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Jess Sandin lines up a shot.
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 six of their player being named to the All-Region XXI team. The Lady Knights’ representatives are captain defender Becca D’Andrea (Cumberland, R.I.), captain defender Haley Durkin (Cumberland, R.I.) and captain forward/midfielder Lauren Saritelli, along with freshman forward Caitlin McGarry (Warwick, R.I.), midfielder Jessica Sandin (Warwick, R.I.), forward Brittany LeClair (Westerly, R.I.) and goalkeeper Kelsey Viens (North Attleboro, Mass.).
D’Andrea 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. 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.
Durkin along with D’Andrea was the last line of defense before the Lady Knights keeper. This year, she had one assist. In her freshman campaign she had one goal and three assists for five total points. However, Durkin wasn’t looked upon to score but to play defense, as she served as the team’s sweeper in 2011. During her 30-game career the Lady Knight sonly gave up 27 goals.
At forward, Saritelli was one of the Lady Knights prime scoring threats over her two-year career. In 2011 she had seven goals and five assists, for 19 total points, which ranked her third on the team in scoring. In her freshman campaign she had six goals and six assist for 18 total points, giving her 13 goals and 11 assists for 37 career total points.
McGarry a forward burst onto the scene in her freshman year and became the Lady Knights’ and Region XXI’s leading scorer. She had 10 goals and a team-leading 14 assists for 34 total points. She also served as the Lady Knights primary kicker for their set plays and corner kicks.
Sandin was another freshman that wasted no time making a name for herself on the Lady Knights 2011 squad. She led the Lady Knights with 11 goals and added six assists for 28 total points, which ranked her second on the team.
LeClair was outstanding freshman who helped the 2011 Lady Knights’ squad. She started out hot but had to battle through injuries as the season progressed. She still tallied seven goals and four assists for 18 totals points in just 10 games. She had at least one point in six of her ten games played and was fifth on the Lady Knights in scoring.
Viens was one of the Lady Knights’ two keepers whom had big shoes to fill after the departure of four-time All-American Melody Lawrence, who graduated and went on to the College of St. Rose in upstate New York. Viens got a lions’ share of the Lady Knights keeping work and did an excellent job allowing just eight goals in 13 games, saving 68 shots for an impressive .69 goals against average. She had the seventh best single-season goals against average in program history. Viens also had five shutouts in her freshman year.
Henry headlines as Knights upend UCAP
The No. 11 CCRI Knights men’s basketball team traveled to Groton, Conn. to play a Region XXI interdivisional game versus the Pointers of UConn-Avery Point (UCAP) on Tuesday. The Knights defeated the Pointers 74-57. With the victory the Knights improve to 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in Region XXI play.
The Knights found themselves trailing the Pointers 14-4 early in the game but went on a 22-11 run to take a 26-25 lead with 2:30 remaining in the first half. From there the Knights extended their lead to four points 33-29 by halftime. In the second half, the Pointers stayed right with the Knights and trailed by the slim 54-50 margin with 8:56 remaining in the game. However, the Knights used their depth and athleticism to outlast the Pointers and outscore them 20-7 to pull away down the stretch.
The Knights were led by the high-flying Anthony Henry (Danbury, Conn.), who had a monster game with game-highs of 22 points and seven rebounds while adding two assists and a blocked shot. He was helped by Isaac Medeiros (Johnston, R.I.), who added 12 points and four rebounds, as well as Desmond Williams (Torrington, Conn.) with 13 points. Keith Lackerson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added seven points, three assists and two steals, and the frontcourt duo of Trevor Mabry (Norwich, Conn.) and Rogerio Livramento (Central Falls, R.I.) combined for 10 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots. Bryan Yarce (Cranston, R.I.) added six points, three assists and two steals.
“This victory was one we had to grind out,” CCRI head coach Rick Harris said. “UCAP gave us their ‘A’ game tonight but I am proud that our 15 guys found a way to get the job done. It was a great way to break for Thanksgiving.”
The Knights’ next game will be this Saturday when they will host the Colts of Orange County Community College from Middletown, N.Y. at 2 p.m. at the Vincent A. Cullen Fieldhouse.
Knights easily take care of Rams
The CCRI Knights men’s basketball team hosted the Rams of Springfield Technical Community College on Saturday for their first Region XXI showdown. The Knights defeated the Rams 82-45, improving to 4-0 on the season ad 1-0 in Region XXI play.
The Knights came out firing on all cylinders, using their stifling defense, athleticism and unselfish play to make quick work of the visiting Rams. The Knights outscored the Rams 51-26 by the half and in the second they continued as they stretched their lead to as many as 30 points.
The Knights were led by freshman Anthony Henry (Danbury, Conn.) with a game-high 17 points, four rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot. Freshman Isaac Medeiros (Johnston) had 10 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots.
Also contributing for the Knights were Addison Williams (Boulder, Colo.) with 10 points, four rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot, Trevor Mabry (Norwich, Conn.) with eight points, four rebounds and three blocked shots, Roger Livramento (Central Falls) with eight rebounds and six points and Desmond Williams (Torrington, Conn.) with eight points and a team-high seven assists. Defensively the Knights had 23 steals and 14 blocked shots.
“Nice team win today,” head coach Rick Harris said. “We played hard and together for two halves. That’s all a coach can ask of his team.”
Lady Knights drop two in Maryland
The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team continued play in the Frederick Community College/Goodwill Mixer on Sunday and faced No. 17 ranked Allegany College of Maryland. The Lady Knights lost to the Trojans 62-51. With the loss the Lady Knights begin the season 0-2.
Though the Lady Knights came up short on the weekend, freshman Jessica Randall (Warwick) was named to the All-Tournament Team.
The Lady Knights and Trojans battled evenly in the first half with neither team backing down but the Trojans went into the break leading by a narrow 25-24 margin. In the second half the Trojans were able to pull away to win by 11.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was Cartrecia Ward (Boynton Beach, Fla.), who had 17 points while shooting 5-of-8 from three-point range and adding three assists and two steals. Jahira Smith (Norwich, Conn.) contributed her second double-double in as many games with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Randall had eight points and sic rebounds, and averaged 11 points and 10.5 rebounds in the two-day event.
“We had strings of consistency for only 5-8 minute spurts both offensively and defensively,” head coach Kate Lynch said. “We had too many unforced turnovers. You cannot do that against a team like Allegany.”
CCRI also dropped its opener at the mixer, falling to Frederick Community College 73-69. The Lady Knights trailed by 10 at the half and though they out-scored the Cougars 44-38 after the break, the deficit was too much to overcome.
Though they lost, the Lady Knights did have four score in double figures and also saw two players net double-doubles. Smith led the way with 20 points and 12 rebounds while Randall had 14 points and 15 rebounds. Monique Plummer (Fairfield, Conn.) added 13 points and Nyjah Porcher (New Britain, Conn.) had 12.
"We came of the gate with a lot of energy,” Lynch said. “We executed well in the first ten minutes. Destinee Jernigan really hurt us on the perimeter. We did not do a good job of recognizing her where she was after we made some defensive adjustments. We had too many turnovers in the last ten minutes of the first half. Frederick is a tough team and good teams will capitalize on that. I am happy with the overall effort. We just need to put forty minutes together.”