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Knights clip Cougars 3-2!

Warwick, R.I. – September 29, 2010:   The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team traveled to Holyoke, MA on Tuesday to take on the Cougars of Holyoke Community College.  CCRI defeated Holyoke 3-2 improving their record to 3-4-1 on the season and 2-2 in Region XXI play.

With the addition of defender Shaun Geary (Middletown, RI), Head Coach Gabe Toro was able to move Co-Captain Pitter Rolland (Providence, RI) from defense to his natural forward position giving the Knights a more balanced team.  Co-Captain Alex Elmayan (Warwick, RI) scored the first goal for CCRI assisted by Steven Ortiz (Pawtucket, RI), but Holyoke was able to tie the game at the start of the second half.  Matt St. Ours (West Greenwich, RI) took the lead again for the Knights on a shot from distance assisted by Rolland.  Holyoke once again tied the game, this time on a penalty kick.  With seven minutes left, Elmayan scored the game winning goal on a perfect cross into the far side from Jefferson Rojas (Central Falls, RI) making the final score 3-2.

The Knights will take on Manchester Community College at home on Thursday beginning at 4:00pm.

 

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No. 10 ranked Lady Knights Spurn Springfield Tech 5-1!

 

Warwick, R.I. – September 29, 2010: The No. 10 ranked (NSCAA poll) CCRI Lady Knights soccer team hosted the Rams of Springfield Technical Community College on Tuesday for a Region XXI showdown. The Lady Knights defeated the Rams 5-1. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 6-2-1 on the season and a perfect 5-0 in Region XXI play.

In the seventh minute of play sophomore Co-Captain Vanessa DeMelo (Fall River, MA) scored from about 20 yards out on a nice pass from freshman Lauren Saritelli (Coventry, RI). Followed by forward Courtney Pellon (Douglas, MA) scored on a nice pass from freshman Heather Dziembowski (Auburn, MA) five minutes later. Three minutes later Pellon connected again on a nice pass from Mary Duckett (Portsmouth, RI) making the score 3-0. In the 30th minute freshman forward Kayla Haggarty (Pawtucket, RI) scored her first collegiate goal, unassisted, as she stole the ball from a Springfield defender and broke in on the goal all alone and parked a nice shot to the corner giving the Lady Knights a commanding 4-0 halftime lead.

As the second half of play began Springfield seemed to come out pressing but in the fifth minute of play DeMelo took a nice pass from Pellon and launched a beautiful shot from approximately 24 yards out high and over the Springfield goalkeeper’s head putting CCRI up 5-0. But just 30 seconds later Springfield’s Casey Riley took the ball off of the Lady Knight’s defense and scored to the short side of the goal making the score 5-1.

Head Coach Dennis Grassini was pleased with the team’s performance overall. “Our defense has been pretty solid but we still have these slight lapses at times giving up a goal here and there that we shouldn’t,” he said. “On the offensive side of things sophomore Courtney Pellon has been on fire of late scoring two goals and assisting on another today!” “We are quite pleased with her effort of late as she has seemed to put her play at another level”.

This was CCRI’s fifth win in a row as they head down to Florida this Friday for matches against two quality ranked teams in No. 16 ranked (NJCAA poll) Navarro College from Texas Friday at 5pm and No. 5 ranked (NSCAA poll) Polk State College from Winter Haven, Florida Sunday at 12noon. “This weekend will be a big test for our team and it will tell us how we stack up against that type of competition,” said Grassini.

 

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Knights fall to Southern Maryland 2-0

Warwick, R.I. – September 27, 2010:   The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team played game two of their Maryland trip at the College of Southern Maryland on Sunday.  CCRI lost to Southern Maryland 2-0 falling to a 2-4-1 record on the season.

With the return of Jefferson Rojas (Central Falls, RI) and Pitter Rolland (Providence, RI), Coach Toro was able to make some adjustments to the starting line.  The Knights controlled the tempo of the game and had chances to get ahead but were unable to put the ball in the net.  CCRI finished their southern trip 1-1.

Head Coach Gabe Toro commented, “We controlled the game and played a great looking game, but we were missing the final piece of putting away the chances we had near the opponent’s net.”

