College Hoops: St. Mike’s Women and Men Fall to Stonehill

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COLCHESTER — The Saint Michael’s College women’s basketball team lost to nationally-regarded Stonehill College, 84-51, on Wednesday in Northeast-10 Conference play at the Ross Sports Center. The Skyhawks are receiving votes toward both national polls while placing third in the D2SIDA East Region Media Poll.

· Saint Michael’s (8-15, 2-15 NE10), Stonehill (19-5, 15-3 NE10)

· Sophomore Nicole Ladas (Glastonbury, Conn./Tilton School), 11 points, 2 assists, 5-for-9 field goals
· Senior Taylor Miller (Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth), 10 points, 4 rebounds
· First-year Anika Kapral (Dummerston, Vt./Vermont Academy), 8 points, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks, 4-for-8 field goals
· First-year Kelly Laggis (Fairfield, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans), 6 points, 3 rebounds, 3-for-3 field goals
· First-year Kyara Triblet (Niskayuna, N.Y./Colonie Central), 5 points, 2 assists
· Senior Alyssa Breunig (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull), 5 rebounds, 2 steals
· Sophomore Erika Ochenduszko (Rockland, Mass./Rockland), 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block in 5 minutes

· Sophomore Kayla Raymond, 14 points, 6 rebounds
· Senior Gabrielle Reuter, 12 points, 2 blocks
· Sophomore Emily Bramanti, 12 points
· Senior Grace Carter, 11 points
· Junior Madison Seymour, 8 points, 3 assists
· Senior Kelsey Shaw, 6 assists

· Stonehill, which has won 12 of its last 13 games, is receiving votes toward both national polls while sitting this in this week’s D2SIDA East Region Media Poll.
· Miller tied Samantha Delaney ’19 for fifth in program history with her 118th career block while moving her rebounding total to 497.
· Thanks to blocking six shots, Saint Michael’s has 102 rejections for the season after swatting 104 last year, giving the Purple and Gold triple figures in blocks in consecutive winters for the first time since 1997-98 and 1998-99.
· The Purple Knights held a 38-30 advantage on points in the paint, while all but one dressed player scored.

· After Raymond’s jumper gave Stonehill a 4-2 edge 1:09 into the game, Breunig and Ladas connected on three-pointers 42 seconds apart to put the Purple Knights into an 8-6 lead at 7:54 of the opening period.
· Carter hit two triples in a 9-0 run that took 1:23 to elapse, and Triblet’s driving lay-up still had Saint Michael’s within 15-10 at 5:17.
· Stonehill responded with a 29-2 run that extended into the second quarter. Six players scored, with Bramanti’s nine points leading the way. Sophomore Sophie Glidden’s put-back at the buzzer had the Skyhawks up 52-20 at halftime.
· The Purple Knights held a 21-18 scoring edge in the third quarter, when six different players scored, including Triblet, who beat the final buzzer with a three-pointer off of senior Cassandra Falone’s (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) pass. The hosts shot 64.3 percent in the stanza.
· Reuter started the fourth quarter with a lay-up at 8:51, and Saint Michael’s never again trailed by fewer than 30 points.

· Saturday vs. regionally-ranked Saint Anselm College, 1:30 p.m.
· The Hawks are sixth in this week’s D2SIDA East Region Media Poll.
· Saint Michael’s hosts Senior Day on Saturday.

COLCHESTER — The Saint Michael’s College men’s basketball team lost to regionally-ranked Stonehill College, 73-56, on Wednesday evening in the Ross Sports Center during Northeast-10 Conference action. The Skyhawks are tied for ninth in this week’s D2SIDA East Region Media Poll.

· Saint Michael’s (7-17, 4-13 NE10), Stonehill (16-10, 12-6 NE10)

· First-year Jalen Gorham (York, Pa./MacDuffie School), 17 points (career high), 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 6-for-8 field goals, 2-for-3 three-pointers
· First-year Kasai Brown (Brooklyn, N.Y./Millbrook School), 13 points, 3 steals, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 5-for-6 free throws
· Senior Eli DiGrande (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex), 9 points, 6 rebounds, 3 offensive rebounds, 2 steals, 3-for-5 field goals
· Senior Jordan Guzman (Staten Island, N.Y./Xaverian), 9 points
· Junior Walker Storey (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union), 6 points, 2-for-4 three-pointers

· Senior Brandon Twitty, 18 points, 3 steals, 3-for-5 three-pointers
· Senior Will Moreton, 13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals
· Junior Monty Urmilevicius, 12 points, 9 rebounds

· Stonehill was tied for ninth in this week’s D2SIDA East Region Media Poll.
· Saint Michael’s shot 43.5 percent to Stonehill’s 40.0 percent but put forth an 11-for-18 free throw effort to the Skyhawks’ 22-for-35. The hosts were only outgained in the paint 26-24.

· During a low-scoring first half, Guzman’s lay-in at 17:25 brought Saint Michael’s within 5-4 before Stonehill extended its lead to six on junior Owen de Graaf’s three-pointer 52 seconds later.
· Gorham knocked down two triples during an 8-2 run, which Guzman capped with a tying lay-up at 12:14, knotting the teams at 12 apiece.
· Twitty hit a three-pointer 45 seconds later to kick off a 14-1 run, and Stonehill pushed the lead to 32-15 on Moreton’s free throw 51 seconds before halftime.
· After the teams shot a combined 15-for-54 (27.8%) in the first half en route to 47 total points, each netted 41 in a second stanza that saw Saint Michael’s shoot 65.2 percent, including 12-for-16 from two-point range. The teams combined for 57.4 percent success in the period.
· Back-to-back Gorham buckets came amid an early 7-1 spurt that Brown capped with a jumper at 15:34, creating a 35-26 deficit. Twitty and Guzman traded threes to keep the hosts within nine with 14:46 to go.
· De Graaf converted a lay-up 18 seconds later, sparking a 10-2 run.
· Storey’s triple made it 48-34 with 12:18 left, and Brown’s pair of freebies brought Saint Michael’s within 54-41 at 8:46. A turnover gave the hosts a look at a three-pointer that would have cut the margin to 10, but the shot was off the mark, and consecutive hoops by the Skyhawks had them in front by 17 one minute later.
· Stonehill never again led by fewer than 14 points.

· Saturday vs. nationally-regarded Saint Anselm College, 3:30 p.m.
· The Hawks are receiving a vote toward this week’s National Association of Basketball Coaches’ (NABC) national poll.
· The Purple Knights celebrate Senior Day on Saturday.