Positives:

  • The Rhode Island football team’s first half at the University of New Hampshire was exactly what we have all been waiting for. Coach Jim Fleming has done a masterful job developing players, eliminating the penalties and turnovers, and building a foundation. Not the same UNH team, but URI did not turn the ball over, committed just four penalties for 30 yards, and all this without their starting quarterback. The best will be here before you know it.
  • The late goal by Tyler Dickson to give the URI men’s soccer team the double-overtime victory over conference foe Duquesne University. The goal was scored in the 106th minute of the match and was the first of his career.
  • The Rhode Island men’s soccer team clinching a spot in the Atlantic 10 Championship. The win keeps the Rams in third place in the Atlantic 10 standings with one game remaining in the regular season.

Negatives:

  • The Rhody women’s soccer season, finishing with a winless conference slate and a 14 game losing streak is among the most surprising things to happen recently at the school. After starting the year 3-1-1, the Rams finished 0-14 and were outscored 33 to 12 during the streak. They were also shut out seven times.
  • The URI football team’s second-half performance at UNH was as bad as the first half was good for the Rams. They were outscored 20-0 in the second half, and allowed the Wildcats to go 6-for-9 on third downs, compared to just 1-for-6 in the first half. The Wildcats also ran for 167 yards, after rushing for just 17 in the first half.

Players of the Week:

Shelby Aarden (17th overall at Atlantic 10 Championship) – Aarden was the highest finisher for both the men’s and women’s cross country teams.

Tyler Dickson (2-1 win vs Duquesne) – Congratulations to the sophomore, who took only his third career shot, scoring one of the biggest goals of his life. The double overtime thriller allowed the Rams to remain in third place with a chance at a top four seed in the Atlantic 10 championships.

Harold Cooper (20-17 loss @ University of New Hampshire) – Cooper finished with 222 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns for the Rams. The super sophomore had 99 rush yards, 48 receiving yards, and 77 kick return yards. He also ended the game with 1,000 rushing yards for his career.

Team of the Week: URI men’s soccer (win vs Duquesne) – The Rams won their second straight match and fourth in their last five games. The win also put them in the Atlantic 10 Championships, and left them with a very good chance at solidifying a top four seed with a win in the finale at George Mason.

Off the Record:  Time to shine some light on the Bruins who have won six of their last seven games, including starting 5-0 on the road. The Bruins have the third most goals in the NHL with 39, despite playing in the fewest amount of games thus far. In their last three games they have outscored opponents 12-2.