The Knights travel to Holyoke Community College on Tuesday for a game beginning at 4:00pm.

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Knights nab win from Catonsville 2-1

Warwick, R.I. – September 27, 2010:   The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team traveled to Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday to take on the Cardinals of the Community College of Baltimore County-Catonsville.  CCRI defeated Catonsville 2-1 improving their overall record to 2-3-1.

The Knights kept their composure against a very physical Catonsville team scoring first on a goal by Josh Hulme (Cranston, RI) and assisted by captain Alex Elmayan (Warwick, RI).  CCRI’s Olavo Monteiro (Central Falls) added another goal hitting the ball into the top corner of the net beyond the reach of Catonsville’s goalkeeper.  The Knights gave up one goal before the end of the game but held on to the lead with a final score of 2-1.

The Knights travel to Holyoke Community College on Tuesday for a game beginning at 4:00pm.

The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls more than 17,760 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.

 

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Lady Knights conquer College of Southern Maryland 4-2!

Warwick, R.I. – September 27, 2010:  The CCRI Lady Knights soccer team hosted the Hawks of the College of Southern Maryland from La Plata, MD on Sunday.  The Lady Knights won their fourth in a row defeating the Hawks 4-2.  With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 5-2-1 on the season and are still 4-0 in Region XXI play. 

It didn’t take the Lady Knights long to get on the board with Sophomore defender Lauren Bartlett (Coventry, RI) blasted a beautiful shot in the upper corner off a pass from Co-Captain Vanessa DeMelo (Fall River, MA).  However, Southern Maryland answered in the 20th minute of play when Lindsay Smith broke in on a semi break-a-way and knotted the score at 1-1.  All-American goalkeeper Melody Lawrence (Foster, RI) made an excellent attempt at making the save but the ball bounced off of her diving body and rolled into the net.

In the tenth minute of play in the second half freshman defender Haley Durkin (Cumberland, RI) took a pass from Vanessa DeMelo and took a shot from long distance and that took a high bounce over the Southern Maryland goalkeeper giving the Lady Knights a 2-1 advantage.  In the 25th minute freshman Lauren Saritelli (Coventry, RI) gave the Lady Knights an insurance goal on a nice pass from freshman Heather Dziembowski (Auburn, MA).  Less than two minutes later Saritelli did it again this time taking a pass from defender Lauren Bartlett giving CCRI a comfortable 4-1 advantage.  Southern Maryland’s Ashley Randall scored on a break-a-way placing the ball perfectly in the far corner along the ground making the final score 4-2 in the waning minutes. 

Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented after the game.  “Even though we gave up a couple of goals today, Coach Bannan and I were very pleased with our team’s effort and intensity.”  “We’ve try to instill that kind of intensity and focus into all of our players and I think they are finally realizing that they need to bring those intangible things to every game.  This was a solid win for our team; just an all around excellent effort by all of our players today”, said Grassini.  “Even though she didn’t figure into the scoring Coach Bannan and I thought that sophomore forward Courtney Pellon (Douglas, MA) had an excellent game today; probably her best effort ever in a CCRI uniform”. 

The Lady Knights next match will be this Tuesday, September 28th as they host Region XXI foe Springfield Technical Community College at 4:00pm in Lincoln.

The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls 17,760 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.

 

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Lady Knights’ volleyball goes winless at Genesee Tournament

Warwick, R.I. – September 27, 2010:  The CCRI Lady Knights’ volleyball team traveled to Batavia, NY to compete in the Kaminna Allen Volleyball Invitational hosted by Genesee Community College.  The Lady Knights lost five games and could not register a victory.  The Lady Knights’ record drops to 4-13 on the season.

The Lady Knights lost to St. Claire County Community College 10-25, 6-25 and 17-25, Delaware Technical Community College 26-24, 19-25, 17-25, 25-21and 13-15, host school Genesee 7-25, 16-25 and 14-25, Harcum College 16-25, 25-22, 12-25 and 9-25 and Adirondack Community College 25-27, 17-25 and 13-25.

