Nationals are next
By Gary Axelbank
BRONX, NEW YORK, November 13- With the score 2-1 and Monroe leading CCRI with just 10 minutes left in a competitive and tense women's soccer District final, the doors of the CCRI athletic center burst open and out came a shouting, smiling, and cheering Monroe Mustangs women's volleyball team hoisting their just-won District Championship trophy aloft. They proceeded to fill the sideline in support of their compatriots on the field.
Ultimately the Mustangs' lead held and when the final gun sounded, on the field were two very happy, nationally-ranked Monroe teams of female student athletes in common celebration of realized goals: District championships and upcoming trips to national tournaments. That they were reached just minutes apart against the same school in the same location – against CCRI on their campus in Lincoln, RI - only made the celebration that much more harmonious.
"We are very proud of our athletic program," said Athletic Director Bert Shillingford. "This is the kind of day you dream about: two District championships won just minutes apart and the student athletes celebrating together. We have incredible coaches and teams that seem to keep getting better and better. Right now, I have a lot of work to do because two Monroe teams are traveling to national tournaments!"