Warwick, R.I. – October 28, 2010: The No.14 ranked (NSCAA poll) CCRI women’s soccer team defeated Region XXI rival Dean College in Franklin, MA yesterday 10-0. With the win the Lady Knights improve to 11-3-2 on the season and 8-0 in Region XXI play capturing the 2010 Region XXI title, their 10th straight. The Lady Knights advance to the District G finals which they will host on the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln on Sunday, November 7th at 12:00 noon versus the winner of the district semi-final game between the Region III champion and Region XIX champion. The Region XIX and III Champions will be decided at their regional finals this weekend.
It didn’t take the Lady Knights long to get things in gear as they scored in the first 41 seconds of the match. Freshman Mary Duckett (Portsmouth, RI) scored on a double assist from Vanessa DeMelo (Fall River, MA) and freshman forward Kayla Haggarty (Pawtucket, RI) giving them a 1-0 lead. The Lady Knights scored four more times in the next 30 minutes of play taking a commanding 5-0 advantage at the half. Goals were scored by Stephanie Octeau (Coventry, RI), Kayla Haggarty, Lynn Cerio (Warwick, RI), and Courtney Pellon (Douglas, MA) while sophomore Tri-Captain Vanessa DeMelo picked up four assists in the first half.
The Lady Knights onslaught continued as they poured on five more goals to make the final score 10-0 with goals from Becca D’Andrea (Cumberland, RI), Heather Dziembowski (Auburn, MA), Kayla Haggarty, Tri-Captain Kelsey Pomerleau (Brockton, MA), and Courtney Pellon.
Offensively the Lady Knights were led by Vanessa DeMelo with four assists, Kayla Haggarty and Courtney Pellon each adding two goals and an assist, Lynn Cerio with a goal and an assist, and Lauren Saritelli (Coventry, RI) tallying three assists on the day.
Defensively Tri-Captain All-American goalkeeper Melody Lawrence (Foster, RI) picked up her seventh shutout victory on the season giving her a record shattering 23 shutouts for her career. In 36 career starts Lawrence has only yielded 21 goals giving her a career goals against average (GAA) of .57, once again the best in the illustrious history of the CCRI Lady Knights women’s soccer program besting the mark of .61 by Anne Kineke in the 2004-05 seasons.
Warwick, R.I. – October 26, 2010: The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team hosted the American International College JV team from Springfield, MA on Monday for their final game of the season. CCRI finished sophomore day in a 2-2 tie giving them a 6-9-1 record for the 2010 season.
Head Coach Gabe Toro “urged the players to put out their best and have fun in making an effort to get a win for their last home game.” Sophomores Pitter Rolland (Providence, RI), Alex Elmayan (Warwick, RI), Carlos Medina (Pawtucket, RI), Nick Medici (Cranston, RI), and Josh Hulme (Cranston, RI) were acknowledged before the game with Hulme finishing the season as the team’s leading scorer for the second year in a row with seven goals and three assists for 17 total points.
The game was scoreless through the first half of play with both teams trading attacks but unable to finish in the net. The Knights took the lead first on a free kick from Steven Ortiz (Pawtucket, RI) who placed a through ball to Olavo Monteiro (Central Falls, RI) who was able to put the ball away in the net giving the Knights a 1-0 lead. AIC then scored two goals to take a 2-1 lead. But with just five minutes left in the game Monteiro crossed the ball into the box and forward Hady Coumbassa (Pawtucket, RI) got down low to head the ball into the net to tie the score at 2-2 and send the game into overtime. Neither team was able to score during both overtime periods forcing the game to end in a 2-2 draw.
Warwick, R.I. – October 25, 2010: The No. 14 ranked (NSCAA poll) CCRI Lady Knights’ women’s soccer team closed out their regular season home schedule with a victory over Bryant & Stratton College from Syracuse, NY. The Lady Knights defeated Bobcats 1-0. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 10-3-2 on the season.
It was a special day as the team honored its seven sophomores playing in their last regular season home game: Co-Captain goalkeeper Melody Lawrence (Foster, RI), Co-Captain defender Kelsey Pomerleau (Brockton, MA), midfielder Stephanie Octeau (Coventry, RI), defender Lauren Bartlett (Coventry, RI), Co-Captain midfielder Vanessa DeMelo (Fall River, MA), forward Courtney Pellon (Douglas, MA), and defender Stephanie Estacio (Cranston, RI). In addition, the Lady Knights also adorned pink socks, pink wrist bands, pink head wraps and pink shoe laces in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month while collecting nearly to $1,000 in donations for the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation of Rhode Island.