Though the Lady Knights did not record a victory there were some highlights including Becky Short (Glocester, RI) who had 27 kills and 39 digs, Co-Captain Alysa O’Neill (Johnston, RI) had 31 kills and 31 blocks, Co-Captain Taryn McCarthy (Attleboro, MA) had 19 kills and 18 blocks and Karla Santizo (Warwick, RI) added 50 digs and Co-Captain Amy Gobeille (Lincoln, RI) added six aces to the Lady Knights’ attack.

Head Coach Brian Warburton commented after the tournament “There’s no way around it, this weekend hurt.  We played well at times, but in a best of five match consistency is what wins.  It’s a lot of volleyball to play five matches in two days and for some of our players it was the most they played in a weekend.”

The Lady Knights’ next matches are next weekend when they host Bergen Community College and Springfield JV for the CCRI Columbus Classic on the CCRI Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.         

The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls 17,760 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.

Lady Knights’ volleyball loses to Lesley

Warwick, R.I. – September 24, 2010: The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team hosted the Lynx of Lesley University from Haverhill, MA on Thursday night. The Lady Knights lost to the Lynx 20-25, 15-25 and 15-25. With the loss the Lady Knights fall to 4-8 on the season.

Leading the way for the Lady Knights were Baylee Burns (North Kingstown, RI) who had two aces and 13 assists, Taryn McCarthy (Attleboro, MA) had four kills, Becky Short (Glocester, RI) had five kills and Karla Santizo (Warwick, RI) added 10 digs.

Head Coach Brian Warburton commented after the match: “After playing a tough five game match last night I thought it caught up with the team. They came out strong and played well, but Lesley had a strong middle attack. We struggled to adjust and they took advantage. By the third game fatigue showed in the form of missed serves. You can’t give points away. You need to make them work for it.”

The Lady Knights’ next matches will be this Saturday and Sunday when they travel to Batavia, NY to play in The Kaminna Allen Invitational and Genesee Community College.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls 17,760 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.

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Lady Knights cruise past Cougars of Manchester CC 5-0!

Warwick, R.I. – July 16, 2009: The Lady Knights traveled to Manchester, CT for a match with the Cougars Manchester Community College. The Lady Knights defeated the Cougars 5-0 with the victory the Lady Knights improve to 4-2-1 on the season and 4-0 in Region XXI play.

The Lady Knights came out on a mission and dominated Manchester from start to finish. It didn’t take long for CCRI to get on the board as sophomore Stephanie Octeau (Coventry, RI) score on a nice pass from sophomore captain Vanessa DeMelo (Fall River, MA) in the 11th minute. The Lady Knights continued to consistently pin Manchester in their end of the field with beautiful passing plays and numerous shots on goal. Freshman Maria Alves (Pawtucket, RI) scored the first collegiate goal heading the ball into the Manchester net off of a nice corner kick by sophomore Courtney Pellon (Douglas, MA) in the 35th minute. Just a minute later Pellon stole the ball at midfield and broke through the Manchester defense and scored a break-away goal along the ground into the corner of the Manchester net giving the Lady Knights a commanding 3-0 lead at the half.

In the 36th minute of the second half freshman Lynn Cerio (Warwick, RI) scored off of a nice pass from freshman Heather Dziembowski (Auburn, MA). Cerio broke in off of the right side and blasted a beautiful shot past the Manchester goalkeeper. Just two minutes later freshman Becca D’Andrea (Cumberland, RI) scored off of a nice pass from freshman Sarah Ledoux (No. Smithfield, RI) rounding out the scoring on the day. It was the third victory in a row for the Lady Knights and the third shutout victory of the season for All-American goalkeeper Melody Lawrence (Foster, RI).

Head Coach Dennis Grassini and Associate Head Coach Kathy Bannan were both pleased with their team’s effort. “This was a total team effort today. Everyone was focused and ready to play” said Grassini. “Everyone was quite creative today and our passing was excellent” added Bannan.

CCRI’s next match will be this Sunday at the Lincoln Campus as they host the College of Southern Maryland at noon.

The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls 17,760 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes..

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Lady Knights’ late rally nixes Northern Essex!

