Allen cruises to win at Tri-State Invitational
Freshman Bobby Allen (Cranston) won the men’s race by almost two minutes to lead the CCRI cross country teams at the Tri-State Invitational, which was hosted by CCRI at its Flanagan Campus.
Allen covered the 4.75 mile course in a time of 25 minutes, four seconds, beating the second-place finisher by 1:40. Allen’s finish helped the Knights tie for second with Worcester State. Mitchell College took first in the six-team field.
In addition to Allen, the Knights had two other runners finish in the top 10. Ben Marino (Warwick) finished fifth in a time of 27:22, while Cole Maguire (Foster) grinded out a 10th-place finish.
Isaiah Hector (Warwick) placed just outside of the medals in 16th with a time of 29:47. Stefan Cox (West Kingstown) placed 22nd and Chris Mann (West Warwick) rounded out the Knights’ squad with a 25th-place finish.
“This is a good team and it’s nice to see them run very well on their home turf even if they were sinking up to their ankles in mud,” said head coach Gregg Cornell. “Bobby continues to impress while all the other guys are getting stronger each week.”
Women’s soccer defeats CCBC-Essex
The No. 12 ranked CCRI women’s soccer team hosted the Community College of Baltimore County-Essex on Saturday for a Division I showdown and came away with a 2-1 victory, running its record to 9-1.
Field conditions weren’t perfect as the teams had to face a wet and muddy pitch. The Lady Knights came out strong and had Essex pinned in their own end of the field, but had a difficult time scoring due to a combination of the field conditions and not making the most of their opportunities. But CCRI finally broke the ice when freshman midfielder Cassie Tasich (Wakefield) found the lower portion of the right side of the Essex goal with about 14 minutes remaining in the first half. The goal was assisted by freshman forward Tori Tomassi (Westerly) who fed Tasich a nice pass from the right side of the field.
CCRI continued to dominate the match as the second half began but still could not find the net. As play continued, Essex escalated their pressure and scored the tying goal on a similar shot to CCRI’s first-half goal.
CCRI had an answer, though. In the 36th minute of the second half, freshman Caitlin McGarry (Warwick) scored off an assist by Jess McCaughey (Warwick) to give CCRI a 2-1 cushion.
Freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Viens (North Attleboro, Mass.) picked up her fifth consecutive victory. She has given up only a single goal during that stretch.
“The field conditions today weren’t good for either team, and on top of that we did not make the most of our opportunities in the first half of play and let Essex hang around,” said CCRI coach Dennis Grassini. “We shot the ball right at the goalkeeper on at least four or five occasions today. We really need to concentrate more on picking the corners. The score could have easily been at least 3-0 at the half today. However, we’ll take the win and move on. The team is really starting to jell and work well together all over the field.”
The Lady Knights’ next match will be Saturday when they host No. 5 ranked Montgomery College-Rockville at 12 p.m. at the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln.
Lady Knights win five of six at tourney
The CCRI volleyball team traveled to Concord, N.H., on Saturday to compete in the New Hampshire Technical Institute Invitational and came away with a 5-1 record. CCRI defeated NHTI, Paul Smith College, UMass Amherst, University of Maine-Machias and Word of Life Bible School before falling to Springfield JV in the finals. The 5-1 weekend improved CCRI to 21-5 on the season.
At the end of the tournament, CCRI’s Paula Cadavid-Palacio and Annie Ragan were awarded all-tourney honors.