Bryant & Stratton played tough defense led by sophomore goalkeeper Estefany Molina who kept the Lady Knights at bay throughout the entire game with excellent saves, including a penalty kick. Sophomore Stephanie Octeau was tripped up in the 18 yard box and was awarded a penalty kick but Molina stopped the shot diving horizontally to her right. Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented “Steph placed the ball beautifully and she had something on it. She shot it low and to the left corner of the goal but Molina guessed correctly and stopped the shot. It really was a nice shot and a great save” he added. The Lady Knights continued to get things in gear by dominating the bobcats and doing everything but putting the ball in the net.
The Lady Knights continue to dominate the play passing around the bobcats and generating some nice scoring opportunities but just could not finish. CCRI generated 10 corner kicks throughout the match but could not convert. Finally with 1:35 left to play in the match sophomore defender Stephanie Estacio took a shot from the top of the 18 yard box on a pass from sophomore forward Courtney Pellon and placed the ball into the net by the screened Estefany Molina giving the Lady Knights a 1-0 advantage and the victory.
With her sixth shutout victory goalkeeper Melody Lawrence shattered the CCRI career shutout mark with her 22nd career save besting Alexandra Rothemich’s mark of 21 in the 2002-2003 seasons.
Grassini commented “We threw everything at them but we just couldn’t score today. Everyone on our team was very frustrated today but you’ve got to give Bryant & Stratton some credit for playing hard and physical from start to finish. We really need to start making the best of our opportunities. We just cannot keep playing well without putting the ball in the net. However, our defense has been excellent giving up only 13 goals in 15 games and we are still winning games”.
Their final regular season match will be against Dean College in Franklin, MA this Wednesday at 3:30pm. With a victory, the Lady Knights can clinch the Region XXI title for the tenth straight year.
Warwick, R.I. – October 25, 2010: The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team travelled to Franklin, Massachusetts on Saturday to take on the Bulldogs of Dean College. The Knights needed a win or a tie to advance to the post season, but fell to Dean 2-1 in overtime. The loss drops CCRI to a 6-9 record overall and 4-5 in Region XXI play.
Freshman defender Tucker Marszalek (Smithfield, RI) was again forced to take over in the goal due to an injury to starting goalkeeper Joseph Corsi (Smithfield, RI). Despite not having any real experience in the net, Marszalek did an excellent job holding the Bulldogs to only one goal during regulation. This goal matched the Knights’ who scored on an own goal by the Bulldogs, forcing the 1-1 game into overtime. Dean scored in the first period of the sudden death overtime ending the game and CCRI’s hopes of post season play with a 2-1 final score.
The Knights final game of the regular season will be against AIC at home on Monday beginning at 3:30pm.
Warwick, R.I. – July 16, 2009: The CCRI Cross Country teams traveled to Concord, NH to compete in the New Hampshire Tech YSCC Cross Country Invitational Meet. Both CCRI teams finished second at the meet on the men’s side: Paul Smith College won with 21 points with CCRI in second with 53 points with NH Tech third with 56 points. On the women’s side : Paul Smith College won with 32 points CCRI second with 37 points and NH Tech third with 53 points.
In the women’s race Lady Knight Jackie Hurteau (North Kingstown, RI) won on the women’s four mile course in a great time of 26 minutes 30 seconds followed closely by Therese Kerin (East Greenwich, RI) who ran one of her best races this season finishing fourth in a time of 28:52. Also running well for the CCRI was Allyson Bejma (Pawtucket, RI) cracking the top ten with a sixth place 29:55 effort, Michelle Krol (Smithfield, RI) in her first cross country race ever ran strong for 16th place in a time of 36:33. The last CCRI runner Jovanissa Perez (Warwick, RI) unfortunately, ran off course in the final 500 meters of the race crossing the finish line prematurely resulting in a partial disqualification with the meet director placing her as the last place runner in 25th though Jovanissa ran a great race with this exception and would have easily have been in the top ten with a time of about 31:00.
