This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: January 10

This Week in Saint Michael's College Athletics: January 10

Upcoming Schedule: 

Thursday, January 13
Men's Basketball vs. Saint Rose, 6 p.m.*

Friday, January 14
Skiing @ Colby Carnival, 9 a.m.
Men's Ice Hockey @ Franklin Pierce, 3 p.m.*

Saturday, January 15
Skiing @ Colby Carnival, 9 a.m.
Swimming & Diving @ SUNY Potsdam, 1 p.m.
Women's Basketball vs. Southern Connecticut State, 1:30 p.m.*
Men's Basketball vs. Southern Connecticut State, 3:30 p.m.*
Men's Ice Hockey @ Franklin Pierce, 4:30 p.m.*

* Northeast-10 Conference Event

 

Men's Basketball (4-8, 0-5 NE10) Loses Pair of Road Games at Regional NE10 Powers

The Saint Michael's College men's basketball team went 0-2 during Northeast-10 Conference road games last week, falling at nationally-regarded Bentley University, 76-56, on Wednesday and at regionally-ranked University of New Haven, 65-61, on Saturday. Bentley received votes toward last week's National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and D2SIDA national polls while sitting third in the D2SIDA East Region Media Poll, while New Haven was seventh in the latest regional rankings.

First-year CJ Crews (Tampa, Fla./Bayshore Christian School) totaled 13 points on 3-of-6 three-point shooting with three assists and two steals at Bentley, while classmate Nahshon Battle (Scotch Plains, N.J./Woodstock Academy) turned in 12 points and three rebounds, shooting 2-for-5 from deep. First-year Jacob Duniver (Fredericksburg, Va./Woodstock Academy) added nine points and three rebounds while connecting on 3-of-6 three-pointers, classmate Chuma Oyigbo (Stoughton, Mass./Redemption Christian [N.Y.] Academy) matched him with nine points, and senior Jason Heter (Andover, N.J./Newton) pulled seven rebounds, including four offensive. The Purple Knights committed only nine turnovers to Bentley's 13, and held an advantage in three-point shooting (38.5%-33.3%) while being narrowly outgained in the paint (26-22). The Purple and Gold totaled its fewest turnovers since committing seven on Feb. 16, 2019. Saint Michael's was down five points with 6:26 remaining.

Senior Patrick Gardner (Merrick, N.Y./Calhoun/Nassau CC) registered 33 points in 32 minutes at New Haven, shooting 12-for-27 overall, including 5-for-14 on three-pointers, while adding 12 rebounds and four blocks. It was his second 33-point game of the season and seventh double-double. Oyigbo had seven points and four rebounds, Heter scored five points, and junior Jalen Gorham (York, Pa./MacDuffie School) notched four points and two steals. Duniver contributed four rebounds and three assists, while senior Jontai Williams (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Hayes) totaled three rebounds and two steals.

 

Men's Ice Hockey (2-8, 2-4 NE10) Downs Saint Anselm During Three-Game Week

The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team went 1-2 during Northeast-10 Conference play last week, downing Saint Anselm College, 3-2, at home on Tuesday before getting swept at Assumption University, 3-2 and 8-2, on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Senior captain Andrew DeCristoforo (Medway, Mass./South Shore Kings) scored the game-winner with 2:16 remaining against Saint Anselm, adding an assist and six blocks. Classmate Thomas Flack (Toronto, Ontario/Saint Michael's Buzzers) scored twice and was 6-for-13 on faceoffs, while senior Hugo Turcotte (Gap, France/Kimball Union Academy) made 29 saves. Junior Sam Johnson (Freeport, Maine/Walpole Express) turned in an assist and five blocks, and first-year Jack Macdonald (Baraboo, Wis./Seahawks Hockey Club) won 10 faceoffs. Senior Brandon Mitchell (North Scituate, R.I./Pomfret School) and juniors Paulius Macijauskas (Kėdainiai, Lithuania/Rice Memorial Prep) and Matt Schreiner (Falmouth, Mass./Walpole Express) all had one assist, and senior Sel Narby (Huntington, N.Y./Connecticut Junior Rangers) blocked three shots. Sophomore Alex Dalton (Andover, Mass./Valley Jr. Warriors) registered his first career point, an assist, in his second game. DeCristoforo potted his first game-winning goal, finishing with two points after entering the night with three in 52 career games. The meeting was the fourth straight between Saint Michael's and Saint Anselm decided by one goal, and the 19th time in 43 all-time meetings the teams were separated by a goal or less. Senior Matt Egan's (Hingham, Mass./Kimball Union Academy) diving play to clear the zone with 16 seconds left clinched the win.