Warwick, R.I. – September 23, 2010: The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team traveled to Haverhill, MA to play the Knights of Northern Essex Community College. The Lady Knights of CCRI defeated the Lady Knights of Northern Essex CC 22-25,19-25, 25-23, 25-19 and 15-7. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 4-7 on the season and 1-0 in Region XXI play.

The Lady Knights had to fight traffic to get to Haverhill and arrived a little later than expected forcing them to get warmed-up a little faster than normal which led to a slow start for CCRI. The Lady Knights were down 0-2 before they were even warm. However, the Lady Knights of CCRI found their rhythm and were able to win three straight games to pull out the victory. Leading the way for the Lady Knights were Becky Short (Glocester, RI) with 15 kills followed by Captain Taryn McCarthy (Attleboro, MA) with nine kills and seven blocks, Karla Santizo (Warwick, RI) had 18 digs and Baylee Burns (North Kingstown, RI) added 21 assists to the Lady Knights’ attack.

CCRI Head Coach Brian Warburton commented after the match: “We struggled to gain any rhythm and our mistakes cost us. Despite playing some tight games, we dug ourselves into a hole. Communication is the glue of our team chemistry and we simply didn’t have it most of the night. By winning game three we gave ourselves the opportunity to turn things around. We started to communicate in game four and our players started to execute a more aggressive offense. Becky gave us a 6-0 lead in game five which electrified the team. They’re young team learning, but there is a lot of fight in them.”

The Lady Knights next match is tonight Thursday the 23rd when they will host the Lynx of Lesley University at 7:30pm on the CCRI Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls 17,760 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.

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Lady Knights defeat pesky Massasoit squad 3-1!

Warwick, R.I. – September 22, 2010: The CCRI Lady Knights’ soccer team faced off against a quick and tenacious Massasoit Community College team from Brockton, MA yesterday in Lincoln. The Lady Knights defeated the Warriors 3-1. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 3-2-1 on the season and 3-0 in Region XXI play.

Even though the Lady Knights were dominate throughout the entire match, Massasoit showed a lot of heart and seemed to give CCRI defensive fits on occasion. CCRI opened up the scoring when sophomore Stephanie Octeau (Coventry, RI) scored an unassisted goal in the 10th minute of play. A little less than five minutes later sophomore midfielder Lynn Cerio (Warwick, RI) took a pass from Captain Vanessa DeMelo (Fall River, MA) to give the Lady Knights a 2-0 advantage.

However, the Warriors never gave up as sophomore Tatiana Veiga tallied a goal on an assist from Jamie Leden who broke in on the CCRI goal. All-American goalkeeper Melody Lawrence (Foster, RI) made the initial save but Veiga cleaned up on the rebound. The half ended with the score 2-1.

In the second half the Lady Knights continued to pressure Massasoit in their end of the field but just could not finish on their opportunities. Finally, with about ten minutes remaining in the contest Stephanie Octeau scored her second goal of the game on a beautiful shot coming in off the right side to seal the victory. Vanessa DeMelo picked up a her second assist on the play.

We had too many defensive lapses today; we were just “flat” all day”, said Head Coach Dennis Grassini. “You have to give them (Massasoit) credit. They played with a lot of heart and sometimes heart overcomes skill”, he added.

The Lady Knights will travel to Manchester, CT to play Region XXI combatant Cougars of Manchester Community College this Thursday for a 4pm match.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls 17,760 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.

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Knights beat by Ben Franklin 4-3

Warwick, R.I. – September 22, 2010: The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team headed to Boston on Tuesday to take on Ben Franklin Institute of Technology. The Knights fell to Ben Franklin 4-3 dropping their record to 1-3-1 on the season.

Ben Franklin scored the first goal of the night, but CCRI came back with a goal by Michael DaSilva (Seekonk, MA) assisted by Co-Captain Alex Elmayan (Warwick, RI) to tie the game before half time. Both teams came out shooting in the second half with the Knights scoring within one minute on a 25 yard shot by Olavo Monteiro (Central Falls, RI). CCRI’s next goal was scored by Josh Hulme (Cranston, RI), assisted by Monteiro. However, the Knights were not able to hold the lead and gave up three goals before the end of the game for a final score of 4-3.