In the men’s race CCRI’s Cole Maguire (Foster, RI) placed sixth in the men’s five mile race in a time of 29 minutes 22 seconds followed Brendan Dohoney (Warwick, RI) who placed 10th in a time of 29:57. Also running well for the Knights was Stefan Cox (West Kingston, RI) running a time of 30:55 good for 13th place, Robert Brothers (Cranston, RI) placed 17th in a time of 31:41 and Josh Valladolid (Warwick, RI) placed 22nd in a season-best time of 33:05.
Head Coach Gregg Cornell commented after the meet “Both teams ran great today and the runners are building up for the NJCAA Championships in a few weeks.”
The next Cross Country meet for CCRI will be Saturday November 6th when they travel to Westfield, MA to compete in the Northeast District Championship the Women’s race will start at 9:00 am with the men’s starting at 9:30am.
Warwick, R.I. – October 25, 2010: The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team hosted Holyoke Community College for their final game of the season on Saturday. The Lady Knights defeated the Cougars 25-15, 15-14, 23-25 and 25-12. With the victory the Lady Knights finish the season 9-15 overall and a perfect 4-0 in Region XXI play.
Saturday was also a special day because it was Sophomore Day with the Lady Knight honoring their four sophomores playing in their last home game: Tri-Captain Amy Gobeille (Lincoln, RI), Tri-Captain Taryn McCarthy (Attleboro, MA), Tri-Captain Alysa O’Neill (Johnston, RI) and Jasmyn McCone (Taunton, MA).
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was freshman Becky Short (Glocester, RI) who had 14 kills, three aces and seven digs. While sophomores ended their season on a high note with Amy Gobeille having two kills, two aces and seven digs, Taryn McCarthy had 10 kills and five blocks and Alysa O’Neill added 17 kills, four digs and six blocks.
Assistant Coach Anne-Marie Balboni commented after the match “The season ended on a great note for the Lady Knights. Our sophomores Taryn, Alysa, Jasmyn and Amy played a great match and rallied the rest of a team to a win against Holyoke CC. Both Head Coach Brian Warburton and I wish the sophomores well as they move on to new chapter in their lives”.
Warwick, R.I. – October 19, 2010: The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team travelled to Springfield, Massachusetts on Tuesday to take on the Rams of Springfield Tech Community College. CCRI defeated Springfield Tech 5-2 improving to a 5-8 record overall and 3-4 in Region XXI play.
After some tough losses during the month of October, the Knights needed a win to gain back hope as the regular season nears completion. Head Coach Gabe Toro reminded his team before the game to “focus on the fundamentals in order to do all the simple things.” CCRI took this advice and came out scoring two goals in the first half leading 2-1 at half time. Josh Hulme (Cranston, RI) scored the Knights’ first goal assisted by Steven Ortiz (Pawtucket, RI) and Emmanuel Ridore (Republic of Haiti) scored the second on a pass from Olavo Monteiro (Central Falls, RI). Springfield was able to tie the game in the second half while starting goalkeeper Joseph Corsi (Smithfield, RI) had to leave the game due to an injury. However, Corsi returned to the game and shut out the Rams for the rest of the second half. The Knights scored two more goals on headers by Ridore and Alex Elmayan (Warwick, RI), both assisted by Ortiz. Captain Pitter Rolland (Providence, RI) added a final goal for CCRI on a penalty kick.
CCRI will travel to Fall River, MA on Wednesday to take on Bristol Community College beginning at 3:00pm. The game will be played at Bishop Connelly High School.
Warwick, R.I. – October 18, 2010: The No. 13 ranked (NSCAA DI poll) Lady Knights’ soccer team traveled to West Windsor, NJ this Saturday to take on Mercer County Community College. The Lady Knights defeated the Vikings of Mercer County 2-1. With the victory they improve their record to 9-3-2 on the season.
The Lady Knights not only had to battle the Vikings of Mercer but also some very heavy winds. Fortunately they had the wind at their backs in the first half of play. In the 20th minute of play CCRI was awarded a corner kick. Sophomore Co-Captain Vanessa DeMelo (Fall River, MA) launched one of her patented free kicks into the box area connecting with the head of freshman midfielder Lauren Saritelli (Coventry, RI) who headed the ball high and into the Mercer goal giving the Lady Knights a 1-0 advantage. CCRI continued to pressure the Vikings which created a few excellent counter-attack scoring opportunities for the Vikings but sophomore Co-Captain goalkeeper Melody Lawrence (Foster, RI) kept them a bay with some real big-time quality saves. Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented “Melody Lawrence really showed why she is a first Team All-American goalkeeper as she literally ‘stoned’ Mercer on at least two or three occasions today with some real big time quality saves.”
