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Four Lady Knights earn NSCAA All-Northeast Region honors!
The CCRI Lady Knights soccer team recently received some more good news with four of their player being named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Northeast Region XXI team. The Lady Knights’ representatives are: Tri-Captain defender Becca D’Andrea (Cumberland, RI), Tri-Captain defender Haley Durkin (Cumberland, RI), and Tri-Captain forward/midfielder Lauren Saritelli and freshmen forward Caitlin McGarry (Warwick, RI).
D’Andrea was one of the 2011 Lady Knights’ Tri-Captains and two-time All-Region XXI team honoree. Becca was also recently named Honorable Mention All-American by the NJCAA. She had two goals and six assists in her sophomore campaign for 10 total points. Her 10 points in 2011 to go along with three goals and three assists as a freshman give her five goals and nine assists for 19 total career points. Those are excellent scoring numbers for a defender. She was often one of the shortest players on the field in stature alone, not in heart, because when it comes to heart she was always one of the biggest players on the field. She was a quick, aggressive and athletic player with an abundance of soccer skill. You could always find Becca going hard after 50/50 balls and marking the opponent’s top scoring threats. She along with the rest of the Lady Knights’ helped hold down the CCRI defense and during her career they only allowed 28 goals to score in 34 total games. Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented about is Tri-Captain “Becca was a starting defender who was just named NJCAA All-American was also a Tri-captain on this year’s team. She can best be described as small in size and huge in heart! She possesses great field awareness, speed and skill. She is always first to the ball and beats all of her opponents to the ball. She led a very stingy defensive corps this past season allowing only 14 goals against in 17 games.”
Saritelli was the third Lady Knights’ Tri-Captain. Lauren was the Only Lady Knight to earn back-to-back NJCAA Region XXI honors and NSCAA All-Northeast Region honors. At forward Lauren was one of the Lady Knights prime scoring threats over her two-year career. In 2011 she had seven goals and five assist for 19 total points which ranked her third on the team in scoring. In her freshman campaign she had six goals and six assist for 18 total points giving her 13 goals and 11 assists for 37 career total points. As a scoring midfielder Saritelli used her speed, spectacular dribbling ability along with a strong right leg creating scoring opportunities for her and her teammates. She would work with teammates to send through balls to her teammates along with dribbling throughout the other teams’ midfield to create double-teams and mismatches for her teammates. When designed plays were thwarted by the opposition Saritelli would often create scoring threat by dribbling through the heart of the opposition until met by a defender where she would draw them in only to deliver the ball to the Lady Knights’ teammate they had just left which gave them a multi-dimensional attack. Coach Grassini commented about his sophomore Tri-captain: “Lauren, a sophomore Tri-captain possesses great speed and skill. As a starting midfielder she scored seven goals and assisted on five for a total of 19 points. She is an excellent player who can definitely have no problem playing at the next level. She has tremendous stamina and she was the most-fit individual on our team!”
Durkin was another of the Lady Knights Tri-Captains. Durkin along with D’Andrea was the last line of defense before the Lady Knights keeper. This is Durkin’s second All-Region honor this year after being named All-Region XXI this year as well. Haley had an assists for one point. In her freshman campaign she had one goal and three assists for five total points giving her a goal and four assists for her six career points. However, Durkin wasn’t looked upon to score but to play defense where in 2011 she was the sweeper which limited her scoring opportunities. As a sweeper Haley was excellent at limiting the opponents scoring opportunities and get the ball out of the CCRI defensive end. During her 30-game career the Lady Knights only gave up 27 goals. Coach Grassini commented about his sophomore Tri-Captain: “Haley was another starting defender (sweeper back). She was also a Tri-Captain who has excellent size and speed. There weren’t many offensive players that beat her this past season. She is a tremendously underrated player. She is more than a solid defender who was a part of a very stingy defense.”
McGarry a freshman forward burst onto the scene in her freshman year and became the Lady Knights’ and Region XXI’s leading scorer. McGarry also earned All-Region XXI honors for her efforts in her freshman year. Caitlin had 10 goals and a team-leading 14 assists for 34 total points. McGarry’s soccer acumen was unmatched she was the Lady Knights primary kicker for their set plays and corner kicks. Many of her assists came for set plays and corners as she would utilize her leg strength and amazing accuracy to find her teammates in the opponents’ scoring area. She also converted every penalty kick which she took which not only takes skill but mental toughness and nerves of steel. Like Saritelli she could create her own scoring opportunities or set-up a teammate which made it difficult for the opposition to mark her. Coach Grassini commented about Caitlin “‘Cait’ led the 2011 team and the region in scoring with 10 goals and 14 assists (also team-leader) for 34 total points. She possesses great fine skills and has excellent free kicks. She took most of our corner kicks and created many scoring opportunities with them picking up most of her assists. We are not surprised that she was selected to the NSCAA All-Northeast Region Team as a freshman! We look for bigger and brighter things from Caitlin next season.”