May 13, 2014



Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College held its annual spring banquet at the Quonset Point Officerís Club on Monday, May 12. Each sport handed out its Most Valuable Player Awards.



Senior left-hander C.J. Tsoumakas (Hope, RI) was named the baseball teamís MVP. He appeared in 12 games, starting 11 of them. Tsoumakas posted a 5-6 record to go along with three complete games and a 5.62 ERA in 64.0 innings pitched. He ranked third in the Little East Conference with a team-high 51 strikeouts and also led the Anchormen in games started and innings pitched, while finishing the season tied for the team lead in wins and complete games. Tsoumakas was named the LEC Co-Pitcher of the Week once on the year.



Senior right-hander Michelle Sylvestre (Warwick, RI) was named the softball teamís MVP. She appeared in 28 games in the pitching circle, starting 21 of them. Sylvestre was 9-11 with 16 complete games, one shutout, a 2.44 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 149 innings of work. She led the Anchorwomen in nearly every pitching category, including appearances, games started, wins, complete games, shutouts, ERA, strikeouts and innings pitched.



Senior Tim Leigh (Somerset, MA) was named the menís golf teamís MVP. Leigh was the individual champion and earned Player of the Year honors, finishing first among a field of 40 golfers, to lead Rhode Island College to its third consecutive Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Men's Golf Championship on Oct. 20. He is averaging a score of 77.6 through 11 competitions and fired a season-low score of 71 on the first day of competition at the GNAC Championship. RIC will compete at the NCAA Div. III Menís Golf Championships, held at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort (Fla.) on May 13-15.



Junior attacker Danielle Landon (Wading River, NY) was named the womenís lacrosse teamís MVP. She played in 15 games, starting all of them. Landon finished with 14 goals and 19 assists for 60 points to go along with 67 draw controls, 18 groundballs and seven caused turnovers. She led the Anchorwomen in assists, points, draw controls, and shooting percentage (.488), while ranking second in goals. Landon was named Little East Conference Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week once on the season.



Senior Natasha Miller (Wakefield, RI) was named the womenís outdoor track & field teamís MVP. She finished seventh in the long jump (4.67m) at the N.E. Alliance Championships on April 27. Miller placed first in the 400m (1:02.59) to go along with a fifth place finish in the long jump (4.81m) and a 12th place finish in the 200m (28.21) at the Silfen Invitational on April 19. She finished seventh in the long jump (4.90m; season-best) and 24th in the 200m (27.70; season-best) at the Brown Invitational on April 12. She finished first in the long jump (4.84m) to go along with a ninth place finish in the 400m (1:02.59) at the Corsair Invitational on April 5. Miller finished sixth in the long jump (4.87m), 19th in the 200m (28.40), and 22nd in the 100m (13.99) at the Coast Guard Invitational on March 29.



Junior Jarell Forbes (Providence, RI) was named the menís outdoor track & field teamís MVP.  Forbes established a new program record with a ninth place finish in the preliminaries of the 110m hurdles (14.77m) and also placed 10th in the 400m hurdles preliminaries (54.75) at the N.E. Open Championships on May 9-10. He established a new program record and was the New England Champion in the 400m hurdles (52.89), while also notching a second place finish in the 110m hurdles (14.78) at the N.E. Div. III Championships on May 3. Forbes picked up a trio of N.E. Alliance honors at the New England Alliance Championships on April 27, as he was the N.E. Alliance Champion in the 400m hurdles (54.24) and was the Little East Champion in the 110m hurdles, where he finished second overall (15.08). He was named the Little East Men's Track Athlete of the Week on two occasions.



Freshman Troy Derrick (Rumford, RI) was named the menís tennis teamís MVP. He was 5-8 (.385) at No. 2 singles and 7-6 (.538) at No. 1 doubles for 8.5 points on the season. Derrick was named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Week once on the season.