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The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled to Davie, FL to play the Seahawks of Broward College on the first leg of their Florida road trip. The Lady Knights lost 62-58. With the loss the Lady Knights fall to 6-6 on the season. Freshman guard Cassie Novicky (New Milford, CT) scored a game-high 24 points which included, seven 3-pointers, five in the second half. However, her effort was not enough as the division I Seahawks from Broward College was able to fend-off CCRI. The Lady Knights led 25-24 at halftime. Unfortunately for the Lady Knights, the Seahawks came out firing in the second half and took a 49-38 lead with just 7:45 left in the game. But the Lady Knights scored 12 unanswered points over the next three minutes led by Novicky who sank two big 3-pointers and Rajvi Jarvis (Stratford, CT) who added two field goals making the score 50-49 CCRI. The Seahawks answered with a 9-0 run to take a 58-51lead. The Lady Knights battled back and cut the lead to 60-58 on another Novicky 3-pointer with 4.6 second left but that is a close as they would get losing by the final score of 62-58. Cassie Novicky led the way scoring 24 points with seven 3-pointers, and five rebounds followed by Rajvi Jarvis who also had an excellent game scoring 13 points with nine rebounds, three steals, two assist and two blocked shots. The Lady Knights have New Year's Day off but return to play the second versus Palm Beach Community College on Saturday at 2:00pm.
The CCRI Knights men's basketball team traveled to Davie, FL to play the Seahawks of Broward College on the first leg of the Florida road trip. The Knights lost 117-57. With the loss the Knights fall to 8-6 on the season. Boward College utilized their size and athleticism to put the game out of reach early as the Knights never seemed to get into a flow. Broward led 52-19 at the half and it was much of the same for the second half. Leading the way for the Knights was Captain Apollos Wade (Taunton, MA) who scored 12 points including three 3-pointers. Wade was aided by Tyler Patch (Seekonk, MA) who scored nine points while Esaie Touze (Providence, RI) added eight points. Thomas Hawkins from Boward College led all scorers with a career-high 48 points. The Knights have New Year's Day off but return to Play Palm Beach Community College Saturday at 4:00pm.
Warwick, R.I. ' December 17, 2009: the CCRI Knights men's basketball team traveled to New Haven, CT to play the Lions of Gateway Technical Community College in a Region XXI showdown. The Knights lost to the Lions 109-78. With the loss the Knights fall to 8-5 on the season and 3-3 in Region XXI play. Gateway led from beginning got end thanks to 13 made 3-pointers led by six converted by sophomore Chazz McCarter leading to his game-high 31 points. Leading the way for the Knights was Johnny Stovall (Bridgeport, CT) with a double-double scoring 11 points with 10 rebounds, Joe Lancia (Smithfield, RI) scoring 12 points with five rebounds and Mike Juarez (Cranston, RI) added 12 points for the Knights. Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the game 'Not how we wanted to end the semester but for whatever reason we lacked focus and were not ready to play. As we know at our level that is a recipe for disaster. The holiday rest is just what we need to re-charge for next semester. Our Florida trip to start the New Year will hopefully be a spring board to energize and re-focus our young men.' The Knights next game will be Thursday December 31st at 3:00pm when they will face Broward Community College on the first leg of their Florida road trip.
Warwick, R.I. ' December 18, 2009: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team traveled down the road to Newport, RI to play the Rams of the Naval Academy Preparatory School Thursday night. The Lady Knights defeated the Rams 70-48. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 7-5 on the season. The Lady Knights were led by Teighlor Clare-Kearney (Manchester, CT) who scored a career-high 28 points on six of nine shooting from the floor and 10 for 15 from the free-throw line and adding three steals. Clare-Kearney was helped by sophomore forward Michaela Lima (Cranston, RI) who was playing in her last game as a Lady Knight because she will soon be joining the United States Marine Corps and scored 12 pts with six rebounds and three steals. Also having a big game for the Lady Knights was Rajvi Jarvis (Stratford, CT) with seven points, nine rebounds, two assists and four steals and Captain Erica Pisaturo (Smithfield, RI) added 11 points, five rebound and five steals. Head Coach Kevin Monagle commented after the victory 'We had a sluggish start but we finished strong. We focused on the things we need to do well: defend together as a team, run the floor and play as one team with a common purpose. This was a nice way to finish the semester. Now we need to be smart, stay healthy and move forward. Good luck and Godspeed Michaela.' The Lady Knights' next game will be Thursday December 31st at 3:00pm when they will face the Lady Seahawks of Broward Community College in the first leg of their Florida road trip.
