Saint Michael’s College Purple Knights 2014 Preview

Saint Michael’s College Purple Knights

In 2013 the Saint Michael’s Purple Knights finished with an 11-5 record. That record matched their 2012 season record. Last spring was the first season for head coach Pat Ivory, who heads into 2014 for his 2nd season. The Purple Knights lost their final game of 2013, but the game was in the Northeast-10 semifinals. They lost at the hands of Adelphi 6-22. Heading into 2014 coach Ivory is expecting his team to compete at a high level, day in and day out. He talked about the large turnover from last springs team but believes his team will be more selfless in 2014. Coach Ivory is also looking for big contributions from some of the lesser known guys on the squad.

Looking to lead the Purple Knights in 2014 is senior captain Cooper Queeneville. Queeneville is a senior midfielder who finished fifth on the team in scoring last spring. He scored 12 goals and 11 assists in 2013. Helping Queeneville on the offensive side are fellow midfielder Tim McDonald and attack Evan Antolino. McDonald is a senior who had 11 goals and 8 assists last spring, while Antolino another senior, is the teams returning leading scorer. He scored 23 goals and added 13 assists in 2013. On the defensive side Coach Ivory is expecting big things out of Luke Solms. Solms is a junior and a captain. Last spring Solms started 15 of 16 games and finished the season with 44 groundballs and 24 caused turnovers. A couple of newcomers to the Purple Knights in 2014 that should make some noise are attack Tim Connor, midfielder Galen Antolino and defenseman Peter Thurston.

Coach Ivory shared with us a few stories about his team heading into 2014. The Purple Knights will have a pair brothers this spring on the field. The Antolino brothers, Evan is a senior attack and Galen is a freshman midfielder. The Purple Knights also have four players from Exeter HS in Exeter, New Hampshire on the roster this spring. Another interesting story is of 5th year senior Asa Sargent. Sargent has spent the last 6 months running fly fishing expeditions in Alaska.

The favorite in the Northeast-10 this spring according to coach Ivory is LeMoyne. They are the defending NCAA champions. A dark-horse this spring in the Northeast-10 is the Saint Michael’s Purple Knights. Coach Ivory believes his team is being written off because of the graduation of key players from the 2013 season and their final ranking of 11th nationally. He goes on to say, “I believe we’ll surprise people (again) with our new guys and a redesigned style of play.” A player NE Lax Blog is going to keep an eye this spring is Pat Abbot. Abbot is a freshman goalie playing for St. Anselm. According to Coach Ivory, Abbot is a talented young man from Essex, VT.

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