Domenic Crocenzie awarded player of the week

a portrait of a Knights baseball player, Domenic Crocenzie
Knights player Domenic Cocenzie named NJCAA player of the week Courtesy of the Northern Essex website

Freshman infielder Domenic Crocenzie of North Providence, RI was named NJCAA national player of the week. The NJCAA announced the selection for the week ending on March 26th. 

The Knights opened region 21 play with a three game series sweep against Roxbury community college that week. In the series Crocenzie batted .857% (6-for-7) hitting one HR and recording 12 RBIs in 30-0, 18-0 and 12-0 wins against Roxbury. His offensive assault earned him the recognition from the NJCAA. 

In the series opener he hit a solo HR, a triple and drove in seven RBIs. He led off game two with a triple and scored four more runs. Crocenzie collected another RBI with a sacrifice fly in the series finale. 

The Knights were scheduled to head on the road to play a double header against Holyoke community college on April 2nd. 


Knights defeat Roxbury, complete home stand sweep

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Infielder Kevin Rodriguez of Manchester, NH taking an at bat | NECC Observer

The Knights (9-5) wrapped up their three-game home stand with a 12-0 victory against Roxbury community college (0-3) on March 26th at Trinity stadium. 

Richard de la Cruz of Boston, MA had an impressive day at the plate going (2-for -3) driving in six RBIs with a double and HR. Kyle Hsu of Brookline, NH collected two RBIs and went (1-for-3). 

Alex Sweeney of Raymond, NH was handed the ball to start. He struck out eight Tigers allowing one hit and two walks over 3.0 scoreless innings of work. 

The Tigers found themselves quickly in a 3-0 hole when de la Cruz launched a three-run home run over the centerfield wall in the first inning. 

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the second inning, de la Cruz came through with another big hit crushing a base clearing double into right center field. The Knights added two more runs in the inning to lead 9-0. 

Sweeney turned the game over to the bullpen in the top of the fourth inning with Jagger Lovinelli of Huntington beach, CA. Lovinellie gave up a leadoff single. The base runner advanced to second base on a fielder’s choice. A walk issued by Lovinelli put runners on first and second base in what would be The Tigers best scoring chance. Lovinelli bounced back striking out the next two batters to escape the jam. 

The knights went to the bullpen again for the fifth inning going to Reflin Jimenez of Lawarence, MA. The first batter he faced flied out to left field. Jimenez allowed a single to left field to the following batter. A ground ball to the shortstop induced a double play and secured a 12-0 win. 

The victory extends The Knights winning streak to 10 and improves to 9-5 this season. 

The Knights headed on the road for a double header against Holyoke community college on April 2nd.  

NECC veggies, SNAP outreach, cake, gratitude and 223,568 pounds later

The Community Resources area at Northern Essex Community College has partnered with Community Action Lawrence and Community Action Haverhill to have a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) authorized outreach worker attend our next mobile food mart on Tuesday, April 25.

Pick up your veggies and receive information on qualification for SNAP. Get assistance if a current application is stuck or pending. Ask about other farm and food bank partners. Get your questions answered before or after you shop for food.

Also, Community Resources warmly invites you to eat cake and celebrate 6 years of mobile food mart presence on the Northern Essex Community College campuses!

The NECC Community Resources Department has partnered with the Greater Boston Food Bank for 6 years.

This collaboration coordinates campus Mobile Food Markets. We connect food-insecure students to food and resources through many mechanisms. Whatever the channel, we deliver food into the hearts and homes of NECC students. This mission is boots on the ground and brings the most resources to where there is the greatest need. Like all other colleges, we stand shoulder to shoulder in acknowledging the work of these departments at every college across Massachusetts.

The following quote is from a Massachusetts community college. Here the President pondered on the recent receipt of a grant: “Our top priority at Berkshire Community College is offering a quality education that is accessible to all.

But access goes beyond the classroom-we must do everything we can to ensure the basic needs of our students are met. Food insecurity disproportionately impacts students of color and low-income students.

This generous grant allows us to address the serious issue of hunger head-on by identifying need, taking active steps to alleviate the problem and allowing our students to thrive without the added pressures of food insecurity.” Ellen Kennedy, BCC President.

This writer pauses to examine what that social justice transformation looked like, in deeds rather than words or platitudes. Let us dispel the myth that we are all self-made students on individual journeys of non-connection.

Let us recognize that change was in the mobilization of committing to Community Resources Department across Massachusetts; across the United States.

Community resources with just the Mobile Food Mart alone, assisted over seven thousand households at NECC. The total number of unduplicated recipients is 26,233 not including our last (March 2023) or next (April 2023) food mart.

If you are more of a weights and measurements kind of person, Community Resources arranged and distributed 223,568 pounds of food having a value of just under $300,000.

The calculations previously listed do not include our own walk-in and bag-up food pantry. The NECC pantry offers many nonperishable nutrient-dense foods like beans and tuna. Our NECC food pantry also includes perishable items such as meat, hummus, and eggs. Nor do the calculations previously mentioned include our frozen Smart Meals, a Heats n’ Eats program with community partner Food for Free. Also, in our resources manifest is our Menstrual Care program stocking first floor restroom and our pantry itself with essential hygiene products.

Finally, $300,000 does not include something not so easily monetized: triage and resources for emergency referral. It does not include the compassion and justice work of being present with students in real time. But it is a starting point of gratitude.

A sweet thank you to our own Community Resource area at NECC.
And remember, bring your SNAP questions to the SNAP outreach worker.
Save this date: Tuesday April 25, 2023, and join us at the following mobile food mart locations for fruits,
vegetables, SNAP advice, cake, gratitude, and justice:
• Haverhill: Behrakis Student Center 12-1PM
• Lawrence: Dimitry Building 1-2PM