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Warwick, R.I. – July 16, 2009: The CCRI Knights golf team finished their play it he NJCAA Division III National Championship at Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautauqua, NY. The Knights began the day in 13th place but had the goal of surpassing the 12th place Anne Arundel Community College on the final day and that is exactly what they did. The Knights shot their tournament-low round of 319 which moved them up to 12th place. The Tribunes of Monroe Community College defended the National Championship by shooting a 301 on the final day for a tournament-low score of 1,217. Individually Chris Ferraro of SUNY-Ulster was the low scorer shooting a 69 on the final day for a Championship-low 286.
The Knights were led by Matt Phillips (Cranston, RI) round of 75 leading the Knights to its best day of the week. Phillips’ excellent final round included six birdies. Matt was followed by Jason Snow (Warwick, RI) with a solid round of 77 which included four birdies. Mike Baron (Hope Valley, RI) also had his best round of the week with an 83 while Collin McMaster (Elma, WA) followed suit with an 84. Rounding out the Knights’ scoring was Jeremy O'Connor (North Kingstown, RI) who shot a 91.
Head Coach Rich Marchetti commented after the championship “It was so important for the kids to finish on a positive note by shooting such low scores. They were determined to make a good showing and finish strong. I am extremely proud of the team and how they finished the last two days. They could have easily just played out the tournament and quietly returned home but instead put together their lowest team round of the season in fine fashion and closed out the season with their heads held high. Jason Snow and Mike Baron will return next year in hopes of returning to the national tournament again.”
Warwick, R.I. – June 11, 2010: The CCRI Knights’ golf team competed in their third day at the NJCAA Division III Golf National Championship at Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautauqua, NY. The Knights shot s 335 as a team their best so far but are still in 13th place with a three-day total of 1,028. The defending National Champion Tribunes of Monroe Community College lead the tournament shooting a 309 on day three with a three-day total of 916. Individually, Chris Ferraro from SUNY-Ulster leads all golfers with shooting a 70 on day three for a three-day total of 217.
It was a much better day today for the Knights both the weather and the players finally playing to their full potential. Their best day so far, as a team they shot 335 which was their best showing of the week. The Knights were led by Collin McMaster (Elma, WA) with a team low of 80 which was 11 shots better than his Wednesday score. McMaster was followed by Matt Phillips (Cranston, RI) at 81, Jeremy O'Connor (North Kingstown, RI) came in at 86, Jason Snow (Warwick, RI) shot 88 and Mike Baron (Hope Valley, RI) rounded out the team scoring with an 89. Head Coach Rich Marchetti commented after the third day “Our team goal is to pass the next two teams tomorrow with another good showing.”
The Knights hit the links again Friday morning for the final round of the NJCAA Division III National Championship and look to improve on their Thursday scores.
Warwick, R.I. – June 10, 2010: The CCRI Knights golf team continued their play in the NJCAA Division III Golf National Tournament on Wednesday. On a very cold and rainy day intermittent showers all day. It was a better scoring day for the Knights under wet and windy conditions. As a team the Knights shot a 344 five strokes better than Tuesday. However, they are still in 13th place overall with a total two-day score of 693. Monroe Community College leads the Tournament after shooting a 303 on Wednesday for a two-day total of 607. Individually Andrew Steinhofer of Madison Area Technical College leads the Tournament shooting a 72 on the second day for a two-day total of 145.
The Knights were led by Matt Phillips (Cranston, RI) and Jason Snow (Warwick, RI) both shooting 84. Jeremy O'Connor (North Kingstown, RI) made the biggest improvement of the day by shooting six strokes better that Tuesday’s score of 91 to shoot an 85. Following O’Connor was Collin McMaster (Elma, WA) who also took four strokes off his first round score of 95 by shooting 91 and Mike Baron (Hope Valley, RI) followed with the highest score of the day at 98. In total the Knights were five strokes better than Tuesday’s score but still remain in 13th place. There is good weather is predicted for Thursday and the Knights hope for lower scores.
Warwick, R.I. – June 9, 2010: The NJCAA & Rawlings announced the 2010 Gold Glove Award winners for NJCAA Division I, II, and III today. CCRI Knights’ left fielder Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL) was among the NJCAA Division II Rawlings Gold Glove Award® winners.
Williams had a perfect 1.00 fielding percentage including 55 put outs and seven outfield assists for the Knights as he patrolled the outfield for the Knights in the 2010 season. In addition to his defense Williams also contributed at the plate with a .298 batting average with 34 hits including seven doubles, three triples, a home run, 21 RBIs and 19 runs scored.
This is the second year in a row the Knights have had a player win the NJCAA Division II Rawlings Gold Glove Award®. Knights’ first baseman Joe Correia (Burrillville, RI) won the honor in 2009.
The Rawlings Gold Glove Award® is the benchmark of excellence and performance on the diamond in Major League Baseball. However, in 2007 the award began to also symbolize the best of the best at the collegiate and high school levels.
For the fourth consecutive year, college and high school players flashing serious leather will be awarded Rawlings Gold Glove Awards as Rawlings celebrates its 53rd year of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award®.
In partnership with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), Rawlings presented the first-ever Rawlings Gold Glove Awards in 2007 to players in NCAA Divisions I, II, and III; NAIA; NJCAA Divisions I, II, and III; and High School.
Warwick, R.I. – June 9, 2010: The CCRI Knights golf team is in Chautauqua, NY at Chautauqua Golf Club to compete in the NJCAA Division III Golf National Championship. On the first day the Knights shot a 349 as a team which has them in 13th place. Monroe Community College is the leader after day one after shooting a 304 team score. Chris Ferraro of SUNY-Ulster leads all golfers shooting a 70 on the first day.
