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March 2010

03.30.10

Knights Club Volleyball finishes Sixth at NECVL Division II Championship!

03.29.10

Lady Knights handle Hudson Valley 10-2 and 6-2 to improve to 8-1!

Knights lose to Lake Sumter 7-6 in final Florida game

Knights Fall to Morton College 8-4!

Knights clip Clippers of Suffolk County CC 7-2 to improve to 4-1!

03.28.10

Lady Knights take two from Genesee CC in home openers to improve to 6-1!

Knights Split with Madison Tech on Day Two of RussMatt Invitational

Knights' Tennis tames Lions of Nassau 9-0 to improve to 3-1!

03.26.10

Knights’ Tennis handles Harford 7-2 to improve to 2-1!

Knights Take Two on Day One of RussMatt Invitational!

03.25.10

CCRI Downs Montgomery College-Rockville 7-2 in battle of Knights to improve to 1-1!

Region XXI men's and women's All-Star Games to be held at CCRI Thursday night!

Lady Knights lose heart breaker to Highland Community College 2-1 in extra innings

Lady Knights crush Kalamazoo College 12-3 to improve to 4-0!

03.23.10

Lady Knights sweep doubleheader with Ohio State-Newark 3-0 and 4-1 to improve record to 3-0!

Knights Coed Tennis opens season with tough 8-1 loss to Mercer County College

Quinn’s Walk-off Leads Knights to a Win

Knights Nab Two from Northern Essex

03.22.10

Lady Knights win season opener in Florida 6-4 over Mount Mercy College!

Dimon tosses gem as Knights nullify Navy Prep 7-0 in Home Opener!

03.08.10

Knights crush College of the Albemarle 12-5 in season opener!

Noons and Norris shine at Indoor Track Nationals!

Knights’ nipped 1-0 as bats fall flat at Albemarle in Game 2

Hopkins hammers Knights to 10-4 victory over Albemarle!

03.03.10

Lady Knights fall 83-68 to Monroe College in Regional Championship

Four Lady Knights earn All-Region XXI honors!

03.01.10

Knights denied Region XXI title in 91-70 loss to Dean College

Knights Club Volleyball wins three but loses to Maine in final of Bates Invitational!

Lady Knights outlast Orange County CC 68-65, advance to Championship versus Monroe College!

Knights’ Burns and Wade earn All-Region XXI honors!

 

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Knights Club Volleyball finishes Sixth at NECVL Division II Championship!

Warwick, R.I. – March, 30 2010: The CCRI Men's Volleyball team traveled to New Hampshire University to play in the New England Collegiate Volleyball League (NECVL) Division II Championship. The Knights entered to the weekend as the No. 8 seed and improved our overall standing and ended the season seeded sixth in DII.

On day one, the Knights played fell to No. 4 ranked UMass-Lowell 16-25, 25-20 and 13-15, No. 2 ranked WPI 14-25 and 21-25, No. 3 ranked Bryant University 24-26 and 19-25, Assumption College 25-18 and 26-24. On day two the Knights played No. 1 ranked Brandies University losing 18-25 and 15-25, but defeated Holy Cross 25-19 and 25-17 and before finally falling to the No. 5 ranked University of Maine 18-25, 25-20 and 13-15. For their efforts two Knights earned All-Tournament honors: Justin Girard (Pawtucket, RI) and Anoluck "Micky" Pathammavong (Providence, RI).

In their first ever season the Knights had some big victories over four-year schools including: Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), Williams College, Holy Cross, Middlebury College, Amherst University, Assumption College, Fairfield, Vermont, Stonehill College, St John's, Bowdoin, Coast Guard Academy, Colby, Hartford, UNE, Bates College, Clark.

Head Coach Anne-Marie Balboni commented after their inaugural season: “Even if you know nothing about sports you can take one look at where CCRI is on this Division II list and say ‘CCRI must have a great volleyball program, I'm going to tell my friends to go there and play there’…Thank you for believing in us to start this program and make it great right from the start. It was the best investment you will ever make and CCRI will get it back in spades as we start recruiting for next year.”

 

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Lady Knights handle Hudson Valley 10-2 and 6-2 to improve to 8-1!

Warwick, R.I. – March 29, 2010: The CCRI Lady Knights softball team hosted the Lady Vikings of Hudson Valley Community College from Troy, NY. The Lady Knights swept the Lady Vikings in the doubleheader 10-2 and 6-2. With the victories the Lady Knights improve to 8-1 on the season.

Game1
CCRI-10 HVCC-2
On the mound for the Lady Knights Co-Captain Marian Long (Warwick, RI) charted her fifth win of the year throwing five strong innings allowing two earned runs on four hits, striking out nine and walking five.

At the plate for the Lady Knights Amanda Marble (Warwick, RI) broke the game open with a 3-run home run in the third inning. Also having a big game at the plate was Co-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) who was 2-2 with two doubles and two RBIs and Casey Doyle (Warwick, RI) went 2-3 with two RBIs. Rounding out the Lady Knights’ offense was Kaela-Rose Gentile (Glocester, RI,), Co-Captain Steph Morse (Warwick, RI) and Jasmyn McCone (Taunton, MA) each added a hit.

Game 2
CCRI-6 HVCC-2
Freshman Co-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) notched her third win of year throwing seven stellar innings allowing two runs, one earned, striking out four and walking one. Borden helped her own cause on the base paths with a run scored and an RBI.

At the plate for the Carissa McKendall (West Warwick, RI) plated the go ahead run in the fourth inning going 1-3 with the game-winning RBI she was helped by Amanda Marble (Warwick, RI) 2-3 who continued her hot hitting with two doubles. Also having a big game at the plate was lead-off hitter Kaela-Rose Gentile (Glocester, RI) who was 2-3 with a run scored, Casey Doyle (Warwick, RI) was 2-3 with a run scored and Co-Captain Nicole Kufel (Oradell, NJ) was 1-4 with one RBI.

The Lady Knights’ next games will be next Saturday April 3rd when they will host Region XXI rival Dean College at 2:00pm at Winslow Park in Apponaug for a doubleheader.

 

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Knights lose to Lake Sumter 7-6 in final Florida game
Warwick, R.I. – March 27, 2010: The CCRI Knights baseball team played their final game in Florida on Sunday against Lake Sumter Community College in Leesburg, FL. CCRI fell to Lake Sumter 7-6 giving them a 3-3 record in Florida and a 9-5 record on the season. The game was called after seven innings due to rain.
Mike Farias (West Greenwich, RI) started the game on the mound for the Knights throwing three innings and giving up four runs, three unearned, and three hits while earning one strikeout. Pitcher Jim Dimon (Seymour, CT) received his first loss of the season throwing 1 2/3 innings of relief and giving up one run and one hit with one strikeout. Dimon’s record falls to 2-1 on the season.
Captain Matt Nassi (North Providence, RI) led CCRI at the plate going 3-3 with two RBIs and a home run. Anthony Tortolano (Exeter, RI) also had an outstanding offensive performance going 2-3 with a double and an RBI while Colin Morris (Trumbull, CT) went 2-3 with a run scored.
The Knights head back north to continue their season on Tuesday at home against Mass Bay Community College at 3:30pm.