Warwick, R.I. ' December 13, 2009: The CCRI Knights men's basketball team continued playing in the Genesee CC Holiday Classic playing No. 5 ranked (NJCAA DII poll) Erie Community College from Buffalo, NY. The Knights lost to the Kats of Erie CC 88-59. With the loss the Knights fall to 8-4 on the season. Erie CC coming off their first loss of the season to Division I powerhouse Monroe College played with tremendous focus and intensity which did not bode well for the Knights' squad. The Knights barely survived the 48-24 first half blitz by Erie but never really recovered to challenge the Kats in the second half. Leading the way for the Knights was Captain Dave Storti (Exeter, RI) with 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals, followed by Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI) scoring eight points with seven rebounds and Pat Sturdahl (Exeter, RI) added eight points and three assists. Erie's 6'10' center God's Gift Achiuwa led all scorers with a game-high 30 points and 12 rebounds. Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the game 'Overall a solid weekend for us. We picked-up a great win versus Genesee CC however we were feeling two good about Saturday which hindered our focus on Sunday versus Erie CC. Just goes to show you how quickly things can change in basketball.' The Knights next game will be this Wednesday when they travel to New Haven to play Gateway Community and Technical College at 6:00pm.
Warwick, R.I. ' December 14, 2009: The CCRI Knights men's basketball team traveled to Batavia, NY to compete in the Genesee Community College Holiday Classic. The Knights christened Genesee Community Colleges' brand new athletics facility with a 94-84 victory over the Cougars. With the victory the Knights improve to 8-3 on the season. The Knights jumped out to a 36-17 lead but the Cougars rallied back to take a 45-41 halftime lead. The Knights came back to outscore the Cougars 53-39 in the second half to take the 94-84 victory. Leading the way for the Knights was Captain Dave Storti (Exeter, RI) scoring a game-high 23 points with five assists, two steals and two blocks followed by Johnny Stovall (Bridgeport, CT) who scored 20 points, all in the second half, with six rebounds and two blocked shots. Also having a big game was Doran Mitchell (New Britain, CT) with 12 points, including 10 in the second half, with four assist and two steals while Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI) and TJ McKiver (New Haven, CT) each scored 11 points and Pat Sturdahl (Exeter, RI) added a game-high six steals with six assists. Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the game 'This was probably our best road victory in my four years at CCRI. Genesee CC is always very difficult on their home court. Our superlative team play silenced the hostile and loud home crowd it was us versus them and I could not be prouder of our young men.' The Knights face No. 5 ranked Erie CC on Sunday at 1:00pm.
Warwick, R.I. ' December 14, 2009: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team continued in the Genesee Community College continued playing in the Genesee Community College Holiday Classic on Sunday versus Division I powerhouse and No. 17 ranked (NJCAA DI poll) Monroe Community College Lady Tribunes. The Lady Knights lost 80-51. With the loss the Lady Knights fall to 6-5 on the season. Teighlor Clare-Kearney (Manchester, CT) posted a career-high 20 points, with four steals and six rebounds, followed by Kaitlyn Rachiele (Cranston, RI) added 7 points, Noel Bullock (Greenbelt, MD) seven points and three assists. In addition, for her performance during the Genesee Holiday Classic Captain Erica Pisaturo (Smithfield, RI) was named to the All-Tournament team. Head Coach Kevin Monagle commented 'Much better effort today against a talented team. I am very pleased with our individual and team effort today. We did make a lot of improvements from yesterday. On to play Navy Prep and then a well deserved holiday break.' The Lady Knights next game will be this Thursday when they travel to Newport, RI to play the Naval Academy Preparatory School at 5:00pm.
Warwick, R.I. ' December 9, 2009: The awards keep coming for the 2009 Lady Knights soccer team. The National Soccer coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced their 2009 All-Northeast Region and All-American Teams and six Lady Knights earned NSCAA All-Northeast Region while three Lady Knights earned NSCAA All-American honors.
Earning NSCAA First All-American honors were goalkeeper Melody Lawrence (Foster, RI) who had already earned NJCAA First Team All-American honors last week. Lawrence ranked No.2 in the NJCAA with a .22 goals against average allowing just four goals in 18 games (not including nationals) making 74 saves in 1,620 minutes in net a tremendous feat for a freshman. Lawrence was joined by Captain Midfielder Stephanie Morse (Warwick, RI) who also earned NSCAA First Team All-American honors. Morse was undoubtedly the team leader orchestrating the offense and defense from her midfield position. Stephanie finished the year with five goals and 15 assists for 25 total points. Morse was named Second Team NJCAA All-America last week. Earning Second Team NSCAA All-American was defender Stephanie Estacio (Cranston, RI). Estacio was the last line of defense before Lawrence while also using her strong kicking leg to deliver goal kicks to the opposing team's end of the field.
