RIC To Induct Seven New Members and '07 and '08 Softball Into Athletic Hall of Fame

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Providence, R.I.—Rhode Island College will induct seven new members and a pair of teams into its Athletic Hall of Fame at a gala event held at Donovan Dining Center on Saturday, Oct. 5.

The ceremony will be streamed live on GoAnchormen.com at approximately 7:30 p.m. Click HERE to watch the event.

Click HERE to view the 2019 Hall of Fame Program

Tahrike A. Carter ’15
Carter starred a guard in men’s basketball from 2009-13. During his tenure with the Anchormen, he was a member of three Little East Regular Season and Tournament championship teams. RIC played in the NCAA Div. III Tournament in each of his four seasons on the hardwood, reaching the Sweet 16 in 2010 and 11.

The Brooklyn, N.Y. native closed out his four-year career at Rhode Island College having played in 118 games, starting 80 of them. He compiled 823 points, 530 rebounds, 313 assists, 141 steals and 31 blocked shots. For his career, Carter averaged 7.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.3 blocks. He is the all-time leader in games played in Rhode Island College men’s basketball history and ranks 10th all-time in career assists. 

As a senior in 2012-2013, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) named Carter a 2013 Second Team All-American. Carter is one of only four All-Americans in Rhode Island College men’s basketball history and the first to earn the honor since Alex Butler in 1997. Ricky Wilson (’72) and Troy Smith (’93) were the other two Anchormen to earn All-American honors. 

Carter was named a 2013 Third Team D3Hoops.com All-American and was also named First-Team All-Northeast District by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), First Team All-Northeast Region by D3hoops.com and was also chosen to participate in the 2013 NABC Reese’s Division III College All-Star game.

Furthermore, he was named the 2013 Little East Conference Player of the Year, the Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Little East and to the league’s All-Defensive Team. Carter became the first player in league history to earn Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors in the same season. He also joins former RIC standout Bobby Bailey as the only other player to win Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same season.

Carter, who was named the men’s basketball team’s MVP, was the only member of the Anchormen to start in all 30 games. He averaged 10.7 points, a team-high 6.6 rebounds, a team-leading 3.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game, while ranking among the top 10 in the Little East Conference in assists (2nd), assist/turnover ratio (3rd), steals (5th), rebounds (6th) and minutes played (7th). Carter reached double figures in scoring 20 times and finished the season with three double-doubles. He totaled a career-high 22 points against Eastern Connecticut on Dec. 8 and hauled in a career-high 11 rebounds on two occasions. Carter handed out a career-high 10 assists on two occasions and also swiped a season-high four steals on two occasions as well. 

As a junior in 2011-2012, Carter was named Second Team All-Little East and to the league’s All-Defensive Team. He played in 29 games, starting all of them. Carter averaged 10.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, while also averaging a team-high 4.2 assists and a team-high 1.6 steals. He scored a season-high 20 points against Amherst on Jan. 31, corralled a season-high 10 rebounds on Nov. 19 against Lasell, swiped a season-high five steals on Feb. 24 against Western Connecticut, and dished out a season-high of nine assists on two occasions. Carter was among the top 10 in the Little East Conference in rebounds, steals, and field goal percentage, while ranking third in assists. He cracked double-digits in scoring 18 times on the year. 

As a sophomore in 2010-2011, Carter played in 29 games, starting 12 of them. He averaged 4.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.9 steals per game. Carter cracked double-digits in scoring twice, including a season-high 11 points at UMass Dartmouth on Jan. 25. His best performance of the year came in the form of a 10 point, 10-rebound double-double in a win at UMass Boston on Dec. 11. Carter also posted season-highs of six assists at Johnson and Wales on Nov. 30 and four steals at Lasell on Nov. 20.

As a freshman in 2009-2010, Carter was named to the Little East Conference All-Rookie Team. He played in 30 games, starting nine of them. Carter averaged 3.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.5 steals per game. He had season-highs of seven points on multiple occasions, six rebounds and three steals against UMass Boston on Dec. 12 and five assists at Amherst on Feb. 2.

Carter was 2009 graduate of Benjamin Banneker Academy.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Rhode Island College in 2015.

Kayla M. (Jandreau) DaSilva ’12
Jandreau starred as a catcher, designated player and third baseman in softball from 2008-11. During her tenure, Rhode Island College won two Little East Regular Season and Tournament Championships, qualified the NCAA Div. III Tournament three times and reached the National Championship Round once.

