Rhode Island HS Hockey – Division 1 Team Previews: LaSalle Has Unfinished Business; North Kingstown Moves Up

Kevin Stone
Kevin Stone
Kevin Stone, a Waltham High Class of 06 graduate, played lacrosse and golf before going into journalism at New England College in Henniker, NH. Kevin went to Framingham State and Middlesex Community College after that. He started doing freelance work in August of 2008, working for The Palo Alto Daily (Palo Alto, CA) and The Waltham Daily News Tribune, and worked for Patch.com until getting jobs with The Norwood Record and Metro West Daily News in 2012. Stone's been writing for the Metro West ever since and has since added The Boston Globe, HNIB, MassVarsity, The New England Football Journal and BostonLax to his already extensive resume.

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A look at the Rhode Island Division 1 programs.


Coach: Shawn Tingley

The perennial contending Rams should be a force again this season.

Offensively, junior Ronan Peterson (11 goals, 12 assists), classmates Cameron Tasca (7 goals, 10 assists), Seamus Murphy, and Conor Pacheco along with seniors Blake Santos, Robert Natale and Vin Healey all return and big things are expected. 

Caleb Jawharjian LaSalle Acad.

On defense, juniors Andrew Bradley (10 goals, 10 assists), Paul Boghosian and Devin Morra are back along with senior captain Mark Frateschi, and sophomore Tyler Garofalo. They will lead the way on the back end. Senior Caleb Jawharjian should be the man in between the pipes.

There’s also some new faces that should contribute, including Marcello Martinelli: Defenseman (Boston Advantage), Evan Barbosa: Forward (Bridgewater Bandits), Quinn Peterson: Defenseman (Freshman), Mike Marabello (JV) and Matt Baxter (JV).

After going 15-0 in league play a year ago, there’s no reason why this Rams team shouldn’t have a fantastic season again. 


Coach: Mike Soscia

The two-time defending champs, Hendricken should be a strong contender as usual once again.

Seniors Luke Boscia, Steve Nardelli and Nick Regine, and junior Will Cavanaugh are all back up front to lead the offensive attack. Newcomers Aidan Ferreira and Giacomo Caliri will press for time.

Coach Soscia also likes the balance of his team, particularly in net with sophomores Colin Murray and Avery Picchione in the fold.

Senior defenseman Aidan Pennachini and junior defenseman Griffin Cain will be big factors as well on the blue line. A sophomore looking for time is Owen Carter.


Coach: Matt Merten

After going 7-11-1 a year ago, Mt. St. Charles is expecting a bounce back season in 2023. “We return Second team all Division selection Antonio Lombari and Third team all division section Kyle Smolan,” said coach Merten. They’ll combine with Colden Lawrence to lead us offensively. This line has big potential to put up points.”

Junior Antonio Lombari (11 goals 11 assists), senior Colden Lawrence (7 goals 10 assists), classmate Kyle Smolan (5 goals, 7 assists) and sophomore Logan Lefebvre (3 goals 6 assists) are some of the key returning forwards. Key newcomers up front along with those other guys include freshmen Harrison Dumas and Max Rusov.

On the back end is really where experience should pay off. Seniors Nick Buchanan, Luke Smolan and Connor Sousa will lead the way. Newcomers Ty Carroll and Brayden Slack will add their talents to this deep defensive core.

As far as protecting the cresse goes, senior Connor Murray returns between the pipes. He is joined by junior Dillon Hanna, who joins the club from the Academy. They’ll compete for minutes throughout the season.


Coach: David Farrell

Steve Rodrigues Burrillville

The Broncos leading scorer, senior Jack Farrell is back (18G, 15A), as are juniors Stevie Rodrigues (13G/10A), Ryan Frenetic and sophomore Patrick Murphy.

Defensively, the Broncos will be relying heavily on senior Cole Laprade and sophomores Cam Potter and Sean Farrell.

There will be a goalie battle between junior Mike Floyd and Devlin Mansolf. Coach Farrell believes both of those guys will need to step up and Burrillville will also need production from all the returning forwards.


Coach: John Gaffney

After just four wins a year ago, the Crusaders will look to turn things around.

Sophomores Aidan Foster, Caleb Burnett and Liam McIntosh along with junior Derek Desmond will be relied on to provide some scoring while senior defenseman Nick Gamba will be in charge of leadership on the back end.

Junior Owen Glass will be charged with protecting the crease for Prout.

William Hawkins Smithfield


Coach: Robert Jackson

Senior forwards Nate Goffe, Anthony Mercurio and Billy Hawkins are back up front and will be tasked with providing the necessary offensive production. New sophomore Jackson Villani hopes to do his share as well.

Anthony Mercurio Smithfield

The Sentinels have the luxury of returning five senior defensemen in Chase Rinker, James Sylvester, Cody VanGorden, Matt Payne and Frank Lombardi. They will be anchoring the back line.

Sophomore goalie Matt Bradley is also back and the Sentinels are looking to improve every day and hopefully results follow.


Coach: Mike Boyajian

It was a rough two-win season in 2022 for Warwick, but with some guys returning after gaining experience last year, scoring production, power play improvement and better overall effort in all three zones is the expectation for Boyajian and his staff.

Seniors Charlie Clements and Sean Mullaney along with juniors Ryan Barlow and Cooper Grossguth are back to lead the forwards.

Senior D-men Ethan Pezzullo, Jacob Pickering and Gerard Schifino are set to lead that group. Junior goalie Braxton Bragg will be in between the pipes.


Coach: Kevin Croke

Anchored by one of the best goalies in the state, junior Cam Siwik, expectations re high for the Eagles.

Junior Trevor Snow (10G/16A) returns as do sophomores Chase Watts (9G, 10A), Drake Almeida (7G, 5A), Henry Kelsey and senior Cole Vieira. They will power the offensive attack, hopefully getting assistance from juniors Ben Lebreche and Adam Gorman, and sophomores Conner Hayes, Cam Hayes and Trent Senn.

Defensively, Barrington will be led by seniors Tucker Squires and Christian Vieira along with sophomores Cody Woods and Erik Hall. A new sophomore is Joey Carmone.

The Eagles are looking to build on a successful campaign last season and hope to make a deep playoff run.


Coach: Cody Sellers

It’s a big year for NK as the program moves up to Division 1 a year after taking home the D2 title this past March.

Senior forwards Will Brew (6G/9A) and Tom Paolo (6G/5A) along with junior Jake Rodger (7G/6A) and sophomore Ronan Gately will be relied upon heavily offensively while senior defenseman Damian Maltese and junior Jake Horsman will lead that unit. Freshman Charlie VanGorden hopes to challenge for a blue line spot.

Coach Sellers is looking forward to a good goalie duel between sophomores Christian Matthis and Ben Davis.

Multiple forechecking and line packages are just a few of many things Sellers is hoping to implement to help keep NK competitive in D1.


Coach: Kris Omicioli

The Avengers have a new head coach in Omicioli, who looks to have his team competitive in RI Division 1.

Some key players for East Greenwich are senior forward Sonny Arsenault, senior defenseman Peter Doorley and senior defenseman P.J. Casey.

EG’s goaltending duties fall on sophomore Noah Schenenga and freshman Wyatt Gelzhiser.


Coach: Frank Fede

Former Mt. St. Charles great Fede takes over this program and will look to make it into a contender.

Top returning forwards are seniors Aidan Aggarwal, Owen O’Farrell, Gabe Mamdani and Ethan Garneau, and junior Gunnar Lundin.

On defense, look for senior Max Travers and sophomore Kyle Bethune to put up key minutes. Junior Cam Lussier returns in goal.

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