Sam Murray gets the week off from his “Weekly Round-Up” so the reigns have been given to Tyler Krusz to give you a quick look at the past week in URI athletics.
The men’s basketball team defeated the Brown Bears out of Kingston with an 86-62 victory on Tuesday night behind Fatts Russell’s explosive performance. The freshman dropped 20 points in 22 minutes, shooting 7-11 from the field and five of six from behind the arc. Russell continued to stay hot into this weekend, when the Rams defeated the Providence College Friars in the Ocean State Rivalry game on Friday. URI topped PC 75-68 behind another 20-point performance from Russell, 15 from Jarvis Garrett, while the defense forced a whopping 21 turnovers. Russell was awarded with Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honors. It was the Rams’ first win in seven years against PC and Dan Hurley’s first victory over the Friars.
The women’s basketball team suffered two losses to in-state rivals Bryant University and Providence College at the Ocean State Tip-Off tournament. On Saturday, the Rams fell to Bryant 58-52 behind a slow offense. No players reached double-digit scoring for the Rams, but Marta Vargas led the way with nine points followed by eight from both Nay Lassiter and Jalissa Ross. Nicole Jorgensen scored 14 against Providence College, but it wasn’t enough as the Rams lost that matchup 65-41.
The men’s hockey team split the weekend series with Navy, winning by a large margin on Friday night and losing by one goal on Saturday. The Rams won 9-2 on Friday, behind two goals from both Luke Vendetto and Patrick Creamer. Jon Alsfeld returned to action as well, netting his ninth goal of the season. Alsfeld scored the lone goal during Saturday’s 2-1 loss. Joe Augustine’s squad heads to Syracuse this weekend for the last games of the fall semester.
The Women’s hockey team played two games against UMass this weekend, winning the first one 3-1 and drawing the second matchup 1-1. Monica Darby powered the Rams through their Friday night victory with two goals, and Madison Balutowski added a goal of her own. Darby also scored the lone goal on Saturday in the tie in overtime.
Women’s Track & Field
The women’s track team opened up their season with the Alden Invitational Tournament in Providence this weekend. Senior Breann Burns won the 60 meter hurdles with a regional qualifying mark of 9.07 seconds, and also ran a school best 300-meter time of 44.58 seconds. Karlee Fowler won the pole vault, setting a personal record of 12-feet-two-inches. This height also was a qualifying mark for New England and the ECAC. Greta Scott won the 300 meters, and ran a personal best in the 60 meters with a time of 7.84 seconds. This Friday, the Rams host the 23rd Annual URI Pentathlon at the Mackal Field House at 11 a.m.