The Plainville, Conn. native wrapped up her four-year career as an Anchorwoman having played in 178 games, starting 174 of them. She batted .367 (202-for-551) with, 148 runs scored, 202 hits, 29 doubles, 11 triples, 10 home runs, 101 RBI and 47 stolen bases. Jandreau owned a .514 slugging percentage, a .434 on-base percentage and a .978 fielding percentage. In program history, she ranks second in at-bats (551), runs scored, hits, stolen bases and walks (64), fourth in home runs and RBI, fifth in batting, triples, putouts (679) and slugging percentage, and is seventh in doubles.

As a senior in 2011, she was named Second Team All-New England, First Team All-Little East Conference and team MVP. Jandreau played in 51 games, starting all of them. She batted .345 (57-for-165) with 41 runs scored, 57 hits, 10 doubles, one triple, three home runs, 26 RBI and 20 stolen bases. Jandreau owned a .473 slugging percentage, a .402 on-base percentage and a .994 fielding percentage. She was named the Little East Conference Player of the Week once on the season.

As a junior in 2010, Jandreau played in 36 games, starting all of them. She batted .349 with 25 runs scored, 38 hits, five doubles, five triples, 13 RBI and 12 stolen bases. Jandreau owned a .486 slugging percentage, a .432 on-base percentage and a .972 fielding percentage.

As a sophomore in 2009, Jandreau was named Second Team All-New England and Second Team All-Little East. She played catcher, designated player, outfield and third base on the season. Jandreau played in 48 games, starting 47 of them. She batted .383 with 45 runs scored, 59 hits, seven doubles, one triple, three home runs, 28 RBI, 77 total bases and eight stolen bases. Jandreau owns a .500 slugging percentage, a .448 on-base percentage and a .972 fielding percentage.

As a freshman in 2008, Jandreau was named Second Team All-Little East as a utility player. Jandreau, who was also named Third Team All-New England as an At-Large selection by the NFCA, played in 43 games, starting 40 of them. She batted .390 with 37 runs scored, 48 hits, seven doubles, four triples, four home runs, 34 RBI and seven stolen bases. She owned a .610 slugging percentage, a .460 on-base percentage and a .953 fielding percentage. Jandreau was named to the 2008 NCAA Div. III New England Regional Softball All-Tournament Team.

She was 2007 graduate of Plainville High School.

Jandreau earned a bachelor’s degree in health education with a concentration in public health from Rhode Island College in 2012.

Meg A. (Funk) Fournier ’10
Funk was an outstanding sutdent-athlete in women’s tennis during her career at Rhode Island College from 2005-08. RIC won three Little East Regular Season Championships and one league tournament title over the course of her career. 

The Oakdale, Conn. native closed out her four-year career with a 45-15 (.750) in singles and a 51-16 (.761) doubles for 70.5 career points. At the conclusion of her career, she was tied for the all-time program record in career doubles wins, while ranking third in both singles victories and points.

As a senior in 2008, she was named Second Team All-Little East Conference at No. 1 singles. She was 10-4 (.714) at No. 1 singles and 8-7 (.533) at No. 1 doubles for 14.0 points on the season. Funk was named the team’s MVP and the Little East Player of the Week once. She led the team in points, while tying for the top spot in both singles and doubles victories.

As a junior in 2007, Funk was the Little East Conference Champion at No. 1 doubles along with Sasha Doonan Rodriguez. She was 10-6 (.625) at No. 1 singles and 14-3 (.824) at No. 1 doubles for 17.0 points on the season. Funk was tied for the team lead in doubles wins, tied for fourth on the team in singles wins and tied for third in points. She was named the Little East Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week once.

As a sophomore in 2006, she was the Little East Conference Champion at number one doubles. She was 12-4 (.750) at number one singles and 15-4 (.789) at number one doubles for 19.5 points on the season. Funk was tied for second on the club in singles and doubles wins, as well as points.

As a freshman in 2005, Funk was the Little East Conference Champion at number three singles and number two doubles. She was 13-1 (.929) in singles and 14-2 (.875) in doubles for 20.0 points on the season. Funk was tied for the team lead in singles victories, was second in total points and tied for third in doubles wins. She was named Little East Conference Rookie of the Week once on the season.

Funk was a 2005 graduate of Montville High School.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a concentration in special education from Rhode Island College in 2010.

