October 26, 2014
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CCRI
Lady Knights win two games at Southern Maine
CAIT McGARRY

On Sunday afternoon, CCRI took on Central Maine Community College in the final game of the Southern Maine Invitational Tournament. CCRI came away with a hard-fought 78-70 victory. With the win, the Lady Knights improved to 2-0 on the season, as they also won their first game of the tournament – Saturday – 101-43 over Southern Maine.

Central Maine came out of the gates and shot a blistering 51 percent from behind the 3-point arc in the first half, putting the Lady Knights into a hole. At the end of the first twenty minutes, CCRI was down 42-37. The Lady Knights took over in the second half. They opened with a 13-1 run to set an early tone. CCRI’s aggressive defense forced several turnovers in the second half and held Central Maine to just 33 percent from the 3-point arc in the second half.

Treedy Ward (Boynton Beach, Fla.) led all scorers with 25 points while going 2—for-5 from behind the 3-point arc. Sophomore Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, Conn.) recorded a her first double-double of the season scoring 18 points and adding 17 rebounds while adding three assists, and captain Jahira Smith (Norwich, Conn.) finished with 18 points, eight rebounds, and two assists.

“I am very proud of the way our players kept their poise and composure throughout the game,” CCRI head coach Kate Lynch said. “Central Maine shot extremely well from the floor. We remained calm, weathered their runs, and answered when we needed to.”

The Lady Knights return to action next weekend when they will travel to Frederick, Md. for the Frederick College Mixer. The Lady Knights will face Fredrick on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Allegheny County Sunday at 1 p.m.

No. 3 Knights crush Cayuga CC

The No. 3 CCRI Knights men’s basketball team continued play in the Roxbury Invitational by playing the Spartans of Cayuga Community College from Auburn, NY. The Knights defeated the Spartans easily 90-61 to get their first victory of the 2012-13 season and improve to 1-1.

The Knights led from the opening tip to the final buzzer. The Knights led 24-12 midway through the first half and extended that lead to 49-22 by halftime. In the second half, the Knights were able to extend a very comfortable 67-35 lead and never looked back to coast to the victory.

Leading the way for the Knights was captain Isaac Medeiros (Johnston) with 21 points and 11 rebounds to chart his first double-double of the season, followed by captain Bryan Yarce (Cranston) with 14 points and seven assists. Also helping the Knights was freshman center Pat Marchand (Cranston) with 12 points and five rebounds while Rob Hazard (North Providence), Jerome Harris (Hartford, Conn.) and captain Steve Bevilacqua (Exeter) added eight points apiece. In addition, Yarce and Marchand were named to the All-Tournament team.

“Very nice team win for our young men,” CCRI head coach Rick Harris said. “We played hard and together and our 11 freshmen and four sophomores made some great strides today. The only negative from the weekend was an injury to All-American Desmond Williams (Torrington, Conn.).”

No. 3 Knights fall to No. 7 Roxbury in opener

The No. 3 CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury Crossing, Mass. to compete in the Roxbury Invitational on Friday and Sunday. In their first game of the season, the Knights fell to Region XXI non-league game to the No. 7 Tigers of Roxbury Community College 88-75.

With the loss the Knights began the season 0-1 overall and in Region XXI play.

The Knights started well, taking leads of 8-5 and then later 19-18 with about 10 minutes left into the half, but Roxbury would score on their next possession to take a 20-19 lead and they would never trail again. The Tigers took a 41-36 lead into halftime.

In the second half, the Tigers quickly extended their lead to nine points with the score 45-36 and later to 16 points 64-48. The Knights cut the lead to eight points 58-66 with about six minutes remaining but the Tiger would call a timeout and re-group before pulling away.

