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CCRI Roundup
Knights dominate Ben Franklin on the pitch
Photo courtesy of CCRI
WINNING WAYS: CCRI captain Manny Alves helped lead the Knights to a victory earlier this week over Ben Franklin.

The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team traveled to Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, Mass. to play the Shockers of Ben Franklin Institute of Technology for a Region XXI non-league game. The Knights defeated the Shockers 7-0. With the victory, the Knights improved to 2-3 overall and 2-1 in Region XXI play.

The Knights started the scoring in the first half with Servi Barrientos (Providence) scoring on a free kick to give the team a 1-0 advantage. The second Knights’ goal was scored by Prince Tahyor (Providence) and it was assisted by Barrientos.

CCRI kept rolling as Aris Santiago (Seekonk, Mass.) scored and was assisted by captain Manny Alves (Pawtucket). The Knights capped the high-scoring first half with Tahyor tallying his second goal of the half, once again assisted by Barrientos, giving the Knights the comfortable 4-0 halftime advantage.

In the second half, CCRI picked up right where they left off with Luis Duarte (Pawtucket) scoring his first goal of the game, assisted by Tahyor. Duarte wasn’t done, as he scored again a few minutes later assisted by Matthew Harkin (Foster). The Knights rounded out the scoring attack with Alves scoring, assisted by Harkin, who tallied his second assist of the game.

The Knights next game will be this Saturday at 11 a.m. when they will host the undefeated 7-0 and No. 4 Tribunes of Monroe Community College at the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln.

Allen leads way at UMass-Darmouth Invitational

Three members of the CCRI cross country team traveled to North Dartmouth, Mass. to race in The 2012 UMass-Dartmouth Shriners Invitational on Saturday.

In a race of over 300 competitors from over all over the Northeast, Knights sophomore Bobby Allen (Cranston) led the way for CCRI, placing fifth as he averaged 5:02 per mile over the 8,000-meter course to finish in a season-best time of 25:03.75 seconds. Allen was followed by sophomore Marciano Brunette (Narragansett) who placed 250th in a time of 31:17 in his first collegiate cross country race. Also, racing in his first collegiate cross country race was Austin White (Woonsocket), who placed 283rd in a time of 34:57. The meet was won by Bridgewater State senior Stephen Wahome in a time of 24:42.

The next meet of the Knights will be today when they will host The Naval Academy Prep School for a dual meet beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Knights fall to Massasoit

The CCRI men's soccer team welcomed the Warriors of Massasoit Community College from Brockton, Mass. to the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln, R.I. for their fourth game of the regular season. The Knights lost the Warriors 5-1. With the loss the Knights fall to 1-3 on the season and 1-1 in Region XXI play and 0-1 in league play.

The Knights had to come out with several changes in the lineup and some players had to play out of their regular position. Several injuries have affected the lineup and formation utilized by CCRI. The Knights started off the game making the adjustments to compete but after 20 minutes they began to make some mental mistakes defensively that gave Massasoit several chances to score. For the rest of the game the Knights could not put together an offensive attack. The Knights suffered five goals in the end and were unable to fight back. Early in the contest, Knights goalkeeper Rob Gallucci (Coventry) was able to stop a penalty kick in the first half to give the Knights a boost. Later in the half, Massasoit got on the board first making the score 1-0 Warriors. As the half was winding down the Knights answered with freshman forward Luis Duarte (Pawtucket), as he showed tremendous offensive hustle when he jumped over and through the Massasoit defense to push the ball into the net, making it a 1-1 tie in the first half. Unfortunately, the second half was very unkind to the Knights as they allowed four unanswered goals.

“At the moment we are struggling to get consistent offense, and our players need to step up and become more energized and play with more fire and purpose to meet the challenges that await them this season,” CCRI head coach Gabe Toro said. “We have the talent to do so we just have to make it happen.”

Lady Knights Cruise Past Dean

The No. 12 ranked CCRI Lady Knights soccer team hosted Region XXI rival Bulldogs of Dean College on Wednesday for a Regional league game at the CCRI soccer complex in Lincoln. CCRI defeated the Bulldogs 5-0. With the victory the Lady Knights improved to 5-1 on the season, 2-0 in Region XXI and 1-0 in Region XXI league games.

The Lady Knights came out hard and pressured the Bulldogs’ defense right away, creating numerous scoring opportunities. However they just couldn’t seem to finish. CCRI finally broke the ice when freshman forward Melissa Richards (Coventry) scored in a scramble in front of the Dean goal giving the Lady Knights a 1-0 advantage. After dominating the first half of play CCRI could only manage the one goal, taking a small lead into the break.

As the second half of play began things were not much different, as CCRI came out strong with numerous scoring opportunities but could not convert. Then, in the 16th minute of play, sophomore midfielder Jessica Sandin (Warwick) found the net on a double assist play from sophomore captain Brittany LeClair (Westerly) and Sarah Mauricio (Tiverton) giving the Lady Knights a 2-0 lead. As CCRI continued to dominate the play, Richards connected again on a nice pass from freshman defender Taylor Lopes (Cumberland). With game well in hand and a 3-0 advantage, CCRI continued to assault the Dean goal. In the 25th minute LeClair connected on a nice pass from sophomore Cait McGarry (Warwick) making the score 4-0. In the 36th minute of play, freshman forward Kassandra Lussier (Warwick) scored on a nice header off a cross from freshman midfielder Jennifer Kittila (Warwick) making the final score 5-0. Freshman goalkeeper Alex Place (East Greenwich) recorded her second shutout victory of her young collegiate career. So far this season, the Lady Knights have outscored their opponents 24-8.

“This was a good win for us today but it was also very frustrating having so many scoring opportunities and not finishing on them when we should,” CCRI head coach Dennis Grassini said. “That was our discussion at halftime. Coach Bannan and I stressed the importance of making the most of our opportunities and they did a much better job in the second half scoring four goals. This was an important regional win for us today.”

The Lady Knights’ next game is against Harford CC from Maryland on Friday at 4 p.m.

Lady Knights fall in first game to Springfield JV

The CCRI Lady Knights volleyball team hosted the Pride of Springfield College JV squad for their season-opening match on the CCRI Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. CCRI lost all three games, 23-25, 18-25 and 17-25. With the loss, CCRI began the season 0-1.

The Lady Knights next volleyball matches will be this Satruday and Sunday, when they will host five teams form the northeast for the CCRI Classic beginning each day at 9 a.m.


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