Later, in the 40th minute of play and still with the wind advantage freshman midfielder Lynn Cerio (Warwick, RI) launched a beautiful high shot deflecting off of the goalkeeper’s hands and crossbar landing right in front of Co-Captain DeMelo who passed to Stephanie Octeau (Coventry, RI) who finished off the play giving the Lady Knights a 2-0 lead at the half.
In the second half Mercer had the wind advantage and it didn’t take them long to convert on a long ball in the sixth minute of play deflected by the Vikings forward Jessica Villalba and into the corner of the CCRI goal cutting the lead to 2-1. Even with the wind disadvantage the Lady Knights showed poise and composure continuing to dominate the play by keeping the ball on the ground with nice give and go passing.
“Both teams had to battle the 30-40 mph winds all day. We knew that the second half of play would be tough but thankfully we were able to score a couple in the first half, “said Head Coach Dennis Grassini. “Coach Bannan and I were very pleased with the team’s efforts today, especially with the adverse weather conditions. They really passed the ball well and they were quite smart with their passing selections. This was a quality road win for us. We don’t score a lot of goals but Melody and our defense always seems to keep us in the game. Today we scored enough to win the game”.
The Lady Knight’s next game will be next Saturday at 1:00pm as they host Bryant & Stratton College from Syracuse, NY. Saturday will be a very special day with the Lady Knights honoring their seven sophomores: Melody Lawrence, Kelsey Pomerleau (Brockton, MA) , Stephanie Octeau (Coventry, RI), Lauren Bartlett (Coventry, RI), Vanessa DeMelo, Courtney Pellon (Douglas, MA) and Stephanie Estacio (Cranston, RI) in their final regular season home game. In addition, they will also adorn pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Warwick, R.I. – October 18, 2010: The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team traveled to Scranton, PA to play Delaware Technical Community College from Dover, DE and host school Lackawanna College in a tri-match on Saturday. The Lady Knights lost to Lackawanna 23-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-13 and 4-15 then fell to Delaware Tech. 25-22, 25-22, 20-25, 12-25 and 12-15. With the two losses the Lady Knights fall to 8-15 on the season.
The Lady Knights were led by Becky Short (Glocester, RI) who had 34 kills and 24 digs followed by Tri-Captain Alysa O’Neill (Johnston, RI) with eight kills and six blocks. They were helped by Tri-Captain Taryn McCarthy (Attleboro, MA) who had 11 kills and five blocks, Tri-Captain Amy Gobeille (Lincoln, RI) who had four kills and nine digs. While Alanna Perry (Taunton, MA) had 12 kills and Karla Santizo (Warwick, RI) added 34 digs.
Lady Knights’ Head Coach Brian Warburton commented after the tri-match “We didn't come away with a win, but it certainly wasn't for lack of trying. We have struggled on the road this season and while we improved our offensive execution we came up against two good teams. We went to the fifth game twice and that's good volleyball. I know our ladies were drained, but they left everything on the floor and that is all a coach can ask. I know they are anxious to play at home and get some support from their fans.”
Warwick, R.I. – October 18, 2010: The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team hosted the No. 4 ranked (NJCAA DI Poll) Wolverines of Essex County College on Saturday. CCRI lost to Essex 5-0 dropping to a 4-8 record on the season.
The Knights responded well to the Wolverines in the first half allowing only one goal before half time. Despite giving a valiant effort, the Knights were not able to maintain their first half stamina. CCRI was missing several key players, particularly midfielder Steven Ortiz (Pawtucket, RI), forcing forward Pitter Rolland (Providence, RI) to switch positions. Superior efforts were also given by midfielder Jefferson Rojas (Central Falls, RI) and Luis Espinal (Central Falls, RI) who pressured Essex midfielders disrupting their attack.
The Knights will travel to Springfield, MA on Monday to take on Springfield Tech beginning at 4:00pm.
