The CCRI men’s and women’s cross country teams hosted the 2012 Tri-State Invitational on Saturday at the CCRI Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. The Knights’ team finished fourth out of six teams with 106 total points. Bridgewater State won the men’s side with 27 total points followed by Wheaton with 56 and Worcester State with 59 points. On the women’s side the meet was won by Wheaton with 30 total points followed by Bridgewater State with 48, Worcester State with 49, Mitchell College with 115, and Mount Ida with 137.
Bobby Allen (Cranston) continued his winning ways by dominating the men’s race in a time of 27 minutes, 3 seconds over the hilly, wet, and demanding course on the CCRI Flanagan Campus. This was Allen’s third victory in four races. In addition, Allen avenged his only loss of the 2012 season to Bridgewater State senior Stephen Wahome which happened at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational on Sept. Allen and Wahome were shoulder to shoulder for two thirds of the race, but Allen held his final kick to the last foray into the woods and came out ahead of Wahome and kicked himself to a thirty second victory as Wahome would cross the finish line in 27:33.
Also for the Knights, David Palkovic (Middletown,) finished 16th in a season-best time of 31:00, followed by Marciano Brunette (Narragansett) finishing 23rd in a time of 33:05. In his first race ever, Brandon Paesang (Cumberland) held his own, placing 35th in a time of 40:12, while Edward Polanco (Woonsocket) rounded out the fine team effort with a 40th place finish in a time of 43:36.
For the Lady Knights, Meghan Shanley (Warwick, RI) placed 39th in a time of 28:07, which was her best time of the season. Olivia Emerick (Cranston) finished right behind her in 40th in a time of 28:15.
Men’s soccer upsets Dean
The CCRI men’s soccer team traveled to Dean College in Franklin, Mass., to take on the No. 17 Bulldogs in a Region XXI conference showdown. The Knights pulled out a 1-0 victory to improve to 4-5 on the season and 4-1 in Region XXI play.
“The coaching staff and I worked with the team on keeping the ball and using each other to move up the pitch,” said coach Gabe Toro. “The players were able to have more combination play making each other more dangerous and elusive.
By keeping the ball we were able to design more effective plays and play more with a purpose.”
The game was hard-fought with neither team budging until about 12 minutes left in the game when the Knights were able to open up the offense. Servi Barrientos (Providence) played a curling ball into the six yard box and Freddie Korsah (Accra, Ghana) dove onto the wet ground to head the ball past the Dean goalkeeper, giving the Knights a 1-0 lead, a lead they would not relinquish.
“I was very happy with the team's mindset this game,” Toro said. “The celebration of the goal was perfect because it included all the players, something I said to them at the start of the game: ‘we were going to need everyone to win.’ All the players on the team contributed to this win, starting on the practice pitch and executing what they rehearsed before the game. All players continue to push each other during practices resulting in individual improvement, which ultimately leads to overall team performance.”
Lady Knights roll Springfield
The No. 14 CCRI women’s soccer team blanked Springfield Technical Community College 9-0 on Tuesday to improve to 6-3-1 on the season.
The Lady Knights took care of business and it didn’t take them long to get on the scoreboard as freshman midfielder/defender Betti Worth (Manchester, England) connected with a driving shot on a pass from sophomore tri-captain Brittany LeClair (Westerly)in the seventh minute of play. Seven minutes later sophomore midfielder Jessica Sandin (Warwick) scored on another assist from LeClair, the first of three goals for Sandin. CCRI totally dominated the first half of play and went to the break leading 7-0. Other goal scorers in the first half were sophomore tri-captain Cait McGarry (Warwick), tri-captain Jess McCaughey (Warwick) and freshman defender Taylor Lopes (Cumberland).
As the second half of play began things weren’t much different. Fifteen minutes into the half McCaughey scored and 15 minutes later Worth scored again, giving the Lady Knights a 9-0 lead.
Freshman goalkeeper Alex Place (East Greenwich) recorded her fourth shutout victory on the season as she only had to make one save in the game.
Volleyball finishes second at NHTI Invite
The CCRI women’s volleyball team traveled to Concord, N.H., for the NHTI Invitational over the weekend and came home with a second-place finish. They compiled a 5-1 record in the tourney, with wins over Nashua Community College, Word of Life Bible Institute, Unity College, Springfield JV and the University of Maine-Machias. The win over Maine-Machias moved the Lady Knights into the championship, where they lost to Springfield JV 25-19, 22-25 and 13-15.
Co-captain Annie Ragan (North Kingstown) and hitter Janny Cabrera (Providence) both were named to the all-tournament Team for their efforts.
“Day one was hard for the girls,” head coach Samantha Amaral said. “We had a long bus ride to NHTI and all the girls just felt slow and tired. However they were able to pull it together and come out victorious on day one.”