FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2012
RIC ANNOUNCES WINTER MVPS
Island College held its annual winter banquet at the Quonset Point
Officerís Club on Wednesday evening. Each sport handed out its Most
Valuable Player Awards.
Senior forward Mason Choice (Newport, RI) was
named the menís basketball teamís MVP. Choice was named First Team
All-Little East for the third consecutive season.
He departs as the all-time leader at
RIC in career games played, while ranking ninth all-time at RIC in
career points and 13th in career assists.
The forward played in 29 games, starting all of them. He averaged
13.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
This season, Choice was among the top 10 in the
Little East Conference in points, rebounds, assists and free throw
percentage, while ranking third in field goal percentage. He scored
a season-high 23 points at Southern Maine on Feb. 11, hauled in 12
rebounds against Plymouth State on Feb. 21, swiped four steals
against Eastern Connecticut on Jan. 28, blocked three shots against
Southern Maine on Jan. 10 and dished out seven assists twice on the
Choice cracked double-digit scoring
on 22 different occasions, including the last eight games of the
season. He also posted a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds
against Plymouth State on Feb. 21. In one of biggest wins of the
season for the Anchormen, Choice buried a pair of free throws with
8.6 seconds remaining to cap off the, 75-74, come-from-behind
victory over Western Connecticut that sent RIC to the Little East
Conference Tournament Championship game.
Senior forward Rachel Riley
(Coventry, RI) was named the womenís basketball teamís MVP.
Riley was named First Team-All Little East for the second straight
year, after earning Second Team and All-Rookie honors following her
first two season at RIC. She was named Second Team All-Region by the
New England Womenís Basketball Coaches Association (NEWBA) and Third
Team All-Northeast Region by D3Hoops.com.
The Women's Basketball
Coaches Association (WBCA) and Womenís DIII News also named
Riley as an Honorable Mention to their respective 2011-12
Womenís Basketball All-American Teams.
She departs as the programís all-time leader in
career games played and is just one of three players to record 1,000
career points and 1,000 career rebounds in RIC history. She also
ranks third all-time in career rebounds and eighth in career points.
The senior, who played and started in
all 29 games this season, was named the 2012 Little East Conference
Tournamentís Most Outstanding Player. After reaching 1,000 career
points on Jan. 4 against Stevens Tech, she hauled in her 1,000th
career rebound on Feb. 18 against Keene State, becoming just the
third player in program history to reach both milestones. She led
the team with 9.9 rebounds per game, while also averaging 13.5
points, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. Her 287 rebounds on the
year are ranked seventh in single-season program history. She led
the Little East Conference in field goal percentage, while ranking
among the leagueís top 10 in points, rebounds and blocked shots.
Rileyís field goal-percentage on the
year (.518) is tied for seventh all-time in single-season history
for the Anchorwomen. She recorded a career-high 27 points at
Plymouth State on Dec. 3 and grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds
against Stevens on Jan. 4. She posted six blocks against UMass
Boston on Jan. 7, which is tied for second all-time in program
history for most blocked shots in a single game. She was named
Little East Conference Player of the Week once on the season. Riley
reached double-digits in scoring 21 times on the season and finished
with 12 double-doubles.
Senior 125 lbs. Brandon Gauthier (Lowell, MA)
received the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award. Gauthier competed at
the 2012 NCAA Div. III Wrestling Championships in La Crosse, WI, and
finished 3-2 overall, falling just short of All-American honors. He
earned All-New England honors with a second place finish at the 2012
New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) Championships, hosted by
Wesleyan on Feb. 25-26, and was named a First Team Pilgrim League
All-Star. Gauthier finished the season with a 35Ė12 record to go
along with 64 takedowns, 10 reversals, 32 escapes, 21 near-falls and
11 pins. He notched his 100th career victory on January
22 at the New England Dual Championships at Springfield
College. Gauthier was named the Pilgrim League Wrestler of the Week
once on the year.
Senior Kate Bachelder (Portsmouth,
NH) was named
the womenís gymnastics team MVP. She averaged scores of 8.650 vault,
8.044 on bars, 8.642 on beam, 8.764 on floor and 34.100 in the
all-around. She notched season-high scores of 9.375 on floor, 8.550
on bars, and 8.850 on vault at the ECAC Championships on March 10.
