August 24, 2016



Providence, R.I.-Second-year Head Coach Christina Tavana had the Rhode Island College women’s soccer team making significant strides last season and will look to keep building on the success at her alma mater this fall.


“Last season was a year of tremendous growth for the program,” said Tavana. “With the skill of our veterans and some talented newcomers, we will remain dedicated towards making it to the Little East Conference playoffs.”


Helping the Anchorwomen with that task will be senior captain Chelsea Combs (Ashford, CT).  Combs  played in 17 games, starting all of them, while tallying four goals and a pair of assists for 10 points in 2015.



 Senior Chelsea Combs


Sophomore forward Brittany DeGrooth (Westerly, RI) will be looking to improve upon her stellar rookie campaign when she recorded eight goals and three assists for 19 points. She ranked first on the team and tied for fourth in the LEC in goals.   Junior midfielder Stephanie Ricci (Smithfield, RI) played in 14 games, starting 13 of them, and added two goals and an assist on the year for the Anchorwomen.


Sophomore back Eleni Grammas (Cranston, RI) will see action at both midfield and forward this season, while her twin sister Nicole Grammas (Cranston, RI), will control the defense for the Anchorwomen. Eleni played in 16 games, starting 14 of them, while Nicole as named the team’s Most Valuable Player after starting all 17 games a year ago.


A pair of transfer goalies in Brianna Sousa and Amber Francois, along with exciting freshmen Breanne Ford and Emily Sawson, will provide RIC with depth and energy during their first season with the program.


The Anchorwomen open the season at home against Elms on Thursday, Sept. 1 (6 p.m.). The team kicks off the Little East portion of their schedule on Saturday, Sept. 17 when they host Southern Maine (1:00 p.m.).