The Lady Knights put together a remarkable season, falling just shy of clinching a berth to Nationals, dropping the district final to Monroe College by a score of 2-1.
After starting the season 0-4, CCRI really started to hit its stride, going 6-0-1 over their next seven games.
Thanks in large part to that seven game run, the Lady Knights cruised to a perfect 6-0 conference record en route to a Region XXI title.
To make it to the district final, the Lady Knights upset Monroe CC 1-0 on a goal by sophomore captain Paige Oram. Monroe had previously shutout CCRI 3-0 earlier in the season.
For her efforts during the season, Betti Worth (Manchester, England) was named an NJCAA Division I First Team All-American, battling through injuries and establishing herself as one of the top midfielders in the country. Worth’s honor marked the first time that one of head coach Dennis Grassini’s players had been named an NJCAA First Teamer since Melody Lawrence and Stephanie Morse were given the honor in 2009. Alex Place (East Greenwich, RI) was outstanding in net all season, compiling an 11-5-1 record, while posting a 1.23 goals against average and a save percentage of .833. It comes as no surprise that Place was named a Second Team All-American following the season.
Being named to the NSCAA Division I All-North Team were Place, Worth, and Oram.
CCRI also placed six players on the All-Region team: Place, Oram, Estefany Mejia (Cranston, RI), Carla Porras (Narragansett, RI), Taylor Lopes (Cumberland, RI), and Worth.
Oram led the team with 28 points on 11 goals and six assists, while freshman Selena Canales (Cranston, RI) led the Lady Knights with 12 goals.
The CCRI men’s soccer team capped-off their 2013 season with a back-and-forth 5-4 win over Roxbury CC. In addition, the Knights won two of their final four games to finish the season with a 4-11 overall record and a 4-5 Region XXI record.
The Knights placed four of their players on the All-Region team: Luis Navas (Pawtucket, RI), Adam Couto (Plainfield, CT), Adam Corey (North Kingstown, RI), and Justin Kue (West Warwick, RI).
Freshman Junior Robert (Providence, RI) led the team offensively, totaling 15 points on seven goals and one assist, while sophomore goalie Robert Gallucci (Coventry, RI) was a staple on the back end, turning aside 99 shots on the season and notching two shutouts.
The Knights notched wins against Roxbury, Holyoke CC, Bristol CC, and Springfield Tech on the year.
Despite having a lack of experience with only five sophomores this season, the Knights will welcome back 12 freshmen from this season’s roster back next fall, the most ever since Gabe Toro has been head coach.
The Lady Knights made an improbable comeback in their home gym to make it to the district final, erasing a 2-0 deficit against Genesee CC to clinch a berth in the title match against Monroe College. Despite a gutsy effort, Monroe was just too much to handle, edging the Lady Knights 3-0.
Sophomore captain Janny Cabrera (Providence, RI) had a season to remember. She was tabbed the National Player of the Week once and totaled 403.5 points, 199 digs, and 315 kills for the season. In addition, she was second in the nation with 4.92 kills per set.
Another sophomore captain, Haley Greenwood (Goldsboro, N.C.), was second on the team with 232 digs, and also ranked 23rd in the country with 0.62 service aces per set.
Alyssa Salinas (Corpus Christi, TX) burst onto the scene in her freshman season for the Lady Knights. Salinas led the team in assists (498), digs (235), and was also second on the team in points with 109.5. Additionally, she ranked 42nd in the country in assists per set with 7.78.
Sophomore David Palkovic was the Knights’ top runner during the 2013 campaign.
Highlighting his achievements in 2013 was a 2nd place finish at the CCRI Invitational in Lincoln. He also finished 10th in the Mayflower Kickoff 5k at the beginning of the season and finished 21st in the Emmanuel College Invitational.
Palkovic finished 108th out of 298 runners at the NJCAA Division I National Championships in Fort Dodge, Iowa, leading his team to a 32nd place finish out of 39 teams.