Warwick, R.I. –October 18 2010: the CCRI Cross Country Runners traveled to Boston, MA to compete in the Emmanuel College “Emmanuel Saints Invitational”. On the men’s side the Knights finished 12th as a team out of 15 teams with 309 points with Johnson & Wales winning the meet with 40 points. The Lady Knights did not have a complete team with Lesley College winning the women’s side with 38 points.
Though the Lady Knights did not have a complete team they did have some excellent performances on the 5k course led by Jackie Hurteau (North Kingstown, RI) who finished fifth in the meet with a season-best time of 20 minutes 38 seconds. Hurteau was followed by Therese Kerin (East Greenwich, RI) who placed 65th in 23:26. Rounding out the Lady Knights’ runners was Alyson Bejma (Pawtucket, RI) placing 78th in a season-best time of 23:49 and Jovanissa Perez (Warwick, RI) placed 100th in 24:53.
In the Men’s 8K race Brenden Dohoney (Warwick, RI) placed 52nd in a time of 30:28 followed by Stefan Cox (West Kingston, RI) who placed 57th in 31:01 and Robert Brothers (Cranston, RI) placed 71st in a time of 32:04. Rounding out the Knights’ squad was Raymond Dormer (Warwick, RI) who placed 80th in a time of 32:41 and Joshua Valladolid (Warwick, RI) placed 110 in his best time of the year in 35:31.
Head Coach Gregg Cornell commented after the meet “Everyone raced better than three weeks ago on this same course at Franklin Park. This should be the last week the Women’s squad runs incomplete with the addition of Michelle Krol (Smithfield, RI) to the roster. The men’s team still looks good and with Cole Maguire (Foster, RI) back next week they should still be ranked in the top ten of the NJCAA Coaches poll.”
The next cross country meet will be this Saturday the 23rd when they travel to Concord, NH to compete in the New Hampshire Tech Invitational.
Warwick, R.I. – October 14, 2010: The No. 13 ranked (NSCAA Division I poll) CCRI Women’s Soccer team hosted the No. 8 ranked (NJCAA Division III poll) Cougars of Holyoke Community College for a battle of the two top teams in Region XXI. The Lady Knights recorded their fifth shutout victory of the 2010 season defeating the Cougars 1-0. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 8-3-2 on the season and 7-0 in Region XXI play.
Sophomore All-American goalkeeper and Captain Melody Lawrence (Foster, RI) who already holds goalkeeper records for most shutout victories in a season with 16 and most consecutive shutout victories with eight, held the Holyoke Cougars scoreless to tie the program record for most shutout victories in a career with 21. Lawrence tied the record originally set by All-American goalkeeper Alexandra Rothemich in the 2002-2003 season. The Lady Knights led by Lawrence have only given up 12 goals in 13 games thus far on the season with a sterling .89 goals against average.
It didn’t take the Lady Knights long to get on the scoreboard as freshman midfielder Lauren Saritelli (Coventry, RI) scored in just the second minute of play assisted by sophomore Stephanie Octeau (Coventry, RI). Saritelli placed the ball nicely along the ground to the corner of the goal beating Cougars’ goalkeeper Amanda Canty for the score. The Lady Knights put constant pressure on the Holyoke defense generating five corner kicks in the first half of play but they just couldn’t finish going into the half leading 1-0.
The Lady Knights continued their domination of the Cougar’s in the second half by constantly passing and moving around their defense but missing on numerous scoring opportunities. Although they were held scoreless in the second half of play, the Lady Knights continued to show their skill, speed, and finesse as well as solid team defense right through to the end of the match.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini was pleased with his team’s play today. “Holyoke is a very good team and they are not ranked eighth in the NJCAA Division III poll for nothing. They have a couple of speedy players so they play that kick and run style serving the long ball and hoping to capitalize on it. Coach Bannan and I are pleased with how we played even though we just couldn’t seem to find the net today. However, our team defense has been outstanding,” added Grassini.
The Lady Knights will travel to Trenton, NJ this weekend to take on Mercer County Community College this Saturday at 1:00pm.
