- Five Knights qualify for NJCAA Nationals at Bridgewater Meet!
- Knights’ Tennis falls to Ocean County 5-4
- Lady Knights Hammer past Huskies 11-0 and 16-0!
- Knights lose heartbreaker to Lake Sumter 9-8
- Knights baseball falls twice to St. Petersburg CC 10-2 and 15-7
- Knights stun Pasco-Hernando with sweep of doubleheader 11-4 and 5-4
- Knights’ Club Volleyball finishes season ranked No. 9 by NECVL
Warwick, R.I. – March 31, 2011: The CCRI Knights baseball team hosted the Manchester CC Cougars of Manchester, CT on Wednesday. CCRI defeated Manchester 4-2 improving to 5-0 in Region XXI play and 11-5 overall.
CCRI’s pitching staff dominated the Cougars allowing only six hits and one earned run in nine innings of play. Freshman Rodger Lincoln (East Providence, RI), who has emerged as one of the Knights’ top pitchers, earned his third win of the season throwing seven innings and giving up four hits and one earned run with two strikeouts and no walks. With runners in scoring position and two outs in the eighth, Manchester looked to be gaining momentum but was shut down by reliever Jean Maldonado (Kissimmee, FL) who struck out Manchester’s batter to end the inning. Brendan Cabral (Scituate, RI) also had an impressive outing for the Knights throwing the final inning and giving up only one hit. Cabral’s performance earned him his first save of the season.
Leading the way for the CCRI at the plate was shortstop Justin Quinn (Sudbury, MA) who went 2-2 with an RBI. Tri-Captain Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL) was 1-2 and drove in two runs for the Knights.
The Knights take on the Franklin Pierce JV squad at home on Thursday beginning at 4:00pm.
Warwick, R.I. – March 28, 2011: The CCRI Knights baseball team hosted the Roxbury CC Tigers of Roxbury Crossing, MA on Monday. CCRI defeated Roxbury 11-6 improving to 4-0 in Region XXI play and 10-5 overall.
The Knights’ win was the 251st under the helm of head coach Ken Hopkins surpassing Hopkins’ former coach Harold “Whitey” Fell as the CCRI all time wins record holder. Fell, who coached from 1966 to 1984, compiled a record of 250-105. Since his hiring as head coach in 2001, Hopkins has a current record of 251-122-2. Hopkins had passed CCRI’s only other baseball coaches, Art Pontarelli and Jay Grenier, on the record list in the 2009-2010 season.
Contributing to the win was sophomore starter Mike Farias (West Greenwich, RI) who improved his own record to 3-0 throwing five innings and giving up five earned runs on five hits with eight strikeouts. Cris Peralta (Providence, RI) pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief giving up one run while closer Jean Maldonado (Kissimmee, FL) held Roxbury scoreless in the last 1 1/3 innings.
Shortstop Justin Quinn (Sudbury, MA) found his swing going 2-3 with a double, a homerun, and 3RBIs for the Knights. Tri-Captains Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL) and Cody Ortega (Kissimmee, FL) also added two hits each with Williams driving in three runs. Centerfielder James Reyes (Providence, RI) was 2-3 with a double and Marc Dorsi’s (West Haven, CT) three-run homer sealed the game for CCRI putting them up 11-6.
The Knights continue Region XXI play on Wednesday taking on Manchester Community College at home beginning at 4:00pm.
Warwick, R.I. – March 28, 2011: The Knights baseball team lost its final game in Florida to Division I Lake Sumter Community College of Leesburg, FL. CCRI fell to Lake Sumter 9-8 dropping to 9-5 overall.
Brendan Cabral (Scituate, RI) started for CCRI on the mound and threw four innings giving up six runs on six hits with one strikeout. Cabral was credited with his first loss of the season dropping to 1-1.
CCRI got off to a rocky start offensively but bounced back from a 9-2 deficit in the top of the ninth. James Reyes (Providence, RI) led off the start of a six run inning that gave the Knights a chance to win. Leading CCRI at the plate were Reyes, Tri-Captain Cody Ortega (Kissimmee, FL) and Anthony Tortolano (Exeter, RI) who had three hits each. With a score of 9-8 in the top of the ninth, CCRI had the bases loaded and one out with a chance to score the go ahead run. However, a one hop hard hit ball by Reyes turned into a game ending 6-4-3 double play leaving the final score 9-8.
CCRI heads home from Florida 4-3 and will take on Roxbury CC on Monday beginning at 4:00pm.
Warwick, R.I. – March 28, 2011: The CCRI baseball team took its first two losses in Florida on Saturday against Division I powerhouse St. Petersburg Community College. St. Petersburg defeated the Knights 10-2 in game one and 15-7 in game two dropping CCRI to 9-4 on the season.
CCRI – 2 St. Petersburg – 10
Sophomore Sean Furney (Warwick, RI) got the start in game one and threw two innings giving up five hits and one earned run. Furney was credited with the Knights’ loss.
CCRI struggled offensively scoring only two runs in game one. Justin Quinn (Subdury, MA) and Jamale Horn (Hoover, AL) were each 1-3 with a double and an RBI.
CCRI – 7 St. Petersburg – 15
CCRI gave a valiant effort in game two after a tough loss but still could not match up with the strong bats of St. Petersburg. Freshman Luke Cimmino (Westfield, MA) took the loss for the Knights in his first appearance of the season on the mound. Cimmino threw three innings and gave up six earned runs on nine hits.
Tom Gavitt (Stonington, CT) was 2-2 with a double at the plate and Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL) and Jamale Horn (Hoover, AL) added an extra-base hit each for CCRI.
CCRI concludes its trip south against Lake Sumter CC on Sunday in a single game beginning at 11:00am.
Warwick, R.I. –March 28, 2011: The CCRI Knights Baseball team took on the Pasco-Hernando Conquistadors of New Port Richey, FL Friday on day two of the RussMatt Invitational. CCRI shocked the Florida squad with 11-4 and 5-4 wins improving to 9-2 overall and a perfect 4-0 after two days of competitive baseball.
CCRI – 11 Pasco – Hernando – 4
Pitcher John Tangherlini (Lincoln, RI) had a solid outing for the Knights in game one throwing 5 1/3 innings and allowing four runs on three hits with five strikeouts. Tangherlini earned his first win of the season for CCRI ending Pasco-Hernando’s ten-game win streak.
The Knights hit the ball extremely well and were led by Jamale Horn (Hoover, AL) who went 2-2 with two RBIs. Tri-Captain Cody Ortega (Kissimmee, FL) also had two hits for CCRI including a double and two runs scored while Anthony Tortolano (Exeter, RI) was 2-4 with an RBI. The Knights’ impressive offense gave the pitching staff a cushion but reliever Cris Peralta (Providence, RI) did not give Pasco-Hernando an opportunity to score. Peralta held the Conquistadors without giving up a hit or run in 1 2/3 innings pitched making the final score 11-4.
