CCRI’s Becca D’Andera Earns NJCAA Soccer Honors

Becca D'Andrea
earns NJCAA All-American Soccer honors!

 

Warwick,
R.I. – December 5, 2011:  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
Tri-Captain defender Becca D'Andrea (Cumberland, RI) earning Honorable
Mention All-American honors by the National Junior College Athletic Association
(NJCAA).

 

D'Andrea was one of the 2011 Lady
Knights' Tri-Captains and a returning All-Region XXI team member. Now
D'Andrea has an NJCAA All-American honor add to her list of
accomplishments.   Becca 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.  Those are excellent scoring numbers for a defender. 
She was often one of the shortest players on the field in stature alone, not in
heart, because when it comes to heart she was always one of the biggest players
on the field.  She was a quick, aggressive and athletic player with an abundance
of soccer skill.  You could always find Becca going hard after 50/50
balls and marking the opponent's top scoring threats.  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. 

 

Head
Coach Dennis Grassini commented about his Tri-Captain: “Becca is such a nice player.  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.  She takes everything about
the game very seriously!  She was an All-Region selection in both her freshman
and a sophomore seasons.  When I look at the All-American's selected this year
there are only three defenders out of 33 players and she is one of them!  Enough
said!”        

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.