The CCRI women’s soccer team hosted the Knights from the Community College of Baltimore County-Essex yesterday at the Lincoln soccer complex. The Lady Knights defeated Essex 4-0 for their third straight victory, improving their overall season record to 9-6-1. In addition, the Lady Knights celebrated their fourth annual Pink Out to raise awareness for Cancer.
CCRI got on the board early when sophomore midfielder and captain Paige Oram (Burrillville) deflected a pass from freshman midfielder Stepheny Perez (Providence), giving the Lady Knights an early 1-0 lead. Twenty minutes later in the 32nd minute, CCRI was awarded a corner kick. Sophomore captain Betti Worth (Manchester, England) headed the ball into the Essex net off a corner kick on a perfect pass from Perez for her a second assist of the half, giving CCRI a 2-0 halftime advantage.
In the second half, CCRI continued to dominate Essex, putting a lot of pressure on their defensive corps and putting many shots on goal. In the 15th minute of the half, Oram found the net again on a nice double assist play from sophomore defender Taylor Lopes (Cumberland) and Perez, who registered her third assist on the afternoon.
In the 27th minute of the half, sophomore midfielder Jennifer Kittila (Warwick) scored an unassisted goal as she came off of the right side of the Essex goal and lofted a perfectly placed shot in the upper right hand corner of the goal.
Goalkeeper Alex Place (East Greenwich) recorded her fifth shutout victory of the season.
“Our team was solid defensively today and our midfielders and forward really controlled the game today,” head coach Dennis Grassini said. “ This was a good all-around effort by our team this afternoon and hopefully we are peaking at the right time with the playoffs just around the corner.”
Sophomore day was scheduled for Wednesday against Dan College, with the results unavailable at press time. CCRI’s eight sophomores are Jess Hammond (Warwick), Kittila, Lopes, Oram, Place, Missy Richards (Coventry), Erin Rodriguez (Tiverton) and Worth.
Lady Knights sink No. 10 Sharks
The CCRI Lady Knights’ volleyball team hosted the No. 10 Sharks from Suffolk County Community college from Selden, NY on Saturday for their Pink Out and Sophomore Day. The Lady Knights honored their three sophomore captains Janny Cabrera (Providence), Haley Greenwood (Goldsboro, N.C.), and Chelsea O’Connor (Pawtucket). CCRI defeated the high-powered Sharks 3-0 by scores of 25-19, 25-21, and 25-23. With the victory, the Lady Knights improved to 12-6 on the season.
The staff knew that the Sharks would be a tough opponent, having beaten No. 9 Fashion Institute of Technology and Nassau Community College, both of whom CCRI lost to at the CCRI Classic Invite.
Last season CCRI lost in four sets to the Sharks in Selden.
As a team, this year, CCRI had six aces, 41 kills, 70 digs and eight blocks.
Cabrera finishing with 28 kills while hitting 46%, with an ace, 17 digs and four blocks. Omayra Corchado (Isabela, P.R.) had five kills, 17 digs, an ace and a block. Jincy Phann (Cranston) had seven digs and three assists. Alyssa Salinas (Corpus Christi, Texas) had eight digs, three kills and 32 assists.
CCRI looks forward to hosting the District Championships the weekend of November 9-10. CCRI will host the Region champions from Regions III, XIX and XV. The tournament will begin at 10 a.m. each day. The official schedule will be announced when the once all of the Region Champions have been determined.
Knights have best team performance at Saints Invite
The CCRI cross country team traveled to Boston to compete in The 2013 Emmanuel College Saints Invitational. Babson College won the meet with 18 points, while CCRI finished tenth with 259 points out of 16 teams that competed.
The Knights put together their best team effort of the season. David Palkovic (Middletown) led the way with a 21st-place finish in a time of 28:12 seconds. Palkovic was followed by Alfredo DePina (Central Falls), running in his first ever college cross country race, where he placed 66th in a time of 30:13. DePina was followed by Daniel Duquette (North Attleboro, Mass.), who ran a personal-best time of 30:38 over the 8k course to place 73rd.
Britton Laney (Pascoag) also ran a personal-best time at the meet, placing 77th in a time of 30:48. Rounding out the Knights’ competitors were Austin White (Woonsocket), who ran in his first race of the season and placed 132nd in a time of 34:47, and Joseph Gareri (Uxbridge, Mass.), who placed 133rd in a time of 35:01.
The next meet for the Knights will be Sunday when they travel back to Boston to compete in the Mayor’s Cup, which begins at 10 a.m.