RIC returns to DIII tournament for 7th straight year

The Rhode Island College Anchormen will open up the Division III NCAA tournament at home Saturday night against Hobart at the Murray Center.

Over the past decade, RIC has been a constant DIII contender.

The Anchormen had another great season, winning the Little East Tournament for the fifth time in the past seven years and will be heading to the DIII NCAA tournament for the seventh straight season.

"There are only four teams in the country that have gone to the NCAA tournament seven years in a row, so we are really proud of it. We've built a culture here based on toughness, and we've got talented kids and they've really bought into it," head coach Bob Walsh said.

"Coach Walsh has generated a great culture here, a culture of winning that we've all bought into. We're just really looking forward to maintaining the culture and hoping making it into the next round," senior Randy Casey said.

The post-season honors are pouring in. Senior Tahrike Carter was named the Little East player and defensive player of the year. He made history as the first person to win both those awards combined with the tournament MVP honors.

"It's quite an honor, honestly. I worked hard in the summer and it's good to know that hard work pays off," Carter said.

"He is one of the toughest kids we've ever coached. and he just does so many things every day to help our team get better," Walsh said.

And the honors don't stop there. Head coach Walsh has really turned this program into a national DIII powerhouse. He was honored with his third coach of the year award.

"He's an excellent coach because even when we are winning he still demands a lot out of us," Carter said.

"When we have success, you get the awards. The awards are nice, but it's really about what we do every day for our guys," Walsh said.