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Knights Fall to Morton College 8-4!
Warwick, R.I. – March 29, 2010: The CCRI Knights baseball team played their final game in the RussMatt Invitational Saturday. The Knights fell to Morton College 8-4. The loss gives the Knights a 9-4 record on the season.
Pitcher Joe Portukalian (Cranston, RI) started the game for the Knights throwing and outstanding 3 2/3 innings giving up no runs and no hits while recording eight strikeouts. Reliever Anthony Tortolano (Exeter, RI) received his first loss of the season throwing 1 1/3 innings and giving up five hits and four runs, three unearned, with one strikeout. The loss gives Tortolano a 1-1 record on the season.
CCRI was led offensively by Justin Quinn (Sudbury, MA), Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL), and Anthony Vinci (Trumbull, CT) earning two hits each for the Knights. Colin Morris (Trumbull, CT) also added a double and an RBI for CCRI.
The Knights play their final game in Florida on Sunday against Lake Sumter Community College in Leesburg, FL.

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Knights clip Clippers of Suffolk County CC 7-2 to improve to 4-1!

Warwick, RI March 28, 2010: The CCRI coed tennis team traveled to Selden, NY to take on the Clippers of Suffolk County Community College. The Knights secured their fourth consecutive victory winning 7-2. with the victory the Knights improve to 4-1 on the season.

Timothy Steere (Glocester, RI) defeated Tyler Schulz in first singles 6-1 and 6-3. Cooper Gillis (Barrington, RI) moved up to second singles and continued his early-season dominance with a 6-1 and 6-1 victory over Jared Modell. Dan Rivard (Scituate, RI) dispatched Chris Stockton in third singles by a score of 6-2 and 6-3. Philip Vieira (Portsmouth, RI) cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 fourth singles victory over Fred Amenita in the final singles position contested in the match as Suffolk only had four players available for the match. Fifth singles and sixth singles were defaults. Along with a third doubles default, this gave the Knights seven points and the match. With the match secured, and playing in their fifth match in six days, CCRI rested some of the players that had played all of the previous matches. Rivard teamed up with Ryan Lavoie (Coventry, RI) in first doubles, but fell to Schulz and Modell, 8-2. Mohammed Kattan (Cranston, RI) and Matt Beatrice (Peacedale, RI) teamed up in second doubles and battled to an 8-2 defeat to Stockton and Amenita.

CCRI managed to gain its’ fourth victory in five matches, extending their winning streak to four in the process and completing the season-opening Spring Break trip with one loss, four victories and one rain out. All-in-all, a very successful beginning to the season. With only 5 additional matches remaining in the regular season, the Knights are one victory away from securing at least a .500 record and two away from securing a second consecutive winning season and a fifth consecutive trip to the NJCAA National Tournament.

CCRI newcomers, Cooper Gillis (Barrington, RI), Timothy Steere (Glocester, RI), Matt Beatrice (Peacedale, RI), Ashley Llewellyn (North Attleboro, MA), Mohammed Kattan (Cranston, RI) and Philip Vieira (Portsmouth, RI) truly acquitted themselves well on the season-opening, Spring Break trip securing a 4-1 record and getting CCRI well on our way to securing a Nationals berth for the 2010 season.

"Today’s victory capped a tremendous road trip to begin our 2010 season. In fact, it took us half way through our season! We look forward to our next match as we host Harford Community College, Onondaga Community College and SUNY Delhi on April 9th, 10th and 11th." said head coach Deb Panzica.

 

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Lady Knights take two from Genesee CC in home openers to improve to 6-1!

Warwick, RI March 27, 2010: The CCRI Lady Knights softball team hosted the Cougars from Genesee Community College from Batavia, NY in their home opening doubleheader on Saturday at Winslow Park in Apponaug. The Lady Knights defeated the Cougars 9-1 and 8-3. With the victories the Lady Knights improve to 6-1 on the season.

Game 1: CCRI-9 Genesee CC-1
On the mound for the Lady Knights in game one was Co-Captain Marian Long (Warwick, RI) who only needed 74 pitches to defeat the Cougars. Long allowed one earned run on three hits, walking one and striking out one with only one Cougar base runner making it past second base. With her dominating performance Long picks up her fourth win of the season. Marian helped her own cause with the bat going 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

At the plate for the Lady Knights Co-Captain Steph Morse (Warwick, RI) ignited the offense going 3-3 with a home run, a double and a single, one RBI and three runs scored followed by Casey Doyle (Warwick, RI) who went 2-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Also swinging the bat well was Co-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) with two hits and two RBIs while Kaela-Rose Gentile (Glocester, RI), Amanda Marble (Warwick, RI) and Kasey Wild (North Providence, RI) each added a hit.

Game 2: CCRI-8 Genesee CC-3
On the mound for the Lady Knights in game two was freshman Co-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI). Borden held the Cougars' bats in check allowing three earned runs while scattering 10 hits over seven innings, walking two and striking out five to chart her second collegiate victory. Borden also helped her own cause with the bat going 2-2 with a double, a single, one RBI a run scored, a sacrifice and was hit by a pitch.

At the plate for the Lady Knights Co-Captain Nicole Kufel (Oradell, NJ) was 2-4 with two doubles, one RBI and a run scored followed by Co-Captain Steph Morse (Warwick, RI) who went 2-4 with a double, a single and one RBI. Also helping the Lady Knights' offense was Carissa McKendall (West Warwick, RI) with a double and a run scored and Kaela-Rose Gentile (Glocester, RI) added a hit an two runs scored.

The Lady Knights return to action on their home field at Winslow Park in Apponaug Sunday at 2:00PM when they will face the Lady Vikings of Hudson Valley Community College for a doubleheader.

 

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Knights Split with Madison Tech on Day Two of RussMatt Invitational


Winterhaven, FL March 27, 2010: The CCRI Knights baseball team faced Madison Tech Community College on Friday in a doubleheader at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, FL. The Knights split with Madison Tech winning game one 9-2 and losing game two 3-1 giving the Knights a 9-3 record on the season.

Game 1: CCRI-9 Madison Tech-2
Starting pitcher Jim Dimon (Seymour, CT) threw a complete game giving up only four hits and two runs with four strikeouts and one walk. Dimon earned his second win of the season for the Knights improving his record to 2-0.

