Warwick, R.I. – December 11, 2015: Sophomore Tri-Captain Meghan Rousseau (Richmond, RI) capped her excellent sophomore season with her fourth postseason award by earning National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Second Team All-American. This was Rousseau’s Second All-American honor this season!
This NSCAA honor is her fourth postseason award this year for Tri-Captain Sophomore Defender Meghan Rousseau who also earned All-Region XXI honors for the second year in a row giving her three All-Region XXI honors in two years. In addition, she earned NSCAA All-Northeast Region honors. The Coaches’ Association All-American award go with her Third Team NJCAA All-American honor gives her a second All-American honor for 2015. 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 along with Sophomore Ricki Beaufort (Warwick, RI) offered leadership to a very young defensive corps that had seven shutouts during the 2015 season. The talented sophomores were paired with two talented freshmen defenders: Kaitlin Murrin (Norton, MA) and Natalie Gallucci (Coventry, RI) who provided a potent last line of defense in front of freshman Goalkeeper Ashley VanBemmelen (North Providence, RI). Additionally, as a freshman she helped the Lady Knights secure eight shutouts giving Rousseau a part in 15 career shutouts as a defender for the Lady Knights. As if playing excellent defense Meghan wasn’t enough, she also helped the Lady Knights offensively by offering two assists on goals during her sophomore campaign.
Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented on his talented defender: “A team captain and already named All-New England Region and NJCAA All-American for her accomplishments this award places her with the elite of the Northeast Region which includes players from some highly ranked teams. This award just puts a little icing on the cake for Meghan and our women’s soccer program. We expect great things from her as she approaches the next level of play in the college game.”
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.