Earning NSCAA All-Northeast Region honors for the Lady Knights were the three NSCAA All-Americans Melody Lawrence, Stephanie Morse and Stephanie Estacio. They were joined by defender Carla Cano (Pawtucket, RI), midfielder Ashley Choiniere (Hope, RI) and forward Alexis Smith (Wakefield, RI). All six Lady Knights NSCAA All Northeast-Region honorees also earned First Team All-Region XXI honors last week. Cano was the veteran leader and stopper on the Lady Knights' defense helping limit opponents to just eight goals all year. Choiniere aided the Lady Knights with 15 goals and 10 assists for 40 total points ranking her No. 40 by the NJCAA. She also wowed the crowds with her dazzling flip throw in that set up many Lady Knights scoring opportunities. Alexis Smith (Wakefield, RI) led the Lady Knights in scoring with a team-high 20 goals with 11 assists for 51 total points which ranked her No. 30 in the NJCAA.
Warwick, R.I. ' December 14, 2009: The CCRI men's and women's indoor track teams traveled Boston, MA to compete in the Harvard Open. With over 100 competitors from both two year and four year schools competing in many of the events this would be a huge early test for the Knights and Lady Knights squads.
The Knights were led by Blest Norris (Pawtucket, RI) who won the 60m dash in a time of 6.97 seconds. Norris came back to place well in the 200m dash finishing 30th in a good early season time of 23.40 and 50th in the 400m dash with a solid time of 55.74. Also running well for the Knights was Scott Capista (Narragansett, RI) who set a CCRI in the 60m hurdles in a time of 9.37 which was good for 26th place. The Lady Knights were led by Ashley Noons (North Dighton, MA) who placed 10th in the shot put out of 47 competitors with a toss of 11.30m. Noons later placed 22nd in her first collegiate weight throw competition with a toss of 10.50m finishing in the upper half of the draw with over 50 competitors. Many other Knights and Lady Knights finished in the top half of their respective events which is a great sign for the young CCRI squad early in the season.
Warwick, R.I. ' December 14, 2009: the CCRI Lady Knights basketball team travelled to Batavia, NY to play in the Genesee Community College Holiday Classic. The Lady Knights lost to the hosting Cougars of Genesee CC 65-45. With the loss the Lady Knights fall to 6-4 on the season. Playing well for the Lady Knights was Captain Erica Pisaturo (Smithfield, RI) scoring 11 points with nine rebounds followed by Rajvi Jarvis (Stratford, CT) with seven points, 10 rebounds, three steals, two blocks, and three assists, and Cassie Novicky (New Milford, CT) scoring eight points, two assists, two steals and two blocks. Head Coach Kevin Monagle commented after the game "Another difficult afternoon shooting the ball, which led to a diminishing of effort and intensity. This team needs to embrace its identity as a scrappy defensive team that thrives as one unit. Another great challenge tomorrow!" The Lady Knights will face Division I Monroe Community College on Sunday at 11:00am.
Warwick, R.I. ' December 7, 2009: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team hosted the Black Knights of the United States Military Academy Preparatory School from West Point, NY. The Lady Knights defeated the Black Knights 51-48. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 6-3 on the season and 3-1 in Region XXI play. The Lady Knights were up 24-18 at the half and had a nice 14 point lead in the second half but had to withstand a barrage of scoring by do-it-all Black Knights' center Jessica Waggoner who scored 17 of her game-high 31 points in the second half, scoring from both inside the paint and beyond the three point arc. Captain Erica Pisaturo (Smithfield, RI) led the way for the Lady Knights scoring 17 points with six rebounds followed by Noel Bullock (Greenbelt, MD) who added nine points with six rebounds. Also having a big game was Teighlor Clare-Kearney (Manchester, CT) with eight points, six rebounds and three assists and Ashley Fry (South Kingstown, RI) scored seven points including two clutch free throws down the stretch to help clinch the game. Head Coach Kevin Monagle commented after the big victory "Great team win, and tough defense against a team that was much taller and really worked the inside. This game was our speed versus their size, and we had just enough down the stretch. It was great to see Ashley Fry knock down big free throws. We just want to keep on learning and trying to get better. We've got to learn how to play during big possessions, both offensively and defensively. We were up to the task today."