Leading the Knights at the plate was first baseman Danny Hopkins (Cranston, RI) who went an impressive 3-3 with a single, two doubles, and two RBI. Co-Captain Anthony Vinci (Trumbull, CT) added a double for CCRI while Cody Ortega (Kissimmee, FL), Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL), Co-Captain Matt Nassi (North Providence, RI) and Justin Quinn (Sudbury, MA) all went 1-3 in game one.

Game 2: CCRI-1 Madison Tech-3
Sean Furney (Warwick, RI) started on the mound in game two versus Madison Tech. Furney threw 5 1/3 innings for CCRI giving up two runs and seven hits with three strikeouts. Knights' Closer Chris Mann (West Warwick, RI) pitched the final 2/3 inning giving up three hits and one unearned run. Furney received the loss in game two for the Knights.

Melvin Torres (Woonsocket, RI) and Co-Captain Anthony Vinci (Trumbull, CT) lead the Knights offensively each going 2-3 with two doubles. The Knights continue the RussMatt Invitational on Saturday playing a single game against Morton College.

 

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Knights' Tennis tames Lions of Nassau 9-0 to improve to 3-1!

The CCRI coed tennis team traveled to Garden City, NY to face the Lions of Nassau Community College and secured a third consecutive and first shutout with a 9-0 victory. With the victory The Knights improve to 3-1 on the season.

Alex Cavanagh (Middletown, RI) defeated Bryan Kallenberg in first singles 2-6, 7-6 and 6-4. Timothy Steere (Glocester, RI) defeated Ryan Musalo in second singles 6-3 and 6-4 in one of only three matches that went the minimum two sets. Cooper Gillis (Barrington, RI) dispatched Jeff Freeman in third singles by a score of 6-3 and 6-3. Daniel Rivard (Scituate, RI) battled to a 6-3, 2-6 and 6-4 fourth singles victory over Dave Wurtzel. Fifth singles featured Matt Beatrice (Peacedale, RI) outlasting Chris Rocha in fifth singles 6-2, 4-6 and 7-6(3). Sixth singles featured Philip Vieira (Portsmouth, RI) getting into winning ways, dispatching Mike Arena 6-1 and 6-3. In exhibition seventh singles, Ashley Llewellyn (North Attleboro, MA) dropped a heart breaker to Evan Burke 9-7 in a pro-set that saw Burke purposely hit Llewellyn unnecessarily at least twice. In exhibition eighth singles, Mohammed Kattan (Cranston, RI) fell to Henrique O’Hara 8-4. Gillis teamed up with Steere in first doubles, defeating Kallenberg and Musalo, 6-1, 1-6 and 6-2. Beatrice and Rivard teamed up in second doubles and battled to a 2-6, 7-5 and 6-2 defeat of Freeman and Wurtzel. Third doubles completed the sweep as Llewellyn and Vieira defeated Burke and O’Hara by a score of 2-6, 6-3 and 7-5. In exhibition fourth doubles, Ryan Lavoie (Coventry, RI) paired up with Kattan and fell to Rocha and Arena 1-6, 6-1 and 7-6(3). The shutout marks the second in as many attempts versus the Lions, following an identical 9-0 shutout of the Lions last season. This one was far more hotly contested, but the same end result is all the sweeter for it.

"Notching our first 9-0 shutout of the 2010 season was just icing on the cake compared to the battle and effort our players gave out there today. Following up the 7-2 victory over the Harford CC Owls with this victory, puts us on a 3-match winning streak and a great wave of momentum. We look forward to our next match as we travel to Suffolk County, Long Island to take on Suffolk Community College." said head coach Deb Panzica.

 

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Knights’ Tennis handles Harford 7-2 to improve to 2-1!

Warwick, R.I. – March 26, 2010: The CCRI coed tennis team continued on their week long road trip by traveling to Bel Air MD to play the Owls of Harford Community College and secured a second consecutive 7-2 victory. Harford, with 4 returning players in the squad, put out an experienced team. 8-game pro-set doubles started the day and CCRI was able to secure two of the three points at stake. Co-captain Alex Cavanagh (Middletown, RI) and Timothy Steere (Glocester, RI) teamed up in first doubles to defeat Josh Meier and Cory Litka 8-3. Co-captain Dan Rivard (Scituate, RI) teamed up with Cooper Gillis (Barrington, RI) in second doubles and defeated Steve Heagy and Marc Donars, 8-2. The remaining points were secured by Cavanagh, who dispatched Litka 6-1, 6-0 in first singles, Gillis, who defeated Heagy 6-3, 6-4 in third singles, Rivard, who pushed past Donars by a score of 6-3, 6-2 in fourth singles, Matt Beatrice (Peacedale, RI) defeating Ben Wade in fifth singles by a score of 6-4, 6-0 and Ashley Llewellyn (North Attleboro, MA) who dispatched Chay McGrath by a score of 6-2, 6-3.

The match of the day belonged once again to Matt Beatrice (Peacedale, RI). Beatrice followed up his first-ever college victory with a 6-4, 6-0 fifth singles victory. How could that be the match of the day, well Beatrice spotted his opponent, Ben Wade, a 4-2 first set lead, and then captured the next 10 games in a row to secure the first set, then the second, and with that, the match. Dan Rivard (Scituate, RI) and Cooper Gillis (Barrington, RI) continued their winning ways as they extend each of their individual records to 2-1 in both singles and doubles respectively. Alex Cavanagh (Middletown, RI) finally got back into his winning ways from last season, posting a one-and-love easy victory.

Head Coach Deb Panzica commented after the match “Getting over .500 for the 2010 season-to-date is a good feeling. Following up the 7-2 victory over Montgomery College Rockville with an identical 7-2 victory over their Region rivals, the Harford CC Owls means that the Knights have swept Region XX. We look forward to our next match as we travel to Nassau County, Long Island to take on the Lions of Nassau Community College.”

 

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Knights Take Two on Day One of RussMatt Invitational!

