Warwick, R.I. – July 16, 2009: The CCRI Lady Knights soccer teams’ season ended on November 8th at the hands of defending National Champion Mustangs of Monroe College from New Rochelle, NY, but the Lady Knights ended the season with an impressive 11-7 record and their 15th consecutive Region XXI Title. In addition, the CCRI also received some more good news with seven players earning All-Region XXI honors: Meghan Rousseau (Richmond, RI), Kyanna Ivey-Jones (Pawtucket, RI), Catherine Lopes (Warren, RI), Ashley Van Bemmelen (North Providence, RI), Natalie Gallucci (Coventry, RI), Katlin Murrin (Norton, MA), and Emily Manosh (Warwick, RI).
Tri-Captain Sophomore Defender Meghan Rousseau earns All-Region XXI honors for the second year in a row. Rousseau was the sophomore leader of the Lady Knights defense often charged with marking the opposition’s top scoring threats Meghan used her superior speed and athleticism to lock down their scoring threats. Her and Sophomore Ricki Beaufort (Warwick, RI) offered leadership to a very young defensive corps that had seven shutouts during the 2015 season. In addition to playing excellent defense Rousseau was able to help the offense by offering two assists on goals during her sophomore campaign. Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented on his talented defender: “Meghan is a tremendous leader both on and off the field as a captain. She possesses great speed, tenacity, and toughness. She was always called upon by the coaching staff to shut down the opponents best players and she was successful at whatever was asked of her. She will definitely be missed and difficult to replace.”
Sophomore Forward Kyanna Ivey-Jones was second on the Lady Knights squad in scoring with nine goals and four assists for 22 total points. Her best game as a sophomore came when it counted versus Region XXI rival Dean College where she scored a career high three goals in their second meeting and added two in the first meeting for five total versus the Bulldogs. Ivey-Jones also showed her explosive scoring ability versus a very strong Harford College squad when she scored two goals including the game-winner in a very close 3-2 victory versus the Owls. Coach Grassini raved about his sophomore Forward: “Kyanna is a forward who has great speed and skill. She has been a very strong player for us who at times gave the opposing defenders fits. She is quite tough and very difficult for her opponents to move her off the ball.”
Sophomore Midfielder Catherine Lopes led the Lady Knights in scoring with nine total goals with five assists for 23 total points. lopes was one of the Lady Knights most consistent players as she charted a goal in seven different games and led CCRI with 43 shots on goal. Catherine used her speed and strength to gain position of defenders and offer scoring opportunities for the Lady Knights. Her best game came in the Lady Knights final victory of the season when they knocked-off Region XIX Champion Sussex 2-0 with both goals scored by the sophomore Midfielder to lead them into the District E Championship Game. Coach Grassini added about Lopes: “Cat played both midfield and forward for the last two seasons scoring some very timely goals, especially in this year’s district semi-final scoring both goals in a 2-0 shutout victory over Sussex County CC.”
Freshman Goalkeeper and Forward Ashley Van Bemmelen was a very important player for CCRI this year. Ashley started the year as a forward but after an injury to returning All-Region Goalkeeper Jenn Kilburn (Norton, MA) Van Bemmelen was forced into the net where she flourished in her new surroundings. VanBemmelen started 10 games and had five shutouts and an impressive 2.43 Goals Against Average while making 128 saves in 1,258 minutes 30 seconds in net this season. Ashley will look to return for her sophomore campaign where she will be needed again in net for the Lady Knights. Coach Grassini added about his talented freshman Keeper: “As a freshman and backup goalkeeper she did an excellent job for us this season due to injuries suffered by the starting goalkeeper. She also was an asset on the field as a striker scoring a game winning goal with less than two minutes remaining in the game. We look for greater things from her next season as a more experienced goalkeeper with a full season under her belt.”
Freshman Defenders Natalie Gallucci and Kaitlin Murrin burst upon the scene for the Lady Knights in their freshman year. Both players were key pieces to the Lady Knights’ defensive corps that authored seven total shutouts. CCRI always plays a very tough schedule facing multiple teams ranked in the top 10 and both Gallucci and Murrin where up to the challenge as they played with the maturity and composure beyond their experience level to help secure the last line of defense for the CCRI squad. Both will be leaned upon to elevate the CCRI defense to another level as they return for their sophomore campaigns in 2016. Coach Grassini added this about Murrin: “Kaitlin is a very good defender who was quite a surprise this season as a freshman. She helped direct our defense as the last defender in front of our goalkeeper. She is a very hard worker and we look for more and better things from Kaitlin as a returner next season.” Grassini went on to add this about Gallucci: “Natalie was another freshman defender who was one of our biggest surprises this past season. She played almost every minute of every game with much consistency. She did her job very respectfully and without much notice. She was very solid all season long.”
Freshman Forward Emily Manosh ranked third on the Lady Knights scoring eight goals with five assists for 21 total points. Manosh is a tremendous athlete and has tremendous ball handling capabilities that she utilized to create scoring opportunities for herself and her teammates. Manosh scored multiple goals in three games this year with two apiece versus regional foes Dean College (twice) and Massasoit CC while authoring two assists versus Holyoke.
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.