This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: November 22

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: November 22

Upcoming Schedule: 

Tuesday, November 23
Men's Ice Hockey @ Amherst, 4 p.m.
Women's Basketball vs. Bryant & Stratton - Albany, 7 p.m.

Friday, November 26
Women's Ice Hockey @ SUNY Potsdam, 5 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. Concord (W.Va.) @ Gannon (Pa.), 5:30 p.m.+

Saturday, November 27
Women's Ice Hockey vs. SUNY Potsdam, 4 p.m.
Men's Basketball vs. TBA @ Gannon (Pa.), 5:30 or 7:30 p.m.+

+ Gary Miller Classic at Gannon (Pa.)

 

Men's Basketball (2-1, 0-1 NE10) Loses NE10 Opener to Regionally-Ranked Stonehill, 72-69

The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team lost its lone game last week, a 72-69 decision to regionally-ranked Stonehill College on Saturday during both teams' Northeast-10 Conference openers in the Ross Sports Center. The Skyhawks were 10th in last week's D2SIDA East Region Media Poll.

Senior Patrick Gardner (Merrick, N.Y./Calhoun/Nassau CC) had 23 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks while shooting 7-for-12 from the field and 8-for-8 on free throws. He became the first Purple Knight to block five shots since Morrell Gaskins '16 on Dec. 2, 2015, versus former NE10 mate Merrimack College. Junior Kasai Brown (Brooklyn, N.Y./Millbrook School) recorded 21 points, seven rebounds and two blocks while shooting 9-for-13 on free throws, and first-year Nahshon Battle (Scotch Plains, N.J./Woodstock Academy) collected nine points on 4-of-8 shooting with four rebounds. Senior Jontai Williams (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Hayes) contributed seven points, four assists and three rebounds. Both teams grabbed 33 rebounds, while Saint Michael's shot 25-for-31 on free throws to Stonehill's 14-for-21 showing. The Purple Knights had a 20-10 lead in transition points while also blocking eight shots, their most since also rejecting eight shots on Feb. 17, 2018, versus Saint Anselm College. The Purple Knights were down 67-58 with a little more than three minutes to go before staging a 9-1 rally to come within 68-67 on Gardner's lay-in with 16 seconds to go. Down three, a long three-point look at the buzzer was offline for the hosts.

 

Women's Basketball (1-2, 1-0 NE10) Upsets 13th-Ranked Stonehill, 75-72, During NE10 Opener

The Saint Michael's College women's basketball team opened Northeast-10 Conference play by upsetting 13th-ranked Stonehill College, 75-72, on Saturday in the Ross Sports Center. Senior Nicole Ladas (Glastonbury, Conn./Tilton School) capped a career-high 27-point day with the go-ahead basket with 20.6 seconds left.

The Skyhawks had qualified for the past three NCAA Tournaments, was ranked 13th in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) preseason national poll, stood 14th in last week's D2SIDA national rankings, and topped the D2SIDA East Region poll. The Purple and Gold had last defeated a nationally-ranked team on Nov. 22, 2016, when it downed visiting No. 23 Saint Anselm College, 62-57.

Ladas finished with 27 points on 11-for-20 shooting, including going 5-for-9 from three-point range, adding eight rebounds and two assists. Senior Emma MacDonough (South Burlington, Vt./South Burlington) had 13 points, nine rebounds, four offensive rebounds and two blocks, shooting 3-for-6 from the field, including 2-for-3 from deep, and 5-for-6 on free throws. Classmate Nicole Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/Marianapolis Prep) totaled 13 points and three assists while finished 3-for-3 on free throws, and first-year Molly Brophy (Greenwich, N.Y./Greenwich Central School) had six points, eight rebounds, five assists and two assists, going 4-for-6 from the charity stripe. Anderson pushed her career three-pointers total to 148, passing Anne Marie McLoughlin '91 (147) to take over sixth in program history. Saint Michael's held a 36-32 rebounding edge while outshooting the Skyhawks, 45.5%-42.4%. The hosts were 11-for-21 (52.4%) from three-point range to the visitors' 10-for-27 (37.0%) and outscored Stonehill on free throws, 14-8. The Purple and Gold shot better than 50.0% from three-point range for the second straight game, going 8-for-15 (53.3%) the previous Saturday at the University of the Sciences, which was receiving national votes. The Purple Knights downed Stonehill for the first time since Feb. 23, 2016.