CCRI – 5 Pasco – Hernando – 4
Adam Chrzanowski (Westfield, MA) started on the mound for the Knights in game two and pitched six strong innings to earn his second win of the season (2-0). Chrzanowski allowed three runs on six hits with an impressive seven strikeouts.
The Knights jumped ahead early and held Pasco – Hernando to a score of 3-0 into the sixth inning. CCRI was led offensively by right fielder Anthony Tortolano (Exeter, RI) and catcher Raniel Valentin (San Juan, PR), who each had two hits and two RBIs. Pasco-Hernando made a comeback in the top of the sixth and took a 4-3 lead over the Knights, however CCRI answered back in the bottom of the inning scoring two runs of its own making the score 5-4 into the last inning. Closer Rodger Lincoln (East Providence, RI) took over on the mound in the top of the seventh and put on an incredible performance to record the save. Pasco- Hernando’s first batter reached third on a dropped fly ball but Lincoln was unaffected and struck out the next two batters. With two outs and the tying run on third, the Conquistador batter grounded to short and was out on an impressive tag by first baseman Tom Gavitt (Stonington, CT) to win the game for the Knights.
The Knights will travel to Clearwater, FL on Saturday to take on St. Petersburg CC in a doubleheader beginning at 12:00pm.
Warwick, R.I. – March 28, 2011: The CCRI Knights men’s club volleyball team hosted the Division I and II New England Collegiate Volleyball League Championships this past weekend. The Knights defeated Tufts 25-21 and 25-19 then lost to Coast Guard 17-21 and 22-25 and then lost to No.1 seed Bryant 20-25 and 20-25. This put them in the play-in round where they had to win to continue in the Tournament. Unfortunately they lost to Holy Cross in a tough match 24-26 and then Amherst 18-25. The Knights overall record was 7-8 and 4-3 in conference. Some good news for the Knights was James Roch (Warwick, RI) named to the NECVL All-Tournament Team. The winner on the Division I side was Boston College who has won three out of the last four years and Bryant University won the Division II Title.
Head Coach Anne-Marie Balboni commented after the Tournament: "We had a great team and great season this year. We came in third in our conference and were ranked No.7 going into Championships ending the season ranked No. 9 overall in Division II. Our middles Brett Kingsborough and Justin Girard dominated when setter Matt Yeadon connected with them. Yeadon ran a great offense and had several kills. Brad Walling and James Roch, our outside hitters, played incredible defense and scored both in back row and front row. Tyler Blanchette rounded out the front row with much needed blocks and change ups to keep our opponents on guard. Kenny Li served six aces in a row to tie up the qualifying match against Holy Cross. Jimmy Phann had one play against Holy Cross that turned the momentum of the team around when he dug a ball past the bench for a perfect up. We look forward to next season with our returning players and our new recruits."
Warwick, R.I. – March 28, 2011: the CCRI Lady Knights’ softball team hosted the Huskies of Northeastern University Club team from Boston, MA on Sunday at Winslow Park for their home opener. The Lady Knights defeated the Huskies handily 11-0 and 16-0. With the victories the Lady Knights improve to 2-6 on the season.
On the mound for the Lady Knights Tri-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) earned her first victory of the year throwing five dominant innings allowing no runs on one hit while striking out eight Huskies.
At the plate for the Lady Knights Tri-Captain Ashley Olson (Coventry, RI) went 3-3 with two doubles a single, two RBIs and two runs scored followed by Devin Azulay (Attleboro, MA) who went 2-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Also helping the Lady Knights’ offense was Tri-Captain Jazz McCone (Taunton, MA) with a double, a run score and an RBI, Amanda Marble (Warwick, RI) with a single, a run scored and an RBI and Courtney Piccirillo (Harmony, RI) with a single and a run scored.
Head Coach Liz Afonso commented after the victory “It was nice to get in the win column. The pitching has been there all year and they finally got some defensive support. It was also nice to see the bats come alive a little in this game. However, we still need to keep improving”
On the mound for the Lady Knights Devin Azulay (Attleboro, MA) picked-up where Borden left-off throwing five shutout innings allowing no runs on one hit, walking one and striking out eight to pick up her first collegiate win. At the plate she helped the Lady Knights get on top quickly hitting her first collegiate home run in her first at bat and adding a single, three RBIs, three runs scored and a stolen base.
At the plate for the Lady Knights Nissa Perez (Warwick, RI) had an excellent game going 2-2 with a grand slam, a double with six RBIs three runs scored, two stolen bases and a walk followed by Tri-Captain Ashley Olson (Coventry, RI) going 3-3 with a run scored and Courtney Piccirillo (Harmony, RI) going 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Also swinging a big bat was Alana Perry (Taunton, MA) with two hits and two runs scored followed by Tri-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) reaching base three times with a hit, two walks, two runs scored and a stolen base, Tri-Captain Jazz McCone (Taunton, MA) had a hit two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base and Amanda Marble (Warwick, RI) added a hit with an RBI and a run scored.
Head Coach Liz Afonso commented after the doubleheader “Our bats really came alive today. The bats will need to remain hot when we play Dean College this Thursday in a tough Region XXI showdown. They have very good pitching as we do. We will have to bring our ‘A’ game if we want to defeat them.”The Lady Knights next games will be Thursday the 31st when they will host Region XXI rival Dean College at 3:00pm at Winslow Park in Apponaug.
Warwick, R.I. – March 28, 2011: The CCRI Knights tennis team traveled to Toms River, NJ to take on the Vikings of Ocean County College. Following a two-and-three start to the season and the largest loss in the last three years, the Knights needed a win. The Knights battled both the Vikings and the elements, and ultimately fell 5-4. This puts the Knight’s run of 5 consecutive Nationals appearances in jeopardy. The Knights now need to win four out of their last five matches to qualify for the tournament.
The Knights took to the courts against the Vikings for the sixth match of the 2011 campaign. Mike Fallone (N Providence, RI) continued to impress, dominating Lorenz Macasadia in first singles by the score of 6-2 and 6-0. Nick Arnold (Lincoln, RI) dropped his second singles contest to Ray Fayad, 7-5 and 6-0. Ashley Llewellyn (N Attleboro, MA) battled to the very end but ultimately succumbed to Mike Ostman, 1-6, 6-1 and 6-2. Matt Beatrice (Peacedale, RI) defeated Rene Diaz by a 6-2 and 6-1 score in fourth singles. Mohammed Kattan (Providence, RI) overcame Andrew Cuczi 6-4 and 6-2 in fifth singles. Ted Jackvony (Pawtucket, RI) continued to improve for the Knights in sixth, but fell by the score of 6-0 and 6-0 to Joseph Marra. Jocelyn Mandeville defeated Colin Drucquer in exhibition seventh singles 6-3. Fallone again teamed with Arnold in first doubles, and continued their dominance of Division III foes, defeating Fayad and Ostman 8-2. Llewellyn and Beatrice teamed in second doubles and fell to Diaz and Macasadia 8-0. Kattan and Jackvony teamed in third doubles and nearly evened their season record at 3-3 but fell to Cuczi and Marra 8-6.
