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November 20, 2017

 

RIC ANNOUNCES FALL SPORTS MVPS AT
ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET

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

 

 

 

MENíS SOCCER

Junior midfielder Dennis Vazquez (Providence, RI) was named the menís soccer teamís MVP. Vazquez was named First Team All-Little East. He played in 19 games, starting all of them. Vazquez had eight goals and five assists for 21 points on the season. He led the team and was third in the LEC in scoring. His eight goals ranked him third in the league, while his five assists had him fourth in the conference. Vazquez recorded a pair of two-goal games and notched three-game winners. He put in the game-winner in a 1-0 win at Eastern Connecticut on Sept. 16 and a 3-2 win at home against Southern Maine on Sept. 23. He also netted the game-winner in the teamís, 2-0, win over UMass Boston in the semifinals of the LEC Championship on Nov. 1. Vazquez was named the Little East Offensive Player of the Week once on the season.

 

WOMENíS SOCCER

Sophomore goalkeeper Erica Edwards (North Kingstown, RI) was named the womenís soccer teamís MVP. Edwards played in 15 games, starting 13 of them. She recorded two wins, posted a 2.73 goals against average, made 119 saves and registered a .768 save percentage on the season. Her 119 saves ranked her first in the Little East Conference, while her .768 save percentage was sixth in the league. Edwards posted a shutout and made seven saves in the, 2-0, win over Plymouth State on Oct. 28. She was named the Little East Goalkeeper of the Week once on the season.

 

MENíS CROSS COUNTRY

Freshman Raffaelo Manzo (Slatersville, RI) was named the menís cross country teamís MVP. Manzo was the top finisher in nearly every race this season for the Anchormen. He finished 190th at the N.E. Div. III Championship (29:06.20) on Nov. 11. He notched a 29th place finish at the Little East Championship (28:20.03; season-best) on Oct. 28. Manzo placed 26th at the Western New England Invitational (29:09.00) on Oct. 14 and was in 11th place at the James Earley Invitational (29:29.71) on Oct. 17. He recorded a 27th place finish at the Pop Crowell Invitational (30:48.60) on Sept. 23. Manzo opened the season with a 216th place finish at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational (31:34.54) on Sept. 16.

 

WOMENíS CROSS COUNTRY

Freshman Shayna Cousineau (Cranston, RI) was named the womenís cross country teamís MVP. Cousineau was named the Little East Conference Runner and Rookie of the Year, the first student-athlete in conference history to earn both awards in the same season. She wrapped up the year with a 67th place finish (22:49.00) at the N.E. Div. III Championship on Nov. 11. She captured the Little East Conference Individual Championship with a first place finish (19:19.70) among a field of 72 runners at the LEC Championship on Oct. 28. She finished in third place (25:47.00) at the Western New England Invitational on Oct. 14 and placed 20th at the James Earley Invitational (19:30.87) on Oct. 7. She notched a fifth place finish (19:26.70)  at the Pop Crowell Invitational on Sept. 23 and opened her collegiate career with a 26th place finish at the UMass Dartmouth Invitational (19:17.99; season-best) on Sept. 16. She was named the Little East Runner of the Week once and the Rookie of the Week twice on the season.

 

WOMENíS TENNIS

Freshman Grace Zangari (Saunderstown, RI) was named the womenís tennis teamís MVP. Zangari helped the Anchorwomen to the 2017 Little East Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championships. Zangari was named First Team All-Little East in singles. She was 15-1 at No. 2 singles and went a perfect 16-0 in doubles action for 23.0 points on the year. Zangari was named the Little East Rookie of the Week four times on the season.

 

WOMENíS VOLLEYBALL

Senior outside hitter Courtney Lambrese (Cranston, RI) was named the womenís volleyball teamís MVP. Lambrese, a First Team All-Little East Conference selection, played in 92 sets in 26 matches and led the team in numerous categories. She posted a .223 hitting percentage (368-142-1,012) with 368 kills, 32 service aces, eight assists, 243 digs and 13 blocks. She ranked third in the LEC in kills per set (4.00), while her total kills ranked fifth in the conference. She also ranked sixth in total attacks, 11th in hitting percentage, 19th in service aces and 20th in digs. Lambrese had nine double-doubles on the season, including a season-best 24 kills with 17 digs at Eastern Connecticut (Oct. 3).

 

MENíS GOLF

Senior Austin Cilley (Westerly, RI) was named the menís golf teamís MVP. An All-New England and All-Great Northeast Athletic Conference honoree, Cilley was the top finisher for the Anchormen in all but one tournament this fall. He has averaged 73.9 strokes per round on the year so far. Cilley earned All-New England honors with a second place finish after shooting a 143 (75, 68; season-best) at the NEIGA Div. III Championship on Oct. 23. He took home All-GNAC accolades with a third place finish after a score of 149 (77, 72) at the GNAC Championship on Oct. 15. Cilley finished in a tie for third place with a 147 (72, 75) at the Elms Invitational on Oct. 9. He placed 38th with an 85 at the Brett Williamson Invitational on Sept. 26. Cilley recorded a third place finish with a 145 (74, 71) at the Williams Invitational on Sept. 24. He opened the season by taking medalist honors with a 70 to lead the Anchormen to a first place finish at the MCLA Invitational on Sept. 14. He was named the GNAC Player of the Week once on the season.

 

WOMENíS GOLF

Freshman Megan Mahan (North Andover, MA) was named the womenís golf teamís MVP. She has recorded an average of 90.44 on the year for the Anchorwomen. Mahan earned All-New England honors when she notched a second place finish with a score of 180 (92, 88) at the NEIGA Div. III New England Championship on Oct. 23. She earned Second Team All-Empire Eight accolades with an eighth place finish after shooting a 184 (95, 89) at the Empire Eight Championship on Oct. 15. She finished tied for 35th with a 176 (93, 83; season-best) at the George Phinney Classic on Oct. 1. Mahan notched a tie for 67th place with a score of 187 (95, 92) at the Mount Holyoke Invitational on Sept. 24. She opened her collegiate career with an 87 in the head-to-head match with Suffolk on Sept. 10.

 

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