Head Coach Gabe Toro commented that he “had some key players out with injuries, mostly defenders which made me try new players on defense that usually do not play in that position. They did well for the most part, but not playing together in the back made it difficult for them to be on the same page for a full game. I was proud of the team in dealing with adversity and playing hard.”

The Knights will travel to Maryland this upcoming weekend to play CCBC-Catonsville on Saturday at 12noon and the College of Southern Maryland on Sunday at 12noon.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls more than 17,760 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.

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Knights fall to Monroe 5-2

Warwick, R.I. – September 20, 2010: The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team hosted the Monroe Community College Tribunes of Rochester, NY on Saturday. The Knights fell to Monroe 5-2 giving them a 1-2-1 record on the season.

CCRI fell to an early deficit giving up two goals in the first ten minutes of play. Knights’ midfielder Steven Ortiz (Pawtucket, RI) scored the team’s first goal on an assist by Josh Hulme (Cranston, RI) and Emmanuel Ridore (Republic of Haiti) added another goal for CCRI in the first half. The Knights kept possession during much of the second half and had chances to tie the game but were unable to finish. The last Monroe goal at the end of the game made the final score 5-2.

Head Coach Gabe Toro commented that he is “going to utilize many substitutes in the games to come. The season started off very intense, five games in seven days, which ends up taking a toll on all the players.” The Knights will travel to Benjamin Franklin Institute on September 21st beginning at 6:00pm.

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Knights cross country team begins season at UMass-Dartmouth Invitational

Warwick, R.I. – September 20, 2010: The CCRI Cross Country runners traveled to Dartmouth, MA to compete in the Junior Varsity race at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational on Saturday. Despite running as incomplete teams CCRI runners gave a valiant effort in their first race of the season. The ladies were led by Therese Kerin (East Greenwich, RI) in a time of 21 minutes and 48 seconds for a 79th place finish followed by Jovanissa Perez (Warwick, RI) who placed 156th in a time of 24:05.

Cole Maguire (Foster, RI) led the way for the men finishing 72nd with a time of 28:20 in the 8K course. Maguire was followed by Brenden Dohoney (Warwick, RI) placing 136th in a time of 29:48, Stefan Cox (West Kingston, RI) who placed 156th with a time of 30:27, Raymond Dormer (Warwick, RI) who finished 167th at 31:10, and Robert Brothers (Cranston, RI) who placed 178th in a time of 31:42. The coaching staff “was pleased with the men’s team effort with three of the five man team running in their first college 8K race.”

The cross country team will travel to the Cod Fish Bowl on September 25th.

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Knights outscored by Massasoit CC 5-2

Warwick, R.I. – September 16, 2010: The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team travelled to Brockton, MA to take on Massasoit Community College in their first away game of the season. The Knights fell to Massasoit 5-2 dropping their record to 1-1-1 on the season and 1-1 in Region XXI play.

The Knights’ Josh Hulme (Cranston, RI) gave CCRI an early lead scoring the team’s first goal after just one minute and fifteen seconds of play. However, the Knights were not able to hold on when Massasoit tied the game on a penalty kick and took the lead on another goal twenty seconds later. Hady Coumbassa (Pawtucket, RI) gave the Knights hope scoring a goal off of a deflection, but Massasoit’s five goals proved to be too much for the Knights to overcome.

The Knights will host Monroe Community College on Saturday beginning at 1:00pm on the CCRI Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls more than 17,760 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.

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Lady Knights drub Dean 7-0!

Warwick, R.I. – September 16, 2010: The CCRI Lady Knights’ soccer team hosted Region XXI rival Bulldogs of Dean College from Franklin, MA. The Lady Knights defeated the Bulldogs 7-0. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 2-2-1 overall and 2-0 in Region XXI play.

