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Seven Lady Knights earn All-region soccer honors!
The CCRI Lady Knights soccer team’s season ended in the District Tournament to the rival Tribunes of Monroe Community College in sudden death overtime. However, they have recently received some good news with six of their player being named to the All-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 along with freshmen forward Caitlin McGarry (Warwick, RI), midfielder Jessica Sandin (Warwick, RI), forward Brittany LeClair (Westerly, RI) and goalkeeper Kelsey Viens (North Attleboro, MA).
D’Andrea was one of the 2011 Lady Knights’ Tri-Captains and a returning All-Region XXI team member. 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.
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 year 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.
Saritelli was the third Lady Knights’ Tri-Captain. 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.
McGarry a freshman forward burst onto the scene in her freshman year and became the Lady Knights’ and Region XXI’s leading scorer. 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.
Sandin was another freshman that wasted no time making a name for herself on the Lady Knights 2011 squad. Jessica led the Lady Knights with 11 goals and added six assists for 28 total points which ranked her second on the team behind McGarry. Jessica was has a nose for the ball and was always around to score on a rebound, set piece or blasting long range shot of her own. Jess always moves towards the action and finds ways to utilize open space to create scoring opportunities. Sandin and McGarry will look to improve on their numbers from their freshman campaigns in their sophomore season and look to find their way past District rival Monroe Community College to achieve their goal of making it to the 2012 NJCAA Division I women’s soccer national championship.
LeClair was another outstanding freshman who helped the 2011 Lady Knights’ squad. Brittany started out hot but had to battle through injuries as the season progressed. Brittany still tallied seven goals and four assists for 18 totals points in just 10 games. LeClair is an aggressive player who also has a nose for the ball and let’s nothing stand in her way when she sees the ball or a scoring opportunity. She had at least one point in six of her ten games played and was fifth on the Lady Knights in scoring. Had she been healthy the entire season LeClair definitely would have been one of the Lady Knights top two or three scorers.
Viens was one of the Lady Knights’ two keepers whom had big shoes to fill after the departure of four-time All-American Melody Lawrence who graduated and went on to the College of St. Rose in upstate New York. Viens got a lions’ share of the Lady Knights keeping work and did an excellent job allowing just eight goals in 13 games and 1,044.48 minutes of play saving 68 for an impressive .69 goals against average giving her the seventh best single-season goals against average in program history. Kelsey also had five shutouts in her freshman year. For the past few years the Lady Knights have relied on their stingy defense to keep their opponents at bay and this year was not different as they allowed just 14 goals in 17 games. The Lady Knights’ defense is a big reason why they had an impressive 14-3 record this year.
With McGarry, Sandin, LeClair and Viens returning along with a solid collection of sophomores teammates the 2012 Lady Knights soccer program looks to continue their success with the hopes of returning to the national championship in 2012.