Warwick, R.I. – March 26, 2010: The CCRI Knights baseball team traveled to Central Florida on Thursday to participate in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational at Lake Myrtle Park in Auburndale, FL. The Knights won two games on day one of the invitational defeating Prairie State Community College 8-1 and St. Lawrence 7-6. The victories improve the Knights’ record to 8-2 on the season.
Game 1: CCRI-8 Prairie State-1
Starting on the mound for the Knights in game one versus Prairie State was Dennis Medeiros (Dartmouth, MA). Medeiros threw an outstanding six innings giving up only one run and three hits with one walk and eight strikeouts. Medeiros’ performance earned him his first win of the season.
CCRI dominated game one at the plate with four Knights batters earning extra base hits and a team total of eleven hits. Leading the offense was Melvin Torres (Woonsocket, RI) who went 3-4 with a triple and two runs scored. Justin Quinn (Sudbury, MA) and Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL) also added triples and Williams was 2-4 with two RBI’s. Cody Ortega (Kissimmee, FL), Brent Hopkins (Cranston, RI), and Danny Hopkins (Cranston, RI) each recorded a hit and an RBI for the Knights.
Game 2: CCRI-7 St.Lawrwnce-6
The Knights jumped ahead early in game two behind the bats of Justin Quinn (Sudbury, MA) who was 2-4 with 2 RBI’s and a run scored, Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL) who went 2-4 with a triple, and RBI and two runs scored, and Brent Hopkins (Cranston, RI) who added two hits with a triple and two RBI’s. James Reyes (Providence, RI) and Danny Hopkins (Cranston, RI) also recorded hits for the Knights.
Pitcher Josh Lynch (Warwick, RI) earned his first win of the season throwing five innings giving up only one run and four hits with four strikeouts. The Knights led 7-1 into the 6th inning when St. Lawrence attempted to make a comeback scoring five runs in the final two innings and allowing closer Chris Mann (West Warwick, RI) to earn his first save of the season.
The Knights continue the invitational on Friday at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, FL playing a doubleheader against Madison Technical Community College starting at 10:30AM.

 

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CCRI Downs Montgomery College-Rockville 7-2 in battle of Knights to improve to 1-1!

The CCRI Coed Tennis team traveled Rockville, MD to play the Knights of Montgomery College-Rockville. The CCRI Knights defeated the Knights of Montgomery College-Rockville 7-2. with the victory the Knights even their record at 1-1 on the season.
Rockville had only five players in the squad and gave-up two points before the match even started. The first match of the day set the tone as returning co-captain Dan Rivard (Scituate, RI) dispatched Jason Pfannschmidt, 6-0 and 6-0. Cooper Gillis (Barrington, RI) followed quickly with a 6-1, 6-0 defeat of Thomas Rigolage. The match that secured the points for CCRI also showcased Matt Beatrice’s (Peacedale, RI) first college tennis victory with his 6-2, 6-4 victory over Kamran Najibi. Timothy Steere (Glocester, RI) defeated Brad Taulbee 6-2, 6-2 and Rivard and Gillis teamed up to complete the scoring for CCRI, defeating Rigolage and Pfannschmidt, 8-0 in No. 2 doubles.
In other matches, Knights No. 1 singles Alex Cavanagh (Middletown, RI) faced off against Andrew Ortiz in first singles and succumbed 6-1, 6-3. Cavanagh teamed up with Steere in first doubles, falling to Ortiz and Taulbee, 8-5 in the 8-game pro-set format. Gillis and Rivard teamed up in second doubles, finishing their combined dominance of the Rockville Knights with an 8-0 defeat of Rigolage and Najibi.
Head Coach Deb Panzica commented after the match: “We are happy to be on the right track for the 2010 season. Leveling our record at 1-1 with the 7-2 victory over Montgomery College Rockville puts us back on track in our quest for a fifth consecutive Nationals appearance. We look forward to our next match as we travel to Bel Air, MD to take on the Owls of Harford Community College.”

 

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Region XXI men's and women's All-Star Games to be held at CCRI Thursday night!

Warwick, RI March 25th: The Region XXI All-Star Games will be played tonight at the Vincent A. Cullen field house located on the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) Knight Campus in Warwick. The Women's All-Star Game will begin at 6:00pm with CCRI All-Region XXI members Cassie Novicky (New Milford, CT), Erica Pisaturo (Smithfield, RI), Teighlor-Clare Kearney (Manchester, CT) and Rajvi Jarvis (Stratford, CT) scheduled to play. The Men's Region XXI All-Star Game will follow at 8:00pm with CCRI All-Region XXI members Apollos Wade (Taunton, MA) and Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI). Burns and Wade will be joined by sophomore Jason Collier (Killingly, CT) and freshman Mike Juarez (Cranston, RI). Come See the Knights and Lady Knights play in their last basketball games of he 2009-10 season.

 

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Lady Knights lose heart breaker to Highland Community College 2-1 in extra innings

Clermont, FL March 24: The CCRI Lady Knights softball team ended their Florida road trip by playing the Cougars of Highland Community College. The Lady Knights lost 2-1 in eight innings (normal game is seven innings). With the loss the Lady Knights fall to 4-1 on the season.

On the mound for the Lady Knights Co-Captain Jessica Borden (Lincoln, RI) was the tough luck loser throwing eight strong innings allowing two runs, one earned, on seven hits, walking one and and striking out two Cougar batters. Borden also added a hit, one of only six Lady Knights' hits on the day. Jess pitched very well but the Lady Knights' bats fell flat offering her no support.

At the plate for the Lady Knights Jasmyn McCone (Taunton, MA) led the way going 2-3 followed by Carissa McKendall (Wes Warwick, RI) went 2-3. While Co-Captain Steph Morse (Warwick, RI) added a hit and Kaela-Rose Gentile (Glocester, RI) plated the only RBI for the Lady Knights.

The Lady Knights' last game of the trip which was scheduled versus Highland CC was canceled due to injuries for Highland. The Lady Knights return home to play two Doubleheaders Saturday at 2:00pm versus Genessee CC and Sunday versus Hudson Valley CC both doubleheaders start at 2:00pm at Winslow park in Apponaug.

 

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Lady Knights crush Kalamazoo College 12-3 to improve to 4-0!

Clermont, FL March 24: The CCRI Lady Knights softball team continued on their Florida road trip by playing the Hornets of Kalamazoo College an NCAA Division III program. The Lady Knights defeated The Hornets 12-3. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 4-0 on the season.

On the mound for the Lady Knights Co-Captain Marian Long (Warwick, RI) got the win throwing three innings allowing three runs, one earned, on four hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Long was relieved by Co-Captain Jessica Borden (Lincoln, RI) who threw four shutout innings allowing three hits and striking out three Hornet batters. Both pitchers pitched well but the Lady Knights defense uncharacteristically committed six errors behind them. Though the Lady Knights did not play their best game the outcome was never in question.

At the plate for the Lady Knights Kaela-Rose Gentile (Glocester, RI) led the way going 4-4 with three singles, a double, two runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base followed by Jasmyn McCone (Taunton, MA) who was 2-4 with a single, a double, two RBI and a run scored. Also hitting well were Co-Captain Nicole Kufel (Oradell, NJ) who was 1-2 with two runs scored and one RBI and Marian Long went 1-1 with a double and two RBI.

The Lady Knights play Highland Community College at 11:30 on Wednesday.

 

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Knights Nab Two from Northern Essex

Warwick, R.I. – March 22, 2010: The CCRI Knights baseball team hosted the Knights of Northern Essex Community College in a doubleheader on Sunday. The Knights swept Northern Essex with a score of 4-3 in the first game and 5-1 in game two. With the victories, the Knights improve their record to 6-2 on the season.