The Lady Knights came out storming scoring seven unanswered goals dominating the match from start to finish showing diversity with goals from seven different players. In the first half the Lady Knights received goals from: freshman midfielder Stephanie Choiniere (Hope, RI), captain and midfielder Vanessa DeMelo (Fall River, MA), and freshman midfielder Lynn Cerio (Warwick, RI). The score at halftime was 3-0. Dominance continued throughout the second half scoring four more goals: Freshman forwards Mary Duckett (Portsmouth, RI) ), Heather Dziembowski (Auburn, MA), Megan Malloy (Cranston, RI) each scored as well as sophomore Stephanie Octeau (Coventry, RI). Heather Dziembowski’s goal was a beauty as she scored directly off of a corner kick with a perfectly placed shot that drifted high into the far side of the net. Leading scorers on the day were DeMelo and Dziembowski who each had a goal and an assist. Sophomore and All-American goalkeeper Melody Lawrence (Foster, RI) recorded her second shutout victory of the season.

Head Coach Dennis Grassini and Associate Head Coach Kathy Bannan were pleased with their team’s performance. “The players know that because Dean is the only other Division 1 team in Region XXI that they must beat them twice in the regular season to advance to the District playoffs”, said Grassini. “They came out and did what they had to do to win the game!”

The Lady Knights next game will be Tuesday, September 21st at the Lincoln Campus when they face off against Massasoit Community College at 4:00pm.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls 17,760 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.

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Knights down Dean 1-0 in double overtime!

Warwick, R.I. – September 14, 2010: The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team welcomed their Region XXI nemesis Bulldogs of Dean College from Franklin, MA to the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln for their regional opener on Monday. The Knights defeated the Bulldogs 1-0 in double overtime. With the victory the Knights improve to 1-0-1 on the season and 1-0 in Region XXI play.

Dean has a very physical team and play with great heart. However, the Knights were able to dominate most of the game with quick passing and smart movement of the ball. Knights’ Coach Gabe Toro has been encouraging his players to be creative and push the offense without any reservations, which the Knights accomplished, but were unable to chart a goal during regulation. They came close with Co-Captain Alex Elmayan (Warwick, RI) and Josh Hulme (Cranston, RI) both hitting the post during the first half of regulation. In addition, Olavo Monteiro (Central Falls, RI) and Michael DaSilva (Seekonk, MA) also had some good chances to score during the second half of regulation. With just 1:37 left in the second overtime as freshman midfielder Olavo Monteiro scored the game-winner assisted by midfielder Michael DaSilva giving the Knights the hard-fought 1-0 victory.

The Knights next game will be Wednesday the 15th when they travel to Brockton, MA to play Region XXI foe Massasoit Community College at 4:00pm.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls 17,760 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.

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Knights battle to 3-3 tie with ASA

Warwick, R.I. – September 13, 2010: The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team kicked off their season on Saturday in a home opener against ASA College of Brooklyn, NY. The game ended in a 3-3 tie starting the Knights off with a 0-0-1 record.

CCRI’s defense held ASA scoreless for the first 33 minutes giving up the first goal of the game to Artiz Artoni. CCRI freshman Mike DaSilva (Seekonk, MA) tied the game for the Knights just before half time. Shortly after the start of the second half, CCRI’s Jefferson Rojas (Central Falls, RI) and Emmanuel Ridore (Republic of Haiti) scored a goal apiece giving the Knights a comfortable 3-1 lead. Unfortunately, the young Knights were not able to hold onto the lead giving up a second goal to ASA’s Artoni and another to Tenzin Yongyal.

After a 3-3 tie at the end of regulation, ASA’s head coach refused to play the overtime period to decide the match. The referees made a decision and allowed the game to end in a draw. However, according to official rules (rule 7.1.1.b), a coach does not have the option to stop playing without a consequence for his decision. Head Coach Gabe Toro discussed the matter with the officials who stated they would submit their report to the league. The referees also suggested that after review, the official outcome would most likely be a forfeit giving CCRI the win.

The Knights begin Region XXI play at home on Monday against Dean College beginning at 4:00pm.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls more than 17,760 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.

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Lady Knights dominate CCRI Invitational defeating Nashua CC and Springfield JV!

Warwick, R.I. – September 14, 2010: The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team hosted Nashua Community College and Springfield College JV for the CCRI Invitational on Saturday. The Lady Knights defeated the Jaguars of Nashua CC 25-7, 25-12 and 25-6 and the Pride of Springfield JV 22-25, 25-23, 25-22 and 25-23 to go 2-0 on the weekend and improve their record to 3-7 on the season.

Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Becky Short (Glocester, RI) with seven kills, four aces, two assists, three blocks and 14 digs, followed by Co-Captain Taryn McCarthy (Attleboro, MA) with 12 kills, five aces, three assists, three blocks and five digs and Baylee Burns (North Kingstown, RI) added eight aces, 20 assists, four blocks and five digs. Also playing well was Alanna Perry (Taunton, MA) with nine kills, Co-Captain Alysa O’Neill (Johnston, RI) with eight kills, and Karla Santizo (Warwick, RI) added 14 digs for the Lady Knights.

The Lady Knights started off against Nashua CC and had their best serving game of the season with over 15 aces in that match to run away with a 3-0 win. Their second match was versus a talented Springfield program. CCRI lost the first game 22-25 but the team was determined to win the match. They got behind twice in the first game and nearly came back. The team remained focused and just prior to game two the captains were all saying "win the next three". That is what they did winning the next three very close matches 25-23, 25-22 and 25-23 to win the match 3-1.

Head Coach Brian Warburton commented after the tri-match: “Becky Short is a quiet player that does all the right things. Her defensive digs (14) were critical to keeping more than one rally alive to get momentum on our side. Her aggressive serving allowed us to score four-straight points giving us a lead for the first time at 23-21, while her defense put us over the top in game two. In the final game Becky's aggressive serves again pushed us out in front 11-8 along with a key solo block that kept a five point service run by Co-Captain Amy Gobeille (Lincoln, RI) going.” Warburton added “Becky is a talented player that is essential to this team's chemistry we are blessed to have her on the team.”

The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls 17,760 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.

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No. 10 ranked Lady Knights fall to No. 5 ranked rival Monroe CC 2-1

Warwick, R.I. – July 16, 2009: On Saturday, September 11th the No. 10 ranked (NSCAA 9/7/10 poll) CCRI women’s soccer team faced off against district rival and No. 5 ranked Monroe CC at the Lincoln Campus. The Lady Knights lost a hard-fought battle 2-1. With the loss the Lady Knights fall to 1-2-1 on the season.

The Lady Knights came out storming as the game began and stayed toe-to-toe with the talented Lady Tribunes. CCRI struck first in the 7th minute of play when sophomore captain Vanessa DeMelo (Fall River, MA) fed a pass to freshman midfielder Lauren Saritelli (Coventry, RI) who placed a beautiful shot low and to the right corner of the net beating Monroe’s goalkeeper Angela Williamson. There were chances at both ends of the field but the Lady Knights were able to hold off Monroe and led at the half 1-0.

Monroe came out storming with lots of offensive pressure as the second half began. In the second minute of play CCRI inadvertently cleared the ball to the middle of the field where Monroe sophomore midfielder Bailey Maxwell collected it and took a very high and long shot from approximately 24 yards out that beat All-American goalkeeper Melody Lawrence (Foster, RI) high into right corner of the net tying the score at 1-1.

Both teams continued to battle throughout the second half with each having some scoring opportunities. But, in the 40th minute of the second half the ball bounced around the CCRI six yard box off of a Monroe corner kick. The Lady Knights couldn’t seem to clear the ball out of the area and Monroe’s freshman midfielder Annie Terilli tallied their second goal of the game to put the Tribunes in the lead 2-1. With just a little less than five minutes remaining in the game, the Lady Knights could not get the equalizer.

“This was a close match until the last fifteen minutes of the game”, said Head Coach Dennis Grassini. “We just seemed to run out of gas. I told the team that this was a good measuring stick as to where we match up with the elite teams in the NJCAA”. “Hopefully we’ll see Monroe again in District play in November and I know if we do our team will be ready for them!” said Grassini. “Coach Bannan and I told the team that this is just one game and that if we want to meet Monroe again we have to win the region with two regular season victories over Dean College.”

The Lady Knights next game will be this Wednesday, September 15th at home against Region XXI foe Dean College at 4:00pm.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls 17,760 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.