Leading the way for the Knights was captain Desmond Williams (Torrington, Conn.) with 26 points, followed by fellow captain Bryan Yarce (Cranston) with 16 points, six assists, two steals and two offensive charges taken. Also helping the

Knights was captain Steve Bevilacqua (Exeter) with seven points and a steal, Jerome Harris (Hartford, Conn.) with nine and captain Isaac Medeiros (Johnston) with six points, five rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals.

Allen runs fastest time to dominate at districts

The CCRI cross country team traveled to Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass. to compete in the Division I Cross Country Northeast District Championships on Saturday hosted by Holyoke Community College. The Lady Knights had an incomplete team so they did not register a team score. The Knights finished fourth as a team out of four teams with 79 total points. Gloucester County Community College won the men’s team title with 35 total points and women’s team title with 15 total points.

However, it was Bobby Allen (Cranston) who took the individual title with a time of 25:11.46 seconds to win over the 8k Stanley Park Course. Allen was only challenged over the first 2k by Ansu Sowe of Monroe College. Allen then put out a surge which Sowe could not respond to. Allen’s time was the fastest by any junior college runner at this Stanley park 8k course.

Also for the Knights, David Palkovic (Middletown) ran a personal-best time of 28:22.74, which was good for 8th place. Palkovic beat his personal-best by over 1:14.

The rest of the Knights also ran very well, led by Marciano Brunette (Narragansett) who placed 26th in a time of 31:32.36. Brandon Paesang (Cumberland) also ran his personal-best, placing 38th in a time of 35:33.47.

Rounding out the Knights effort was Edward Polanco (Woonsocket) running a personal-best of 39:51.94, was good for 42nd place.

On the women’s side, Olivia Emerick (Cranston) was the first Lady Knight finisher, placing a respectable 15th place in a season best time of 24:58.71. Emerick was followed by Meaghan Shanley (Warwick), who ran a season-best time of 26:40.69 over the 5k course, good for 17th place.

“All the athletes ran well and we look forward to the NJCAA Championship next weekend,” CCRI head coach Gregg Cornell said.

Lady Knights fall to Monroe CC in district final

The No. 12 CCRI women’s soccer team played in the Nrtheast District E women’s soccer Championship game on Sunday in Rochester, N.Y. versus the host school and No. 5 Tribunes of Monroe Community College. The Lady Knights fell to the Tribunes 5-0. With the loss the Lady Knights season ends with a 10-5-2 record and 12th consecutive Region XXI title.

“Coach Bannan and I are very proud of our team for all they have accomplished this season,” CCRI head coach Dennis Grassini said. “Winning a District semifinal match and getting into the District Final was a great accomplishment. Monroe is an excellent soccer program.”

The Lady Knights had defeated Burlington 3-0 the day prior in the district semifinals. Brittany LeClair (Westerly) scored the first goal, captain Caitlin McGarry (Warwick) scored the second goal and Melissa Richards (Coventry) scored the third goal.

Goalkeeper Alex Place (East Greenwich) also played well.

Lady Knights’ volleyball falls to Monroe in district final

The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team traveled to New Rochelle, N.Y. to compete in the Division II Northeast District Volleyball Championship over the weekend.

The teams in the tournament were: the Hawks of Delaware Technical Community College-Terry, from Dover, Delaware; the Cougars of Genesee Community College, from Batavia, N.Y. and the hosting Mustangs of Monroe College from New Rochelle, N.Y. On Saturday, the Lady Knights defeated the Hawks 3-0 before falling to the Mustangs 3-0. On Sunday the Lady Knights defeated the Cougars 3-1 before falling to the eventual District Champion Mustangs of Monroe College 3-0. However, the Lady Knights finished their season with an impressive record of 25-8.

“Wow, what an amazing season,” CCRI head coach Samantha Amaral said. “This weekend we came in as the underdogs in Districts and we ended up being a finalist. I could not have been any more proud of my girls. This weekend took a lot out of my girls emotionally and physically. They wanted this more than I can explain in words and honestly I feel they were the most deserving. It was a Cinderella story that just didn't have the ending we all hope for.”


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