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Rhode Island Division 3 Preview: Pilgrim Hopes To Continue Winning Ways

PILGRIM (13-4-1)

Coach Mike Boyajian Jr.’s Patriots has some key returnees in Jack Clements, Matt Pacheco, Collin Driscoll, AJ Sherlock, James Cook, Will Morrissette, Chris Quirk and Ryan Pietros.

“We need to play our game,” Boasian said. “We need to build on momentum from last year. Key returners need to be leaders in the lockerroom.”

MT. HOPE (9-7-2)

New coach, Joe DiBiase, takes over the reins from retiring Steve Ouellette, whose defending D3 champions Mt. Hope Huskies were defeated in the 2017-2018 playoffs when they faced Pilgrim High School, who they defeated to win the 2016-2017 Division III championship.

“This year, there are plenty of opportunities for players to earn playing time, as there are many roles to fill throughout the lineup, after graduating 11 seniors last spring,” DiBiase said.

Returning senior goalie Devon Loiselle is back in the net with first year keeper Brett Therrien waiting in the wings for his chance to play. Sophomore forward David Benevides  (11-8-19) is expected to add more scoring prowess; as well as returning Senior Cam Rancourt (15-21-36). “We have a good group returning. We are going to help them with their leadership and communication skills.  If everyone stays healthy, scoring goals should not be a problem,” DiBiase said.

WOONSOCKET/SCITUATE (13-7-0)

The SpartaNovans will be a bit short on numbers, but should be strong on the blue line and in the cage.

Coach Gary Rabinowitz hopes to get some good offensive numbers from the likes of senior Joe Roy and juniors Cameron Barr and Evan Pendergast. New freshman Chris DiSano will help out.

A leader on defense is senior Garret Rebholz. Sophomore Nate Beals is a returning goaltender.

JOHNSTON/NORTH PROVIDENCE/TIVERTON (9-8-1)

New coach Manny DaCosta takes over a team that brings on another school into its cooperative program: Tiverton. Key returning players include captain defenseman Zach Morin, assistant captain Ryan Lorenzo and assistant captain Christian Campbell. Zach Bernier also returns along with Aiden Dorgan.

DaCosta said he looks forward to the addition of seven new Tiverton players and 11 returning JNP players.

“The first goal this season is to make the playoffs and see what happens from there,” DaCosta said.

NARRAGNSETT/CHARIHO Co-op (1-17-0)

Ryan Meade takes his Gulls team into the season returning a 9-9-18 senior center in Jack McGreen. The team has few goal-scorers returning so will need its returnees (such as Brendon O’Rourke,  and Jay Desrosiers) to step up in the scoring department.

Junior defensemen Charlie Ruth and Jake Lepovsky are poised to lead the blue line, playing in front of Jake Natalizia (senior goalie) who had a save percentage of .793.

The Gulls coach said the team needs to build on young talent and will need to transition better from defense to offense.

  • West Warwick/EWG is also in Rhode Island Division 3

 

Dom Nicastro

Dom Nicastro

Dom Nicastro is a veteran sportswriter and journalist whose credits include the Gloucester Daily Times, Salem News, Lawrence Eagle-Tribune and Boston Magazine. This is his seventh season working for Hockey Night in Boston Magazine. He covers boys Eastern Mass. Division 3 and Rhode Island. He can be reached via email at [email protected]
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