The Knights keep working hard and have earned some great experience on this tough, season-opening six-match swing. With wins in three of the six singles matches it really boiled down to the doubles in today’s dual match. The Knights took No. 1 doubles easily at 8-2. The Vikings took the No. 2 position even easier, 8-0. It all came down to No. 3 doubles. The match was a see-saw battle, with the two teams trading breaks over the first several games. The Knights took a lead at 6-5 and looked poised to take the contest, but the Vikings buckled down, took the next three games in a row, and the match. This point ultimately decided the overall match in the Vikings favor, 5-4.
Head coach Deb Panzica said "This was the first time we had ever scheduled the Viking of Ocean County. On an early spring day, it looked to be a match we would rather have played indoors. Facing freezing temps and winds a little too strong to be considered ‘ocean breezes’, we were cold, tired and looking to get even on the season. Today, it didn’t work out for us. We have our work cut out for us to get back even on the season as we need to win four out of our last five.”
Next weekend the Knights travel back to Bel Air, MD to participate in the 2011 National Invitational Tournament hosted by the Harford Community College Owls.
Warwick, R.I. – March 28, 2011: The CCRI track & field team traveled to Bridgewater, MA to compete in the Bridgewater Bears Invitational on Saturday.
Jordan Jefferies (Providence, RI) jumps his way to the NJCAA Championships by winning the long jump with a leap of 6.29m. He then came back to place fourth in the triple jump with a jump of 12.93m. Both distances were qualifying marks for nationals. Jefferies also placed 10th in the 100m dash with a time of 11.85 seconds and 20th in the 200m dash in a time of 24.67 seconds. Raymond Dormer (Warwick, RI) also qualified for the NJCAA nationals in the javelin throw with a toss of 45.13m, a personal-best good for ninth place. Tim Phok (Providence, RI) qualified with a personal-best third place 48.26m toss in the hammer. Jackie Hurteau (North Kingstown, RI) ran for second place in the 5,000m in a national qualifying time of 19:27.21. Michelle Krol (Smithfield, RI) also had a good day qualifying in the 100m dash for nationals with a sixth place run in a time of 13.33 seconds and also placed fifth in the 200m with a time of 27.99 seconds. Cole Maguire (Foster, RI) ran for 11th place in the 1,500m in a time of 4 minutes 22.73 seconds. Nick Santilli (Coventry, RI) placed 21st in the 400m in a time of 55.92 seconds and 27th in the 200m in a time of 25.78 seconds. Steve Bell (Warwick, RI) placed 25th in the 400m in a time of 57.14 seconds and placed 30th in the 200m in a time of 26.08 seconds. Mirvine Azor (Cranston, RI) placed 20th in the 100m dash in a time of 15.39 seconds and placed 32nd in the 200m in a time of 33.56 seconds. Josh Baxter (East Providence, RI) placed 25th in the 100m dash in a time of 12.44 seconds then placed 16th in the long jump with a 5.21m leap. Therese Kerin (East Greenwich, RI) placed 16th in the 800m race with a time of 2:47.57 followed by teammate Allyson Bejma (Pawtucket, RI) who placed 17th in a time of 2:48.31 in her first 800m race ever. Freshmen Kyle Del Sesto (Gloucester, RI) placed 11th in the javelin throw just missing an NJCAA qualifying mark with a fine throw of 42.24m. In the men’s 5,000m Stefan Cox (West Kingston, RI) ran a personal-best time of 17:32.61 good for 23rd place followed by teammate Ray Dormer who placed 25th in a personal-best time of 17:43.19 followed Brenden Dohoney (Warwick, RI) placing 27th in a time of 18:11.92.
The Knights next meet will be Saturday the second when they will travel to Smithfield, RI to compete in the Bryant Invitational.
Bel Air, MD- March 25, 2011: The CCRI Knights traveled to Bel Air, MD, to take on the Division I Owls of Harford Community College (CCRI is DIII). Following a 2-2 start to the season dropped all nine positions to the Division I powerhouse, their first 9-0 loss since March of 2008.
The Community College of Rhode Island Knights took to the courts against the NJCAA DI Harford Community College Owls for the fifth match of the 2011 campaign. Mike Fallone (N Providence, RI) continued to impress his opponents, falling after a tough fight to Felipe dos Santos in first singles by the score of 6-4 and 6-4. Nick Arnold (Lincoln, RI) dropped his second singles contest to Hunter McCawley, 6-1 and 6-0. Ashley Llewellyn (N Attleboro, MA) fell to last year’s Owl No. 1, Cory Litke, 6-0 and 6-2. Matt Beatrice (Peacedale, RI) lost to Adam Olhausen by a 6-1 and 6-1 score in fourth singles. Mohammed Kattan (Providence, RI) lost to Derek Hyde 6-2 and 6-1 in fifth singles. Ted Jackvony (Pawtucket, RI) battled for the Knights in sixth, falling by the score of 6-0 and 6-0 to Marc Donars. Fallone again teamed with Arnold in first doubles, and suffered their first loss of the season to dos Santos and McCawley 8-3. Llewellyn and Beatrice teamed in second doubles and fell to Litke and Hyde 8-2. Kattan and Jackvony teamed in third doubles and fell to Donars and Garrett Lange 8-0 in third doubles.
For a match that, had the Knights won, would have put them above .500, they faced a very strong NJCAA DI Owls team from Harford Community College. Freshman Mike Fallone (N. Providence, RI) continued to impress in both doubles and singles. Fallone took the Owls’ No. 1 to two 6-4 sets. In the first set he gave up his first two service games and went down 3-0 quickly, to the DI player on his home court. He battled back, winning three of the next four games and getting back one of the breaks, to get to 3-4. The Harford No. 1 simply outlasted him to get to the first 6-4 set. After fighting so hard in the first set, Fallone stumbled early in the second set, and gave dos Santos his first service game right out of the blocks. Again, he battled back to get the break back at 3-3, but was broken again immediately, and didn’t have time to recover as dos Santos closed out the second set and the match 6-4. The rest of the Knights keep working hard and have earned some great experience on this tough, season-opening six-match swing.
Coach Deb Panzica said "This was a match that we have had on our schedule for the last five consecutive years. When we found out the Owls had moved up to Division I and are now offering scholarships, we felt that we couldn’t not play them just because we were likely to lose. Hopefully, it won’t end up counting against us in the final standings considering they are a Division I, scholarship team. They did significantly improve over the teams that they have had the last couple of years. We hope to get back even on the season when we travel to Toms River, NJ to take on the Vikings of Ocean County College."
Saturday the Knights travel to Toms River, NJ to take on the Vikings of Ocean County College at 12noon.
