November 21, 2014
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CCRI Roundup
Allen cruises to win a Lynx Invitational

The CCRI Cross Country runners recently traveled to Concord, N.H. to compete in the New Hampshire Technical Institute Lynx Invitational. Both CCRI men’s and women’s teams were incomplete (less than five runners) so they only had individual times recorded.

On the men’s side for the Knights, Bobby Allen (Cranston) won the Lynx Invite with an impressive course record of 25:55 seconds over the 8k course. The next closest competitor to Allen, who averaged 5:11 per mile, was Ignacio Harnando from NHTI coming in at 28:48. He finished nearly three minute later. Also having an excellent race for the Knights was David Palkovic (Middletown), who ran his best time ever with a 29:36 over the flat NHTI course. This was Palkovic’s best time by a whopping 1:24. Austin White (Woonsocket) placed 11th, also running his best 8k time in 34:05. Rounding out the Knights’ runners was Edward Polanco (Woonsocket) who ran steady to finish in 14th place with a time of 41:46.

For the Lady Knights Olivia Emerick (Cranston) ran her best race of the season over the 6k course. Emerick placed fourth in a time of 30:20. Meaghan Shanley (Warwick) was just behind her, also running her best race with a sixth-place finish in a time of 32:03.

“A good individual effort by the runners on the CCRI team,” head coach Gregg Cornell said. “We will return to NHTI next week and the athletes now know the course and we look for all to improve on their personal bests.”

Lady Knights surpass Sussex

The No. 13 Lady Knights’ soccer team wrapped up their weekend trip by traveling to Newton, N.J. to play the Skylanders of Sussex County Community College. The Lady Knights dominated the Skylanders 9-0. With the victory, the Lady Knights improved to 8-3-2 on the season.  

The leading scorer on the day was captain Cait McGarry (Warwick) who scored three goals while adding four assists for an impressive 10-point day. Sophomore captain Brittany LeClair (Westerly) also tallied three goals with one assist for seven points on the afternoon. Other goal scorers were freshman midfielder Paige Oram (Burrillville), who scored two goals and added an assist, and freshman midfielder/forward Kassie Lussier (Warwick), who tallied her third goal of the season. Freshman goalkeeper Alex Place (East Greenwich) recorded her sixth shutout victory on the season.

“Our team continues to work hard and the results show it,” head coach Dennis Grassini said. “Playing back-to-back games on the road is no easy task and Coach Bannan and I are pleased with the success we had this weekend”.

The Lady Knights will host the Springfield JV team today to close out their 2012 regular season home schedule at 3:30 p.m. at the CCRI Soccer Complex in Lincoln. This will also be CCRI Lady Knights Soccer’s Sophomore Day, with five Lady Knights making their final appearance at home for CCRI. They are: LeClair, captain Jessica McCaughey (Warwick), McGarry, Alyssa DaSilva (Rehoboth, Mass.) and Jessica Sandin (Warwick).

Lady Knights and Mercer battle to tie

The 13th ranked CCRI Lady Knights women’s soccer team traveled to Trenton, N.J. this past Saturday to take on the Mercer County Community College Vikings.

The Lady Knights and Vikings battled to a 1-1 tie in double overtime.

The Lady Knights came out of the gates playing hard and dominated play right from the opening whistle. In the 10th minute of play, sophomore captain Brittany LeClair (Westerly) scored on a pass from freshman forward Jessica Hammond (Warwick), as LeClair deflected Hammond’s pass up high into the Mercer goal. As play continued the teams went back and forth with a few scoring opportunities at each end.

As the second half of play began, the game became more physical but CCRI still carried the play and held onto the 1-0 lead. In the first 15 minutes of the half a CCRI defender was issued a second yellow card which prompted her ejection from the game. With the Lady Knights playing short-handed, they still managed to keep Mercer off the board. However, with approximately eight minutes remaining in regulation, a Mercer player took a well-placed shot to Lady Knights’ goalkeeper Alex Place’s (East Greenwich) left. As Place was moving across to make a routine save she slipped and couldn’t reach the ball giving Mercer the tying goal. Regulation ended with the score 1-1.

As the overtime period began both teams had a few scoring chances, especially CCRI, which hit the crossbar twice. After a scoreless first 10-minute overtime period, the teams began the second overtime. Neither team could find the back of the net.

Lady Knights go 8-0 to win Holyoke Volleyball Invite

The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team traveled to Holyoke, Mass. to compete in the Holyoke Volleyball Invitational over the weekend.

On Saturday, the Lady Knights began a little slowly but gained momentum as the day progressed. CCRI defeated NHTI 25-9, 25-27 and 15-10; Springfield JV 25-21, 23-25 and 15-12; Holyoke CC 25-17 and 25-14; and UMass-Amherst 25-21 and 25-18. CCRI went 4-0 in matches 8-2 in games on the Saturday.

On Sunday, the Lady Knights were nearly perfect. They defeated Word of Life 25-16 and 25-12; Northern Essex CC 25-9 and 25-7; Word of Life again in the tournament semifinals 25-7 and 25-20; and Springfield JV in the championship match 25-18 and 25-19. CCRI went 4-0 in matches on Sunday and 8-0 in their games. With the eight victories the Lady Knights improved to 20-5 on the season.

In that semifinal match against Word of Life, CCRI was too much for them to handle. Janny Cabrera and Megan Del Re just kept rolling with Cabrera picking up nine kills and Del Re grabbing eight kill. In addition, Cabrera backed-up her stellar attacks with six solo blocks and four aces and while Haley Greenwood and Paula Cadavid played solid defense. Cadavid had 10 digs and Greenwood had 13 digs.

For the tournament, captain Annie Ragan had 159 assists, 22 kills, 16 blocks and eight aces; captain Paula Cadavid had 50 kills, 89 digs and 11 aces; Janny Cabrera hit at 40 % with 62 kills, 32 blocks and 21 aces; Megan Del Re had 36 kills, 14 blocks and 18 aces; Jenna Ayala had 13 kills and 10 blocks; Haley Greenwood had 85 digs and 15 aces.

The next matches for the Lady Knights will be Saturday when they will travel back to New Rochelle, N.Y. to play No. 18 Monroe College for a tri-match with Monroe and Delaware Technical Community College.


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