John E. Heslin Jr. ’56
Heslin was a four-year member of the men’s soccer team during his career at the Rhode Island College of Education. 

He was recruited to join the soccer program by legendary former coach and Athletic Director Bob Brown and quickly became one of the team’s top offensive players. 

Heslin served a team captain during his career and also played for the Anchormen in men’s basketball.

After his graduation from RIC in 1956, he went on to a very distinguished career as an educator in the Barrington and Scituate, Rhode Island school systems as well as the Brockton and Needham, Massachusetts schools.

Heslin was an English and social studies teacher and also was a guidance counselor. He also served as the acting Dean of Student Affairs at Stonehill College.

Perhaps his greatest contributions to soccer came after his undergraduate days were over. He was heavily involved in soccer officiating, serving as the President of both the New England Soccer Officials Association and the Rhode Island Soccer Officials Association. 

As a coach, he was the first men’s soccer coach at Stonehill College and also saw time guiding the Skyhawk baseball and women’s basketball programs. He spent over two decades as the head girls’ soccer coach at Bridgewater Raynham High School where he led the Trojans to many league championships.

Heslin was inducted into the Eastern Massachusetts Soccer Coaches Hall of Fame.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from RIC in 1956 and a master’s degree in education from Bridgewater State in 1958. 

Michael J. Martini ’10
Martini starred for the RIC wrestling program from 2006-09 at 157 lbs. He helped the Anchormen win the 2008 New England Wrestling Association Championship. 

The Cranston, R.I. native wrapped up his three-year career on the mat with a record of 102-23 (.816) to go along with 174 takedowns, 51 reversals, 111 escapes, 47 near-falls and 16 pins.

As a senior in 2008-09, was the New England Champion at 157 lbs., earning All-New England honors for the third straight season, and advanced to the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive campaign. Martini was 37-5 with 75 takedowns, 22 reversals, 27 escapes, 16 near-falls and five pins on the season. He placed first at both the Roger Williams (Nov. 15) and Doug Parker (Nov. 22) Invitationals, while finishing third at the RIT Invitational (Dec. 6). Martini was an Honorable Mention to the Pilgrim League All-Star Team and named team MVP.

As a junior in 2007-08, Martini was the New England Champion, earning All-New England honors for the second consecutive season, at 157 lbs. and advanced to the NCAA Div. III Wrestling Championships. He was named a Second Team Pilgrim Wrestling League All-Star. Martini finished the season with a 34-9 record, 57 takedowns, 15 reversals, 42 escapes, 19 near-falls and eight pins on the season. He earned a fourth place finish at the Roger Williams Invitational (Nov. 10), was fourth at the Doug Parker Invitational (Nov. 17) and first at the R.I.T. Invitational (Dec. 1). Martini was named a Scholar All-American by NWCA. 

As a sophomore in 2006-07, Martini earned All-New England honors at 157 lbs., placing third at the NECCWA Championships. He was 31-9 at 157 lbs. with 42 takedowns, 14 reversals, 42 escapes, 12 near-falls and three pins. Martini placed fourth at 157 lbs. at the Doug Parker Invitational and third at 157 lbs. at the R.I.T. Invitational.

Prior to coming to RIC, Martini attended Hofstra in 2005-06. 

He was 2005 graduate of Cranston High School West.

He earned bachelor’s degree in both math and economics from Rhode Island College in 2010.

Donielle A. Mattoon ’11
Mattoon starred as a shortstop on the softball team from 2008-11. During her tenure, Rhode Island College won two Little East Regular Season and Tournament Championships, qualified the NCAA Div. III Tournament three times and reached the National Championship Round once.

The Coventry, R.I. native closed out her four-year career as an Anchorwoman having played in 174 games, starting 163 of them. She batted .377 (182-for-483) with 123 runs scored, 182 hits, 33 doubles, 13 triples, 10 home runs, 102 RBI and 15 stolen bases. Mattoon owned a .561 slugging percentage, a .413 on-base percentage and a .942 fielding percentage. In program history, she ranks second in triples and assists (276), third in batting, runs scored, hits, doubles, RBI, and slugging percentage, fourth in home runs and total bases (271), fifth in at-bats (483) and sacrifice flies (5) and 11th in sacrifice hits (16).

