May 1, 2017



Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College held its annual spring sports banquet at the Quonset Point Officerís Club on Monday evening where each team named their most valuable player for the 2017 season.





Senior catcher Nate Cahoone (Westerly, RI) was named the baseball teamís MVP. Cahoone has played in 30 games, starting 29 of them. He is batting .261 (23-for-88) with eight runs scored, 23 hits, seven doubles and 17 RBI. He owns a .341 slugging percentage, a .389 on base percentage and a .984 fielding percentage. He has had five multi-hit games on the season, which includes a 4-for-4 performance in the 6-5 win over Neumann on March 4 and a 3-for-5 game with four RBI in the 13-9 victory against Eastern Connecticut on April 23. Cahoone has been a standout behind the plate, committing only three errors all season whole throwing out nine potential base stealers.



Junior Austin Cilley (Westerly, RI) was selected as the menís golf teamís MVP. Cilley helped lead the Anchormen to a second place finish at the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship on Oct. 15-16, where he notched an eighth place finish with a 152 (76, 76). He finished in the top-10 in 11 of the teamís 13 events during the year, including a first place finish (71) at the Rhode Island Invitational on April 14. For the season, Cilley averaged 76.95 strokes per round, including a season-low score of 71 at the RIC Invitational.



Freshman Nicole Langella (Pembroke, MA) was named the womenís golf teamís MVP. Langella was the Anchorwomenís top finisher in every event this season, highlighted by a first place finish (93) against Suffolk on Oct. 2, a third place finish (99) at the RIC Tri-Match on April 9 and a fourth place finish (89) at the Westfield Tri-Match on April 23 for her lowest round of the season. For the year, Langella averaged 94.0 strokes per round for the Anchorwomen.



Junior defender Taylor Theriault (Lincoln, RI) was named the womenís lacrosse teamís MVP. An anchor of the teamís defensive unit, she played in 15 games, starting all of them, this spring. She scored a goal and played a key role defensively in the teamís, 19-5, win over Mitchell on Mar. 22. Theriault was second on the team in both ground balls (37) and caused turnovers (31) on the season. She registered a season-best seven ground balls against UMass Dartmouth on April 27 and had three caused turnovers against Keene State on April 13.



Junior second baseman Nicole Venturini (North Scituate, RI) was selected as the softball teamís MVP. Venturini played in 27 games, starting 25 of them. She batted .349 (29-for-83) with 17 runs scored, 29 hits, three doubles, four triples and 15 RBI. Venturini registered a .482 slugging percentage, a .419 on base percentage and a .950 fielding percentage. She tallied nine multi-hit games for RIC, which included a 4-for-4 performance with four runs scored and three RBI in the teamís, 16-0, win over Sweet Briar on March 6.



Sophomore Matthew Gambardella (West Warwick, RI) was named the menís tennis teamís MVP for the second consecutive season. Gambardella has posted a 10-3 record in singles action, going 7-1 at the No. 4 spot and 3-2 at No. 5 singles. He has also posted a 9-5 record in doubles play with an 8-5 mark at the No. 3 doubles spot this season. Gambardella helped the Anchormen to a second place tie in the Little East Conference standings.



Freshman Jephte Wagnac (Providence, RI) was selected as the menís outdoor track & field teamís MVP. Wagnac earned N.E. Alliance honors (and was the Little East champion) in the 400m hurdles with a first place finish (53.06) at the N.E. Alliance Championships on April 29. His effort in the 400m hurdles was a new Alliance and Little East record for the outdoor championships. Wagnac won the 400m hurdles (54.88) at MITís Sean Collier Invitational on April 22. He has been named the Little East Conference Rookie Field Athlete of the Week three times this spring.



Sophomore Melanie Brunelle (Warwick, RI) was named the womenís outdoor track & field teamís MVP. The Little East Indoor Field Athlete of the Year, Brunelle captured two Little East Conference outdoor titles, while earning N.E. Alliance honors in three events, at the Alliance Championships on April 29. She finished first in both the high jump (1.57m) and triple jump (11.76m), to go along with a fourth place finish in the long jump (5.3m). Her effort in the triple jump was a new Little East record for the outdoor championships. Brunelle won the triple jump at every meet during the outdoor season, finishing first (11.47m) at the MIT Sean Collier Invitational, the Silfen Invitational (11.22m) and the Yellow Jacket Invitational (10.97m).