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Three Lady Knights earn NSCAA All-North Region honors!
The CCRL Lady Knights’ soccer season ended last month with a dramatic 2-1 loss to the Mustangs of Monroe College in the District Championship. Though the Lady Knights’ season ended before they would have liked with an 11-7-1 record but they did receive some good news this week with three of their players earning National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-North Region honors they were: Tri-Captain goalkeeper Alex Place (East Greenwich, RI), Tri-Captain midfielder Betti Worth (Bolton, England), and Tri-Captain forward Paige Oram (Burrillville, RI).
Sophomore Tri-Captain Oram was the only Lady Knights’ player to earn consecutive All-Region XXI and NSCAA All-North Region honors back-to-back in 2012 and 2013 for CCRI. In 2013 Paige scored 28 points on 11 goals and six assists. Most importantly she did it when it mattered late in the season. In her last five games as a Lady Knights she scored nine goals and added an assist as they say “big players make big plays in big games” and that’s exactly what she did. As a freshman Oram was a key addition to the 2012 Lady Knights’ soccer quad and was ranked third on the team with eight goals while adding three assists and fourth on the team with 21 total points. Oram’s athleticism set her apart she always took the field and played with tremendous passion and pace with a never say die attitude. Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented: “Paige started just about every game as a freshman and a sophomore. She chipped in with some very timely goals this past season. The biggest coming in the District semi-finals defeating Monroe CC 1-0. She had 11 goals and six assists this season.”
As a sophomore Tri-Captain, Worth earned All-Region XXI honors for the second straight year. Now Worth has a NSCAA All-North Region honor to go with her two All-Region XXI honors. Betti was a key component in the Lady Knights’ midfield with 22 points on eight goals and six assists. As a freshman Worth was undoubtedly the most physical, vocal and intense player on the 2012 Lady Knights’ team she helped the Lady Knights with 16 total points with seven goals and two assists. Coach Grassini commented about his sophomore leader: “Betti was, hands down the best complete player to come out of this region in a long time. She is strong, physical, and very talented player and knows and reads the game as well as anyone. She is talking to a number of schools at this time to transfer to. Her opportunities will be plentiful! She managed to get eight goals and six assist this past season in only 13 games because of an injury. She will be extremely difficult to replace in our midfield next year.”
Sophomore Tri-Captain Place also earned All-Region XXI honors for the second consecutive year, and along with Worth earned her NSCAA All-North Region honor to go along with it. In 2013 Alex authored six shutouts with an impressive 1.23 goals against average with 115 total saves to lead Region XXI. For her career Place had 12 shutouts which ranks her sixth all time at CCRI. As a freshman Place was a monster in net for the Lady Knights. Though she is small in stature Place plays each game as if it was her last. Place always attacks the ball and makes tremendous eye-popping diving and lunging stops in net for CCRI. Alex had a great freshman campaign with six shutouts and made over 100 saves during the 2012 season. Coach Grassini commented on his talented keeper: “Alex was just outstanding this season, once again leading the region in goals against. She is a quality goalkeeper that will be very difficult to replace. We will definitely miss her leadership as one of our team captains. She had a 1.23 GAA with six shutout victories this season against a very difficult game schedule.”
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 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.