As a senior in 2011, Mattoon played in 51 games, starting all of them. She batted .315 (53-for-168) with 26 runs scored, 53 hits, eight doubles, three triples, 28 RBI and three stolen bases. Mattoon owned a .399 slugging percentage, a .350 on-base percentage and a .958 fielding percentage. She was named to the Providence Regional’s All-Tournament Team in the NCAA Tournament.

As a junior in 2010, Mattoon was named Second Team All-Little East and team MVP. Mattoon played in 37 games, starting all of them. She batted .431 with 32 runs scored, 47 hits, 13 doubles, four home runs, 26 RBI and four stolen bases. Mattoon owned a .661 slugging percentage, a .453 on-base percentage and a .938 fielding percentage. She was named the Little East Conference Player of the Week once on the season.

As a sophomore in 2009, Mattoon was named Third Team All-New England as an At-Large selection, Second Team All-Little East and the team MVP. She played in 47 games, starting 46 of them. Mattoon batted .452 with 43 runs scored, 57 hits, six doubles, eight triples, six home runs, 29 RBI, 97 total bases and three stolen bases. She owned a .770 slugging percentage (new program record), a .486 on-base percentage and a .915 fielding percentage. 

As a freshman in 2008, Mattoon played in 39 games, starting 29 games. She batted .313 with 22 runs scored, 25 hits, six doubles, two triples, 19 RBI and five stolen bases. She owned a .438 slugging percentage, a .371 on-base percentage and a .974 fielding percentage.

She was 2007 graduate of Coventry High School. 

She earned a bachelor’s degree in both psychology and biology from Rhode Island College in 2011.

Peter A. Prendergast ’93
Prendergast was a standout in men’s tennis at Rhode Island College from 1989-92. 

The Warwick, R.I. native began his career as the starter at No. 3 singles in 1989, moved on to No. 2 singles in 1990 and then was the squad’s best singles player at the No. 1 spot during his junior and senior campaigns in 1991 and 1992.

Prendergast compiled a 34-14 career singles record, which is a .708 percent winning percentage. He also totaled 16 career doubles wins to give him 42.0 career points.

As a senior in 1992, Prendergast posted a 10-2 record at No. 1 singles. As a junior in 1991, he went 7-6 at No. 1 singles.

As a sophomore in 1990, Prendergast posted an 8-4 record at No. 2 singles. As a freshman in 1989, he was 9-2 at No. 3 singles. 

He currently ranks fifth all-time at RIC with 34 career singles wins and is 10th in career points.

Prendergast’s teams enjoyed terrific success during his tenure as the Anchormen went 39-10 over that time span.

The Anchormen went 11-1 during his freshman season in 1989, which was the best record in program history at that time.

He also was a member of the first Little East Men’s Tennis Tournament Championship team in program history when RIC went 9-3 and won the league title.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Rhode Island College in 1993 and an additional bachelor’s degree in secondary education math in 2001.

2007 and 2008 Softball Teams
The 2007 and 2008 Rhode Island College Softball Teams are the fifth inductees into RIC’s Team Athletic Hall of Fame and the first female sports team to be honored.

The 2007 and 2008 editions are the most successful softball teams the college has ever fielded and already have had eight members enshrined into its Athletic Hall of Fame, with more expected in the future. 

These two teams were dominant in an era where the Anchorwomen won the Little East Regular Season Championship five years in a row from 2005 through 2009. RIC also won the conference tournament title during a four-year stretch from 2006 through 2009.

Head Coach Maria Morin guided the 2007 team to a 41-7 overall record, which included a 12-2 mark in the Little East. The club’s 41 wins are the most in a season in RIC history.

The Anchorwomen played in the NCAA Div. III Softball Tournament, clinching the New England Regional Championship and advancing to the National Championship Round in Salem, Virginia for the first time in program history.

Despite losing several key pieces to the club’s historic run in 2007, Rhode Island College completely reloaded with talent a year later in 2008 and the results were nearly identical.

The 2008 team finished the season with a 36-9 overall record and went 12-2 in the Little East. Once again, the Anchorwomen qualified for the NCAA Div. III Softball Tournament, won the N.E. Regional title and returned to Virginia for the College World Series.

The team finished the year ranked No. 10 in the nation, the highest ranking RIC softball has ever achieved.

During this two-year stretch, the Anchorwomen had two All-American selections, six All-N.E. award recipients, 12 All-Little East honorees and several Conference Player of the Year selections.