Warwick, R.I. – March 24, 2011: CCRI traveled to Rockville, MD, to take on the Knights of Montgomery College-Rockville. The CCRI Knights defeated the Rockville Knights 7-2. With the victory the Knights improve to 2-2 on the season.
Coming off two consecutive losses, the Knights used the middle day-off of the trip to regroup, and they came back strong to get back on the winning path. Once again, the Knights of CCRI faced off against a team entering their first match of the season. The Knights battled, taking the top spot in both singles and doubles, and complementing that effort with wins in third, fourth and fifth singles as well as sweeping all three doubles positions. The final score of the match was 7-2, mirroring the Tuesday loss, and evening up the season record at 2-2 and evening up the individual match record at 18-18.
The match summary was as follows: Mike Fallone (N Providence, RI) continued to dominate his opponents, defeating Guillermo Osorio in first singles by the score of 6-1 and 6-0. Nick Arnold (Lincoln, RI) dropped his second singles contest to Dario Ibatta, who might be better than Osorio, 7-6(6) and 6-1. Ashley Llewellyn (North Attleboro, MA) overmatched her third singles opponent, Philip Wilson, 6-2 and 6-2. Matt Beatrice (Peacedale, RI) got his first victory of the season in fourth singles, defeating Sergio Vigas by a 6-3 and 6-0 score. Mohammed Kattan (Providence, RI) won again in fifth singles, beating Henry Tan 6-4 and 6-2. Ted Jackvony (Pawtucket, RI) battled for the Knights in sixth, ultimately falling by the score of 6-7(5) and 6-4, 1-0(10-8) to Matt Philbin. Jocelyn Mandeville (North Smithfield, RI) took on Josh Black in exhibition No. 7 singles and lost 6-1 and 6-1. Fallone again teamed up with Arnold in first doubles, defeating Osorio and Ibatta 9-7 in a match that featured some terrific shot-making by the Knights. Llewellyn and Beatrice teamed up in second doubles and overcame Wilson and Vigas 8-2. Kattan and Jackvony teamed up in third doubles and defeated Philbin and Black 6-4 in a third doubles match, shortened to a single set because the match had already been decided and it was starting to rain.
Freshman Mike Fallone continues to shine in both doubles and singles. Other newcomers Nick Arnold and Ted Jackvony continue to battle and contribute. Returning players Ashley Llewellyn, Matt Beatrice and Mohammed Kattan have all been able to deliver significant contributions on the season. Every player on the team has won at least one match, and every player has also lost at least one match. The team is 2-2 on the season with the individual match record sitting at 18 wins and 18 losses as well. The most notable statistic so far is that No. 1 doubles is 4-0 on the season.
Head Coach Deb Panzica said "This was a match that we looked for to get us back on winning ways. The team faced a Rockville squad that was entering their first match of the season and had lost some key players from last year’s team. They had more depth than last year, but we had just a little more quality in key position. We look to the challenge of playing Harford Community College on Friday in a matchup that the Knights have dominated over the last three years. Harford, however, has just moved up to NJCAA Division I and has scholarship players. Notably, the Owls’ No. 1 singles player from last year has moved down to No. 4, so they are significantly stronger."Friday the Knights travel to Bel Air, MD to take on the Owls of Harford Community College at 1:00pm.
Warwick, R.I. – March 25, 2011: The CCRI Knights baseball team traveled to Winter Haven, FL to participate in the Russ Matt Invitational beginning on Thursday. CCRI faced Prairie State (IL) on day one and swept the doubleheader 12-5 and 6-5. With the wins, CCRI improves to 7-2 on the season.
CCRI – 12
Prairie State - 5
Mike Farias (West Greenwich, RI) pitched five strong innings for the Knights giving up four hits and one run with five strikeouts to earn the win in game one. Farias improves to 2-0 on the season. Reliever Brendan Cabral (Scituate, RI) had another impressive outing for the Knights throwing a hitless sixth inning.
CCRI was led at the plate by Tri-Captains Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL) and Cody Ortega (Kissimmee, FL). Each had three hits apiece with Williams driving in four runs and Ortega scoring two. Justin Rainville (Woonsocket, RI), Raniel Valentin (San Juan, PR), and Tom Gavitt (Stonington, CT) added two hits each. The Knights led 3-1 into the sixth inning when their bats exploded scoring three runs in the top of the sixth and six more in the top of the seventh. Prairie State began a comeback in the bottom of the seventh but was held to four runs making the final score 12-5.
CCRI – 6
Prairie State – 5
Game two was a rollercoaster with several lead changes throughout the entire seven innings of play. Prairie State jumped ahead first scoring three runs in the top of the first but CCRI quickly began to chip away scoring twice in the bottom of the first. The game was tied 5-5 into the bottom of the seventh when Jamale Horn (Hoover, AL), who was perfect at the plate in game two going 4-4, led off the inning with a triple to deep center that stopped just short of the fence at the 400 mark. Brendan Cabral (Scituate, RI) followed Horn’s triple with a walk and Tom Gavitt (Stonington, CT) hit a deep shot to straight away center for a walk-off hit scoring Horn from third base. Gavitt was 3-4 in game two with two RBIs.
Tri-Captain Chris Mann (West Warwick, RI) threw six innings for CCRI giving up five runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. Rodger Lincoln (East Providence, RI) earned his first college win pitching the seventh inning without allowing a run.
The Knights continue play in the RussMatt Invitational with a doubleheader on Friday against Pasco Hernando CC at noon in Auburndale, FL.
Warwick, R.I. – March 23, 2011: The CCRI Knights baseball team hosted the Mass Bay Buccaneers of Wellesley Hills, MA on Tuesday. CCRI defeated Mass Bay 12-2 in six innings by a mercy rule. With the win, the Knights improve to 3-0 in Region XXI and 5-2 overall.
Sophomore pitcher Sean Furney (Warwick, RI) dominated on the mound throwing all six innings. Furney gave up one earned run on four hits with an impressive seven strikeouts improving to 1-1 on the season.
CCRI’s offense was another team effort led by catcher Raniel Valentin (San Juan, PR) who went 3-4 with three RBIs. Valentin is currently leading the team at the plate with an outstanding .611 batting average. Justin Rainville (Woonsocket, RI) also batted in three runs for the Knights and was 2-4 on the day. Jamale Horn (Hoover, AL) and James Reyes (Providence, RI) added two hits apiece and a triple from Tri-Captain Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL) in the bottom of the sixth drove in two runs to end the game.
The Knights’ head south to Florida on Thursday to participate in the RussMatt Invitational and will take on Prairie State (IL) in a doubleheader beginning at 1:30pm at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, FL.
Warwick, R.I. – March 23, 2011: The CCRI Lady Knights softball team finished their six game road trip at the National Training Center in Clermont, FL on Tuesday. The Lady Knights faced NCAA Division III Pointers of Wisconsin Stevens Point in the first game and The Barons of Burlington County College in their second game of the day. The Lady Knights fell to the pointers 5-4 then fell to the Barons 5-0. With the losses the Lady Knights drop to 0-6 on the season.