Warwick, R.I. – October 14, 2010: The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team traveled to Haverhill, MA to play in a tri-match against Nashua Community College from Nashua, NH and host school Northern Essex Community College. The Lady Knights defeated Northern Essex CC 21-25, 16-25, 27-25, 25-23 and 15-7 and Nashua CC 25-1, 25-15 and 25-19. With the two victories the Lady Knights improve to
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Becky Short (Glocester, RI) who had four aces and a 10 serve run in the fifth game against Northern Essex giving the Lady Knights a 10-0 lead in a 15 point deciding game and Co-Captain Amy Gobeille (Lincoln, RI) had nine aces.
Assistant Coach Anne-Marie Balboni commented after the tri-match “You cannot always measure a team based on a wins and losses. Sometimes what a team has to overcome off the court is a true test of their worth. Arriving late to a match, only seven minutes of warm up time, playing in front of a rowdy crowd rooting against them battling injuries and illness with players in positions that were not familiar to them, the Lady Knights lit up the desire within themselves. The crowd was silenced and the opponents were shut down as we climbed out of a 0-2 hole to win 3-2 in the first match versus host Northern Essex. That energy continued to the second match as I emptied our bench of ecstatic players onto the court against Nashua CC. I’m very proud of this team.”
Warwick, R.I. – October 13, 2010: The CCRI Knights soccer team hosted the Warriors of Massasoit CC for a Region XXI contest. The Knights lost to the Warriors 9-0. With the loss the Knights fall to 4-7 on the season and 2-4 in Region XXI play.
The Knights were not prepared mentally for the game against Massasoit this afternoon in Lincoln, Rhode Island. On the flip side, the Massasoit players remembered running the hills at CCRI after last year’s loss so they were supremely motivated to win and did not let up the pressure until the game ended. The first two goals for Massasoit came after the Knights made some mental errors. The Knights did not seem confident today and it showed by their actions on the field. The Knights were down four goals at half time. Head Coach Gabe Toro and his staff had to address the players and talked about them playing with more heart and intensity. The Knights were unable to get on the same page and were not able to suppress the attack of Massasoit in this state of mind and fell 9-0.
The Knights look to practice this week and recover from this big loss. Coach Toro commented “We have the quality and the skill to perform, but the players must find confidence in themselves and in their teammates in order to be successful for the rest of the season.”
The Knights welcome Essex this upcoming Saturday at 1:00pm at the CCRI soccer complex on the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
Warwick, R.I. – October 12, 2010: the CCRI Lady Knights’ volleyball team hosted the Bulldogs of Bergen Community College and the Pride of Springfield Junior Varsity volleyball teams for the CCRI Columbus Classic on Saturday. The Lady Knights defeated Bergen CC 25-18, 25-22 and 25-21 then defeated Springfield JV12-25, 27-25, 25-23 and 25-17. With the two victories the Lady Knights improve to 6-13 on the season.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Becky Short (Glocester, RI) who had 24 kills and 15 digs followed by Co-Captain Alysa O’Neill (Johnston, RI) who added 15 kills and 10 blocks. Also having a great day for the Lady Knights was Ashley Remillard (Cumberland, RI) who had 41 assists while Karla Santizo (Warwick, RI) had 22 digs and Co-Captain Amy Gobeille (Lincoln, RI) added five aces and 12 digs for the Lady Knights.
Head Coach Brian Warburton commented after the Classic “Our goal was to serve tough and in our first match we did exactly that with 17 aces against Bergen. Bergen was a solid team on defense to combat that we made them adjust on reception of service….Our team anxiously awaited our second match versus Springfield JV because we had played them so closely in our last encounter with them. We really struggled in game one as if we fell asleep. However, turned it around and fought to finish out the victory. We needed more offensive points and Alysa O’Neill, Becky Short, and Ashley Remillard provided the push we needed. It was a balance team effort that afforded us the victory.”
Warwick, R.I. – October 12, 2010: The No. 11th ranked (NSCAA poll) CCRI Lady Knights’ soccer team traveled to Brockton, MA on Saturday to take on the Warriors of Massasoit Community College in a Region XXI showdown. The Lady Knights defeated the Warriors 5-0. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 7-3-2 on the season and 6-0 in Region XXI play.