Starting on the mound for CCRI in game one was Mike Farias (West Greenwich, RI) who threw four innings giving up three runs and recording an impressive six strikeouts. Reliever Sean Furney (Warwick, RI) added 2.2 innings and another four strikeouts while Angelo St. Laurent (Cranston, RI) earned his first college win with a strikeout in the final 1/3 inning.
Leading the Knights at the plate was Melvin Torres (Woonsocket, RI) who went 1-2 with a double and an RBI along with Anthony Vinci (Trumbull, CT) who was 2-3 with a double and a run scored. The Knights trailed Northern Essex 3-0 into the bottom of the seventh when three Knights hits loaded the bases with no outs. Melvin Torres walked and Matt Nassi (North Providence, RI) reached on a fielder’s choice making the score 3-2 with one out. Justin Quinn (Sudbury, MA) grounded out tying the game 3-3 bringing Danny Hopkins (Cranston, RI) to the plate with two outs. Hopkins hit a walk-off single driving in Nassi and winning the game for the Knights 4-3.
Joe Portukalian (Cranston, RI) started game two for the Knights throwing three shutout innings and giving up only two hits with two strikeouts. Earning his first college win was Anthony Tortolano (Exeter, RI). Tortolano threw three innings giving up only one run and one hit while striking out four Northern Essex batters.

The Knights dominated game two offensively and were led by Justin Quinn (Sudbury, MA) who went 3-4 with 2 RBI’s and Matt Nassi (North Providence, RI) who went 2-3 with a run scored. Justin Rainville (Woonsocket, RI) and Raniel Valentin (San Juan, Puerto Rico) each added two hits for the Knights.
CCRI travels to Orlando, FL on Wednesday to participate in the Russmatt Baseball Invitational.

 

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Quinn’s Walk-off Leads Knights to a Win

Warwick, R.I. – March 22, 2010: The CCRI Knights baseball team hosted the Cougars of Manchester Community College in a doubleheader on Saturday. The Knights split with Manchester winning game one 6-5 and losing game two 6-4. The split gives the Knights a 4-2 record on the season.

Dan Mahlstedt (Trumbull, CT) started on the mound for the Knights in game one throwing three innings and giving up five runs on four hits with four walks and four strikeouts. An outstanding effort by reliever Josh Lynch (Warwick, RI) earned him his first win of the season. Lynch threw the final four innings giving up only four hits, allowing no runs, and earning five strikeouts.
CCRI was led offensively by Melvin Torres (Woonsocket, RI) who went 2-4 with 2 runs score and 2 RBI’s. The Knights trailed Manchester until the seventh inning when their bats finally exploded. Down five to one, the Knights kicked up the momentum by loading the bases with no outs. Three runs came in but the Knights were still down by one when shortstop Justin Quinn (Sudbury, MA) came to the plate with a man on second and two outs. Quinn worked the count full and hit a walk off homerun over the centerfield fence giving the Knights a 6-5 win and their fourth victory of the season.

Game two of the doubleheader against Manchester Community College was also a nail biter but did not work out in the Knights’ favor. On the mound first for the Knights was Dennis Medeiros (Dartmouth, MA). Medeiros lasted five innings giving up six runs, three unearned, seven hits and recording five strikeouts. The Knights trailed throughout most of the game but hung close with the offensive efforts of Danny Hopkins (Cranston, RI) who contributed two hits and 1 RBI and Matt Nassi (North Providence, RI) who added a solo home run.

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Lady Knights sweep doubleheader with Ohio State-Newark 3-0 and 4-1 to improve record to 3-0!

Clermont, FL March 23, 2010: The CCRI Lady Knights softball team continued on their Florida Spring Training trip to the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida with a doubleheader versus the Titans of Ohio State University-Newark a Community College from Newark, OH. The Lady Knights defeated the Titans 3-0 in the first game and 4-1 in the second game. With the two victories the Lady Knights improve to 3-0 on the season.

Game1
CCRI-3 Ohio State-Newark-0
On the mound for the Lady Knights freshman Co-Captain Jessica Borden (Lincoln, RI) got her first collegiate start and made he most of her opportunity. Borden tossed a seven-inning shutout allowing just five hits, three walks and striking out three Titan batters to earn her first collegiate victory. Jess also went 2-4 at the plate with two singles, a run scored and a stolen base to help her own cause. In addition, she showed tremendous heart as she took a line-drive come-backer off the thigh in the fourth inning, but shook it off and was still able to complete the shutout.

At the plate having a big game for the Lady Knights was Jasmyn McCone (Taunton, MA) who went 1-3 with a triple and two RBI and Casey Doyle (Warwick, RI) had a double and one RBI. Also helping the Lady Knights' offense was Co-Captain Nicole Kufel (Oradell, NJ) who went 1-3 with a single, two runs scored and two stolen bases and Kaela-Rose Gentile (Glocester, RI) was 1-4 with a single and two stolen bases.

Game 2
CCRI-4 Ohio State-Newark-1
On the mound for the Lady Knights Co-Captain Marian Long (Warwick, RI) charted her second victory of the year throwing a seven inning gem allowing just one earned run on five hits, walking one and striking out six. Long did and excellent job keeping he Titan batters guessing all night long mixing her pitches changing speeds and exploiting batter weaknesses.

At the plate for the Lady Knights Casey Doyle (Warwick, RI) continued to crush the ball going 2-3 with a single, a double and two RBI and Co-Captain Nicole Kufel (Oradell, NJ) went 2-3 with a single, a double, a run scored and a stolen base. Also having a big game at the plate was Jasmyn McCone (Taunton, MA) who went 1-1 with another triple and two runs scored and lead-off hitter Kaela-Rose Gentile (Glocester, RI) was 1-2 with a single, a run scored and a sacrifice bunt.

Head Coach Liz Afonso commented after the doubleheader “These were two great wins versus a very tough Ohio State team. I am proud of the way our ladies played and that they are implementing the things we work on in practice. We are playing well and need to keep improving every game. But overall I am very happy with how we are playing right now.”

The Lady Knights have Tuesday off but will play three games on Wednesday: 9:30AM versus Kalamazoo College, 11:30AM versus Highland Community College and 5:30PM versus Highland Community College (the 5:30 Highland game is replacing the rain-out versus McHenry Community College that was scheduled for Sunday afternoon.).