 

Men's Ice Hockey (1-1, 1-1 NE10) Splits Season-Opening Home Weekend

The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team opened its season with a 1-1 record in Northeast-10 Conference play over the weekend at home, downing Franklin Pierce University, 5-2, on Friday before losing to reigning NE10 regular-season champion Assumption University, 4-2, on Saturday.

Against Franklin Pierce, the Purple Knights scored three times in a 3:12 span of the first period to take the lead for good. Senior Cameron Stewart (Sabattus, Maine/East Coast Wizards) had a goal and an assist, while classmates Brandon Mitchell (North Scituate, R.I./Pomfret School) and Sel Narby (Huntington, N.Y./Connecticut Junior Rangers) both dished off two assists, with Narby finishing plus-3. Junior Sam Johnson (Freeport, Maine/Walpole Express) scored and blocked five shots, while classmate Connor Redden (Southbury, Conn./Team Maryland) and first-year Case Kantgias (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./North Colorado Eagles) also tallied. First-year Jack Macdonald (Baraboo, Wis./Seahawks Hockey Club) netted a goal, went plus-3 and finished 6-for-14 on faceoffs, and junior Matt Schreiner (Falmouth, Mass./Walpole Express) was 13-for-19 at the dot with one helper. Sophomore Marshall Murphy (Little Canada, Minn./Northern Colorado Eagles) made 25 saves, and seniors Matt Egan (Hingham, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) and Thomas Flack (Toronto, Ontario/Saint Michael's Buzzers) both lent one assist. Eight Purple Knights made their college debuts, as Murphy earned the win in his first appearance, while Kantgias and Macdonald both scored their initial college tallies. Saint Michael's played a countable game for the first time since an NE10 Championship semifinal on Feb. 29, 2020.

Flack scored and was 13-for-24 on faceoffs versus Assumption, while junior Jeremy Routh (Hamden, Conn./New Hampshire Junior Monarchs) also tallied. Senior Tyler Dorval (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) lent an assist and went plus-1, first-year Brennan McFarland (Greeley, Colo./Northern Colorado Eagles) had an assist and two blocks, while senior Hugo Turcotte (Gap, France/Kimball Union Academy) made a career-high 43 saves. Senior Colin O'Connor (North Haven, Conn./Connecticut RoughRiders) and sophomore TJ Beaver (Enfield, N.H./Proctor Academy) added assists. The prior eight meetings had been decided by just one goal, which was also the case on Saturday until Assumption scored an empty-netter with 33 seconds remaining.

 

Women's Ice Hockey (0-9, 0-8 NEWHA) Falls Twice to Sacred Heart During NEWHA Home Weekend

The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team lost both ends of a New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) home weekend with Sacred Heart University, 10-0 on Friday and 6-3 on Saturday.

On Friday, sophomore Evelyn Andrade (San Ramon, Calif./Meijer AAA) blocked four shots, while classmate Jenna Hoops (Woodbury, Minn./Saint Paul United) was 10-for-19 on faceoffs with two blocks. Sophomore Leah White (Hingham, Mass./The Winchendon School) made nine saves in 15:28 before senior Gabriella Dicomitis (Warwick, R.I./Williston Northampton School) picked up 18 saves in 44:32 of relief. Saint Michael's played its first regular-season home game since Feb. 15, 2020, competing in its latest home opener since the 2007-08 season (Nov. 30). Both teams blocked 11 shots, while the Pioneers held a 37-25 lead in shots.

On Saturday, senior Jenna Harrison (Kitchener, Ontario/Wellesley) led the way with one goal, one assist, a plus-2 rating, and a 11-for-21 faceoff performance. First-year Grace Canterbury (Eagle River, Alaska/Shattuck-Saint Mary's School) had two assists and was plus-2, while sophomore Jace Zapata (Brea, Calif./Gentry Academy) and first-year Angelina Ruiz (Independence, Minn./Gentry Academy) both scored, with Zapata's goal her first in college. Junior Ella Saracco (Melrose, Mass./Middlesex Islanders) went plus-1 with one assist and two blocks, while sophomore Carissa Mudrak (Duluth, Minn./Gentry Academy) made a career-high 56 saves. First-year Tessa Mucha (Tully, N.Y./Syracuse Valley Eagles) was 10-for-13 on faceoffs, and Hoops finished 10-for-19. The Purple Knights led 2-1 on Ruiz's power-play goal at 12:28 of the first period then stood tied at 3-3 on Zapata's tally 19 seconds into the second period. The hosts later trailed just 4-3 with fewer than eight minutes left in regulation. Saint Michael's held a 32-24 lead in faceoff wins, while Mudrak's 56 saves were one short of the program's all-time top 10 for a game.

