Rhode Island Top 10: LaSalle Finishes In Top Spot After Dominant 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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Rhode Island Top 10

2Mount St. Charles21770
3Bishop Hendricken314141
4South Kingstown91551
5East Greenwich81882
8Cranston WestNR10140
10WW-Exeter/W, GreenwichNR1241

This is one of the strangest Rhode Island Top 10s to put together. Call it a top 10 with a major asterisk. And that asterisk is the fact that only one out of the three state championship series were decided this winter.

Divisions 1 and 2 will have no champion. Due to growing concerns over the potential spread of the coronavirus, the Rhode Island Interscholastic League canceled the Division 1 and Division 2 championship series set to finish up this past weekend.

Division 3 got in its state-title series before that decision. And West Warwick-Exeter/WG beat Pilgrim two games to one to win that championship series.

But the top two divisions will have a big question mark in front of them now that all is said and done.

All we can do for the final top 10 is go with what we have.

And we’re going with LaSalle at #1. The team lost only one game this year and was set to battle Mount St. Charles, which finishes #2 for us, in an epic state-final series. But that will never materialize.

Bishop Hendricken gets the nod at #3. They got handled pretty good by the Mounties in the Division 1 semifinals, but they were pretty competitive in the state’s best division.

South Kingstown and East Greenwich would have been the matchup for the Division 2 state title. That’s enough to warrant a spot at #4 and #5, respectively.

Burrillville finishes up the season at #6. The team met its demise in the semifinals against LaSalle.

Lincoln also had a semifinal appearance, playing competitive against South Kingstown before losing, two games to one, in the best-of-three.

Cranston West knocked off the #1 seed in Division 2, Cumberland. That alone is worth a top 10 finish for sure, even if West struggled in the regular season.

And a hearty congrats to West Warwick-Exeter/West Greenwich, which beat Pilgrim in the finals of Division 3 after losing to them twice in the last two years in the same spot.

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