven assists and three steals. Junior Alexa Long (Waterford, Conn./Waterford) grabbed 10 boards, with five coming on the offensive glass, and added three blocks.

Long scored a game-high 16 points on 5-for-7 shooting that included a 2-for-2 showing from three-point range at Saint Anselm. Long also hauled in nine rebounds, with six coming offensively, and had three steals. Junior Cara Deroy (Hamden, Conn./Hamden) tallied 12 points, all during a game-ending 26-7 run, while Gaudreau totaled 11 points with the help of three three-pointers. Adach scored 10 points, hitting 6-of-6 from the free throw line, to reach 1,036 career points and surpass Jevy Rayner '07 (1,032 points) to move into 17th on the program's scoring list. Adach also controlled six boards and handed out a pair of assists. Olsen netted 10 points on 5-of-6 free throw shooting and added two assists and two steals, while Burud grabbed nine rebounds.


Stevens Reaches Milestone, Women's Ice Hockey (4-21-1, 3-15) Finishes Season at ECAC Open Tournament

The fourth-seeded Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team finished 0-2 in the season-ending Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Open Tournament this weekend, falling to No. 1 Saint Anselm College, 6-1, on Saturday before slipping to No. 3 Sacred Heart University, 3-2, on Sunday. Senior Erin Stevens (Watertown, Conn./Connecticut Polar Bears) became the 13th goalie from a Division III conference in NCAA history to eclipse 2,500 career saves, finishing with 2,513 after the final contest of her career on Sunday.

Junior Courtney Burnett (Deep River, Ontario/Northwood School) scored a second-period goal against Saint Anselm, while Stevens made 30 saves. Senior Lisa D'Angelo (Suffield, Conn./Kingswood Oxford) tallied the first goal of her career against Division I Sacred Heart, while junior Macey Thomas (Amherst, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon) also found the back of the net. Stevens turned away 29 shots, completing the year with a school-record 924 saves after previously setting a program standard with 884 one winter ago.


Bredengen, Farrell and Sandell Combine for Four Top-20 Finishes at EISA Championship

The Saint Michael's College skiing team finished 10th out of 17 schools at the season-ending Bates College Carnival, which took place on Friday and Saturday. The competition was also the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Championship and the NCAA East Regional Championship.

Alpine first-year Brad Farrell (West Windsor, Vt./Sharon Academy) finished 12th in the giant slalom on Friday, while sophomore Fredrik Sandell (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) took 13th. Junior Carl-Oscar Bredengen (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) placed 35th as the Purple Knights' third finisher. In the women's giant slalom, senior Gabbi Hall (San Anselmo, Calif./Forest Charter School) was 25th, first-year Nicole Cordingley (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) took 43rd after starting the race 69th, and senior Christina Billotti (Massapequa, N.Y./Green Mountain Valley School) placed 44th. Farrell tied for 12th in Saturday's slalom race, and Bredengen tied for 14th. Sandell finished 21st and accrued enough points during the six regular-season carnivals to qualify for the NCAA Championship for the second straight season. Sandell is the second Saint Michael's skier to qualify for the NCAA Championship as both a first-year and a sophomore, joining four-time qualifier Keith Farnand '00. During the women's slalom, Cordingley finished 41st after starting 62nd, Hall was 49th, and junior Shannon Conroy (Auburn, Calif./Home Schooled) recorded a 51st-place finish.

In Friday's Nordic action, senior Colin Delaney (Lake Placid, N.Y./National Sports Academy) took 33rd in the men's 10K classic, while first-year Samuel Fogg (Rutland, Vt./Rutland) was the team's other finisher. In the women's 5K classic, sophomore Chloe Boutelle (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) crossed the finish line first for Saint Michael's, followed by senior Katlyn Keane (Bethel, Maine/Telstar Regional) and first-year Elizabeth Cubberley (Acworth, N.H./Fall Mountain Regional). Delaney was the Purple Knights' lone male competitor on Saturday, during the 15K freestyle mass start, as he placed 21st during his final career race to post his best finish since Feb. 20, 2010. During the women's 10K freestyle mass start, Boutelle was the top Purple and Gold skier, while junior Silke Hynes (Burlington, Ontario/Milton District) and Keane were the next two finishers.


Men's Tennis (1-2, 1-2) Sweeps Le Moyne to Notch First Win of Season

The Saint Michael's College men's tennis team picked up its first victory of the year, topping Le Moyne College, 9-0, in a Northeast-10 Conference match on Friday. It was the Purple Knights' first match since Sept. 29.

Junior Nick Bosco (Glastonbury, Conn./East Catholic) played in his first match of the season after studying abroad in the fall, and teamed up with senior Chris Moskal (Springfield, Mass./Cathedral) for a win at the No. 2 doubles position, while senior Kenny Vassallo (Wilmington, Mass./Wilmington) and first-year Sam Laves (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Brady) turned in a victory at the third spot. At the No. 1 doubles position, senior Eric Parziale (Pinehurst, N.C./Pinecrest) and first-year Steve Thomson (Westport, Conn./Staples) held on for an 8-6 win over their counterparts. Parziale swept his opponent at No. 1 singles, and Thomson won from the third spot for the first singles victory of his college career. After the Purple Knights earned their fifth point to clinch the match, three in-progress matches were halted and were awarded to Saint Michael's players: Bosco at No. 2, sophomore Billy Wood (Wayne, Pa./Home Schooled) in the fourth position, and Moskal at No. 5. Because the match ended before senior Lyle Nichols (Washington, Conn./Shepaug Valley) took the court against his opponent at No. 6 singles, Saint Michael's earned the point from that scheduled match, but Nichols was not award a decision.


Upcoming Schedule:

Tuesday, February 26
Women's Basketball at Southern New Hampshire, 5:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball at Southern New Hampshire, 7:30 p.m.*

Sunday, March 3
Men's Tennis at Saint Lawrence, 1 p.m.

* Northeast-10 Conference Event