 

Swimming & Diving Teams Claim 15 Event Victories at Semester-Ending North Country Invitational

The Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving teams combined to win 15 events on Friday and Saturday at the semester-ending North Country Invitational at the State University of New York at Potsdam. The women placed second among five schools, nabbing their eighth top-two finish in nine trips to the invitational since first competing in 2012-13. It was their fifth consecutive top-two placement. On the men's side, the Purple and Gold took third out of four, its sixth straight top-three performance.

First-year Will Englehardt (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) won all seven events he entered, while senior Nate Imbergamo (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) and first-year Thomas Kane (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) took home five wins each. Senior Sean McGurn (Braintree, Mass./Braintree) claimed four victories. First-year Margaret Wilk (Hardyston, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) also picked up four wins, juniors Bella Amedio (Schenectady, N.Y./Albany Academy for Girls) and Marisa Butzirus (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) tallied two apiece, and sophomore Caroline Gust (North Andover, Mass./North Andover) added one.

On Friday, Amedio won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:10.02), with sophomore Emily McLane (Morrisonville, N.Y./Peru) 0.52 seconds behind in second (1:10.54). The duo bested a third-place Clarkson University swimmer (1:10.64) who defeated Amedio by 0.02 seconds in the event when they met the prior Saturday. Since that race, Amedio dropped 1.47 seconds and McLane 5.07 ticks. Wilk won the 200-yard individual medley (2:17.45), while Amedio was fifth in the 50-yard freestyle, just 0.30 seconds out of third. The duo joined Butzirus and Gust to place second in the 400-yard medley relay. Amedio, Butzirus, Wilk and first-year Elaine Gillan (Rensselaer, N.Y./Rensselaer) were second in the 200 free relay. Junior Emma Jane Tagliaferro (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) was 200-yard backstroke runner-up, and sophomore Mary Kohn (Weston, Conn./Weston) took third in the 500 free.

The Purple Knight men turned in two dominant relay victories, with Englehardt, Imbergamo, Kane and McGurn completing both foursomes. In the 400 medley relay (3:39.55), the team won by 4.86 seconds; the second- through fourth-place quartets were separated by 1.58 seconds. During the 200 free relay (1:28.96), Saint Michael's posted a 2.39-second win. The next three teams had 0.93 seconds between them. Kane posted a sizable solo win of his own, taking the 50 free in 21.60 to best the runner-up by 0.80 ticks; the next five finishers were separated by 0.70 seconds. Kane was also third in the 100 breast, and Englehardt won the 100-yard butterfly (54.40). McGurn placed third in the 200 IM, coming within 0.21 seconds of second place and 0.76 of the winner. Imbergamo nabbed third in the 500 free, while first-year Will Settle (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt) took third in the one-meter diving.

On Saturday, Amedio, Butzirus, Gust and Wilk combined to take the opening event, the 200 medley relay (1:54.70), by 3.52 seconds. Wilk also claimed the 100 (55.42) and 200 (2:02.75) free races, with Tagliaferro second in the latter. Butzirus tied a Clarkson swimmer for first place in the 100 back (1:04.84). McLane and Amedio went 2-3 in the 200 breast. Gillan, Kohn, Tagliaferro and Wilk combined for a runner-up showing in the 400 free relay. The men's quartet of Englehardt, Imbergamo, Kane and McGurn finished 4-for-4 at the invitational by winning the 200 medley relay (1:41.65) and 400 free relay (3:16.69). Englehardt captured the 100 (48.42) and 200 (1:47.31) free races, with Kane following in second (48.69) during the former. Imbergamo displayed his versatility by winning the 100 back (54.51) and placing second in the 1,650 free, while McGurn took second in the 400 IM. Settle was fourth in the three-meter diving (158.50), coming within 11.95 points of the top three. Juniors Dennis Sullivan (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls) and Liam Burke (Scotia, N.Y./Scotia-Glenville) narrowly trailed in fifth (151.35) and sixth (149.80), respectively. The event marked the first three-meter competition of Burke's and Settle's college careers.