Warwick, R.I. ' December 7, 2009: The CCRI Knights men's basketball team hosted the Rams of Springfield Technical Community College on Saturday in a Region XXI showdown. The Knights defeated the Rams 101-97 in overtime. With the victory the Knights improve to 7-3 overall and 3-2 in Region XXI play. The Knights were up 45-42 at halftime but later trailed 85-79 with two minutes remaining. Mike Rivera (Boston, MA) tied the game at 89-89 with just seven seconds left. The Knights shot 6-10 in overtime to outscore the Rams 12-8 to win 101-97. Seven Knights scored in double-figures led by Colin Burns' (Chepachet, RI) career-high 29 points, including shooting 6-7 from 3-point land with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Burns was aided by the Knights' frontcourt duo that both charted double-doubles TJ McKiver (New Haven, CT) with 12 points 10 rebounds and Johnny Stovall (Bridgeport, CT) with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Co-Captain Dave Storti (Exeter, RI) added 12 points and seven assists, Pat Sturdahl (Exeter, RI) added 10 points and six assists while Tyler Patch (Seekonk, MA) and Mike Rivera each added 11 points to the Knights' attack. Head Coach Rick Harris commented 'this was a gut-check game for us and the kids dug deep and found a way to get the victory. We got everyone's best effort and we always need to match that effort and intensity. Very pleased with our young men they deserved this win.' The Knights next games will be this weekend when they travel to Batavia, NY to play in the Genesee Holiday Classic.
Warwick, R.I. ' December 7, 2009: The CCRI men's and women's indoor track teams traveled to Middletown, CT to compete in the Wesleyan Invitational Meet on Saturday.
Therese Kerin (East Greenwich, RI) led the Lady Knights placing third in the mile run in a time of 5 minutes 48 seconds. She later placed third in the 800m run with a time of 2:36.96. Also running the 800m were Jenelle Piche (Coventry, RI) who placed seventh in a time of 3:05.83 and Dinah Quintanilla (Lincoln, RI) was ninth in 3:15.06. Rounding out the Lady Knights' squad were Tiphani Comena (North Kingstown, RI) placed third in the triple jump leaping 9.06m (29'-08.75') and Chelsey Sarachick (Warwick, RI) placed 17th in the 200m dash with a time of 31.09.
For the men Blest Norris (Pawtucket, RI) won the 55m dash in a time of 6.57 seconds. James Reyes (Providence, RI) placed sixth in fine time of 7.09 and Dylan Wingard (Glastonbury, CT) placed 16th in a time of 7.63 seconds. All three ran the 200m with Norris leading the way in second place effort in 23.39 seconds, Reyes was 10th in 24.80 seconds and Wingard was 25th in 26.76 seconds. Brett Kingsborough (Coventry, RI) ran the 800m placing fifth in 2:27.30 followed by Robert Brothers (Cranston, RI) placing sixth in 2:32.13. Rounding out for the Knights squad was Garrett Grenier (North Kingstown, RI) fourth in the pole vault at 2.90m (9'6.25') and placed seventh in the long jump at 5.49m (18'.25') and in the 3,000m Brenden Dohoney (Warwick, RI) was fourth in10:18.36.
Warwick, R.I. ' December 4, 2009: The CCRI Lady Knights women's basketball team traveled to Brockton, MA to play Region XXI combatant Warriors of Massasoit Community College. The Lady Knights were up 31-10 at the half and withstood a tremendous second half Massasoit comeback winning by the final score of 56-47. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 6-4 overall and 3-1 in Region XXI play, Massasoit falls to 4-3 overall and in Region XXI play. Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Captain Erica Pisaturo (Smithfield, RI) charting a double-double scoring a game-high 16 points with 10 rebounds while adding four steals followed by Cassie Novicky (New Milford, CT) with 15 points, seven rebounds, four blocks, and three steals. Head Coach Kevin Monagle commented after the victory 'A comfortable lead that got way too tight because of poor physical and mental play down the stretch. We need to play the same way all the time and worry about what we do as a team. Although it was closer that we wanted, it was still a region win on the road. Let's move on and play Sunday.' The Lady Knights next game will be this Sunday at noon when they host the United States Military Academy Preparatory School at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse in Warwick.
