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Rhode Island Top 10: Stepping Out Of State Didn’t Agree With LaSalle, MSC Or Hendricken

Rhode Island Top 10

RankTeam*PRWLT
1LaSalle11901
2Mount St. Charles21370
3Bishop Hendricken310111
4Cumberland41103
5Lincoln81330
6Smithfield99110
7East Greenwich10982
8South Kingstown51021
9Barrington7892
10Burrillville6571

It took an out-of-state team to hand Rhode Island leader LaSalle its first “blemish” of the season. Xavier of Connecticut tied LaSalle Saturday, the first time this season the Rams didn’t win a game. The team had won 19 straight, including a 5-2 victory over Smithfield, Feb. 14. No need to change things up at the top as we surge toward the post-season.

Mount St. Charles fell to Massachusetts’ St. John’s Prep, 4-1, but bounced back with an ever-so-decisive victory over fellow Top 10 team Burrillville, 10-2.

Also falling victim to a Massachusetts power was Bishop Hendricken. The Hawks got buried by Xaverian, 9-2, but rebounded with a solid win over Barrington, 6-0.

Those out-of-state losses weren’t pretty, but the Mounties and Hawks held serve in the Ocean State and will remain in their spots for now. 

Cumberland, our #1 in Division 2, was fit to be tied again. The team tied PCD/St. Rays/Wheeler, 1-1, which at the time was its third tie in five games. Cumberland got back on track with a 4-1 win over North Smithfield and still hasn’t lost.

We’re really digging the play of Lincoln, which moves up three spots. Lincoln is on a three-game winning streak, beating Portsmouth (5-1) and Coventry (5-2) this week and scoring 10 goals in the process.

The bottom five saw its share of losses recently. We’ll start it off with Smithfield, which after losing to LaSalle, 5-2, beat Barrington, 7-2. They’ve won two out of three.

East Greenwich lost to Smithfield but rebounded against Toll Gate.

South Kingstown dropped a few spots. It won its first game in two weeks, beating Portsmouth, 7-3. That came after a 6-5 setback to Cranston West.

Barrington broke a three-game losing skid with a 4-2 win over Prout/Scituate. They had lost to Bishop Hendricken, 6-0, and Smithfield, 7-2, before that.

Burrillville closes things out. It’s looking to get back on the winning track after falling twice. It welcomes North Attleboro, its neighbor just over the Bay State border, on Feb. 18.

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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