On Friday at Assumption, Narby had a goal and an assist, while first-year David Ciancio (Scituate, R.I./Seahawks Hockey Club) netted his first college goal. Egan and Flack both had assists, finishing 4-for-5 and 9-for-15, respectively, on faceoffs. Turcotte made 34 saves, and Schreiner went 11-for-19 at the dot. With his assist, Narby became the 30th Purple Knight with 40 career assists, and only the fifth defenseman in the last 30 years. Saint Michael's held edges in shots (41-37) and faceoff wins (40-37), while Assumption scored the winner with 3:08 left.

On Saturday at Assumption, first-years Case Kantgias (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Northern Colorado Eagles) and Brennan McFarland (Greeley, Colo./Northern Colorado Eagles) both scored, with McFarland recording his first college marker. Flack had an assist while going 12-for-17 on faceoffs, and Schreiner finished 16-for-19. Sophomore Marshall Murphy (Little Canada, Minn./Northern Colorado Eagles) made four saves in 12:03 before Turcotte had 20 stops in 47:57. Saint Michael's held advantages in shots (35-32) and faceoff wins (37-32). Senior Cameron Stewart (Sabattus, Maine/East Coast Wizards) and sophomore Gabriel Gagnon (Mascouche, Quebec/East Coast Wizards) both notched an assist, with Gagnon recording his first college point.

 

Swimming & Diving Squads Return to Action with Pair of Meets, Women Down Norwich

The Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving teams returned to action for the first time since Nov. 20 last week, splitting Norwich University on Thursday before being swept by Bates College on Saturday. The women, now 2-4, picked up a 146-116 win over the Cadets, while the men, also 2-4, lost 172-124. In their first meeting with Bates, the men and women lost by 178-107 and 180-82 counts, respectively.

The Purple Knight women won their 34th consecutive meeting with Norwich. Head coach Eileen Hall picked up her 50th career women's dual-meet win, joining Dave Leonard (57) and Jim Donoghue '70 (52) in the 50-win club at the helm of the women's program. First-year Margaret Wilk (Hardyston, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) notched four wins, sophomore Emily McLane (Morrisonville, N.Y./Peru) and first-year Jessie Hart (Canton, Mass./Canton) totaled three apiece, and sophomore Caroline Gust (North Andover, Mass./North Andover) posted two. Senior Maggie King (Clinton, Conn./Mercy) and first-years Kaylan Conliffe (Windsor, Conn./Windsor) and Elaine Gillan (Rensselaer, N.Y./Rensselaer) all collected one each. Wilk played a role in four of her team's nine victories, including both relays. She joined Gust, Hart and McLane for a meet-opening 400-yard medley relay (4:37.87) win before siding with Gillan, Gust and McLane on a 200-yard freestyle relay (1:49.65) triumph in the finale. Wilk also won the 200 free (2:10.07) and 200-yard individual medley (2:22.94). Hart, who entered the day with three wins this season, doubled that total by the end of Thursday. She took the 50-yard breaststroke (34.31), edging out McLane by 0.27 seconds, while winning the 500 free (6:07.72). Hart was the 1,000 free runner-up. McLane won the 100 breast (1:17.20), ending the day with three victories after coming into the meet with one this season. Conliffe was second in the race while touching the wall first in the 100-yard butterfly (1:07.52), ahead of the second-place Gust. Gust was second in the 50 fly, 0.16 ticks ahead of Conliffe. King won the first one-meter diving event (100.43) before placing third in the second (133.73), coming within 0.97 points of her dual-meet career high in the latter. Gillan nabbed second in the 50 free and third during the 100-yard backstroke. Sophomore Mary Kohn (Weston, Conn./Weston) took second in the 50 back, 100 free and 500 free. Classmate Rachel McAdams (Cromwell, Conn./Cromwell) was third in the 100 free, 500 free and 1,000 free.

