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D’Andrea and Saritelli earn NSCAA All-American!


All AmericanBecca D'Andrea, Lauren Saritelli

The CCRI Lady Knights soccer team got more good news today with two of their players being named All-America by the National Soccer Coaches’ Association (NSCAA) they were: Tri-Captain Becca D’Andrea (Cumberland, RI) making First Team NSCAA All-American and Tri-Captain Lauren Saritelli (Coventry, RI) earning Second Team NSCAA All-American honors.

D’Andrea was one of the 2011 Lady Knights’ Tri-Captains and a returning All-Region XXI team member. D’Andrea had earned an NJCAA All-American honor add to her list of accomplishments last week and now has a First Team NSCAA All-American honor to her credit. Becca 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 his Tri-Captain: “Becca is such a nice player. She possesses a great awareness for the game. She is small in stature but huge in heart, determination, and hustle. Becca is an individual that has consistently beat her opponents, some twice her size, to the ball to make a strong defensive play. She always made good decisions on the field and as a captain she was a very good leader this past season. She takes everything about the game very seriously! She was an All-Region selection in both her freshman and a sophomore seasons. When I look at the (NJCAA) All-American’s selected this year there are only three defenders out of 33 players and she is one of them! Enough said!”

SaritelliLauren Saritelli

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. Now she has a NSCAA Second Team All-American honor to her credit 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!”

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