 

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Knights Coed Tennis opens season with tough 8-1 loss to Mercer County College

The CCRI Coed Tennis team traveled to West Windsor, NJ to play the Vikings of Mercer County Community College on the first day of a six-match-in-six-days campaign to kick off their 2010 season. The New Jersey school follows a no-ad scoring format, 8-game pro-sets in doubles and a match tie-break in lieu of a full third set in singles. Mercer has improved over last year’s season where they had disappointing results following a fifth place finish at the nationals in 2008. The first match of the day set the tone as returning co-captain Alex Cavanagh (Middletown, RI) faced off against Matt Pierson, a futures circuit player, who featured 140+mph first serves and 125mph second with a kick that jumped six to eight feet in the air (those are pro-level skills!). Pierson was booming serves that sounded like lightening cracks and crushing forehand winners. Cavanagh succumbed as did all the singles positions. The brightest spot was in first doubles where Cavanagh teamed-up with Timothy Steere (Glocester, RI) to impressively defeat Pierson and his partner, Jason Bielski, who had dispatched Steere in singles as well. Steere featured a second serve ace of Pierson in the second game of the set that set the stage for the rest of the contest. That win alone, could secure Cavanagh and Steere a top three seed at the National Tournament provided they continue to win the rest of the season.

The Knights took to the courts against the Vikings in the first match of our 2010 campaign. Alex Cavanagh (Middletown, RI) faced off against Matt Pierson in first singles and succumbed 6-1, 6-2. Timothy Steere (Glocester, RI) was defeated by Jason Bielski in second singles, 7-5, 6-4. Cooper Gillis (Barrington, RI) faced Travis McCaughan in third singles, falling by a score of 6-2, 3-6, 1-0(8). Dan Rivard (Scituate, RI) battled but fell to Juan Rimerez 6-4, 6-4. Fifth singles featured Matt Beatrice (Peacedale, RI) falling to Ben Pinter in fifth singles 6-2, 6-0. Sixth singles featured Ashley Llewellyn (N. Attleboro, MA) dropping her match 6-1, 6-4 to Dave Wilkes. The Vikings have 13 singles players so all of the Knights (Phil Vieira (Portsmouth, RI), Mohammed Kattan (Cranston, RI) and Ryan Lavoie (Coventry, RI)) were able to play. Unfortunately, all three dropped their 8-game pro-sets to Jason Ciaccio, Matt Romano and Joon Lee, 8-4, 8-1 and 8-1 respectively. Cavanagh teamed up with Steere in first doubles, defeating Matt Pierson and Jason Bielski, 8-4 in the 8-game pro-set format. Gillis and Rivard teamed up in second doubles, falling to Travis McCaughan and Jason Ciaccio 8-5. Beatrice and Vieira paired up and were bested by Juan Ramirez and Matt Romano 8-1 in third doubles. Finally, rounding out the day, Kattan and Lavoie fell to Brendan Belluscio and Ben Pinter 8-3.

Head Coach Deb Panzica commented after he matches “It was a good start to what should be a successful campaign. Some of our players truly set themselves up to compete well the rest of the season. Without another team in our own region, it is always a fine line that we must walk between scheduling the top-tier teams in the country and making sure we have a chance to be successful. Today was an excellent learning experience, and, in the case of 1st doubles, a signal for the rest of the country to heed.”

 

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Lady Knights win season opener in Florida 6-4 over Mount Mercy College!

Clermont, FL March 21: The CCRI Lady Knights softball team began their 2010 season at the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida versus the Division I NAIA Mustangs of Mount Mercy College, a four-year college. The Lady Knights defeated the Mustangs 6-4. With the victory the Lady Knights begin the season 1-0.

The Lady Knights jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning and added another in the second to go up 4-0. The Mustangs go one run in the third to make it 4-1. The Lady Knights had a 6-1 lead going into the top of the seventh and held on during a rain-soaked inning to secure the 6-4 victory.

At the plate for the Lady Knights they were led by Casey Doyle (Warwick, RI) who went 3-3 with three singles and two RBI, and Kaela-Rose Gentile (Glocester, RI) who went 2-4 with two singles and a run scored. Also having a big day at the plate was freshman Jasmyn McCone (Taunton, MA) who went 1-1 with a double, two stolen bases, a walk, one RBI and a run scored and freshman Co-Captain Jessica Borden (Lincoln, RI) was 1-3 with a single, a walk and one RBI.

On the mound for the Lady Knights Co-Captain Marian Long (Warwick, RI) notched her first victory of the year throwing seven strong innings allowing four runs, two earned on three hits walking three and striking out five. Long also helped her own cause at he plate going 1-2 with a single, a walk and two runs scored.

The Lady Knights' second game of the day versus McHenry Community College was rained out with a make-up still to be determined. The Lady Knights next games will be Monday at 5:30 and 7:30 when the Lady Knights play a doubleheader with the Titans of Ohio State University-Newark.

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Dimon tosses gem as Knights nullify Navy Prep 7-0 in Home Opener!

Warwick, R.I. – March 19, 2010: The CCRI Knights baseball team hosted their home opener Thursday versus the Rams of the Naval Academy Prep School. The Knights shut out the Rams 7-0. With the victory the Knights improve to 3-1 on the season.

The Knights got on the scoreboard in the third inning with a two-RBI double from catcher Raniel Valentin (San Juan, PR). They took a 4-0 lead into the eighth inning when they had their second big inning ignited by a 9-6-5 double play to end the top of the eight on a fly ball to right fielder Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL) who uncorked a laser to shortstop Brent Hopkins (Cranston, RI) who quickly exchanged to Co-Captain Matt Nassi (North Providence, RI) to gun down the Ram base runner at third base. In the bottom of the eighth Co-Captain Anthony Vinci (Trumbull, CT) smacked a two-run home run, later in the inning Melvin Torres (Woonsocket, RI) capped the Knights scoring with a solo home run giving them a 7-0 lead.

On the mound for the Knights Jim Dimon (Seymour, CT) was excellent throwing seven innings of shutout ball allowing just three hits, walking one and striking out six Rams to pick-up the victory. Dimon was relieved by Matt Fitzpatrick (North Providence, RI) throwing one inning and striking out one and Chris Mann (West Warwick, RI) who also threw a perfect frame striking out two batters.

At the plate for the Knights Co-Captain Anthony Vinci went 2-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored followed by Colin Morris (Bridgeport, CT) who was 2-3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Also having a good day was Raniel Valentin who was 1-3 with a two-RBI double and a run scored and Melvin Torres went 1-5 with a solo home run.

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Hopkins hammers Knights to 10-4 victory over Albemarle!

Warwick, R.I. – March 8, 2010: the CCRI Knights baseball team completed their North Carolina road trip and three game series with the College of the Albemarle. The Knights defeated the Dolphins in the “rubber” game 10-4. With the victory the Knights end the road trip with a 2-1 record.

At the plate for the Knights Dan Hopkins (Cranston, RI) went 2-1 with two long-distance homeruns, three RBI, three runs scored and three walks followed by Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL) who was 3-5 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored. Also having a big game at the plate was Justin Quinn (Sudbury, MA) going 2-5 with a double and an RBI, Melvin Torres (Woonsocket, RI) going 2-5 with two runs scored and Colin Morris (Bridgeport, CT) was 1-2 with a double, two RBI and a run scored.

