D’Andrea earns NJCAA All-American soccer honors
The CCRI women’s soccer team received some good news this week when sophomore Becca D’Andrea (Cumberland) was selected as an honorable mention All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association.
D’Andrea was one of the 2011 Lady Knights’ tri-captains and a returning all-region XXI team member. She finished her sophomore campaign with two goals and six assists, big numbers for a defender. D’Andrea and her fellow defenders helped CCRI allow just 28 goals in 34 games the last two years.
“Becca is such a nice player,” said head coach Dennis Grassini. “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.”
Knights’ win streak halted by D-I Harcum
The CCRI men’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season on Sunday in the Monroe College Mustang Invitational, falling to Division I power Harcum College 82-60. CCRI dropped to 8-1 on the year.
The Knights came out of the gates flying as they took a 9-6 lead four minutes into the game. However, the Bears of Harcum answered with an 8-0 run to take a 16-9 lead and never trailed again. The combination of lightning quick guards complemented by seven big men ranging from 6-foot-6 to 6-foot-8 proved too much for the Knights to handle. The Knights did put up a fight in the second half, cutting the Harcum lead to 59-46 with 14 minutes left but that is as close as they would get. The Knights did manage to outscore Harcum in the second half 34-33 but fell by the final score of 82-60.
The Knights were led by Rogerio Livramento (Central Falls), who posted his second consecutive double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Desmond Williams (Torrington, Conn.) had a team-high 13 points, Trevor Mabry (Norwich, Conn.) added 10 points and nine rebounds and Anthony Henry (Danbury, Conn.) added nine points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block.
“We went up against a very good and determined team today,” head coach Rick Harris said. “It was going to take total team play and superb execution to beat them. We did not do either thing exceptionally well.”
No. 5 ranked Knights trip Tribunes 77-62
Before losing to Harcum, CCRI opened play in the Mustang Invitational with a 77-62 victory over Monroe Community College.
The Knights got another great night out of Anthony Henry, who led the way with this impressive stat line: 25 points, nine rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots. Henry was helped by Livramento with a double-double consisting of 15 points and 12 rebounds. Williams added 11 points, two assists and three steals while point guard Bryan Yarce (Cranston) navigated through the Tribunes’ press with ease to score eight points to go with eight assists.
Allen and Cox set pace at Wesleyan Meet
The CCRI men’s indoor track team opened its season over the weekend at the Wesleyan Invitational in Middletown, Conn.
Sprinter Anthony Cox (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and middle-distance runner Bobby Allen (Cranston) delivered the best performances. Cox won the 60m dash with a great time of 7.16 seconds. He returned to tie for second place in the 200m dash, running a time of 24.97 seconds. Allen won the mile in a CCRI record-setting time of time of four minutes, 23.04 seconds and then returned to win the 3,000m in a time of 9:04.76.
Allen also anchored the winning the 4x400m meter relay team that also included Isaiah Hector (Warwick), Marciano Brunette (Narragansett) and Stephen Bell (Warwick).
Hector, Brunette and Bell also ran the 600m dash. Hector finished second in a time of 1:30.22, Brunette was fourth in a time of 1:35.01 and Bell placed fifth in a time of 1:41.59. Rounding out the CCRI runners was Colin Sutherland (Warwick, RI) who also competed in the mile run and placed fifth in a time of 5:41.74.
“This was a great tune-up meet,” said head coach Gregg Cornell. “The guys got a feel for what they are capable of. At next week’s Harvard Invitational the Knights will see some of the best early season track and field completion New England has to offer.”