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Becca D’Andrea earns NJCAA All-American 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 Tri-Captain defender Becca D’Andrea(Cumberland, RI) earning Honorable Mention All-American honors by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
D’Andrea was one of the 2011 Lady Knights’ Tri-Captains and a returning All-Region XXI team member. Now D’Andrea has an NJCAA All-American honor add to her list of accomplishments. 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 All-American’s selected this year there are only three defenders out of 33 players and she is one of them! Enough said!”