Rhode Island Top 10: Burrillville Denies LaSalle’s Bid For Unbeaten Regular Season

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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The king is off its undefeated throne. Someone finally found a way to beat No. 1 LaSalle. Only took ‘em three months.

Burrillville beat LaSalle, and beat them convincingly, 6-3, at home Friday, Feb. 21. LaSalle took out its frustrations the next night at home against Barrington, 7-2. It’d be silly to oust the Rams from their perch, though. They’re going nowhere as we close out the regular season.

No. 2 Mount St. Charles also left little doubt as to its place near the top of the Ocean State. The Mounties closed out their regular season with a 3-1 win over Prout/Scituate and 6-3 a win over No. 3 Bishop Hendricken. Closing out the season with six out of seven isn’t so shabby, and it earns the Mounties, along with LaSalle, a first-round bye in the postseason.

Hendricken, meanwhile, locks up the third slot after beating Smithfield, 3-0, to close out its regular season. The Hawks need some spark in the postseason after closing 3-3 in their final six games.

No. 4 Cumberland, our top team in Division 2, finished strong with wins over No. 9 South Kingstown, 5-0, and Cranston West, 4-2. It finishes as one of two undefeated teams in the Ocean State this regular season.

No. 5 Lincoln closed with a six-game winning streak, knocking off PCD/St. Rays/Wheeler,in its season finale Sunday, 5-2. It beat Moses Brown/E. Providence/Tolman, 4-3, and North Smithfield, 5-2, in its prior two games. 

No. 6 Burrillville finished the season with the ultimate confidence boost – handing the state’s top team its first loss. It gives them a big bump in our final rankings. It also beat Prout/Scituate, 3-1.

No. 7 Smithfield beat Moses Brown, 9-1, and lost to Bishop Hendricken, 3-1.

No. 8 East Greenwich is hot rolling into the playoffs. The team won four in a row down the stretch, beating Ponaganset, 8-2, Rogers/Middletown/Rocky Hill, 4-3, and Coventry, 3-1, this past week.

No. 10 Barrington finished up its regular season with a pair of losses — to Massachusetts neighbor Mansfield, 6-2, and LaSalle, 7-2.

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