She also recorded a season-high score of 8.975 on beam at the
Brockport Invitational on March 4. Her season-high in the all-around
was at the ECAC Championships on March 10 when she posted a score of
MENíS INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Junior Conor McCloskey (Wakefield, RI) was
named the menís indoor track
and field teamís MVP. McCloskey took 12th in the mile
(4:18.90) at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Div. III
Championships on March 3. He broke
his own record with a 20th place finish in the mile
(4:11.95) at the NEICAAA Championships on Feb. 25, and was also a
member of the 4x800 relay team that broke their own record with a 14th-place
finish and a time of 7:52.55. McCloskey earned All-New England
honors in the mile with a seventh place finish and a time of 4:18.37
at the 2012 N.E. Div. III Menís Track and Field Championships on
Feb. 18. He
won the N.E. Alliance
Championship in the 3,000m with a season-best time of 8:39.50 at the
Alliance Championships on Feb. 11, while also earning N.E. Alliance
honors as the Little East Champion with a season-best effort in the
1,000m (2:32.40) and a second place finish.
McCloskey finished 29th in the mile
(4:15.41) at the BU Terrier Invitational on Jan. 28. He placed
second in the 3000m (8:40.44) at the Wesleyan Invitational on Jan.
21. McCloskey placed first in the
1,000m (2:38.16) and the 3,000m (8:50.78) at the Coast Guard Winter
Invitational on Jan. 14. He finished
first in the mile (4:21.91) at the Southern Maine Invitational on
Jan. 7. McCloskey placed fourth in the mile (4:19.03) at the
Harvard Invitational on Dec. 10. He finished first in the 3000m
(8:43.85) and placed second in the 1000m (2:37.19) at the
Springfield Invitational on Dec. 3. McCloskey was named Little East
Conference Track Athlete of the Week once on the season.
WOMENíS INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Freshman Daria Braboy (Providence, RI)
was named the womenís indoor track and field teamís MVP. Braboy
broke her own program record and earned All-ECAC honors with a
season-best effort in the 400m and a fourth place finish (57.36),
while also finishing 21st in the triple jump (10.46m) at
the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Div. III
Championships on March 3. She
placed 11th in the 400m with a time of 57.75 and placed
19th in the triple jump (10.75m) at the NEICAAA
Championships on Feb. 25. Braboy
England honors in the 400m with a fourth place finish and a time of
58.65 at the 2012 N.E. Div. III Womenís Track & Field Championships
on Feb. 18. Aside from her stellar performance in the 400m, Braboy
finished 11th in the 200m (26.67) and 13th in
the triple jump (10.66m).
earned N.E. Alliance honors in three
events at the Alliance Championships on
Feb. 11, as she claimed the
Alliance Championship in the 400m with a first place finish (58.87),
placed second in the triple jump (10.91m) and
broke the program record with a season-best
effort and a fourth place finish in the 200m (25.98). Braboy also
placed ninth with a season-best performance in the long jump (4.93m)
and finished ninth with a season-best effort in the preliminaries of
the 55m (7.55).
Braboy finished 14th in the triple
jump (10.79m) and 17th in the 400m (58.37) at the BU
Terrier Invitational on Jan. 27, and was also a member of the 4x400m
relay team that broke the program record with a 16th
place finish and a time of 4:05.77.
She finished first with a season-best performance in the triple jump
(10.85m), second in the 400m (59.63) and broke the program record
with a season-best effort and a fourth place finish in the 60m
(8.15) at the Wesleyan Invitational on Jan. 21.
Braboy earned first place in five
different events, including the 55m (7.58), the 600m (1:42.60), the
200m (27.11), the long jump (4.70m) and the triple jump (10.79m) at
the Coast Guard Winter Invitational on Jan. 14.
She finished second in the 200m (26.68),
second in the triple jump (10.63m), and third in the 55m (7.60) at
the Southern Maine Invitational on Jan. 7. Braboy placed third in
the 400m (59.00) and fourth in the triple jump (11.02m) at the
Harvard Invitational on Dec. 10. She finished first with a
season-best mark in the 600m (1:41.94) and second in the triple jump
(10.66m) at the Springfield Invitational on Dec. 3. Braboy was named
the Little East Conference Rookie Track Athlete of the Week twice on
the year, and was also named the Little East Conference Rookie Field
Athlete of the Week once as well.
Sophomore co-captain Sophie Kanno (Cranston, RI)
was named the womenís swimming team MVP. She recorded three
season-highs at Eastern Connecticut on Feb. 4 as she placed first in
both the 100 IM (1:09.35) and the 100 breaststroke
(1:15.88), while finishing second in the 100 butterfly (1:08.56). Kanno registered two more season-highs at the Bridgewater State
tri-match on Jan. 15 as she placed third in both the 200 freestyle
(2:17.24) and the 50 freestyle (28.40), while also finishing third
in the 100 butterfly (1:09.30). She finished 10th in the
100 breaststroke (1:16.56) and placed 11th in the
200 IM with a season-high time of 2:31.54 at the Little
on Dec. 3. Kanno
placed fifth in the 100 butterfly (1:13.64) at the UMass Dartmouth
Invitational on Nov. 12, while also finishing seventh in the 100
breaststroke (1:19.43) and in a tie for ninth in the 50 butterfly
with a season-high mark of 31.32.