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Rhode Island Preseason Top 10: LaSalle Goes For Another Crown

Rhode Island Preseason Top 10

RankTeamPR*WLT
1LaSalle Academy1410
2Bishop Hendricken1041
3Smithfield771
4Barrington1511
5Mt. St. Charles853
6Moses Brown1041
7Coventry1141
8RMR1322
9Ponaganset863
10Portsmouth963
  • Last season’s regular season record

LaSalle Academy, last year’s Division 1 state champion, comes back with some scoring punch. It will also be counting on some younger players to step up in more prominent roles.

Bishop Hendricken has a strong senior class and a good defensive unit. Plus, it’s Hendricken, so there’s that. They know how to win.

Smithfield will be tough for anyone this year. It returns most of its crew on each side of the ice, including goalie Hogan Nelson.

Barrington had an amazing run all the way to the Division 2 state title last winter. It has plenty of scoring back with 89 points combined out of returnees Jacob Andreozzi, Matthew Bates and Matthew Spears.

Mount St. Charles will be riding the emotions of the last seasons of long-time father-and-son coaching duo Bill and David Belisle. On the ice, it’s loaded with experience across the board and will be a legitimate contender once again.

Moses Brown in its second year back to the Rhode Island public scene has a great group of upperclassmen and will look to its three captains for most of its scoring, though the Ocean State should watch for freshman Aidan Darlington to make a splash.

Coventry has started strong with two wins – 4-0 over Toll Gate and 3-2 over South Kingstown.

RMR returns a boat load of players who can put the puck in the net, including leading scorer JC Lopes.

Ponaganset was hot down the stretch of last season and could be a contender in its division.

Portsmouth opened strong with a nice win over PSW.

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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