September 21, 2014
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CCRI Roundup
Lady Knights outlast Springfield JV in five

The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team traveled to Springfield, Mass. to play the Pride of Springfield JV. The Lady Knights defeated the Pride 3-2 in a hard-fought five-game match. The game scores were 25-22, 17-25, 14-25, 27-25 and 15-11. With the victory, the Lady Knights improved to 5-2 on the season.

The Lady Knights battled their way to victory. In the middle of game four, head coach Samantha Amaral called a timeout and told them, “You to have fun this game and start playing like true Knights.”

It looked like a light came on from there for the girls. Amaral later added, “It takes a strong hearted team to come back and win the entire game.I was very proud as a coach.”

For the match, Janny Cabrera (Providence) led CCRI with 13 kills to go with seven digs and six blocks. Captain Annie Ragan (North Kingstown) led the Lady Knights with 28 assists 15 digs and three blocks and captain Paula Cadavid (Lincoln) added 11 kills and 11 digs. Also helping them was Meagan Del Re (Coral Springs, Fla.) with 14 digs and eight kills and Haley Greenwood (Goldsboro, N.C.), who added 13 digs.

“If I would pick one player as my MVP for the day it would be libero Haley Greenwood,” Amaral said. “She played lights out today. This girl had no voice and very tired from a long weekend at the classic. However, Haley truly gave it her all in all five games.”

The next matches for the Lady Knights will be this Friday and Saturday when they will travel to Concord, N.H. to play in the New Hampshire Tech Invite.

Knights’ Soccer conquers Cougars

The CCRI Knights men's soccer team traveled to Holyoke, Mass. to play the Cougars of Holyoke Community College for a Region XXI non-league game. The Knights defeated the Cougars 2-0. With the victory, the Knights improved to 3-4 overall and 3-1 in Region XXI play.

The Knights are dealing with injures right now to Chris Munoz (Talcahuano, Chile), Damon Georgiou (Portsmouth) and Frederick Korsah (Accra, Ghana), all of who are unable to play. That forced head coach Gabe Toro and his staff to make some adjustments to their lineup once again. Newcomers to the Knights Kyle Ferreira (Westerly) and Jossiemar Caballero (Providence) stepped up contributed in their first starts.

The Knights opened up the scoring on a free kick from Servi Barrientos (Providence) before the first half ended. After the Knights played well for most of the first half, they came out flat the second half, which allowed Holyoke to get back into the game. Eventually, though, forward Luis Duarte (Pawtucket) scrambled to pass the ball to Barrientos who unleashed a powerful shot from the top of the 18-yard box into the top corner of the Holyoke net to give the Knights a 2-0 lead and eventual margin of victory. Goalkeeper Derek Soares (Pawtucket) also got his first start of the year and made the most of it, charting his first career shutout.

“Overall, the new lineup did show some more offensive flow but the defense still needs to work on cleaning up their play coming out of the back,” Toro said.

The Knights’ next game is this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. when they will host the Wolverines of Essex County College from Newark, N.J. at the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln.

Volleyball wins CCRI Classic

The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team continued hosting the CCRI Volleyball Classic on Sunday after opening the Classic with a 3-0 start on Saturday. They faced the Falcons of Lackawanna College and lost in two straight games 19-25 and 19-25. Though the Lady Knights lost that match, they still went into the playoffs with the No.1 seed. They would await the winner of the New Hampshire Tech versus Springfield JV match. Springfield defeated NHTI 2-1 and won the deciding game in a 17-15 thriller.

With the victory, the Pride of Springfield College JV would once again face-off against the Lady Knights for the third time this season. The Lady Knights won a tremendous three game match 16-25, 25-15 and 15-12. With the victory the Lady Knights won the CCRI Volleyball Classic.

In the championship match, the Lady Knights dropped the first game 16-25 but then rallied to win two straight top take the Classic. Offensively, the Lady Knights were led by Janny Cabrera (Providence), with a tournament-high 16 kills while adding three blocks and two digs. She was helped by captain Paula Cadavid (Lincoln), who charted a tournament-high 23 assists while adding six digs and two kills. Also helping the Lady Knights was libero Haley Greenwood (Goldsboro, N.C.) with a match-high 10 digs while Meagan Del Re (Coral Springs, Fla.) added five kills, four digs and two blocks. Rounding out the CCRI top performers were Jenna Ayala (Paterson, N.J.) and Zorymar Nieves (Pawtucket) with four digs and a kill apiece.     

“For day two I have two MVP candidates because without both of these girls this team would not have won the CCRI Classic,” CCRi head coach Samantha Amaral said. “My two MVP’s go to co-captain Paula Cadavid and Janny Cabrera.

CCRI Volleyball goes 3-0 day one of CCRI Classic

The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team hosted five schools to the CCRI Flanagan Campus in Lincoln for the CCRI Volleyball Classic over the weekend. The teams were Nassau Community College (NCC) from Garden City, N.Y.; Holyoke Community College (HCC) from Holyoke, Mass.; Lackawanna College from Scranton, Penn.; New Hampshire Tech (NHTI) from Concord, N.H.; and Springfield College JV from Springfield, Mass.