CCRI-4 Wisconsin Stevens Point-5
On the mound for the Lady Knights Devin Azulay (Attleboro, MA) got the start and pitched very well unfortunately her defense did not give her proper support. Azulay threw seven strong innings allowing five runs but only two were earned on eight hits with five strikeouts and no walks but took her second loss of the season. Devin helped the offense going 1-4 with a double. Back-to-back errors in the first inning allowed the Pointers to score three quick runs. The Lady Knights rebounded to score three runs in the fourth inning to tie it 3-3. The Pointers put up two more runs in the sixth taking a 5-3 lead. CCRI scored one in the bottom of the seventh but that is a s close as they would get falling 5-4.
At the plate for the Lady Knights Alana Perry (Taunton, MA) went 1-3 with a triple two RBI and a run scored. Also batting well for CCRI was Nefi Kinsler (Canterbury, CT) going 2-3 with an RBI.
Head Coach Liz Afonso commented after game one “We played horrible defense in the first inning to put us in a 3-0 hole. We battled back but could not overcome the early setbacks.”
CCRI-0 Burlington County College-5
On the mound for the Lady Knights Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) pitched well but once again the Lady Knights defense came up a little short. Sylvestre three seven strong innings allowing five runs to the potent Barons line-up but only one run was earned with three strikeouts and a walk to take her second loss of the season. On the positive side CCRI made some defensive adjustments which will benefit them down the road but did not help them today.
At the Plate for the Lady Knights Nissa Perez (Warwick, RI) had her best day at the plate in this young season going 2-3 with two stolen bases. Rounding out the CCRI offense were Devin Azulay, Tri-Captain Ashley Olson (Coventry, RI), Tri-Captain Jasmyn McCone (Taunton, MA) and Courtney Piccirillo (Harmony, RI) each added a hit.
Coach Afonso commented after the game “Two errors cost us four runs and you cannot give a team like Burlington four runs and expect to win. As we get more reps outside I feel our defense will come around. It also was tough to play today without one of our Tri-Captains Jess Borden but she will be back soon and we are going to keep getting better with each game we play. I was very pleased with our pitching this week we just need to give them more support defensively and put together a few more clutch hits”The Lady Knights’ next games will be Sunday at 1:30 when they will host the Northeastern club team for a doubleheader at Winslow Park in Apponaug.
Warwick, R.I. – March 23 2011: The CCRI Knights tennis team traveled to West Windsor, NJ, to take on the Vikings of Mercer County Community College. The Knights lost to the Vikings 7-2. With the loss the Knights drop to 1-2 on the season.
In their third match in as many days, the Knights faced off against the Vikings playing their first match of the season. The Knights battled, taking the top spot in both singles and doubles, but that was not enough today.
The Knights were led by Mike Fallone (North Providence, RI) who rebounded nicely from his first loss on Monday, dominating Ben Pinter 6-2 and 6-1. Fallone later teamed with Nick Arnold (Lincoln, RI) in first doubles, defeating Pinter and Travis Virgil 8-4 in a match that wasn’t as close as the score indicated to remain undefeated on the year in that position.
For a match that CCRI needed to win to get back on the winning track, the score line just didn’t end up going their way. However, there were some definite positives out of the day. Freshman Mike Fallone continued to shine in both doubles and singles. Other newcomers, Nick Arnold and Ted Jackvony (Pawtucket, RI) continued to battle and contribute. While returning players Ashley Llewellyn (N. Attleboro, MA), Matt Beatrice (Peacedale, RI) and Mohammed Kattan (Providence, RI) have all been pressed into service and are progressing despite results they may not be pleased with.
Head Coach Deb Panzica commented after the match “This was a match that we had hoped would get us back on winning ways. The team faced a Mercer squad that looked on paper to be weaker than the squad we opened our season with last year. They still had enough depth, however, to handle our young team. We look to bounce back in our next match against Montgomery College of Rockville in Rockville, MD, Thursday, March 24th after taking a day off to recover and get some much-needed rest.”
Warwick, R.I. – March 22, 2011: The CCRI Lady Knights’ softball team continued on their Florida road trip with at the National Training Center in Clermont, FL on Monday. Unfortunately, the Lady Knights did not play to their potential losing to the Mount Mercy Mustangs 8-4 then falling to the Burlington County College Barons 11-1 in five innings. Coming off a record setting season the Lady Knights look to galvanize and realize their full team potential. With the losses the lady Knights begin the season 0-4.
CCRI-4 Mount Mercy 8
On the mound for the Lady Knights Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) pitched very well but got no support from her defenders as they prolonged her effort with five errors. To Sylvestre’s credit she maintained her composure to pitch well despite the lack of defensive support. Unfortunately she took the loss throwing seven innings with eight runs, only two earned, on 10 hits with no walks and three strikeouts.
At the plate for the Lady Knights Devin Azulay (Attleboro, MA) led the way going 3-4 with a single and two doubles, two RBI and a run scored and a stolen base, followed by Tri-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) who went 2-3 with a run scored. Also playing well for the Lady Knights was Tri-Captain Ashley Olson (Coventry, RI) going 2-4 with an RBI and Courtney Piccirillo (Harmony, RI) went 1-3 with a run scored and Alana Perry (Taunton, MA) went 1-3 with a double.
Head Coach Liz Afonso commented after the game: “For all the progress we made in day one, it was back to square one today. We had a little regression today but hope to bounce back quickly.”
CCRI-1 Burlington County College-11 in five innings (Mercy Rule)
On the mound for the Lady Knights Tri-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) battled an injury but only lasted two innings allowing five runs, two earned, to take the loss. She was relieved by Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) who threw two innings allowing six runs, three earned, with two strikeouts. Unfortunately, the Barons of Burlington County College were in a zone and the Lady Knights were in the way.
At the plate for the Lady Knights Tri-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) authored the only hit and run scored for the Lady Knights before exiting the game with an injury in the top of the third inning.
Head Coach Liz Afonso commented after the game “Today was not our day! Though our young ladies were not happy with today’s results, I was pleased to see they did not point fingers, but sought to explore where their mistakes were, how they could improve and become better as team. We all hope tomorrow is a day we can improve as a team and get in the win column. We have too much talent and resolve to expect anything less.”
The Lady Knights play Wisconsin-Stephens Point at 1:30 Tuesday followed by their third meeting with Burlington County College at 3:30.
Warwick, R.I. – March 22, 2011: The CCRI Tennis Knights traveled to Sewell, NJ, to take on the defending NJCAA DIII National Champions Roadrunners of Gloucester CC 1-8.
The Community College of Rhode Island Knights took to the courts against the Roadrunners of Gloucester CC Roadrunners. The lone bright spot of the day came as Nick Fallone teamed-up with Arnold in first doubles, defeating AJ Moore and Thompson in a thrilling 9-8 (10-6) victory. Llewellyn and Beatrice teamed-up in second doubles and fell to Pfieffer and Vladislov Koldomosov 8-2. Kattan and Jackvony teamed up in third doubles and fell 8-1 to Hays and Jared Randazzo.
