Warwick, R.I. – December 9, 2015: Another round of postseason awards was announced yesterday and once again members of the 2015 Lady Knights’ soccer team were front and center. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced their All-Northeast Region Team which featured two Lady Knights: Sophomore Tri-Captain defender Meghan Rousseau (Richmond, RI) and freshman defender Kaitlin Murrin (Norton, MA)!
The NSCAA honor is her third postseason award this year for Tri-Captain Sophomore Defender Meghan Rousseau who also earned All-Region XXI honors for the second year in a row giving her three All-Region honors in two years. The All-Region awards go with her Third Team NJCAA All-American honor. Rousseau was the sophomore leader of the Lady Knights defense often charged with marking the opposition’s top scoring threats Meghan used her superior speed and athleticism to lock down their scoring threats. Her and Sophomore Ricki Beaufort (Warwick, RI) offered leadership to a very young defensive corps that had seven shutouts during the 2015 season. As a freshman she helped the Lady Knights secure eight shutouts giving her a part in 15 career shutouts as a defender for the Lady Knights. In addition to playing excellent defense Rousseau was able to help the offense by offering two assists on goals during her sophomore campaign. Head Coach Dennis Grassini commented on his talented defender: “A team captain and already named All-New England Region and NJCAA All-American for her accomplishments this award places her with the elite of the Northeast Region which includes players from some highly ranked teams. This award just puts a little icing on the cake for Meghan and our women’s soccer program. We expect great things from her as she approaches the next level of play in the college game.”
Freshman Defender Kaitlin Murrin burst upon the scene for the Lady Knights in her freshman year. Murrin was a key piece to the Lady Knights’ defensive corps that authored seven total shutouts. CCRI always plays a very tough schedule facing multiple teams ranked in the top 10 and Murrin was up to the challenge as she played with the maturity and composure beyond her experience level to help secure the last line of defense for the CCRI squad. Kaitlin will be leaned upon to elevate the CCRI defense to another level as she returns for her sophomore campaign in 2016. Coach Grassini added this about Murrin: “As a freshman Kaitlin was a starting defender who played in every single match this past season and was already named to the All-New England Region team. She did a really great job at the sweeper position, especially in offering direction to her teammates. Being the last defender in front of the goalkeeper she was able be the leader of the defensive corps. Kaitlin has a great sense for the game and she knows what to do in crucial situations. She was definitely a big part of our team and I’m glad she is being recognized for her accomplishments. Off the field she is an excellent student and a prime example of being the epitome of a student-athlete.”
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.
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