Warwick, R.I. ' December 4, 2009: The CCRI Knights men's basketball team traveled to Brockton, MA to play Region XXI foe Massasoit Community College. The Knights lost 79-78 on a last second buzzer-beater. With the loss the Knights' record falls to 6-3 overall and 0-2 in Division II Region XXI play. The Knights played nearly perfect for most of the game, but in the last nine minutes with a 66-55 lead they let Warriors of Massasoit CC back into the game with turnovers and missed free throws. The Knights still had the lead with less than two seconds on the clock but Warriors' forward Josh Monteiro scored his only basket of the game on a double-clutch shot taken from an inbound pass that trickled through the net as the buzzer sounded delivering the Knights the heartbreaking 79-78 defeat. The Knights got solid performances from Co-Captain Dave Storti (Exeter, RI) with 12 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists and Co-Captain Apollos Wade (Taunton, MA) scoring 10 points with four assists. Also having a big game was Johnny Stovall (Bridgeport, CT) scoring a team-high 14 points with seven rebounds, Mike Rivera (Boston, MA) and Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI) added nine points each while Pat Sturdahl (Exeter, RI) led the Knights with 10 assists. Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the loss 'Very disheartening defeat, we shot ourselves in the foot countless times down the stretch. All we can do is keep working hard each day, but most importantly we need to mature and come together as a team.' The Knight host Springfield Tech Saturday at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse at 2:00pm.
Warwick, R.I. ' December 2, 2009: The excellent year for the 2009 Lady Knights' soccer team continues as two Lady Knights earned NJCAA All-American honors. Lady Knights' freshman goalkeeper Melody Lawrence (Foster, RI) earned NJCAA First Team All-American honors and Stephanie Morse (Warwick, RI) earned NJCAA Second Team All-American honors.
Lawrence was the best goalkeeper in NJCAA Division I women's soccer this year. In here first eight games she charted seven shutouts with her only loss coming to No. 1 ranked Lady Tribunes of Monroe CC in a very tight 2-0 game September 26th. She then went on to finish the regular season with eight consecutive shutouts while adding on in the district championship game versus Monroe Community College. In the process Lawrence set two new school records: eight consecutive shutouts besting Courtney Mercer's mark of seven from 2001 and fifteen total shutouts besting her mentor and goalkeeping coach Kathy Bannan (1996) and Alex Rothemich (2002). However, if you were to ask Melody she would give most of the credit to the mighty Lady Knights defensive squad as a whole. However, it was the district championship game versus District rival Monroe community College where she had her finest hour as a collegiate goalkeeper. The Lady Knights started the championship game playing much better than Monroe CC, but Monroe got the first big break when Veronica Santiago as awarded a penalty kick early in the first half but Lawrence made an amazing save thwarting the shot and giving the Lady Knights a tremendous burst of energy from there the Lady Knights cruised to a 2-0 victory. Head Coach Dennis Grassini said after the game that Lawrence's save was the 'turning point of the match.' Associate Head Coach Kathy Bannan, who trains Lawrence, said 'Melody has really come along this season and she is peaking at the right time. She has worked very hard all season long and it showed on that penalty kick.' Lawrence finished the year (before nationals) with an amazing .22 goals against average making 74 saves in 78 attempts in 1620 minutes in net in 18 games played which ranked her No. 2 by the NJCAA in Division I women's soccer an amazing feat for a freshman.
Beyond Lawrence, one of the biggest reasons for the Lady Knights' in 2009 success was due to the play of sophomore Tri-Captain midfielder Stephanie Morse. Her play earned her First Team All-Region XXI honors for two consecutive years. It is only fitting that she earned Second Team All-American honors this year, leading her team to the 2009 NJCAA Division I Women's Soccer National Championship in Tyler, TX. Morse was undoubtedly the team leader orchestrating both the offense and defense from her midfield position. She had many games where she played excellently but her best may have been in the District G Championship game versus rival Monroe Community College where she had to mark imposing 5'10' play-making forward Anne Beinetti, Morse handcuffed her all game allowing for the Lady Knights to develop their owns scoring opportunities and win the championship. Head Coach Dennis Grassini raved after that game 'Stephanie Morse did just an unbelievable job in the midfield shutting down the Tribunes midfielder Anne Beinetti throughout the entire match. Stephanie was just everywhere all day long doing everything from setting up goals to blocking Monroe's shots and beating everyone to the ball. She was just outstanding all day long!' Morse finished the year with five goals and led the Lady Knights with 15 assists for 25 total points.