Head Coach Deb Panzica commented: “For a match that was in jeopardy as the day began with snow, sleet and rain for the Knights, the end result was a beautiful day with an impressive No.1 Doubles win and some great experience to show for it. The Knights fell to the defending National Champions but remain at .500 for the young season and look forward to completing the remainder of the southern trip.” Panzica added: “This was a match that featured some great experiences for our young team in only the second match of our young season. The team faced a much stronger and more experienced squad than in our first match, and our inexperience showed. We look to bounce back in our next match against Mercer County Community College of West Windsor, NJ, Tuesday, March 22nd.”
Warwick, R.I. – March 19, 2011: The CCRI Lady Knights softball team traveled to Clermont, FL to the National Training Center which is directed by softball legend Dot Richardson, for the Lady Knights’ annual spring training trip to Florida. The Lady Knights had two games in their first day they played a 4-year school, The Saints of College of St. Scholastica, from Duluth, MN at 2:00pm then played the Barons of Burlington County College (BCC) at 5:30pm. The Lady Knights fell to the Saints of Scholastica 7-3 then later fell to the Barons of BCC 3-2. With the two losses the Lady Knights begin the season 0-2. Seeing as the Lady Knights were seeing their first action outdoors after a wet and snowy winter they showed well despite the end results.
CCRI-3 St. Scholastica-7
On the mound for the Lady Knights Tri-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) got the start and pitched very well throwing seven strong innings allowing four earned runs on 10 hits, striking out six and walking two, one intentionally to take the loss. Scholastica had a hard time catching up to Borden to begin the game but made the most of their opportunities when they did make contact. In addition Jess did her best to help her own cause going 3-3 with three singles and a walk with three runs scored for the Lady Knights but it was not enough.
At the plate for the Lady Knights Tri-Captain Ashley Olson (Coventry, RI) helped her battery mate by going 1-1 with a single and all three Lady Knights RBI’s, followed by Tri-Captain Jasmyn McCone (Taunton, MA) going 2-4 with a single and double. Also helping the Lady Knights’ attack was Devin Azulay (Attleboro, MA) going 1-3 with a triple and Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) went 1-3 with a single.
Head Coach Liz Afonso commented after the game “We played well for our first time outdoors. We need to get better every game if we are going to achieve our goal of making it to the National Tournament. If we keep improving at this rate we will get where we need to be very soon”
CCRI-2 Burlington County College-3
On the mound for the Lady Knights Devin Azulay (Attleboro, MA) threw very well against a very potent Barons’ line-up allowing three runs, one earned, over six innings. Unfortunately, her effort resulted in a loss. Azulay did her best to help her own cause at the plate by going 2-3 with two singles with an RBI and a run scored but her efforts were not enough to get the Lady Knights a victory.
Also helping the Lady Knights’ attack was Tri-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) who was 2-4 with a run scored. Borden was followed by Courtney Piccirillo (Harmony, RI) who was 1-3 with an RBI and Amanda Marble (Warwick, RI) was 1-3.
Coach Afonso commented after the game: “We played better this game in some ways but made critical mistakes that cost us this game. However, I still think that this team has a tremendous amount of potential which has yet to be untapped. We will strive to get better each game so we can realize our potential. We are very close to getting there and the positive results will follow.”The Lady Knights have Saturday and Sunday off before they return to the field Monday the 21st at 1:30 versus Ancilla College and again versus Burlington at 3:30.
Warwick, R.I. – March 20, 2011: The CCRI Knights coed tennis team traveled to Delhi, NY to open their season to play the Broncos of SUNY-Delhi. Delhi plays a best two of three sets with “no-ad” scoring format for both singles and doubles. The Knights Defeated Delhi convincingly 8-1. This continued their recent success versus Delhi. In the past two seasons the Knights beat the Broncos 6-3 both times. For the first time since 2006 the Knights begin the season 1-0.
The game match re-caps were as follows: in No. 1 singles Mike Fallone (North Providence, RI) opened his CCRI tennis career by defeating Nick Reynolds: 6-3 and 6-3. In No. 2 singles Nick Arnold (Lincoln, RI) outlasted Ed Hemp 6-1, 5-7 and 6-3. No. 3 singles Co-Captain Ashley Llewellyn (North Attleboro, MA) dominated Jim Russell 6-0 and 6-0 to open her sophomore campaign. Co-Captain Matt Beatrice (Peacedale, RI) battled to the end, but fell to Steve Gold, 6-4, 1-6 and 6-1. Then Mohammed Kattan (Providence, RI) spotted Dave Waite a 3-0 lead before capturing the next 12 of the next 13 games to prevail 6-4 and 6-0. Ted Jackvony (Pawtucket, RI) earned the clinching point for the Knights outlasting Adentanji Shennaike in sixth singles by the score of 6-2, 6-7(5) and 6-4. Fallone teamed-up with Arnold in first doubles defeating Reynolds and Hemp, 6-2 and 6-0. Llewellyn and Beatrice teamed up in second doubles to defeat Russell and Gold 6-1, 6-2. Kattan and Jackvony teamed-up in third doubles and completed the 8-1 slate with a 6-4 and 6-2 defeat of Waite and Shennaike. Rounding out the day’s play, Jocelyn Mandeville (North Smithfield, RI) defeated Jose Salcedo in exhibition seventh singles, 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-4). The exhibition match was played with a “super” tiebreak which is the first player to 10 points wins.
Jackvony had the match of the day. He won his first match played competitively at any level. In addition, his point, the fifth of the overall match, was the decisive point of the overall team match for the Knights.
Head Coach Deb Panzica commented after the victory “This was a terrific win to begin our season. The team showed admirable perseverance and a desire to win that is very promising start for the season. At one point, it was just as likely that we would be entering the doubles tied 3-3, but the newest Knights really battled and ended up coming through. We look forward to our next match against Gloucester County College of Sewell, NJ, the defending National Champions on Monday.”
The Knights will travel to Sewell, NJ for their next match to play Gloucester County College Monday at 3:30pm.
Warwick, R.I. – March 10, 2011: The CCRI No. 7 ranked [by New England Collegiate Volleyball League (NECVL)]. CCRI will be hosting the NECVL Championship March 26 and 27th at the Flanagan Fieldhouse in Lincoln.
The top 10 teams Division I and Division II will battle it out for the NECVL Championship. The division I teams that will be playing are: UNH, UConn, Northeastern, Brandeis, Roger Williams, Boston University, Boston College, URI, Providence and UMass-Amherst. The Division II teams that will be playing are: CCRI, Bryant, Coast Guard, Colby, UMass-Lowell, Maine, Holy Cross, Tufts, Southern Connecticut, WPI, Amherst and Vermont.
