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Cadets Use Strong 3rd To Finish Knights 6-2 PDF Print E-mail
St. Michael's Sports
Written by VT Sports Network Article   
Tuesday, 08 December 2009
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Norwich defender Shawn Baker fires up the Cadets during a penalty kill - photo credit: Shane Bufano


The Norwich Cadets (#3 National Ranking in NCAA DIII) have never lost to Saint Michaels College since the 1982-1983 season when the Purple Knights reinstated Mens Hockey. Since then, the Cadets have won all 25 meetings with the Purple Knights. Looking for their first win, Saint Michaels gave Norwich all they could handle for 2 periods. The Cadets were held scoreless until the 18:15 mark of the first period, when Chad Anderson scored his first goal on a power play. Seconds later, the Cadets scored a second goal to take a 2-0 lead into the 2nd period. It was then, when the Purple Knights forged a comeback with 2 straight power play goals to tie the game, both scored by Matt Rigtrup (Upper Montclair, N.J./Pickering Panthers). The Cadets scored another goal by the end of the 2nd period to go up 3-2, and never looked back as they rolled to a 6-2 victory. The Cadets outshot the Purple Knights, 39-9 as Saint Michaels goaltender Mike Dizgun stopped 33 shots for SMC.

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Defending NE-10 Champs Lose Home Opener PDF Print E-mail
St. Michael's Sports
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Saturday, 05 December 2009
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SMC's Brady Earle attempts a breakaway shot on the Hamilton College goaltender during the Purple Knights 5-2 defeat at Cairns Arena - photo credit: Shane Bufano


The Saint Michael's College men's ice hockey team (1-3-0, 1-2-0 ECAC East, 0-1-0 NE-10) had a pregame ceremony to celebrate their 2009 Northeast 10 Championship during their home opener at Cairns Arena Friday night. The Purple Knights were not able to show that championship swagger as they were defeated 5-2 by Hamilton College (3-1-1, 2-1-0 NESCAC). The Purple Knights received goals from Josh Geary, and Nicholas Sheehan in the loss

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Trapani, Boston College Too Much For Saint Mikes In 99-58 Win PDF Print E-mail
St. Michael's Sports
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Sunday, 08 November 2009
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SMC's Tyler Schilling (42) boxes out former UVM star Joe Trapani - photo credit: Shane Bufano

A day after a loss to cross-town rival Vermont, the Saint Michaels College Mens Basketball team walked into Conte Forum to battle another D1 opponent in the Boston College Eagles for their final exhibition game of the preseason. The Purple Knights fought well in the first half giving the Eagles a scare with about 10 minutes to play in the first half. SMC was going shot for shot with Eagles and found themselves leading 22-21. However, it was about then when the wheels started to fall off for the Purple Knights as they found themselves with a 57-30 deficit at the end of the first half. The Eagles ended the game with a 99-58 victory. Tyler Schilling was the leading scorer for SMC with 12 points,and former UVM Catamount Joe Trapani threw in 11 points and 6 rebounds in 20 minutes of play.

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James Sorrentine Joins St. Michaels Staff PDF Print E-mail
St. Michael's Sports
Written by VT Sports Network News Feed   
Saturday, 25 October 2008
James Sorrentine '08, a standout player for Saint Michael's College the last four years, will serve as the program's part-time second assistant coach in 2008-09.

"I am very excited to work with James this upcoming season, as he is fully aware and committed to the student-athlete experience here at Saint Michael's," said head coach Tom O'Shea. "He will bring great energy and passion to his work with our student-athletes."

Sorrentine completed a stellar four-year playing career in February. He is the program's all-time leader in career 3-pointers with 340, including a single-season record of 97 as a freshman in 2004-05. Sorrentine also holds the program record with 10 3-pointers in a game, set against Pace University on Dec. 10, 2005. He currently ranks 14th on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,433 points.

Sorrentine has close family ties to coaching, as his father, Tom, was a long-time coach at Saint Raphael Academy in Rhode Island, and his brother, former University of Vermont standout T.J. Sorrentine, recently accepted an assistant coaching job at Brown University.

"James just completed an outstanding career for us, and is someone who has coaching in his blood," said O'Shea. "He is one of the hardest workers that I have ever coached."

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Sam Cieplicki recruited by SMC menís basketball team PDF Print E-mail
St. Michael's Sports
Written by VT Sports Network News Feed   
Tuesday, 29 April 2008
South Burlington native Sam Cieplicki is trading in his New Hampton School (NHS) basketball jersey for the St. Michael’s purple and gold to join the men’s basketball team next season. Currently serving a post-graduate year at NHS in New Hampton, N.H., Sam has been recruited for next year’s Purple Knight roster.

Pump up the jam

The Cieplicki family has longstanding ties with both the University of Vermont and St. Michael’s. Sam’s brother Kyle Cieplicki, a senior, was on the men’s basketball team at UVM until they lost on Sunday, ending their season. His uncle, Bernie Cieplicki, works as the coordinator of athletics at St. Michael's, recruiting and facilities.

Sam Cieplicki has been on the courts for most of his life and while he first shied away from his brother’s path of basketball, as time went on, he began to find his own love for the game, he says.

“I think at first, I was wanting to do my own thing and be my own person, but over the years, especially the last couple of years, [Kyle] has really taught me the importance of work ethic--especially with my game,” Sam says.

