The New Conference Rivals: Rhode Island College

The New Conference Rivals: Rhode Island College

Rhode Island College

Founded: 1854
Enrollment: 8,446
President: Dr. Frank Sanchez
Director of Athletics: Donald E. Tencher
Nickname: Anchormen/Anchorwomen
Colors: Gold, White, and Maroon
Location: Providence, R.I.
Distance from Castleton: 181 Miles

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – One of the founding members of the Little East Conference, Rhode Island College will compete with Castleton University in 16 of the league's sponsored sports starting in 2018-19.

In 2017-18, Rhode Island College finished eighth in the LEC Commissioner's Cup standings and sixth in the Presidents' Cup standings, as the Anchormen and Anchorwomen within the conference combined for a 2.98 grade point average last year.

Rhode Island College holds its volleyball and basketball home contests in the Murray Center, dedicated in 2003. Outside, the RIC Varsity Complex hosts soccer, lacrosse, and track & field, while softball plays at the Dayna A. Bazar Memorial Softball Facility, baseball uses Anchorman Field, and tennis is held at the RIC Outdoor Tennis Courts.

One of the highlights for Rhode Island College last year was the dominance of the Anchorwomen tennis team. RIC swept through the regular season and conference tournament, losing just 13 individual matches in 16 team contests. The Anchorwomen defeated Nazareth in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 5-2, before losing at Tufts in the second round for their only loss in a 17-1 season.

The Anchorwomen were also strong within the Little East in cross country and track & field, starting with a third place finish at the LEC Women's Cross Country Championships. The women's track and field team finished second at the conference's indoor championships, but then prevailed for the Little East title at the Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

The men's soccer team tied Western Connecticut State at the top of the regular season standings at 5-2, but lost to the Colonials in the final of the LEC Tournament to end the year at 9-8-2 overall. The women's soccer team finished fifth in the league standings at 2-4-1, part of a 5-12-1 overall mark, while the volleyball team ended up in seventh place at 2-5 within the LEC, although it did post a 16-11 overall record.

After a seventh place finish at the LEC Men's Cross Country Championships, the men's track and field team improved to a fifth place finish at the conference indoor championships, but then fell slightly to sixth place at the conference outdoor meet. The men's basketball team tied for fifth place at 5-9 within the LEC and 8-18 overall, with the women's basketball team finishing in eighth place at 2-12 within the league and 9-17 overall.

In the spring, the baseball team finished in fourth place at 8-6 in the Little East, ending up with a 20-15 overall record, while the men's tennis team tied for fourth place at 3-3 in the league, part of a 13-5 overall mark. The softball team finished eighth at 2-12 in the LEC and 10-20 overall, and the women's lacrosse squad went 1-11 overall, including 0-6 within the league to finish in seventh place.

Castleton will first face Rhode Island College in soccer and women's tennis on Saturday, Sept. 22. The Spartan men's soccer team will host the Anchormen beginning at 1 p.m., while the Anchorwomen will welcome the Spartan women's soccer team to Providence for a 1 p.m. kickoff. Meanwhile, the Spartan women take on the defending LEC champion Anchorwomen on the Castleton tennis courts that same day.

1) The Little East Conference
2) Eastern Connecticut State
3) Keene State
4) UMass Boston
5) UMass Dartmouth
6) Plymouth State