September 30, 2014
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CCRI Roundup
Lady Knights blow out Manchester CC for 11th win
JESS RANDALL

The No. 11 CCRI Lady Knights hosted the Cougars of Manchester Community College from Manchester, Conn. on Saturday for a Region XXI non-league game.

The Lady Knights easily beat the Cougars 106-34. With the victory the Lady Knights improved to 11-1 overall and 3-0 in Region XXI play. The Lady Knights led from the opening tip to the final buzzer as they jumped out to a quick 10-point lead early in the game which they quickly extended to 20 points before going into the half leading 60-18. In the second half Manchester, though down by a big margin, still played hard to the final whistle. However, the overall talent level of the Lady Knights was too much for the Cougars to overcome.

Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Lexi Barros (New Bedford, Mass.) with a game-high 26 points, including 4-for-7 from the three-point arc, with eight steals, six assists and four rebounds. Barros was helped by Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, Conn.) who added her eighth double-double of the year with 19 points and 11 rebounds to go with four assists and two steals. Manchester transfer Lindsey Nash (Manchester, Conn.) charted a double-double against her former team with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Rounding out the five Lady Knights in double-figures was Ahnyyah Jackson (Hackensack, N.J.) with 15 points, six rebounds and five steals and captain Jahira Smith (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 10 points, four assists and three steals. Also playing well for CCRI was Treedy Ward (Boynton Beach, Fla.) who scored nine points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot. Captain Jess Randall (Warwick) added eight points, nine rebounds, four steals, two assists and a blocked shot and Jenna Ayala (Paterson, N.J.) added six points and nine rebounds.

"We focused all week on boxing out and I thought we did a really good job with that,” CCRI head coach Kate Lynch said. “We also worked a lot on defense all week. We need to so some tweaking in order to be successful. I think we were a lot more focused on the little things today."

The Lady Knights are back in action at home today when they host the Pointers of UConn-Avery Point at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse located on the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick.

Knights beat Bunker Hill CC

The CCRI men’s basketball team traveled to Charlestown, Mass. to play the Bulldogs of Bunker Hill Community College for a Region XXI non-league game on Saturday. The Knights defeated the Bulldogs 95-72. With the victory, the Knights improved to 8-4 on the season and 4-2 in Region XXI play.

Both teams began the game before the Knights closed the first half with a 22-8 run to go into the break leading 48-34. The Knights’ run was sparked by intense half-court pressure defense. In the second half, the Knights extended their lead to 20 points, 62-42, within the first five minutes. Both teams made some mini-runs from there on out, but for the most part CCRI was able to stay comfortably in front and cruise to the victory.

Leading the way for the Knights was sophomore captain Desmond Williams (Torrington, Conn.), scoring a game-high 23 points, a career-high eight assists and four steals. Williams was helped by his backcourt mate and fellow captain Bryan Yarce (Cranston), who scored 16 points with three assists and two blocked shots. Pat Marchand (Cranston) added 15 points and nine rebounds. Rounding out the Knights’ top performers was Elijah Okagbare (Bourne, Mass.) who added 10 points and five rebounds while captain Isaac Medeiros (Johnston) added nine points, four rebounds and a blocked shot.

McGarry and Oram earn NSCAA soccer honors

The CCRI Lady Knights soccer players keep racking-up the postseason awards.

Previously, the Lady Knights had seven players earn All-Region XXI honors and one player earned NJCAA All-American honors. It has now been announced that two players, Caitlin McGarry (Warwick) and Paige Oram (Burrillville) were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-North Regional Team. In addition, McGarry was also named NSCAA Second Team All-American.

McGarry earned her second All-American honor in as many weeks for the Lady Knights. McGarry had recently earned her first All-American honor, being named NJCAA Second Team All-American last week. In addition, McGarry earns her second NSCAA All-North Region award after earning second All-Region XXI honor in as many years a few weeks ago. McGarry led the Lady Knights in scoring both years she played. In her sophomore campaign she was tied for team-high with 11 goals and added a team-leading 18 assists for 40 total points. The 40 total points ranked her tied for No. 40 in the nation by the NJCAA. In addition, the 18 assists rank her No. 8 in the nation by the NJCAA. In her freshman year, she had 10 goals and a team-leading 14 assists for 34 total points. For her career, she had 21 goals and is ranked second all-time with 32 assists and ranked No. 8 on the CCRI All-time scoring list with 74 total points.

“Coach Bannan and I were so happy, pleased, and proud that Caitlin McGarry has been selected as Second Team NJCAA All-American again,” CCRI head coach Dennis Grassini said. “Caitlin is a quality player who has great skills and footwork. Her free kicks are second to none. She gave our team probably some of the best corner kicks we’ve ever had in the history of our program. Considering our record was only 10-5-2 this past season and not qualifying for the National Tournament, it just proves what Cait’s worth was to our program.”

Oram earned her second All-Region honor in her freshman campaign with her NSCAA All-North Region selection, after earlier earning NJCAA All-Region XXI honors. Oram was a key addition to the 2012 Lady Knights’ soccer squad and was ranked third on the team with eight goals while adding three assists. She was fourth on the team with 21 total points.

Oram will be a key part of the Lady Knights’ success in 2013.

"We are very pleased and proud to announce that freshman, midfielder Paige Oram has been selected to the NSCAA All-North Regional Team for 2012,” Grassini said. Paige was a solid midfielder for our team this past season.

She started every game and rarely came off the pitch. She really showed the coaching staff and her teammates that she possesses a lot of talent and knowledge of the game. She has great foot skills, field awareness, and soccer savvy. We are delighted that she has been recognized for her efforts. We are looking for bigger any better things from Paige next season as a sophomore and team leader."


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