Archive - Dec 8, 2012 - Sports Article
Typically, placing 38th out of 39 participants isnâ€™t cause for much rejoicing â€“ unless youâ€™re taking into account that youâ€™re competing against the very elite in the country.
WOONSOCKET â€” It was nearly 40 years ago, back in 1973, that Richard Lawrence founded the Mount St. Charles' boys tennis program, and he well recalls how primitive the playing conditions were.
â€śWe had two old concrete courts over by the third-base line (of the current baseball diamond, located on the upper-campus field),â€ť smiled Lawrence, now the school's athletic director. â€śWe also had two courts inside the (Adelard hockey) arena. Those outdoor courts were in terrible shape, and the ones inside, the kids had very little room to maneuver.â€ť
Tony DiLorenzo has been a member of the coaching staff at Mount St. Charles for nearly a decade, and even he had a difficult time remembering the last time the Mounties fielded a girlsâ€™ hockey team as small in numbers as the squad they have this winter.
After graduating one of their best lines and their four top defensemen and also losing the services of their starting goalie to prep school, the Mounties find themselves with only 15 players and very little depth.