The Knights were led by Matt Phillips (Cranston, RI) shooting an 80 followed by Jason Snow (Warwick, RI) with an 83, Jeremy O'Connor (North Kingstown, RI) with a 91, Collin McMaster (Elma, WA) with a 95 and Mike Baron (Hope Valley, RI) came in at 96.
Head Coach Rich Marchetti commented after day one “The kids are having difficulty finding the correct speed on the greens which have very subtle breaks. We spent over an hour and a half on the practice range after the round and on the practice green. The team is hoping for a better day tomorrow”
The Knights take the course again Wednesday morning starting with Jason Snow at 10:20, followed by Matt Phillips at 10:28, Jeremy O'Connor at 10:36, Collin McMaster at 10:44 and Mike Baron at 10:52.
Warwick, R.I. – June 7, 2010: The CCRI Knights golf team is preparing for the 2010 NJCAA Division III Golf National Championship at Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautauqua, NY. Monday the 7th the Knights squad consisting of Mike Baron (Hope Valley, RI), Collin McMaster (Elma, WA), Jeremy O’Connor (North Kingstown, RI), Matthew Phillips (Cranston, RI) and Jason Snow (Warwick, RI) will begin their practice round at Chautauqua in preparation for the tournament that begins Tuesday morning.
At 9:00am Tuesday morning Mike Baron tees-off first for the Knights followed by Collin McMaster at 9:08, Jeremy O’Connor at 9:16, Matthew Philips at 9:24 and Jason Snow at 9:32. All Knights golfers will tee off from first hole on Tuesday. On Wednesday the Knights will tee off from the tenth hole starting with Jason Snow at 9:16, Matthew Phillips at 9:24, Jeremy O’Connor at 9:32, Collin McMaster at 9:40 and Mike Baron at 9:48.
The Knights come into the National tournament with a 5-4 team record and a Region XXI Championship under their belt after defeating Holyoke Community College and Dean College back in early May. The Knights have made it to the Nationals three out of the last six years under Head Coach Rich Marchetti and look forward to competing for the NJCAA Division III crown.
Warwick, R.I. – June 2, 2010: The NJCAA released the Division II NJCAA Softball All-Americans on Wednesday and Lady Knights Co-Captain Shortstop Stephanie Morse (Warwick, RI) was named Third Team All-American for Division II women’s softball.
The CCRI Lady Knights had their best season in program history in 2010. They had a record-setting 31-6 record, won their fifth consecutive Region XXI title and Region XXI Tournament and were runner-up to No. 19 ranked Mercyhurst Northeast in the District L Tournament.
Morse earned her second post season award for softball after being named First Team All-Region XXI back in early May. Co-Captain Stephanie Morse who was the offensive leader of the team batting .513 with 46 runs scored and CCRI single-season records in: hits with 59, triples with five, home runs with 12 and Runs Batted In with 50. She also tied two other school records with 15 doubles (tied with Nicole Kufel 2010) and three home runs in one game (Amanda Ward 2004) versus Quinsigamond Community College April 6th. Morse was ranked No. 6 in hitting by the NJCAA and tied for 18th by the NJCAA in home runs. In addition, Morse was also named 2010 Lady Knights softball team Co-MVP.
This award caps an unbelievable year for Morse who earned multiple awards for her outstanding soccer play in the fall. Steph earned NSCAA First Team All-American honors and NJCAA Second Team 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 also named 2009 Team MVP for the Lady Knights women’s soccer team.
In addition, at the 2010 CCRI Awards Ceremony Morse earned the Ann Cullen Scholarship Award awarded annually to the top CCRI student-athlete. She was the Ralph Catuogno Award winner for having the highest GPA (3.95) among CCRI student-athletes and she was also the RIAIAW designee from CCRI for the 2009-2010 academic year as the top female student-athlete at CCRI.
Morse graduated in May with Highest Honors and plans on attending URI next year where she plans to try out for the Rams women’s soccer team in the fall but has yet to decide if she will continue to play softball in the spring.
Former CCRI Knights baseball pitcher Dave Krasnowiecki (Cranston, RI) will take the mound for the Blue Devils of Central Connecticut State University Friday June 4th at 2:00pm to face Florida State University in the NCAA Division I Baseball Regional Tournament. Central Connecticut will head to Dodd Stadium in nearby Norwich, CT to play in a double elimination tournament against Florida State, the University of Oregon, and the University of Connecticut. Krasnowiecki, playing in his first year at Central Connecticut, compiled a team leading 7-2 record thus far with a 4.38 ERA in 74 innings pitched. He threw a complete game as Central defeated Wagner College 5-3 in game one of the Northeast Conference Tournament this past weekend and also earned the save in Central Connecticut’s win over No. 20 ranked UConn on April 28, breaking Connecticut’s 22-game win streak.
Krasnowiecki transferred to CCRI in 2009 after playing one year for the Bishops of North Carolina Wesleyan. He was used mostly in long relief for the Bishops compiling a 1-1 record with a 5.17 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings pitched. Dave came into his own upon returning back to Rhode Island where he helped lead the 2009 CCRI Knights to the Region XXI Championship with a 32-11 record while almost making it to the NJCAA Division II World Series but were knocked out by Monroe Community College in the district championship. While at CCRI Krasnowiecki earned 2009 All-Region XXI honors after going 8-2 with an impressive 2.37 ERA which ranked him No. 13 by the NJCAA in Division II baseball he also recorded an astounding 89 strikeouts in just 61 2/3 inning pitched which ranked him No. 7 by the NJCAA in Division II. He graduated from CCRI in August of 2009 with a 3.19 GPA with an Associate Degree in General Studies.