Warwick, R.I. – December 6, 2016: The CCRI Lady Knights soccer team’s season has been over for a few weeks now but they did recently receive some excellent news with their Co-Captain Kaitlin Murrin (Norton, MA) earning NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American.
Murrin came to CCRI from Norton High School in Norton, MA in 2015. In her freshman campaign Kaitlin earned NJCAA All-Region XXI and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-North Region. As a freshman, Murrin was a key piece 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 Murrin was up to the challenge as she played with the maturity and composure beyond their experience level to help secure the last line of defense for the CCRI squad.
In her sophomore campaign Murrin was used in a wider array of roles for CCRI as she shifted from a sweeper and being used in the midfield to help to help distribute the ball and also was one of the players the coaching staff looked to take free kicks and penalties. In this new role Kaitlin scored five goals with eleven assists for 21 total points. Murrin had some excellent games this season including her four assists and one goal outing versus Bunker Hill CC and her three assist one goal outing versus Massasoit. However, her most memorable may be the assist and game winning goal she had at Rowan College at Burlington County to help the Lady Knights to a dramatic 3-2 victory on the road.
Lady Knights Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented about his talented Co-Captain “Coach Bannan and I are very excited and pleased regarding Kaitlin Murrin’s selection to the 2016 NJCAA All-American team as an honorable mention. Kaitlin has been a mainstay for our team for the last two seasons. Her leadership, work ethic, and dedication as a captain this season both on and off the field prove that this selection is warranted. She is one of the best team leaders as a captain that we’ve ever had. Kaitlin has a deep passion for the game and she is the epitome of what a student-athlete should represent. We are very proud of her as she has represented our women’s soccer program and CCRI in an admirable fashion as she joins the elite ranks of all of our other former All-American selections.”
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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.