Womenís volleyball and RIC teams shine on
Homecoming 2002 was a
good day for RICís varsity sports teams. On Oct. 5, the womenís
soccer team defeated UMass-Boston 5-0, the womenís tennis squad
blanked UMass-Boston 9-0, the menís soccer team won at UMB 2-1 and
Misha Knuettel of the menís cross country team placed first at the
Homecoming 2002 was
especially sweet for Head Coach Craig Letourneauís womenís
volleyball team who went undefeated and won the annual RIC
Invitational for the third time in the last four years.
The Anchorwomen played
two matches on Friday, Oct. 4, defeating Newbury 3-0 and Anna Maria
3-1. That gave RIC a berth in the championship match on Saturday.
Coach Letourneauís troops responded to the challenge, defeating
Framingham State 3-1 to take home the title.
Three RIC players were
named to the All-Tournament Team, one of which was named Tournament
Junior setter Jillian
Krebs was named the MVP, playing in all 11 games in the three
matches. Krebs had 16 kills, 59 assists and 28 digs to help lead RIC
Senior captain and
outside hitter Stephanie Callaghan was an All-Tourney selection,
playing in 11 games in three matches. She had 25 kills, 22 digs and
four service aces in the three wins.
Sophomore outside hitter
Amanda Yanski also played in 11 games in the three matches. Yanski,
who is considered to be the teamís top hitter, totaled a team-high
34 kills with six service aces, five digs and three blocks during
More importantly, the
wins evened RICís record at 9-9 overall. The Anchorwomen stand at
2-2 in the Little East Conference with several key matches left to
play. The LEC womenís volleyball tournament begins on Nov. 6.
Menís soccer continues
Head Coach Len Mercurioís
menís soccer program is finally reaping the benefits of years of
hard work. Over the past few seasons, RIC was stymied by a myriad of
one-goal losses that always seem to come at the wrong time.
Last season, with RIC
hosting a home Little East Conference playoff game, the Anchormen
battled Western Connecticut to a 0-0 tie through regulation and four
overtime periods. Unfortunately, RIC came out on the short end
during penalty kicks, ending its season prematurely.
Fast forward one year,
and after an influx of fresh new talent, the tables have turned for
RIC. The Anchormen currently sit at 9-3 overall and are 2-0, good
for first place, in the Little East Conference.
After dropping the first
two games of the season at the Mid-Hudson Classic to New Paltz (3-2)
and Vassar (3-2), RIC went on a school record eight-game winning
streak. The squad notched four shutouts and outscored the opposition
27-5 during that stretch. More importantly, RIC picked up victories
over in-state rivals Johnson and Wales (2-1) and Salve Regina (2-1),
both of which were in overtime, the teamís Achilles heal over the
past few seasons.
A lot of the change has
to do with the squadís new-look line-up. Of the 11 starters, only
three are returnees: defenseman Paul Sousa, sweeper Brian Schimmel
and stopper Josh Nelson. Sophomore goalkeeper Jason Nelson has four
shutouts, 56 saves and a 1.06 goals against average in his first
year as a starter.
One has to look no
farther than freshmen forwards Kyle Teixeira and Cory Lopes when it
comes to offensive output. Teixeira, a high school All-American from
Mt. Hope High School, has struck fear into opposing defenses with 13
goals and four assists for 27 points in 11 games. He has twice been
named the Little Eastís Player of the Week and has earned Rookie
of the Week honors once. Teixeira has proved he can handle the
pressure when the game is on the line with five game-winning goals
to his credit.
Lopes has also found the
net with regularity this season with nine goals and one assist for
19 points in 12 games. Like Teixeira, Lopes has handled the pressure
late in games with three game-winning goals.
The tandem currently
stands at one and two, respectively, in the LEC in scoring.
Sophomore midfielder Tim Calouro, a transfer from St. Josephís
(ME) is third on RIC in scoring with three goals and two assists for
In addition, freshmen
midfielders Matt Borges and Josh Braga, coupled with CCRI junior
transfer Jorge Pemberthy have been instrumental to the teamís
success. Freshmen defenders Tim Poblocki, Jeff Monica and Ryan
Murphy, sophomore stopper Alain Edouard and freshmen midfielders Dan
Toro and Chris Cunha have bolstered the teamís total game. Rookie
forward Chris Childs and midfielder Joe Mackinnon have added support
to the offense.
The squadís veterans,
junior midfielder Johan Calderon and sophomore midfielders Mike
Maciel and German Cardona have remained consummate team players,
even though theyíve seen their playing time diminish.
With still five
conference games remaining, the Anchormen remain focused on their
one goal: a Little East Conference Championship. A huge showdown
with perennial powerhouse Keene State on Oct. 19 will likely
determine the top spots in the conference.
One thing to watch will
be the teamís win total. With nine wins and seven games left to
play, not including potential playoff games, RIC has a legitimate
shot to break the all-time school record of 13 wins in a single
season set by the 1973 squad.
No matter what the rest
of this season holds in store for RIC, the Anchormen have a solid
base from which to grow.