Sam Cieplicki plays guard on the men's basketball team at New Hampton School..
(Photo courtesy of Sam Cieplicki)

Having been away at NHS, Sam Cieplicki has developed as a player and a student, but is missing his home in Vermont, he says.

“I really want to get back to Vermont to play basketball,” he says, “I feel really comfortable there. I’ve been around [St. Michael’s] for many years.”

While Sam was never planning to attend UVM for basketball, his decision to attend St. Michael’s was an easy one, he says.

“St. Michael’s was what I was looking for; I was definitely happy with the opportunity to go there,” he says.

Sam anticipates being able to apply the skills he learned while playing against strong competitors at NHS, to his game at St. Michael’s.  Practice does make perfect, and he is ready to put that practice into play upon arriving in the fall, he says.

He describes himself as a devoted player willing to challenge himself on and off the court.

“I’m a really hard worker, especially in the classroom,” Sam says. “I’m motivated to do the best I can, that attitude translates onto the court, I always want to do my best.”

The Cieplicki dynasty

Sam’s teammates and coaches are happy that he has decided what’s best for him.

The college process can be a difficult one, but everyone involved wanted him to make the right choice as a player and student, he says.  While the first time at college can be intimidating for any first-year student, Sam Cieplicki has the training from New Hampton to guide him through the beginning weeks, he says.

St. Michael’s men’s basketball coach Tom O’Shea has known the Cieplicki family since he started working for the college in the summer of 1989, he says.

The 2007-2008 St. Michael's men's basketball team.
(Photo courtesy of Seth Cole)

The Cieplicki family has played for St. Michael’s legend Doc Jacobs, O’Shea says.  Doc Jacobs was the first athletic director at St. Michael’s known for putting the athletic program on the map, he says.

Sam Cieplicki will be the first in his family in many years to play for St. Michael’s.  O’Shea tried recruiting his brother Kyle to be a Purple Knight before he made the decision to join the team at UVM, he says.

“Sam’s a good shooter, and he has a great feel for the game,” O'Shea says.

Zaf Bludevich, senior associate athletics director at St. Michael’s is excited at the prospect of having another Cieplicki become a Purple Knight as well, he says.

“It’s always great to have local kids because it brings media attention [to the school],” he says.

The Cieplickis have family ties that extend through the St. Michael’s and UVM communities in the basketball realm.  Sam’s father played basketball at St. Michael’s for two years before completing his college career at St. Lawrence, Bernie says. Bernie played for the UVM team and coached men’s basketball at St. Michael’s on and off since 1997.

“Whatever Sam does here, as long as he works hard no matter what happens, he will do the Cieplicki legacy proud,” Bernie says.

Knight of the basketball court

Kyle is thrilled that Sam has made the decision to attend St. Michael’s, he says.

“I think it’s a good decision for him, basketball-wise and academically,” Kyle says.  “We have a lot of history with St. Michael’s and I think it’s great that he decided to go there.”

Sam Cieplicki shoots a free throw on the court.
(Photo courtesy of Sam Cieplicki)

While the Cieplicki family does have a longstanding history with both schools, Kyle is excited for his brother to make a name for himself at St. Michael’s, he says.

Kyle has faith that his brother will continue to improve as a player, he says.

“The key is just to keep improving, and I think Sam has a really good work ethic and he will continue to do that wherever he is,” Kyle says.

Perhaps the reality that the brothers will not be playing together at the college level is bittersweet, but everyone seems happy that Sam is going to do what makes him happy, and become a Purple Knight, Kyle says.

Everyone who knows about Sam’s decision to join the basketball team at St. Michael’s is excited at the prospect of having another generation of the Cieplicki family to join the Purple Knight’s community, as both player and student, Bernie says.
 
The determination that carried his family through many generations of basketball stars in Vermont will set the standards high for Sam; the challenge doesn’t seem to worry him, Sam says. He looks forward to making his own mark, he adds.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back home,” Sam says. “I’ve been away for a couple years now and I’m just going to work hard and contribute whatever I can.”
 
St. Michaels: Sam Cieplicki Makes Decision PDF Print E-mail
St. Michael's Sports
Written by VT Sports Network Article   
Monday, 18 February 2008

 Source: NewEnglandRecruitingReport.com

It was an up and down week for New Hampton’s sharp shooting post-graduate as he suffered a season ending knee injury earlier in the week and then made his college decision a few days later.

Sam Cieplicki is the type of player that coaches love.  He makes open shots, has a terrific understanding of the game, and makes good decisions with the basketball.  So you can bet no one was more upset to see him go down with a season ending knee injury than New Hampton Head Coach Pete Hutchins.  It is also a good bet that Cieplicki will soon be a valued piece of the Tom O’Shea’s rotation after having recently deciding to attend St. Michael’s. 

For Cieplicki, the opportunity to play for the Purple Knights will give him a chance to play in his home state of Vermont for the first time in several years.  The Vermont native began his career at Rice High School in South Burlington where he starred during his freshman and sophomore seasons.  But when his family moved to the Albany area just prior to his junior year, he transferred to Jamesville-DeWitt High School for his final two years of high school.  Last season was a special one for Cieplicki and his teammates as they went 20-2 and spent the majority of the season ranked as the best team in the state of New York before losing sophomore superstar Brandon Triche to an injury and consequently getting upset in the sectional finals of the state tournament. 

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