On Saturday the Lady Knights went a perfect 3-0, and in the process avenged the loss from their first contest of the season to Springfield College JV. In their first match they defeated NHTI 25-14 and 25-7. In their second match they defeated Springfield JV 25-21 and 25-20 and in their third match they defeated Nassau Community College 15-25, 25-14 and 15-10.

Knights fall to No. 4 ranked Monroe CC

The CCRI men’s soccer team faced No. 4 Tribunes of Monroe Community College from Rochester, N.Y. on Saturday. The Knights fell to the undefeated Tribunes 5-1. With the loss, the Knights’ record dropped to 2-4 on the season.

The Knights were facing a team that was coming in red hot with a perfect 8-0 record. Making that task even more difficult was the fact that head coach Gabe Toro and the Knights are still trying to find a consistent starting lineup after suffering several key injuries in the second week of the season.

The Tribunes came out and played a very physical game, something Toro pointed out would happen in the locker room before the game. Monroe started to hit and hustle as the Knights adjusted to the speed and level of play.

The injury woes for the Knights continued as Damon Georgiou (Portsmouth) collided intensely in the middle of the field with a Monroe player, which resulted in both players being removed by the game with minor injuries. John Fargnoli (Providence) came in to provide some quality minutes for the Knights until he had to leave with a minor injury, keeping the Knights’ training staff busy throughout the contest.

Monroe opened up the scoring less than 20 minutes into the contest, capitalizing on two mistakes in the back line by the Knights, giving them a 2-0 lead. The Tribunes scored a third goal before the half to go into the break leading 3-0.

The Knights came out in the second half a lot stronger and started to play more physically. Toro encouraged his team to pass the ball with more speed and use Monroe’s size and speed against them. Unfortunately, the Knights took too long to get their game started. Monroe was able to score another goal to lead 4-0.

CCRI captain Manny Alves (Pawtucket) was able to score a goal and get the Knights on the board in the middle of the second half to cut the Monroe lead to 4-1, but Monroe added a late goal to produce the final score.

No. 12 Lady Knights lose to No. 6 Monroe CC

The No. 12 CCRI women’s soccer team faced off against the No. 6 ranked Lady Tribunes of Monroe Community College from Rochester, N.Y. on Sunday at the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln. The Lady Knights lost to the Lady Tribunes 5-2.

As the second half of play began, the Monroe forwards pressured the CCRI defense. Freshman Alison Sharpe connected for her second goal of the match in just the third minute, giving Monroe a commanding 4-0 lead. However, the Lady Knights did not give up, continuing to work hard creating a corner kick opportunity. Sophomore captain Cait McGarry (Warwick) took the corner kick and fellow sophomore captain Brittany LeClair (Westerly) scored off of a scramble in front of the Monroe goal, getting CCRI on the board making the score 4-1 in the 10th minute of play in the second half.

Later, freshman midfielder Betti Worth (Manchester, England) gave a nice pass to McGarry who sent a perfectly placed shot low and into the left corner of the Monroe goal, beating freshman goalkeeper Paige Buchholtz who had relieved Chloe Crook in the Monroe net. The Lady Knights seemed to have some life being down 4-2, but Monroe’s sophomore captain Natalie Rogers put an end to the Lady Knights hopes, scoring an unassisted goal giving the Tribunes a commanding three-goal lead.

Lady Knights and Harford fight to draw 

The No. 12 Lady Knights soccer team hosted the No. 14 Fighting Owls of Harford Community College from Bel Air, Md. on Friday at the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln. The teams played to a 0-0 tie after 90 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute, sudden-death overtime periods. With the tie, the Lady Knights are now 5-1-1 on the season.

Things didn’t change much in the first 10-minute sudden death overtime period as both teams battled hard but no one could score. In the second overtime period Lady Knights’ sophomore captain midfielder Jess McCaughey (Warwick) found herself alone near the Harford goalkeeper. She placed a shot low and to the left side of the goal along the ground, just missing by inches.

“Harford is always a formidable opponent,” head coach Dennis Grassini said. “It was very exciting and what a good soccer game is all about. Our goalkeeper Alex Place (East Greenwich,) played outstanding today, making some very quality saves throughout the entire match.”

All CCRI runners finish in top five in NAPS

Three Knights and one Lady Knight took to the trails of the Flanagan Campus cross country course with a dual meet run off with the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) on Thursday.

The Knights’ Bobby Allen (Cranston) covered the 3.05-mile course in a time of 15:36 to finish the race first. David Palkovic (Middletown) ran the course in 18:33, good for fourth place, and Marciano Brunette (Narragansett) placed fifth in a time of 18:46.

For the Lady Knights, Meg Shanley (Warwick) placed third among the women in a time of 30:41. Only the NAPS men’s team was complete so they took the title with a perfect score of 15. Both Naps and CCRI women’s teams were incomplete.

The next meet for the Knights will be Saturday, when they will host the Tri-State Invitational. The women’s race begins at 9:30 a.m. and the men’s race starts at 10:00 a.m.


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