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April 13, 2009

 

RIC ANNOUNCES FALL & WINTER MVPS

North Kingstown, RI-Rhode Island College held its annual fall/winter banquet at the Quonset Point Officerís Club on Monday evening. Each sport handed out its Most Valuable Player Awards.

 

 

 (left to right): Kyle Mann, Lindsey Brisson, Jackie Gervais, Josh Silva,
Christina Tavana.

 

MENíS SOCCER

Senior midfielder Josh Silva (Dartmouth, MA) was named the menís soccer teamís MVP. He was named First Team All-Little East Conference and Third Team All-New England as he helped guide the team to their first-ever Little East Conference Tournament Championship and to the NCAA Tournament, where RIC advanced to the second round, for the first time in program history. Silva played in 22 games, starting all of them, totaling one assist for one point.

 

WOMENíS SOCCER

Junior midfielder Christina Tavana (Middletown, CT) was named the womenís soccer teamís MVP. She was named Second Team All-Little East Conference. Tavana played in 19 games, starting all of them, totaling seven goals and two assists for 16 points. She led the squad in goals, points and shots (73). Tavana was named the Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Week once on the season. She netted the game-winning goal, while adding an assist, as RIC snapped a 16-game winless streak with a 2-0 shutout over Southern Maine on Nov. 1.

 

WOMENíS TENNIS

Senior Meg Funk (Oakdale, CT) was named the womenís tennis teamís MVP. She was named Second Team All-Little East Conference at No. 1 singles. Funk was 10-4 (.714) in singles and 8-7 (.533) at No. 1 doubles for 14.0 points on the season. She led the team in points and was tied for first in both singles and doubles victories. Funk is tied for the RIC all-time lead in doubles wins (51), while ranking third in singles victories (45).

 

WOMENíS VOLLEYBALL

Senior libero Jackie Gervais (Woonsocket, RI) was named the womenís volleyball teamís MVP. She played in 108 games in 30 matches, totaling a team-high 571 digs (5.29/game) and 26 service aces.

 

MENíS CROSS COUNTRY

Freshman Kyle Mann (West Warwick, RI) was named the menís cross country teamís MVP. He was RICís top runner, placing 137th with a time of 29:04.6, at the New England NCAA Div. III Qualifier on Nov. 15. Mann placed 84th with a time of 28:36 at the ECAC Championships on Nov. 8. He was RICís top runner, placing 43rd with a time of 27:53.48, at the New England Alliance Championships on Nov. 1. He won the Eastern Connecticut meet, placing first with a time of 29:29, on Oct. 17.

 

WOMENíS CROSS COUNTRY

Sophomore Lindsey Brisson (Coventry, RI) was named the womenís cross country teamís MVP. She placed 198th with a time of 27:36.8 at the New England NCAA Div. III Qualifier on Nov. 15. Brisson placed 186th with a time of 28:05 at the ECAC Championships on Nov. 8. She placed 42nd with a time of 21:47.56 at the New England Alliance Championships on Nov. 1.

 

 

 (left to right): Kayla Fleming, Stephanie Coro, Mike Martini, Dante Lopardo,
Casey Lesieur, Bobby Bailey.

 

MENíS BASKETBALL

Senior guard Bobby Bailey (Fall River, MA) was named the menís basketball teamís MVP. He was named the Little East Conference Co-Player of the Year, the Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-LEC and to the leagueís All-Defensive Team. Bailey played in 23 games, starting 21 of them. He averaged 12.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Bailey scored a season-high 21 points vs. Western Connecticut on Jan. 27, grabbed 13 rebounds vs. UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 28, dished out six assists vs. Salve Regina on Jan. 6 and swiped four steals twice. Bailey was also named First Team All-District by the NABC, Second Team All-ECAC and Second Team All-Northeast by D3hoops.com. Bailey received the Cox Sports R.I. Basketball Media Steve McDonald Award, signifying him as the Menís Player of the Year (Div. III).

 

WOMENíS BASKETBALL

Freshman guard Stephanie Coro (North Providence, RI) was named the womenís basketball teamís MVP. She was named the Little East Conference Womenís Basketball Rookie of the Year and Second Team All-LEC. Coro was also selected to the leagueís All-Rookie Team. She was named the Little Eastís Rookie of the Week three times this season. She played in 26 games, starting 18 of them. Coro averaged 14.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game. She scored a career-high 23 points vs. Brandeis on Jan. 6 and tied the program record with eight steals vs. Western Connecticut on Jan. 27. She led the team in scoring and steals (51).

 

WRESTLING

Senior 157 lbs. Mike Martini (Cranston, RI) was named the wrestling teamís MVP. He was the New England Champion at 157 lbs. and advanced to the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive season. Martini was 37-5 with five pins, 75 takedowns, 22 reversals and 16 near-falls on the season. He placed first at both the Roger Williams (Nov. 15) and Doug Parker (Nov. 22) Invitationals, while finishing third at the RIT Invitational (Dec. 6). Martini was an Honorable Mention selection to the Pilgrim Wrestling League All-Star Team.

 

WOMENíS GYMNASTICS

Freshman Casey Lesieur (Coventry, RI) was named the womenís gymnastics teamís MVP. She was RICís lone qualifier to the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Championships as an all-around specialist from the East Region. She was named the ECAC Rookie Gymnast of the Year. Lesieur averaged scores of 9.033 on vault, 8.570 on bars, 8.958 on beam, 9.155 on floor and 35.753 in the all-around. She recorded season-high marks of 93.50 on vault, 9.075 on bars, 9.450 on beam, 9.550 on floor and 37.000 in the all-around.

 

MENíS INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD

Senior Dante Lopardo (Johnston, RI) was named the menís indoor track and field teamís MVP. He tied his RIC record in the high jump, which he established earlier in the season, with a 1.94-meter effort at the New England Open Championships on Feb. 28. Lopardo earned All-New England honors, placing third in the high jump (1.92m) and seventh in the long jump (6.51m), at the New England Div. III Championships on Feb. 21. He earned All-Alliance/Little East honors in the high jump with his first place, 1.92-meter effort, and the long jump with a fourth place (6.38m) finish at the Alliance Championships on Feb. 14. He also placed ninth and established a new program record in the triple jump (12.94m).

 

 

WOMENíS INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD

Senior Kayla Fleming (Pawtucket, RI) was named the womenís indoor track and field teamís MVP. She earned All-American honors in the high jump, tying for seventh place with a 1.61-meter effort at the 2009 NCAA Div. III Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships on Mar. 13. Fleming earned All-ECAC honors with an eighth place, 1.57-meter effort in the high jump at the ECAC Championships on Mar. 7. She was the New England Champion in the high jump with a 1.63-meter effort at the N.E. Div. III Championships on Feb. 21. She captured the New England Alliance Championship in both the high jump and the 600 meters at the Alliance Championships on Feb. 14.

 

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