The Lady Knights scored quickly with freshman defender Rebecca D’Andrea (Cumberland, RI) scoring from 20 yards out on a nice pass from freshman midfielder Lauren Saritelli (Coventry, RI). D’Andrea parked a high and powerful shot into the net past the outstretched hands of the goalkeeper giving the Lady Knights a 1-0 lead. Shortly after, sophomore defender Stephanie Estacio (Cranston, RI) scored a beautiful unassisted goal off of a direct free kick making it 2-0. The Lady Knights continued to control the play and with less than two minutes remaining in the half freshman Lynn Cerio (Warwick, RI) scored assisted by Haley Durkin (Cumberland, RI) giving the Lady Knights a commanding 3-0 halftime lead.
The second half resumed with the Lady Knights continuing to dominate. In the 27th minute of the second half Courtney Pellon (Douglas, MA) scored off of a nice pass from defender Stephanie Estacio (Cranston, RI) making the score 4-0. Quickly followed by Lynn Cerio who tallied her second goal of the game taking a nice pass from freshman defender Rebecca D’Andrea and roofing a nice shot high into the Massasoit goal giving CCRI a 5-0 advantage which they would not relinquish.
In addition, All-American sophomore goalkeeper Melody Lawrence (Foster, RI) recorded her fourth shutout of the season and the 20th of her stellar career putting her one shy of tying the CCRI all-time career shutout record of 21 set by All-American goalkeeper Alex Rothemich in 2002-03.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini and Associate Head Coach Kathy Bannan were both pleased with their team’s efforts. “This was a total team effort today from all aspects of the game”, said Grassini. He added “We played nearly the entire bench today giving everyone an opportunity to contribute.”
The Lady Knights next game will be tomorrow October 13th when they host No. 8 ranked (NJCAA DIII Poll) Cougars from Holyoke Community College.
Warwick, R.I. – October 4 2010: the CCRI Lady Knights soccer team continued on their Florida road trip by playing host school Polk State College on Sunday at noon. After dropping a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Navarro College on Saturday Polk State came out very strong and defeated the CCRI women’s Soccer team 2-1 in a hard fought battle. With the loss the Lady Knights fall to 6-3-2 on the season.
Polk score in the 30th minute of the first half on a goal by Marisela Rivera who scored on a breakaway. About nine minutes later the Lady Knights got on the board as Freshman Forward Mary Duckett (Portsmouth, RI) took a beautiful shot from the left side from approximately 25-yards out. The ball looked like it was going in but hit the post. The ball came right out to Courtney Pellon (Douglas, MA) who passed over to Lynn Cerio (Warwick, RI) who roofed the shot past Polk goalkeeper Caroline Bond to tie the score at one apiece. Polk continued to dominate the play throughout the first half putting pressure on the Lady Knights keeping the ball in their third of the field throughout.
As the second half of play began things were not much different with Polk dominating and dictating the play but All-American goalkeeper Melody Lawrence (Foster, RI) kept the Vikings at bay making multiple quality saves to keep CCRI in the game. But with just 38 seconds remaining in the match Polk finally got the go-ahead goal from Amanda Solis to seal the victory for Polk.
“Polk was certainly not the same team we saw against Navarro the day before losing 3-0. They came out on a mission today and took care of business at our expense” said Head Coach Dennis Grassini. “They just had us pinned in our own end of the field all day long and we just couldn’t seem to get things together” he added. “It was a very frustrating day for our team as a whole. We got into a ball chasing game and Polk was just all over us all day long and they were clearly the better team today”.
Warwick, R.I. – October 4, 2010: The CCRI women’s soccer team traveled to Orlando, FL this past weekend to take on Navarro College from Corsicana, TX on Friday night and Polk State College of Winter Haven Florida Sunday afternoon. On Friday the Lady Knights faced off against Navarro at 5pm. The Lady Knights of CCRI and the Bulldogs of Navarro College to a 1-1 tie in double overtime. With the tie the Lady Knights record is now 6-2-2 on the season.
Navarro scored early in the 12th minute of play when Brittany Ramirez took a pass from Lacey Leitz to put the Bulldogs up 1-0. Navarro was dictating the play early on but the Lady Knights tied the score eight and a half minutes later when freshman forward Heather Dziembowski (Auburn, MA) scored an unassisted goal as she stole the ball off of a Bulldog defender and it deflected off of Dziembowski and found its way into the Navarro net past goalkeeper Carly Overstake. Navarro continued to pressure CCRI throughout the rest of the first half of play but All-American goalkeeper Melody Lawrence (Foster, RI) made a couple of remarkable saves to keep the Bulldogs at bay.
