Saint Michael’s College Purple Knights 2013 Preview

Saint Michael’s College Purple Knights

The Saint Michael’s College Purple Knights finished the 2012 season with an 11-5 record. Their season ended with a loss in the semi-finals of the Northeast-10 championships to eventual champ LeMoyne 4-8. The Purple Knights will be led this season by a new coach who has ties to Saint Michael’s. Pat Ivory, a 2008 graduate, will lead the Purple Knight’s on an interim basis this spring. Ivory had previously been an assistant at Saint Michael’s from 2009-2011, and was a defenseman during his playing days with the Purple Knights. Saint Michael’s is looking to build on last season’s success, and their expectations are set high. The Purple Knights would like to win the NE-10 Championship in 2013, which would be the first in school history.

Leading the charge for the Purple Knights in 2013 are Marty Vanzo, Evan Antolino, Neil Kelly, Evan White and Connor Glackin.

Vanzo is a senior attackman who had 32 goals and 15 assists in 2012. Those totals were second best on last spring’s team. He was also selected to the NE-10 2nd Team All-Conference last spring.

Antolino is a junior attackman who had five goals and five assists in 2012.

Kelly is a senior defenseman who had one goal and one assist to go along with 49 groundballs and 33 caused turnovers in 2012.

White is a 5th year senior defenseman who had 17 groundballs and four caused turnovers in a limited role last spring.

Glackin is a junior midfielder who had 14 goals and six assists last spring for the Purple Knights.

Head Coach Pat Ivory says that LeMoyne is the favorite in the NE-10 again this spring. He says, “they are consistently ranked one of the top teams in the nation.” A dark-horse in the NE-10 this spring according to Coach Ivory is his own Purple Knights. Ivory tells us, “we have an extremely motivated and committed team this season. They all share the same goal to win the NE-10’s, and I know they have the talent to do so.” With all this confidence, the Saint Michael’s Purple Knights should have a solid 2013 season.

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