College Notes: Holmes breaks out

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Pilgrim alumna Chelsea Yang has made plenty of noise this season. The former Patriot, who is currently in her sophomore season at Rhode Island College, took first place recently at the New England Alliance Championships in the weight throw, and also took home first in the same event at the Little East Championship. Her performance at the conference championships were good enough to lead her to being named the LEC Women’s Track Athlete of the Week.

Yang more than held her own against the best New England had to offer at the New England Open Championships in Boston a few weeks back, finishing in the top five in the weight throw, and was the highest-finishing Anchorwoman who competed at the meet, just missing the podium in fourth place with an effort of 17.02 meters.

Despite the high finish, Yang’s performance was some way off her season - and career - best, which came at the Smith Invitational on January 19, a meet in which RIC missed out on winning the team competition by .75 of a point.

On that occasion, she won the event with her furthest attempt sailing 18.40 meters, which broke the program record she previously set last season.

As a result, Yang earned the Little East Conference’s women’s field athlete of the week award, also claiming the honor after claiming top honors at the Bowdoin Invitational the previous week.

Warwick native Kelsey Holmes has been an ever-present in the lineup for the Franklin Pierce women’s hockey team this winter, figuring in the Raven lineup in all 29 games to date.

The former member of the Rhode Island Sting has chalked up a pair of goals and seven assists for a total of nine points on the season, topping her previous career high from her freshman year.

Holmes waited until fairly recently to open her goalscoring account for 2018-19, scoring the insurance goals in Franklin Pierce’s 3-0 shutout of Saint Michael’s on January 26.

Her first marker of the campaign came 7:16 into the second period courtesy of a backhand that sailed past Purple Knight goaltender Nicole Talcott, with her linemates Emily Kramer and Stephanie Proteau picking up the assists.

Talcott was beaten again 3:57 into the final frame, as she was unable to stop Holmes from slamming home the rebound after making the save from Kramer’s initial effort.

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