Basketball Teams Continue Winning Ways
Both the RCC men's and women's basketball teams once again completed successful seasons. The Lady Hawks traveled to Suffolk Community College and fell to the Sharks, 56-42, in a Region XV Tournament Semi-Final on Saturday March 1. Under Coach Rich Jacobson, RCC finished with an 18-11 record and appeared in their third straight Region XV Tournament. Captain Erika Richards was named to the All-Region and All-Mid Hudson Conference First Team. Richards finished her two-year career with 953 points after scoring 14 in the season finale. Newcomer Allison Haugh was named to the All-Mid Hudson Conference First Team.
The men's team finished with an 18-12 record after falling to host Suffolk, 66-52, in the Region XV Quarterfinals. Jason Quijada led the Hawks with 19 points and five assists. The Spring Valley High graduate finished his two-year career with 1,265 career points. Quijada joined North Rockland's Kahreign Joseph on the All-Mid Hudson Conference First Team. Former Ramapo High standout, David Haye was selected to the All-Mid Hudson Conference Second Team. Quijada was also named to the All-Region XV First Team, while Joseph was named Honorable Mention.
No Postseason for Soccer and Volleyball; Women’s Tennis Reborn
Sophomore Dominique Bucci (North Rockland) was selected to the All-Mid Hudson Conference First Team, while teammate Makenna Clavell (Suffern) was named to the All-Mid Hudson Conference Second Team. Although it was Erik Ellingsen's first year guiding the Lady Hawks (4-14), the team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the second straight year.
The Men's Soccer Team also failed to make the Region XV Tournament, but had several players earning awards. Martin Williams (Wingate) was named to the All-Region First Team and the All-Mid Hudson Conference Second Team. Christian Diaz (Suffern), Sean Diffley (Clarkstown South) and Michael Trinkoff (Tappan Zee) were all selected to the All-Mid Hudson Conference Team. The Hawks finished with a 6-8-2 record in Loren Green's 31st season as the head coach.
First year coach Joseph Gravagna tried to rebuild the women’s tennis program after a three-year absence from competitive play. The team came one match away from possibly qualifying for the Regional Tournament. Unfortunately mother nature and a scheduling deadline forced the team out of the tournament by way of a point differential.
Baseball Back on Top; Golf Comes Up Short
Two old rivals battled each other in the Region XV Division II Baseball Championship game, with Rockland outlasting Westchester, 9-8 at historic Cantine Field. The classic contest featured six different lead changes, with Tournament MVP Scott Peschiani being the difference. The Monroe-Woodbury alum untied the game himself, twice. In all, the sophomore went 3-for-5 with a triple, home run, and 7 RBI. It was the Hawks’ their first Region XV Championship since 2007.
Rockland advanced to play in the NJCAA East District Tournament at Monroe Community College. The team lost to both Monroe and eventual champion UCONN-Avery Point and finished a 21-17 record.
The Golf Team came a few strokes shy of claiming their third straight Mid Hudson Conference Championship. The team once again hosted the Region XV Tournament and benefited from the friendly bounces at the Rotella Memorial Golf Course and finished fourth. Benedict Tagle was named to the All-Region Team and qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament.
Men’s and Women’s Basketball Have Memorable Seasons
The Lady Hawks women’s basketball team found themselves in unchartered territory this season. For the first time in nearly two decades, the team was one win shy of reaching the NJCAA National Tournament. RCC fell to bridge-rival Westchester in the Region XV Tournament Championship Game, 80-62, at Monroe College. In his fourth season, Coach Rich Jacobson led the team to a 25-7 record.
Bronx CC dealt the Men’s Basketball Team a 91-82 Region XV Tournament Semi-Final loss at Monroe College. Rockland finished with a 24-8 overall record, which surpassed the 22-13 record from the 2008-09 Region XV Championship squad. Region XV and Mid Hudson Conference "Player-of-the-Year" Tommie Starkes led the Hawks with 26 points. Starkes would later be named to the NJCAA All-American Team and compete in the JUCO Showcase in Las Vegas in May.
RCC Soccer Returns to Region XV Tournament but Volleyball Rebuilds
The Hawks compiled another winning record in 2012 and found themselves once again in the Region XV Tournament. RCC lost to Nassau in the Quarterfinal Round on October 20, and finished with an 8-6-1 record. It was the second straight 8-win season for Loren Green’s team. The longtime coach led his team to an 8-4-1 record in 2011.
The Women’s Volleyball team completed a 4-14 campaign and failed to qualify for the postseason after having reached the Region XV Tournament the previous two season. Eight newcomers dotted the roster, which had coach Kristin Ellingsen excited about the program’s future.
RCC Baseball Team Reaches Tourney Final & Golf Team Wins Title
The RCC Baseball Team dropped a 12-6 decision to Sullivan Community College on May 11 in the Region XV Championship Game at RCC. The team finished 19-19, but Staten Island native John Ziznewski was named the Region XV “Player-of-the-Year.”
Coaches Tom Craffey and Howard Pierson guided the Hawks past perennial power Nassau to win the Region XV Golf Championship at the Rotella Memorial Golf Course in Haverstraw. The team qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament in Chautauqua, NY in early June. Monroe-Woodbuy alum Colby Lewis was named the Mid Hudson Conference and Region XV “Golfer-of-the-Year.”
RCC Basketball Roundup
The Men’s Basketball team failed to make the postseason after having reached the Region XV Tournament the previous three years. Under Coach Bill Kurisko, the Hawks posted a 7-20 record and were bounced by Ulster in the first round of the Mid Hudson Conference Tournament, 71-67.
Under second year Head Coach Rich Jacobson, the Lady Hawks doubled their win total from the previous year and finished the year at 8-20. The team fell to rival SUNY Orange in the semi-final round of the Mid Hudson Conference Tournament.