Rhode Island Top 10
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With only one significant loss among the top seven teams in the Ocean State, things are staying status quo there for now.
No. 1 LaSalle is en fuego as they say. The team picked up out-of-state wins over Archbishop Williams (4-2) of Massachusetts and now top-ranked Christian Brothers Academy (4-3) of New Jersey, then came back to the Ocean State and smoked Moses Brown (11-2). Twelve games in. Twelve wins.
The other unbeaten team in the state, No. 2 Cumberland, continues to do damage in D2. It handled Toll Gate, 7-1, and North Kingstown, 3-1, and is cruising as we head toward February.
Speaking of cruising, who else is hot in Division 1? That would be No. 3 Mount Saint Charles, which has now won six in a row. The latest victim was Smithfield, 6-0.
While the Mounties continue to do their winning thing, so does rival No. 4 Bishop Hendricken. Hendricken has won three out of four, its only loss in that span to the Mounties. The team took care of Notre Dame (CT), 4-2, and Prout/Scituate, 9-1.
No. 5 South Kingstown suffered its first loss of the season but not for a lack of effort. The team fell to unranked Rogers/Middletown/Rocky Hill, 3-2, one game after doubling up East Greenwich, 6-3.
No. 6 Smithfield may be picking up some momentum after a win and a tie. It beat Prout/Scituate, 4-3, and evened up Moses Brown in a scoreless affair. But they have a lot of patching to do after six straight losses.
No. 7 Lincoln is still one of the top Division 2 teams after two nice wins this past week. It blanked North Kingstown, 5-0, and nipped Prout, 5-4.
No. 8 Burrillville jumps into the poll this week, defeating East Greenwich, 5-3, and Barrington, 2-1, for a perfect week.
That loss to Burrillville keeps No. 9 Barrington in place. The team did pick up a clutch win over Smithfield, 4-1.
No. 10 Pilgrim continues to be the team to beat in Division 3 with victories over Johnston/NP/Tiverton, 3-0, and Mount Hope, 8-1.