Fall sports roundup

By Shelbie Osak

Men’s Cross Country

The men’s cross country team has also competed in two 8k races so far this season. St. Michael’s finished in 6th place out of seven teams in the opening race of the season. Mike DeAngelo ’21 finished in first for the team and 47th overall with a time of 30:09. David Baird ’19 finished shortly behind in second for the team and 50th overall with a time 30:28. In the Aldrich Invitational, Kevin Jeter ‘20 led the team with a time of 28:57. Classmate Tim DeCosta finished second on the team at 30:54. Overall, the team finished 3rd at the meet with four finishers in the top 29.

Women’s Tennis

Women’s tennis has competed five matches and is currently sporting a 2-3 record as of press time. Melissa Wood ‘21 is off to a strong start in singles as she leads the team with three individual wins. In doubles action, duo Margaret de Pont ‘19 and Abby Ramsay ‘20 have been solid with a 3-2 record. The team’s next match is Saturday at Assumption.

Women’s Soccer

The women’s soccer team has played three games as of press time, and their record mirrors that of the men’s soccer team with one win, one loss, and one tie for a total of 4 goals as of press time. Last year, the team’s biggest weaknesses were getting the ball into the net and winning games on the road. Having won both away games, they have scored a total of four goals thus far, giving the team a step in the right direction. “We’re really excited about the new talent we have on the team,” saidAndie Devaney ’18, captain and fullback. “With only three seniors, we have a pretty young team, but it bodes well for the future program. One of the first-years in particular, Taryn Manna, has really been a force for us. We desperately needed forwards with speed and talent, and Taryn is providing that.”

Men’s Soccer

The men’s soccer team is off to a solid start to their season with one win, one tie and one loss with a total of four goals as of press time. In both games, they started off losing and went into double overtime. “By going into overtime in both games, it just shows how competitive we are this year,” captain Adrian Diaz, ’18 said. “We have created a team and an environment in which we fight for every ball and never give up even when the moments are tough.”

Women’s Field Hockey

The women’s field hockey team is starting off strong. They are 2-2 as of press time, scoring a total of 4 goals, and their losses are against nationally ranked teams. Last weekend they played the top ranked team in the country, Shippensburg, and ended up taking them into overtime. “We have a really talented first-year class, and I think they’ve helped us raise the intensity at practice this year,” said Jenna Deschaine, ’18. “Otherwise all of our returning players have made huge improvements, and I think that translates to how we’re playing right now.” The team is looking to improve on last year’s 6-12 record for this year and have hopes to make it to the NE-10 tournament.

Women’s Cross Country

The women’s cross-country team has competed in two 5k races at this point in the season. The team as a whole finished in 6th place out of 7 teams in the opening meet of the season, the Shacklette Invitational held on September 2nd. Abigail French, ’20 finished in first for the Saint Michael’s team and 8th overall. Roxanne Withers, ’18 finished in second for St. Michael’s and 24th overall; eight girls finished in personal records for the course and there were 81 total finishers. In their second race, the Aldrich Invitational, French again paced the team with a time of 20:22. The team scored 2nd place overall at the meet.They have two additional regular season meets before heading into championship season, racing a 6k at Westfield State for the Conference meet (Ne10s), said captain Leah Seften ‘20. The team is focused on continuing to create positivity and competitiveness through each other, but individually they are aiming to set personal bests.