In the second half of play the Lady Knights really turned things around and dominated the play missing some golden opportunities to take the lead but they just couldn’t seem to find the net. The two teams were deadlocked at 1-1 at the end of regulation play. As the first 10 minute overtime period began CCRI continued to take it to the Bulldogs but both teams battled hard and neither could score. The second OT period was no different as both teams had opportunities to score but could not and the game ended in a tie.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game; “Navarro controlled the first half of play but our team came out strong in the second half and really turned things around keeping Navarro on their heels, they were a quality opponent. Coach Bannan and I are very proud of our team and their efforts today; they played their hearts out; especially after a long day of travel.”
Warwick, R.I. – October 4, 2010: CCRI hosted the Tri-State Cross Country Invitational Saturday on the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln Saturday. The Knights men’s cross country team competed as a team and finished fourth with 100 points, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) won the men’s side with 16 points. The Lady Knights competed as an incomplete squad with four runners with WPI winning the women’s race as well with 28 points.
Jackie Hurteau (North Kingstown, RI) led the Lady Knights placing fourth in a season-best time of 21minutes flat followed by Co-Captain Therese Kerin (East Greenwich, RI) who was 30th in 23:34. Also running well for the Lady Knights was Jovanissa Perez (Warwick, RI) who placed 40th in 24:57 and Alyson Bejma (Pawtucket, RI) ran her best time of the season 25:01 and placed 41st. It was a fine showing by all four ladies and Jackie Hurteau’s time of 21:00 was one of the best ever by a lady Knight on our home course.
The Knight men placed fourth with six runners completing the tough five mile CCRI course. Cole Maguire (Foster, RI) cracked the top 15 placing 12th in a fine time of 29:09. Stephan Cox (West Kingston, RI) rebounded from last week’s race with a 40th place finish in a great time of 31:08. Robert Brothers (Cranston, RI) ran one of his best races as a CCRI Knight finishing 45th in his best time on the CCRI course of 31:55. Co-Captain Brenden Dohoney (Warwick, RI) placed 52nd in 32:35. Rounding out the Knights’ squad was Ray Dormer (Warwick, RI) finishing 55th in 33:18 and Joshua Valladolid (Warwick, RI) placed 61st in 38:37. The CCRI course is the most difficult five miles these men have run so far this season and they ran well placing fourth as a team.
The Next Cross Country meet will be Friday October 15th when they travel to Emmanuel College in Boston to compete in the Emmanuel Saints Invitational.
Warwick, R.I. – October 1, 2010: The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team welcomed the No. 9 ranked (NJCAA DI poll) Mustangs of Monroe College on Saturday. CCRI lost to Monroe 5-1 dropping to a 4-6 record on the season.
CCRI starters Jefferson Rojas (Central Falls, RI) and Captain Pitter Rolland (Providence, RI) did not dress for the game and midfielder Steve Ortiz (Pawtucket, RI) was used sparingly all due to injuries. Knights’ goaltender Joseph Corsi (Smithfield, RI) made an impressive 18 saves but gave up three goals to the Mustangs in the first half. Forward Josh Hulme (Cranston, RI) scored a goal for CCRI inside the six yard line box, yet two more Mustang goals in the second half proved to be too much for the Knights to overcome.
The Knights game with American International College JV on Monday scheduled for 3:30pm has been canceled the Knights will play Wednesday the 6th when they travel to Region XXI foe Springfield Tech at 4:00pm.
Warwick, R.I. – October 1, 2010: The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team hosted the Cougars of Manchester Community College on Thursday. CCRI lost to Manchester 4-2 giving them a 4-5 record overall and 2-3 in Region XXI play.
The Knights came out extremely flat allowing Manchester to score all four of their goals in the first half. Captain Pitter Rolland (Providence, RI) was able give some life to CCRI scoring shortly before halftime. The Knights entered the second half with a new attitude and sense of urgency as Steven Ortiz (Pawtucket, RI) scored before Manchester’s goalie was set bringing the score to 4-2. The Knights continued to put pressure on the Cougars but were unable to overcome their deficit from the first half.
Head Coach Gabe Toro commented “I hope the team that the team played the second half today shows up for the game on Saturday.”
The Knights will host the Mustangs of Monroe College from New Rochelle, NY this Saturday at 4:00pm in Lincoln.