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March 22, 2011

 

RIC ANNOUNCES WINTER MVPS

Providence, R.I.óRhode Island College held its annual winter banquet at the Quonset Point Officerís Club on Tuesday evening. Each sport handed out its Most Valuable Player Awards.

 

MENíS BASKETBALL

Junior center Mike Akinrola (Woonsocket, RI) was named the menís basketball teamís MVP. He was named Second Team All-ECAC, First Team All-Little East Conference and was the 2011 Little East Conference Menís Basketball Tournamentís Most Outstanding Player. He played in 28 games, starting all of them. Akinrola emerged as a dominant post player this season, averaging 14.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He turned in 22 double-digit scoring nights, seven games of 20 points or more and two double-doubles. He scored a season-high 26 points in a Nov. 30 win at Johnson and Wales. His most significant performance came in the form of 23 points and a season-high 13 rebounds in RIC's victory over Keene State in a historic semifinal game of the 2011 Little East Tournament. In that game, Akinrola famously connected on ďThe Murray Center Miracle,Ē a buzzer-beating three-pointer off an intentionally missed free throw to force the second overtime, which helped lead to an eventual victory. Akinrola was also named Little East Co-Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 30.

 

WOMENíS BASKETBALL

Junior point guard Nicole Girard (Scituate, RI) was named the womenís basketball teamís Most Valuable Player. She made an immediate positive impact in her first season at Rhode Island College after transferring from the Community College of Rhode Island. Girard played in 27 games, starting all of them. She averaged 5.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Her 121 assists were tops for the team, second in the Little East Conference and were the sixth-most single-season helpers in program history. Girard cracked double digits in scoring four times, led by an 18-point effort in a season-ending defeat at Western Connecticut in the Little East Conference Tournament Semifinals. She registered seven assists on four separate occasions.

 

WRESTLING

Junior 125 lbs. Brandon Gauthier (Lowell, MA) received the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award. Gauthier was an All-American, placing seventh at the 2011 NCAA Div. III Wrestling Championships. He was the New England Champion at 125 lbs. at the 2011 New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Championships in addition to garnering First Team All-Pilgrim League and Scholar-Athlete accolades. Gauthier finished the season with a 40-8 record to go along with 59 takedowns, 10 reversals, 40 escapes, 17 near-falls and a program-record 18 pins.

 

WOMENíS GYMNASTICS

Freshman all-around Courtney Saucier (Coventry, RI) was named the womenís gymnastics team MVP. She averaged scores of 8.150 on vault, 7.975 on beam and 8.168 on floor. She posted a season high of 8.300 on vault at Springfield on Feb. 25, and bests of 8.800 on beam and 8.425 on floor at the ECAC Championships on March 5.

 

MENíS INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

Senior Kyle Duguay (Cumberland, RI) was named the menís indoor track & field teamís MVP. He returned for his final season of indoor eligibility this season and placed 26th in the 200m (23.02) at the ECAC Championships on March 5. Duguay finished 19th in the 200m (22.94) at the NEICAAA Championship Meet on Feb. 26. He earned All-New England honors with a sixth place finish in the 200m (23.32) at the Div. III N.E. Championships on Feb. 19th, where he also finished 18th in the preliminaries of the 55m (6.83). Duguay earned New England All-Alliance honors for his fourth place finish in the 200m (23.22) at the N.E. Alliance Championships on Feb. 12th, where he also finished 14th in the preliminaries of the 55m (6.83). He finished 28th in the 60m preliminaries (7.30) and 47th in the 200m (22.90) at the Boston University Terrier Invitational on Jan. 29. Duguay placed ninth in both the 55m preliminaries (6.84) and the 200m (23.51) at the Wesleyan Invitational on Jan. 22. He finished second in the 200m (23.61) and third in the 55m (6.83) at the Coast Guard Invitational on Jan. 15. Duguay claimed victory in the 55m (6.72) and placed third (23.46) in the 200m at the Southern Maine Invitational on Jan. 8. He placed 37th in the 60m (7.37) and 71st in the 200m (24.05) at the Harvard Open on Dec. 11. Duguay placed second in both the 55m (6.75) and 200m (23.78) at the Springfield Invitational on Dec. 4. Duguay was named Little East Conference Track Athlete of the Week for the week ending Jan. 9.

 

WOMENíS INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

Senior Kayla DiBlasi (Smithfield, RI) was named the womenís indoor track & field teamís MVP. She earned All-ECAC honors in the 500m, placing eighth (1:19:00), at the ECAC Championships on March 5. She established a new program record in the 500m, placing 18th (1:18.34) at the NEICAAA Championships on Feb. 26. DiBlasi established a new program record in the 600m, placing ninth (1:40.55) and finished 28th in the preliminaries of the 55m hurdles (10.04) at the New England Div. III Championships on Feb. 19. She finished ninth in the 200m (27.91) and 10th in the preliminaries of the 55m hurdles (9.27) at the N.E. Alliance Championships on Feb. 12.  DiBlasi placed 23rd in the 60m hurdles preliminaries (10.14) and 28th in the 500m (1:21.66) at the Boston University Terrier Invitational on Jan. 29. She finished fourth in the 55m hurdles (9.18) and second in the 400m (1:03.01) at the Wesleyan Invitational on Jan. 22. DiBlasi won both the 200m (28.39) and the 600m (1:45.75), while finishing third in the 55m hurdles (9.46), at the Coast Guard Invitational on Jan. 15. She won both the 55m hurdles (9.35) and the 600m (1:45.10), while finishing sixth in the 200m (28.82) at the Southern Maine Invitational on Jan. 8. She placed 20th at the 60m hurdles (10.01) and 57th in the 200m (:28.32) at the Harvard Open on Dec. 11. DiBlasi placed third in the 600m (1:45.23) and fourth in the 55m hurdles (9.29) at the Springfield Invitational on Dec. 4.

 

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