CCRI had always planned on hosting the 2011 NECVL Championship in March but did not receive their formal invitation until they were ranked No. 7 after an excellent regular season where they went 6-4. In her second year running the CCRI club volleyball program Head Coach Anne-Marie Balboni has the Knights playing very well as they look forward to the upcoming NECVL Championship. Coach Balboni commented: “The pool of talent at CCRI runs very deep. We are in the second year of this program and once again we rank in the top ten of DII, which is very good because Division II has 23 very solid four-year colleges and universities. I am impressed with Rhode Island high school boys who choose CCRI. They are very coachable and eager to take their game to a higher level."
When asked about her talented players Balboni added “Outside hitters Brad Walling (North Smithfield, RI) and Jim Roch (Warwick, RI) are a force both at the net and in the back row. Our middle hitters Justin Girard (Pawtucket, RI) and Brett Kingsborough (North Kingstown, RI) do a great job connecting with our setter Matt Yeadon (Warwick, RI). Tyler Blanchette (North Smithfield, RI), Kenny Li (Cranston, RI) and Jimmy Phann (Providence, RI) always cover the back court well and forced our opponents to readjust their offense. Overall, I am very happy with our season and how much better we have gotten as a team."
The NECVL Championship schedule has not been finalized with times and match-ups. When it is available it will be posted on the CCRI club volleyball site where you can also find the CCRI team roster and other information.
Here is the CCRI club volleyball link: https://www.ccri.edu/athl/men_volleyball/
Warwick, R.I. – March 7, 2011: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball season ended this past weekend in the District N-O Tournament with a loss to Harcum College. However, the Lady Knights did get some good news this week with four of their players being named to the All-Region XXI team. They were: Cassie Novicky (New Milford, CT), Rajvi Jarvis (Stratford, CT), Ashley Fry (West Kingstown, RI), CT) and Alysa O’Neill (Johnston, RI). After the final game of their careers Head Coach Kate Lynch commented: "I could not have asked for a better group of young ladies to coach. They've given their best effort every day despite some of the bumps and bruises. I'm proud of their accomplishments this year, especially the sophomores. Cassie, RJ, Ashley, and Alysa, each stepped up for us this year. We are going to miss their leadership next year and they've set the standard for the younger players."
Lady Knights Co-Captain Cassie Novicky earns her second All-Region XXI honor after earning it in her freshman year. Cassie is ranked No. 9 on the CCRI All-time scoring list with 672 points ahead of Cindy Mascio who scored 658 in 1980-82 seasons. In addition Novicky holds the CCRI career record for 3-pointers with an astounding 145 3-pointers in her two- year career. She also holds the CCRI single-season record for 3-pointers with 83 3-pointers. In fact, coming into this year the 3-point career mark was 75 and she buried that in a mere 25 games this year. Cassie was a prolific long-range shooter sinking eight three’s in a game twice, seven three’s in a game twice, six three’s in a game twice and five three’s in a game three times. In addition, she made three pointers in all but two of her 24 games as freshman and sank at least one 3-pointer in all of her games as a sophomore giving her 3-pointers in 47 of her 49 career games. What makes that stat impressive is that she is the player whom was game-planned against most for the Lady Knights. So people tried to stop Cassie but could not. Coach Lynch added: "Cassie has been a leader for us on and off the court all year. She's had a banner year; breaking records before the second semester even began. She is a hard worker and gives nothing less than her best at all times. I'm proud of the year she has had and I look forward to watching the rest of her career."
Rajvi Jarvis was the Lady Knights second All-Region XXI selection to earn the honor two years straight after being selected in her freshman year. Jarvis made her bones as a prolific rebounder. She is ranked No.2 on the single-season rebounding list with her 279 rebounds as a freshman. RJ followed that by ripping down 255 in her sophomore campaign. Those two big years cleaning the glass ranks Jarvis No. 2 on the All-Time career rebounding list with 534 rebounds. In fact she is only the second player in Lady Knights’ history to record over 500 rebounds behind All-time rebounding leader and CCRI Hall of Famer Kris Norberg who had 562 in the 1979-81 seasons. What makes this feat so impressive is that Jarvis is listed at five foot six inches tall so she is out there getting the rebounds on pure hustle, heart and desire; three qualities which are essential to effective rebounding. Coach Lynch added: "It has been a pleasure to coach RJ this year. She gives a consistent effort every single day. She works hard and has expanded her game in several ways. She has become a scorer in addition to a force on the glass. I am very proud of her accomplishments and the school where she decides to continue her career will be very fortunate."
Ashley Fry earns her first All-Region XXI selection. Ashley had always been a good defender and truly blossomed into a 3-point scoring threat as the 2010-11 season progressed. Fry will be remembered most for her record-setting 36 point outing versus arch rival Dean College on February 17th during her “Sophomore Night.” In that game she sank a CCRI record 10 3-pointers to bury the Bulldogs. On that bight she was truly unstoppable sinking pretty much every shot she threw up and with every made 3-pointer the Cullen field house got louder. With every game she played Ashley got better, becoming more confident in her shot, playing lock-down defense and igniting many Lady Knights’ fast breaks. Ashley averaged 11. 8 pointer per game but was able to elevate that output to 15.4 points per game in the final 13 games to close the season with 295 points add that to her 118 from her freshman year and she has 413 points for her career. Coach Lynch added: "I can't say enough about Ashley and the player she has become. She was a spark for us all year long. She stepped into a starting role and never looked back. She's broken career records as well as CCRI records. She really blossomed this year and she is going to be a major contributor at the next level."
Lady Knights’ Co-Captain Alysa O’Neill was the final All-Region XXI selection. Alysa was a team leader who brought toughness to the Lady Knights. O’Neill was a hard-nosed defender who was athletic enough to block shots and agile enough to maneuver into place to take offensive charges. She always did the little things to ensure victory for the Lady Knights which included guarding many low post players much bigger that herself, rebounding for the Lady Knights’ long-range bombers and diving after loose balls. But Alysa could also score when needed as she showed in the 2011 invitational versus Navy Prep when she poured in 18 points with seven rebounds and four steals and followed that up with a career-high double-double 21 point 13 rebound performance in the Region XXI Tournament. When the lights shined bright so did Alysa. Coach Lynch added: "Alysa is one of the toughest players I've been around. Despite battling injuries the last couple of years, she turned into a scoring threat and the type of player who does the little things. She's fearless; has taken charges and battled on the boards all year long. She's a pure leader."
Joining the Lady Knights on the 2011 All-Region XXI team were Jessica Stukey and Kelly O’Neill from Dean College.
Warwick, R.I. – March 7, 2011: Two members of the CCRI indoor track team traveled to Texas Tech in Lubbock, TX to compete in the NJCAA Indoor Track National Championships. Those two members were weight thrower Tim Phok (Providence, RI) and middle distance runner Jackie Hurteau (North Kingstown, RI).
