Lady Knights sweep competition in Nashua
The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team traveled to Nashua, N.H. to compete in a tri-match with Nashua Community College and Word of Life Bible School. The Lady Knights went a perfect 6-0 in games and 2-0 in matches on the weekend. With the victories the Lady Knights improved to 23-5 on the season.
CCRI vs. Word of Life
The Lady Knights, true to the coach’s prediction, came out slow. But, despite that, the score was only 24-20 Word of Life. Paula Cadavid-Palacio (Lincoln, R.I.) went back to serve and was determined to tie the game for the Lady Knights. Not only did Cadavid-Palacio tie the game, but also she won that game outright, serving four aces in a row and finishing the game 26- “Paula is quiet but aggressive,” head coach Samantha Reyes said. “She is the player to say it’s not over until whistle is blown and will give it her all until that game is done.”
After the first game, the Lady Knights were determined to prove that they truly were the better team in the gym, and they finished off the last two games in dominant fashion 25-11 and 25-13. Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Annie Ragan (North Kingstown, R.I.) who led the team with 13 kills, one block and one ace. She was followed by Cadavid-Palacio who had nine kills, eight aces and 16 digs, while captain Karla Santizo (Warwick, R.I.) led the team with 25 digs and also had two kills and one ace. Captain Courtney Piccirillo (Harmony, R.I.) ended the match with 25 assists, four aces and two kills.
CCRI vs. Nashua CC
Cadavid-Palacio led the team with eight kills, four aces and 10 digs while Alanna Perry (Taunton, Mass.) was a great server, picking up four aces.
Ragan had seven kills, 2.5 blocks, three aces and 13 digs. Rounding out the Lady Knights efforts was captain Samantha Niquette (Coventry, R.I.) with three kills, two aces, seven digs and a block, and Santizo added eight digs and three aces.
The Lady Knights’ next match will be Friday for their annual “Pink Out,” where they will be wearing pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness and will be collecting donations for the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation. They will host the Pride of Springfield JV at 7 p.m. in Lincoln.
Knights knock off Bryant & Stratton
the Knights continued their play in the Essex County College Soccer Tournament on Sunday and faced-off against the Bobcats of Bryant & Stratton College from Syracuse, N.Y. The Knights defeated the Bobcats 1-0 in overtime. With the victory, the Knights improved to 3-7 on the season.
The Knights were inspired to play hard on Sunday after playing a good half the day prior, but not a full 90 minutes against a very formidable opponent.
Despite the difference in size, with the Bobcats being much bigger, the Knights hung tough.
Michael Keegan (East Greenwich, R.I.) injured himself jumping over a Bryant & Stratton player on a corner kick. Though hurt, Keegan led the charge, putting off treatment until after the game.
The Knights followed his lead.
Captain Emmanuel Ridore (Warwick, R.I.) applied relentless pressure on the ball while Chris Lopes (Pawtucket, R.I.) played his best game of the year. Captain Luis Espinal (Pawtucket, R.I.) also played through injuries to contribute to the shape and structure of the midfield. Manny Alves (Pawtucket, R.I.) provided versatility he moved from offense to defense as other players became injured throughout the game.
Knights’ Goalkeeper Zack Caron (Seekonk, Mass.) had another amazing game in net contributing six saves in the contest. In addition, Kevin Laynez (Providence, R.I.), Mario Barrientos (Providence, R.I.) and Bennett Thompson (Glocester, R.I.) came off the bench for the Knights to provide more reinforcements for their downed players.
In the fourth minute of overtime Chris Lopes intercepted a pass in the midfield and then he turned on his speed to penetrate into the defense of Bryant & Stratton. Emmett Dixon (Central Falls, R.I.) ran into space up top and Lopes found him in the lane. Dixon dealt with an onrushing Bobcats’ goalkeeper to push the ball ahead and finish with a thundering shot into the back of the net giving the Knights the exhilarating 1-0 overtime victory. The Knights players ran onto the field in celebration, tackling Dixon to the ground right after he celebrated with his own back flip.
“We finally got our guys to keep the foot on the gas for 90 plus minutes and the results say it all,” CCRI head coach Gabe Toro said.
Knights downed by Essex
The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team traveled to Newark, N.J. to compete in a tournament hosted by Essex Community College. CCRI played the Wolverines of Essex County College on Saturday. The Knights lost to the Wolverines 3-1. With the loss the Knights fell to 2-7 on the season.
Allen Wins, Knights finish second
The Knights’ Bobby Allen (Cranston, R.I.) was the individual winner of the dual meet, finishing the 5k course in a time of 16:10. Ben Marino (Warwick, R.I.) finished third for the Knights, but Navy Prep won the meet 27 points to 28.
Lady Knights lose to Montgomery-Rockville
The No. 12 women’s soccer team hosted the Knights of Montgomery College-Rockville from Rockville, Md. on Saturday. The Lady Knights of CCRI lost a heartbreaker to Rockville 4-3 in overtime. The loss ended the Lady Knights five-game winning streak, giving them a 9-2 overall record on the season.
Both teams battled evenly for the first 32 minutes of play until CCRI was awarded a free kick on a Montgomery foul. Freshman Kayla Resendes (Cumberland, R.I.) sent the ball into the goal area and freshman forward Brittany LeClair (Westerly, R.I.) headed the ball into the back of the Montgomery-Rockville goal, giving CCRI a 1-0 advantage. With just over three minutes remaining in the half, freshman forward Tori Tomassi (Westerly, R.I.) took a pass from sophomore Lauren Saritelli (Coventry, R.I.) and found the back of the Montgomery goal, giving the Lady Knights a 2-0 halftime advantage.
As the second half of play began, Montgomery-Rockville came out hard and strong, pressuring CCRI with a few good chances. About 10 minutes into the half, Montgomery-Rockville was awarded a penalty kick, as one of their players was taken down inside the Knights 18-yard box. Freshman Hiba El-Klabli converted, making the score 2-1. Just a minute later, Montgomery freshman Barbara Monsky scored to knot the score at 2-2. However, it didn’t take the Lady Knights long to regain the lead, as freshman midfielder Cassie Tasich (Wakefield, R.I.) took a long designed play pass off of the kickoff. Tasich placed a beautiful lofting shot from the left side over the outstretched goalkeeper, giving CCRI the 3-2 lead. Both teams continued to battle throughout with both having some good scoring opportunities. With eight minutes remaining in the game Montgomery-Rockville found the back of the net, as Monsky scored again, tying the score at 3-3
With the score knotted at three, the teams began the sudden death overtime period. With the momentum favoring Montgomery-Rockville, they were awarded a corner kick two minutes into the overtime frame. Rockville’s El-Kabli placed a beautiful ball right in front. There was a scramble in front of the goal as the ball was bouncing in the air and Rockville’s Tamara Castillo headed the ball behind CCRI’s goalkeeper Kelsey Viens (North Attleboro, Mass.) for the victory.
“We lost to a very good team today,” CCRI head coach Dennis Grassini said. “ I think the key turnaround and game changer was the penalty kick. With a 2-0 halftime lead I thought we were in a very good position but we let it slip away from us.”
The Lady Knights’ next contest was scheduled for Wednesday, with the results unavailable at press time, when they travel to Brockton, Mass. to play Massasoit Community College at 3:30 p.m. in a Region XXI showdown.