October 22, 2008



Providence, RIó Rhode Island College made its debut in the latest edition of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III Menís Soccer New England Regional poll, entering the weekly survey in the ninth position. The Anchormen last appeared in the regional rankings on Sept. 19, 2006 at No. 10.


Under the direction of Head Coach John Mello, Rhode Island College is unbeaten in 11 of its past 12 matches (8-1-3), which included an eight-match undefeated streak from Sept. 5 to Oct. 8. The Anchormen sport a 1-1-1 record against the elite teams in New England, including a 4-1 victory against then-ninth-ranked Salem State on Oct. 15. Rhode Island College will host second-ranked Eastern Connecticut this weekend in a Little East Conference showdown at noon on Oct. 25.


Offensively, the Anchormen have four student-athletes who have scored multiple goals on the campaign, led by freshman striker Bruno Costa (Pawtucket, RI). Costa has registered at least one point in five consecutive matches, capping the streak with a season-high two markers at Little East rival UMass Boston on Sept. 20. He matched his most productive offensive output with a goal and a pair of helpers against Lasell College 10 days earlier. Despite missing the past three matches, Costa currently sits atop the conference standings in game-winning goals (4), while also ranking among the leaders in goals (6th, 6), and points (8th, 15).  



 Freshman Forward Bruno Costa


Rhode Island College features the top-ranked defensive unit in the Little East, allowing just 11 markers on the season and posting a 0.69 team goals against average. The Anchormen have yet to surrender a goal in five Little East matches, a streak spanning 470 minutes. Freshman goalkeeper Justin OíConnor (North Kingstown, RI) has played the lionís share of minutes between the posts this season. The rookie netminder is ranked nationally in goals against average (18th, 0.594) and save percentage (19th, .865). He also shares the top spot in the conference in shutouts with seven.


Rhode Island College (8-4-3) will return to action at 4 p.m. on Oct. 22, when the Anchormen host Westfield State College (5-6-2) in non-conference action. Rhode Island College is undefeated this season at the RIC Soccer Field, boasting a 5-0-2 record.