On the mound Jim Dimon (Seymour, CT) pitched well throwing 5 2/3 innings allowing four runs, two earned, walking two and striking out nine Dolphin batters. He was relieved by Sean Furney (Warwick, RI) who picked-up the victory throwing 1 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out two while Steve Larsson (Cranston, RI) closed out the Knights’ victory with two scoreless innings of relief.

Assistant Coach Joe Vigeant commented after the series “This was the Dan Hopkins power show this weekend two long homeruns and eight walks in a three game series. His patience and power were unbelievable!”

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Knights’ nipped 1-0 as bats fall flat at Albemarle in Game 2

Warwick, R.I. – March 8, 2010: The CCRI Knights baseball team played their second game on their North Carolina road trip versus the Dolphins of the College of the Albemarle. The Knights fell to the Dolphins 1-0. With the loss the Knights fall to 1-1 on the season.

On the mound for the Knights Dennis Medeiros (Dartmouth, MA) pitched wonderfully throwing a six inning gem allowing just four hits, one unearned run, two walks while striking out five dolphin batters unfortunately he got no run support and the Knights fell 1-0.

At the plate the bats were quiet but Justin Rainville (Woonsocket, RI) went 1-3, Cody Ortega (Kissimmee, FL) was 1-2 and Co-Captain Anthony Vinci (Trumbull, CT) was 1-1. Unfortunately for the Knights these few hits were not enough to support Medeiros’ excellent outing on the mound.

 

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Knights crush College of the Albemarle 12-5 in season opener!

Warwick, R.I. – March 8, 2010: The CCRI Knights baseball team traveled to Elizabeth City, NC to open their season versus the dolphins of the College of the Albemarle. The Knights defeated the Dolphins 12-5. With the victory the Knights begin the season 1-0.

On the mound Dan Mahlstedt (Trumbull, CT) got the start for the Knights lasting only 2 1/3 innings and was relieved by Matt Fitzpatrick (North Providence, RI) who picked-up his first collegiate victory. They were helped by relievers Mike Farias (West Greenwich, RI) and Chris Mann (West Warwick, RI) who closed out the Knights’ victory.

At the plate Melvin Torres (Woonsocket, RI) led the way going 2-5 with a homerun, three RBI and two runs scored and Co-Captain Matt Nassi (North Providence, RI) went 3-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Also having a big game for the Knights was Brent Hopkins (Cranston, RI) going 2-4 with a double and three RBI, Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL) was 2-4 including a double, a triple, one RBI and a run scored and Colin Morris (Bridgeport, CT) was 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored. The Knights have two more games versus Albemarle scheduled for the weekend.

 

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Noons and Norris shine at Indoor Track Nationals!

Warwick, R.I. – March 8, 2010: The Community College of Rhode Island had only two participants qualify for the NJCAA Indoor Track Nationals at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL on Friday and Saturday: thrower Ashley Noons (North Dighton, MA) and sprinter Blest Norris (Pawtucket, RI).

Noons placed seventh in the shot put tying her season-best throw of 39 feet 6.8 inches. Ashley was seeded 13th going into the competition but was able to handle the pressure well and advance to the finals with a strong seventh place finish. Ashley didn’t fare as well in the weight throw were she placed 22nd with a throw of 36 feet .67 inches an excellent finish for someone in her first season of weight throwing.

Norris put in good efforts placing 23rd in the 60m dash in a time of 6.96 and 27th in the 200m dash in a time of 22.97. The sprint events at the NJCAA Nationals have traditionally been some of the most stacked events and 2010 was no exception. Blest put up good performances and had a super season and will be missed in 2011.

 

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Four Lady Knights earn All-Region XXI honors!

Warwick, R.I. – March 3 2010: Though the Lady Knights’ season ended earlier than they had set their plans on, they did receive some good news this week. Four of their players earned All-Region XXI honors: Sophomore Captain Erica Pisaturo (Smithfield, RI), and Freshmen Teighlor Clare-Kearney (Manchester, CT), Rajvi Jarvis (Stratford, CT) and Cassie Novicky (New Milford, CT).

Pisaturo was the Lady Knights Captain and led the Lady Knights in scoring in the first half of the season was slowed by some injuries during the season but showed tremendous leadership and played through the pain through the rest of the season. Erica averaged 11.4 points per game with 5.25 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.2 assists per game.

Clare-Kearney, a freshman, was a defensive force for the Lady Knights while also being their leading scorer. Her defensive pressure sparked the Lady Knights and lead to easy baskets. Teighlor averaged 12.6 points, 2.68 steals, 3.48 rebounds and two assists per game this year.

Jarvis, also a freshman, though she was not the tallest forward and often smaller than whom she would defend and play against was the Lady Knights’ leading rebounder by a wide margin. She was tenacious on the boards and a true team player. Rajvi averaged a team-high 9.62 rebounds per game which ranks her No. 28 in division II NJCAA to go along with 6.1 points, 2.3 steals, and 2.1 assists while adding almost one blocked shot per game with 22 blocked shots on the season.

Novicky, another freshman, was the calming influence for the Lady Knights on the floor, she has a tremendous basketball IQ always able to move the ball, find open teammates and when she was open make important 3-point baskets. Novicky was second on the team in scoring, rebounds, and steals and led the Lady Knights in blocked shots. Cassie ended the year with 62 3-pointers the second most in a single season behind 64 by Shermaine Farrior in 2004-05, she is also just 14 3-pointers from breaking the career 3-point mark of 75 set by Lauren Harrington from 2007-09. Novicky averaged 12.1 points, 5.67 rebounds, 2.4 steals, and 1.4 assists while also adding 1.87 blocked shots per game which ranked her No. 26 among division II in the NJCAA.

The Lady Knights were joined on the All-Region XXI Team by Jenna Dicrutallo and Kelly O’Neil from Dean College.

