December 21, 2014
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CCRI Roundup
Allen sets own course record in victory

Four CCRI cross country runners traveled to New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI) in Concord, N.H. to compete in the Yankee Conference Championship Cross Country race. The male runners were Bobby Allen (Cranston) and David Palkovic (Middletown) and the females were Meaghan Shanley (Warwick) and Olivia Emerick (Cranston).

On the men’s side Allen ran uncontested to win the race and reset his own record from the previous meet at NHTI running the 8k course in 25:53, besting his time of 25:55 from the week prior. Palkovic ran very steadily, finishing in fifth place in the same exact time from last week, 29:36. For the women, Emerick placed 30th in the women’s 6k in a time of 32:41 and Shanley placed 39th in a time of 34:57.

“We look for the best showing by our runners in two weeks at the NJCAA Northeast District Championships,” CCRI head coach Greg Cornell said. “Robert and David once again run very consistent and strong.”

The Knights’ next meet will be Saturday, Nov. 3 when they will travel to Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, Mass. to compete in the Division I Northeast District Championship. The men’s race will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the women’s at 10:30 a.m.

Lady Knights beat Bergen but fall to Monroe

The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team traveled to New Rochelle, N.Y. to play a tri-match with the hosting No. 18 Mustangs of Monroe College and the Bulldogs of Bergen Community College from Paramus, N.J. The Lady Knights defeated Bergen CC 25-12, 25-10 and 25-15 but lost to the Mustangs 25-22, 25-12 and 27-25. With the split, the Lady Knights record is 21-6 on the season.

Leading the way for the Lady Knights in the first match was Janny Cabrera (Providence) with eight kills, seven digs, three blocks, three aces and two assists, followed by captain Paula Cadavid (Lincoln) with six kills, five digs and two aces.

Also helping the Lady Knights was captain Annie Ragan (North Kingstown) with 15 assists, five digs and two kills while Haley Greenwood (Goldsboro, N.C.) added eight digs and four aces to the Lady Knights’ attack.

In the second match the Lady Knights did not fare as well against the high-powered Mustangs. The Lady Knights got solid performances from Ragan with a team-leading 11 digs and 10 assists, followed by Cabrera with 10 digs and three kills. Also helping CCRI was Cadavid with eight digs and five kills, Zorymar Nieves (Pawtucket) with six digs, and Chelsea O’Connor (Pawtucket) and Haley Greenwood with four digs apiece.

The Lady Knights’ final match will be Saturday when they host the Lynx of New Hampshire Technical Institute from Concord, NH at 12 p.m.. This will be Lady Knights’ Sophomore Day

Knights lose heartbreaker to Dean College

The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team hosted the Bulldogs of Dean College for a critical Region XXI league contest on Saturday with a berth to the Region XXI men’s soccer championship on the line. The Knights fell to the Bulldogs 2-1 in a very tightly-contested game. With the loss the Knights fell to 5-7-1 overall and 5-2-1 in Region XXI play.

The Knights knew they would be in for a tough contest after battling and narrowly defeating the Bulldogs 1-0 on Oct. 2 in Franklin, Mass. As in their first contest, the game was very tight with neither team scoring in the first half. Both teams had opportunities: the Bulldogs with seven shots and the Knights with six, but neither could tally a goal.

In the second half, both teams began to assert themselves offensively and three minutes into the half Dean was able to break the deadlock on an unassisted goal by Paul Rocha Lima, giving The Bulldogs the 1-0 advantage. Dean would keep the lead for most of the half. However, with about 15 minutes left, sophomore midfielder Servi Barrientos (Providence) was able to tally an unassisted goal to even the score 1-1. Barrientos was able to hook in a great curve ball from a corner kick past the Bulldogs’ goalkeeper.

With the score knotted at 1-1 the Knights had a chance to repeat their late game heroics as they did when they played the Bulldogs in Franklin, but it would be the Bulldogs that would get the game-winner. With less than five minutes to play in the game, Gregory Smedburg scored to give Dean a 2-1 lead. Dean College and Massasoit Community College will play for the Region XXI Championship Saturday at Massasoit in Brockton, Mass.

“We did not play our game today,” CCRI head coach Gabe Toro said. “We did not keep position of the ball and did not combine with each other, which is the strength of the team. The players did not get into any rhythm today, which benefited Dean. I do not like the style of run, chase, and hope for the best.”

Springfield JV spoils Lady Knights’ Sophomore Day

The CCRI Lady Knights soccer team hosted the Pride of Springfield JV team for their final home game of the 2012 season. It was also Sophomore Day, celebrating the final home game for sophomores Cait McGarry (Warwick), Jess McCaughey (Warwick), Britt LeClair (Westerly), Jess Sandin (Warwick) and Alyssa DaSilva (Rehoboth, Mass.) The Lady Knights lost a heartbreaker to the Pride 3-2 on overtime. With the loss, the Lady Knights fell to 8-4-2 on the season.

There was a huge crowd on hand at the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln with hundreds of fans there to watch the Lady Knights in their final home contest.

As the game began, Springfield threatened early after being awarded a penalty kick just a couple minutes into the contest. However, CCRI Keeper Alex Place (East Greenwich) stoned the attempt smothered the ball so there was no second chance opportunity. But in the 21st minute Springfield got on the board scoring on a breakaway giving them a 1-0 lead. The Pride would go into halftime leading 1-0.

In the second half, McCaughey scored on a pass from Jess Hammond (Warwick), which McCaughey lofted over the Pride goalkeeper with a high-arcing shot that found the top corner of the net, tying the score at 1-1.

About fifteen minutes later, the Lady Knights tallied another goal as Hammond received a long crossing pass and was able to tuck another goal into the bottom corner of the Springfield net to give CCRI the 2-1 advantage. The second goal was assisted by LeClair and Sarah Mauricio (Tiverton).

The Lady Knights kept the lead until there were 15 minutes left in the game when Springfield was able to score again on a counter-attack breakaway, tying the game at 2-2.

Each team was looking to get the game-winner as time winded down and with less than five minutes left McGarry forwarded the ball towards two fast-breaking LeClair and Sandin who were sprinting with a Springfield defender as the Springfield keeper charged from the net. Sandin was able to get her toe on the ball first, beating the keeper but deflecting it off the crossbar, leaving the CCRI fans heartbroken.

As the teams went to extra time, CCRI controlled much of the play but could not get the winner. However, about halfway through the first overtime period, Springfield stole the ball on a breakaway and put away a winner.

The Lady Knights were scheduled to play their final regular season game on Wednesday against Dean, with the results unavailable at press time.


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