For the Knights Tim Phok had the best finish of any CCRI male athlete at the NJCAA Indoor Track and field Nationals. He set the CCRI Indoor Track record twice in the weight throw with a toss of 15.24m (50 feet 00 inches) in the preliminaries to squeak into the finals in ninth place. Phok followed that by unleashing a 16.08m bomb (52 feet 9.25 inches) to set a new record and place sixth in the event and earn CCRI three team points. This was by far Tim’s best throw of the year and even more impressive because he was ranked No. 15 going into the event. His throws break the former record of Mike Dolan in 2006 who threw 48 feet 8.75 inches. Phok’s previous season’s best was 48 feet 8.25 inches at the Wesleyan meet in January.
Also shining for CCRI was Jackie Hurteau who ran a CCRI record time of 5 minutes 40.43 seconds time in the mile run to place 11th. That time bested her previous record of 5:43.12 set at the Tartan Invitational in early February. Hurteau followed that performance with an excellent time of 11:39.59 in the 3,000m which was good for 13th place.
Warwick, R.I. – March 6, 2011: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to Scranton, PA to play in the District N-O Tournament on Saturday. The Lady Knights faced the No. 9 ranked (NJCAA Division II poll) Bears of Harcum College from Bryn Mawr, PA who came into the game with a stellar 27-1 record. CCRI lost to Harcum 103-54. With the loss the Lady Knights end their season 12-16. In the second semi-final game Monroe College defeated Lackawanna College 73-66. Harcum defeated Monroe in the championship game 88-72. Both Harcum and Monroe will advance to the NJCA Division II National Tournament in East Peoria, IL March 16th-19th.
The Lady Knights were down 12-0 out of the gate and went into the locker room at halftime trailing 57-21. The second half was much of the same. Head Coach Kate Lynch commented “We were tentative at the start and never got back into it. We were awful in the first half, couldn't even catch the ball, never mind be confident enough to shoot it. They're No. 9 in the country, we would have had to play our best game of the year and have Harcum come out flat for us to have a chance at victory because they are just that athletic.” Harcum’s athleticism helped them force 26 turnovers for the game and compounded that by shooting a blistering 48.1% for the game and 33% from beyond the 3-point arc. In addition, the Lady Knights shot just 31.4 % from the floor, 25% from 3-point arc and only 50% from the line. These factors made for a long night for the Lady Knights. Lynch added "We had a poor first half. We were very tentative offensively. We were trying to do too many things at once."
Co-Captain Cassie Novicky (New Milford, CT) led the way for the Lady Knights scoring 18 points including four 3-pointers followed by Ashley Fry (West Kingston, RI) finished with 12 points including two 3-pointers. Also contributing was Rajvi Jarvis (Stratford, CT) scoring nine points while ripping down 15 rebounds. Co-Captain Alysa O'Neill (Johnston, RI) chipped in with six points and four rebounds. Rounding out the Lady Knights’ attack was Lauren Masse (Woonsocket, RI) adding five points, five rebounds and four assists while Brittany Murchison (Cranston, RI) had four points. Harcum was led by Alisa Roberts who scored 26 points and Sironda Chambers with 24 points.
After the game Coach Lynch added "I could not have asked for a better group of young ladies to coach. They've given their best effort every day despite some of the bumps and bruises. I'm proud of their accomplishments this year, especially the sophomores. Cassie, RJ, Ashley, and Alysa, each stepped up for us this year. We are going to miss their leadership next year and they've set the standard for the younger players."
Warwick, R.I. – March 3, 2011: Although the 2010-11 CCRI Knights’ men’s basketball season ended earlier than they would have liked in the Region XXI semi-finals they did receive some good news this week with two of their Captains: Ricky Fuller (Cranston, RI) and Mike Rivera (Boston, MA) earning 2100 All-Region XXI honors.
Ricky Fuller was one of the 2010-11 CCRI Knights’ Tri-Captains and starting point guard. He is a facilitator who makes sure the Knights get the ball where they can score. Fuller led the Knights with 140 total assists which was good for 4.7 per game. He also led the Knights in steals with 36 or 1.2 per game. Also in his sophomore campaign he has more than doubled his output in every other area from when he was a freshman scoring 222 points with 119 rebounds. Ricky is also a long and rangy player whose size gives him tremendous court vision to see the open man and also helps on defense to swarm the opponent and rebound the basketball. For his career Fuller has scored 297 points with 157 rebounds, 169 assists and 48 steals. His leadership on and off the court will be something the Knights will have to replace next season.
Mike Rivera was another one of the Captains for the 2010-11 Knights basketball team. “Miz” is an explosive scorer who shoots well from the 3-point arc and can also slash to the basket and distribute the basketball from the wing. Rivera scored 227 points as a freshman including 40 3-pointers with 74 assists, 40 rebounds and 31 steals. In his sophomore campaign Rivera led the Knights scoring 375 points including 60 3-pointers to average 12.5 points per game with 113 assists, 42 rebounds and 26 steals. For his career he scored 602 points ranking him No. 44 on the CCRI all-time scoring list a single point behind Jim Lee from the 1976-78 seasons and just ahead of 595 from Carl Jefferson from the 1997-98 season. The Knights will look to fill Rivera’s shoes with another point guard who can shoot and distribute the ball.
Head Coach Rick Harris commented on hi two All-Region XXI players: "These two young men are very deserving of this recognition .They along with Mike Juarez (Cranston, RI) led an extremely young team with ten freshman to some great wins and consistent improvement as a team from beginning of the year to the end. Our team competed at a high level against one of the most competitive schedules in the country and by the end of the season we challenged for the top spot in New England. Their leadership on a day in and day out basis gave us the best chance possible of becoming the best team that we were capable of becoming. All three of our sophomores will be missed greatly and we wish them the best in their future endeavors.
Joining Fuller and Rivera on the 2011 All-Region XXI team were: Archie Allen (Massasoit CC), Spencer Brathwaite (Massasoit CC), Jimmy McGrath (Massasoit CC) and Victor Holder (Dean College).
Warwick, R.I. – March 1, 2011: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team has qualified for the District N-O Tournament to be held at Lackawanna College in Scranton, PA. Saturday March 5th and Sunday March 6th. (The Tournament was planned to be played at Cabrini College, but yesterday they were awarded first and second round home games in the NCAA tournament that conflict with our tournament. So Lackawanna College has now been selected as the host).
In addition, the NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Tournament has expanded from 12 teams to 16 teams. What this means for these Districts (N-O) is that there will be two representatives from the District N-O to advance to the Nationals in hosted at Illinois Central College Tuesday March 15th through Saturday March 19th. So the first round District Tournament winners will advance to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.
Here is the District N-O Tournament bracket:
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Game 1: 6 pm, CCRI (away team) vs. Harcum College (home team)
Game 2: 8 pm, Lackawanna (away team) vs. Monroe College (home team)
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Game 3: 1 pm, Winner of Game 1 vs. winner of game 2