On the men's side, senior Nate Imbergamo (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) nabbed three wins, classmate Sean McGurn (Braintree, Mass./Braintree) and first-year Thomas Kane (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) had two each, and sophomore Aleksa Jovanovic (Weymouth, Mass./Boston College HS) posted his first as a collegian. In his first career race, Jovanovic joined Imbergamo, Kane and McGurn to begin the meet by taking the 400 medley relay (3:53.51). Imbergamo later won the 50 back (26.68) and 100 back (58.62) races, with Jovanovic taking second in the latter. Kane won the 50 free (22.81) while placing second in the 100 breast. McGurn won the 200 IM (2:11.67) and was third in both the 100 fly and 500 free, missing out on second place in the former by 0.04 seconds. Imbergamo, Kane, sophomore Lucas Petruzziello (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) and first-year Will Englehardt (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) placed second in the 200 free relay, falling short of the winners by 0.61 ticks. Englehardt took second in the 100 free and 200 free while placing fourth in the 50 fly, just 0.04 seconds outside the top three. First-year Will Settle (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt) occupied second in both one-meter diving events, with junior Dennis Sullivan (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls) taking third in the second event. Senior Myron Prograis (Etters, Pa./Cedar Cliff) placed second in the 50 fly, just 0.15 seconds short of the winner, while nabbing third in the 50 back. Sophomore Brendan Hopping (Ipswich, Mass./Ipswich) was second in the 1,000 free, followed by classmate Trevor Johnson (Salem, Mass./Salem) in third. Johnson was also third in the 100 breast and fourth in the 50 breast, just 0.23 ticks outside of third place.

Against Bates, King and Settle swept the diving events. Settle won both one-meter diving competitions, netting 141.25 points in the five-dive opener and 177.17 in the six-dive second event. Junior Liam Burke (Scotia, N.Y./Scotia-Glenville) and Sullivan were second and third, respectively, in both, with Sullivan just 0.22 points behind Burke in the six-dive event. Imbergamo and McGurn were members of a pair of runner-up relays, including siding with Kane and Prograis during the 200 medley. Englehardt, Imbergamo, Kane and McGurn took second in the 200 free relay, holding off the third-place quartet by 0.47 seconds. Kane was second in the 50 fly, within 0.45 seconds of the winner and 0.24 ticks better than the next finisher, while taking second in the 100 fly, losing by 0.24 seconds. McGurn was second in the 100 breast and third during the 1,000 free, while Imbergamo placed third in the 100 back and fourth during the 200 free. He was 0.3 seconds out of second place in the former and 0.93 ticks shy of third during the latter. Johnson took third in the 100 breast, while junior Nolan Speidel (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) nabbed fourth in the 1,000 free, within 0.8 seconds of third.

For the women, King won both one-meter diving events, tallying 119.10 points in the first and 118.92 in the second. Hart and Wilk swam for both third-place relays. In the 200 medley, they sided with Conliffe and junior Marisa Butzirus (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) before joining Gust and McLane during the 200 free relay. Wilk took third in the 100 fly, coming within 0.15 seconds of the runner-up, while Butzirus was third in the 50 back. Hart placed third in the 50 breast, and McLane finished third in the 100 breast. McAdams touched the wall third during the 1,000 free. Gust nabbed fourth and Conliffe was fifth in the 50 fly, within 0.26 and 0.56 seconds, respectively, of the top three.