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Track and Field Meetings to take place

Wednesday, September 15, 2010    5:30pm    Flanagan Campus
Thursday, September 30, 2010        5:30pm    Warwick Campus

All current and new runners should attend one of these meetings.  Contact Coach Gregg Cornell at gcornell@ccri.edu

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Lady Knights get first win at Dragon Invitational; Santizo named to All-Tournament Team!

Warwick, R.I. – September 7, 2010: The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team traveled to Columbia, MD Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th to compete in the Dragon Invitational at Howard Community College. The Lady Knights got their first win of the year going 1-3 on the weekend. With the victory and losses the Lady Knights are now 1-7 on the season.

On Saturday the Lady Knights defeated the Cougars of Frederick Community College of Frederick, MD 25-19, 25-15 and 25-20 then lost to the Lady Mustangs of Monroe College from New Rochelle, NY 9-25 15-25 and 8-25. On Sunday the Lady Knights fell to the hosting Dragons of Howard Community College 13-25, 11-25 and 19-25 then fell to the Pioneers of Butler County Community College from Butler, PA 14-25, 19-25 and 25-27.

The Lady Knights were led on the weekend by Libero Karla Santizo (Warwick, RI) who earned All-Tournament honors for her performance which included: 25 digs, three aces and four kills. Also having a big weekend was Baylee Burns (North Kingstown, RI) with six aces and 15 assists, Becky Short (Glocester, RI) with 23 digs and 16 kills and Co-Captain Alysa O’Neill (Johnston, RI) added 16 kills and eight blocks. Rounding out the Lady Knights attack was Co-Captains Amy Gobeille (Lincoln, RI) and Taryn McCarthy with four aces while Alanna Perry (Taunton, MA) had eight kills and Ashley Remillard (Cumberland, RI) added 22 assists.

Head Coach Brian Warburton commented after the weekend “The first match was about offense and the last three were about defense. I was proud of the team for never letting up despite making mental mistakes. We are a young team and still learning. I was proud of our Libero (Karla Santizo) who was awarded All-Tournament Team. She had a great tournament and led by example. We are happy to play on our home court next weekend.”

The Lady Knights will host Springfield JV and Nashua CC next weekend in their home opening tri-match Saturday beginning at 11:00am on the CCRI Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.

The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls 17,760 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.

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No. 6 ranked Lady Knights win home Opener 3-0!

Warwick, R.I. – September 7, 2010: The No.6 ranked (NSCAA pre-season poll) CCRI Lady Knights soccer team hosted the Cougars of Manchester Community College in their Region XXI and home opener. The Lady Knights defeated the Cougars 3-0. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 1-1-1 on the season and 1-0 in Region XXI play.

The Lady Knights came out storming and dictated the play right from the start. After missing numerous scoring opportunities in the first twenty minutes, CCRI finally broke through when freshman midfielder Lauren Saritelli (Coventry, RI) scored her first career goal in the 24th minute on a solid shot served on by a nice long throw-in by Haley Durkin (Cumberland, RI) beating Manchester’s goalkeeper Michelle Kerr. Moments later, freshman midfielder Lynn Cerio (Warwick, RI) scored her first career goal on a nice pass from sophomore forward Courtney Pellon (Douglas, MA). The Lady Knights had numerous scoring opportunities throughout the entire first half hitting crossbars and posts but just couldn’t seem to convert keeping the score at 2-0 at the halftime break.

In the second half, the Lady Knights continued their onslaught and in the 16th minute of freshman midfielder Stephanie Choiniere (Hope, RI) scored the third and final goal on a breakaway, her first career goal, on a nice midfield pass from sophomore Courtney Pellon, her second helper of the game. Both Head Coach Dennis Grassini and Associate Head Coach Kathy Bannan were not only quite pleased with today’s win but more with the entire team’s solid performance. It was the Lady Knights first victory of the young season and the first shutout for All-American goalkeeper Melody Lawrence (Foster, RI).

The Lady Knights next match will be next Saturday, September 11th at 12:00pm against longtime rival Monroe Community College from Rochester, NY at the Lincoln Campus.

The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls 17,760 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.

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Last Updated: 10/29/10