 

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Lady Knights fall 83-68 to Monroe College in Regional Championship

Warwick, R.I. – March 3, 2010: The CCRI Lady Knights women’s basketball team travelled to Bronx, NY to play Monroe College in the Region XV/Region XXI Championship game. The Lady Knights lost to the Lady Mustangs 83-68. With the loss the Lady Knights season ends with a 13-17 record. In addition, the Monroe win ends the impressive six year streak of the Lady Knights making it to the district and NJCAA national tournaments. The Lady Knight came out on fire jumping ahead of the Lady Mustangs 9-0 and then 12-3. However, Monroe the No. 1 seed got answered back and was able to extend to a 10 point lead by halftime. The Lady Knights would not quit as they were able to tie the game 52-52 with just 10 minutes left. But Lady Mustang freshman guard April Williams hit three consecutive 3-pointers to extend the Monroe lead back to double-digits, the Lady Knights fought back but the mustangs kept answering the call as Monroe would go on to win by the final score of 83-68. Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Cassie Novicky (New Milford, CT) scoring 16 points including four 3-pointers with six rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot. Novicky ended the year with 62 3-pointers the second most in a single season behind 64 by Shermaine Farrior in 2004-05, she is also just 14 3-pointers from breaking the career 3-point mark of 75 set by Lauren Harrington from 2007-09. Also having a big game was Captain Erica Pisaturo (Smithfield, RI) also scoring 16 points with three rebounds, three steals and two assists playing in her last game for the Lady Knights. They were joined by Noel Bullock (Greenbelt, MD) who had 13 points with six rebounds and three assists and Teighlor Clare-Kearney (Manchester, CT) who added 13 points. Head Coach Kevin Monagle commented after the game “Great effort as we fell to a talented team tonight. There were a couple opportunities to drop our heads and give-up. But we stayed true to our core values of what we want our team to be and tied the game with 10 minutes left. I am proud of how hard we played and I will miss our second year players and wish them luck everything they do. I also look forward to seeing our freshmen improve over the summer. I believe a lot of good things are still to come from this group.”

 

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Knights’ Burns and Wade earn All-Region XXI honors!

Warwick, R.I. – March 1, 2010: Though the CCRI Knights men’s basketball season ended earlier than they wanted there was some good news for the Knights. Co-Captains Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI) and Apollos Wade (Taunton, MA) earned All-Region XXI honors.

Burns was the Knights’ leading scorer averaging 16.4 points per game he had season highs of 29 points versus Springfield Tech and Massasoit Community College. Burns also averaged 6.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 steals and .9 blocked shots per game in the 2009-10 season. Over Burns’ career he scored in double-figures 24 times and over 20 points nine times. Burns took on a bigger role for the Knights in the second half of the season and his scoring and leadership is what helped the Knights win many games.

Wade served as one of the Knights’ point guards averaging 6.7 points per game and is ranked No. seven by the NJCAA in division II in assists averaging 6.83 per game while adding 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. Wade orchestrated the Knights offense flawlessly throughout the year and charted a career high for assists versus UConn-Avery Point where he dished out an amazing 19 assists. Wade followed-up that performance with a career-high in scoring in the Knights’ regular season finale with Dean College where he scored 26 points. Apollos’ ability to break presses and distribute the ball was two keys that proved vital to the Knights’ success this season.

Rounding out the All-Region XXI team were Josh Hodge, Victor Holder and Anthony Baskerville from Dean College and Doug Scott from Massasoit Community College.

 

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Lady Knights outlast Orange County CC 68-65, advance to Championship versus Monroe College!

Warwick, R.I. – March 1, 2010: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team travelled to Bronxville, NY to compete in the Region XV basketball tournament (top two seeds from Region XXI and Region XV). The No. 3 seed Lady Knights outlasted the No. 2 seed Colts from Orange County CC 68-65. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 13-16 on the season and advance to play No. 1 seed Monroe College Tuesday night at St. Michael’s Academy (Monroe College’s home court) at 7:00pm. No. 1 seed Monroe College defeated No. 4 seed Dean College 81-57 top advance to the Championship game. The Lady Knights came out firing in the first half shooting a blistering 54% from the floor and took a commanding 46-24 lead into halftime. However, these two teams were very evenly matched and in the second half Orange County CC gave the Lady Knights a taste of their own medicine outscoring them 41-22 in the second half, but the Lady Knights hung on to win by the final score of 68-65. Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Cassie Novicky (New Milford, CT) scoring a team-high 18 points including 4-6 from the 3-point arc while adding nine rebounds and two assists followed by point guard Noel Bullock (Greenbelt, MD) who added 17 points with four steals and four assists. Also playing well was Teighlor Clare-Kearney (Manchester, CT) added 16 points and four steals and Captain Erica Pisaturo (Smithfield, RI) added five points and a team-high 10 rebounds. The Colts’ Colleen Decker led all players with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Head Coach Kevin Monagle commented after the big victory "We came out with great intensity and focus today. Lots of little challenges this weekend, from the weather to the hotel; but the girls stayed mentally strong. Good thing we took it to them first half, because it was just the opposite second half. Two well matched teams squaring-off in the playoffs, exactly what playoff basketball should be.”

 

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Knights Club Volleyball wins three but loses to Maine in final of Bates Invitational!

Warwick, R.I. – March 1, 2010: The CCRI Men's Club Volleyball team traveled to Bates College in Lewiston, ME to compete in an interdivisional DII club volleyball tournament Sunday. The Knights finished second in their pool by defeating Hartford University 25-12 and 25-10 and Colby College 25-12 and 25-14 before losing to the University of Maine 23-25 and 24-26. The Knights advanced into the semi-finals and won a hard-fought battle against Williams College 19-25, 28-26 and 15-13. In the finals they faced the only team to beat them thus far, Maine. The finals started at 6:30 pm with both teams coming off three hard fought games in their semi-final matches. The first game the Knights had issues with desire and lost 17-25, they regained the fire and won 25-20, and in the third game were up 6 -1 but lost momentum and lost the last deciding game and match 12-15. The Knights are hoping that our showing in the interdivisional tournaments gains them an invitation to the Championships on March 27 and 28. Head Coach Anne-Marie Balboni commented “I've said from day one and will continue to say it... if I had 1,000 young men show up for tryouts I couldn't have picked a better team than the seven young men who showed the drive to start the CCRI's men's volleyball program.”

 

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Knights denied Region XXI title in 91-70 loss to Dean College

Warwick, R.I. – March 1, 2010: The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to Franklin, MA to play in the Region XXI Championship game versus Dean College on Saturday. The Knights lost tot eh Bulldogs 91-70. With the loss the Knights season ends with an 18-13 record. With the victory Dean wins their first Region XXI title since 2004. The Knights found themselves trailing 9-0 early and once Dean extended its lead to 10 points they never looked back. Dena took a 43-29 lead to halftime the closest the Knights would get in the second half was 50-40 but Dean answered the Knights’ rally and went on to win 91-70. The Knights were led by Esaie Touze (Providence, RI) who charted a double-double scoring 15 points while ripping down 15 rebounds adding four blocked shots and Co-Captain Colin Burns (Chepachet, RI) added a team-high 16 points with nine rebounds. Also having a big game was Co-Captain Apollos Wade (Taunton, MA) scoring 13 points with eight assists and Mike Juarez (Cranston, RI) added nine points. Dean’s Josh Hodge had a game-high 21 points followed by Victor Holder who added 19. Head Coach Rick Harris commented after the loss “Tough loss today, Dean played a tremendous game. We will miss our five sophomores as they move on next year. Great finish to the regular season winning nine of last eleven. They grew both individually and as a team while handling challenges and adversity wonderfully. We look to keep improving and regain the Region XXI title next year.”

 


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