Archive - Mar 6, 2012 - Sports Article
PROVIDENCE â€” As 1998 U. S. Olympic womenâ€™s hockey star and gold medallist Sara DeCosta draped runner-up medals around the necks of the Mount St. Charlesâ€™ girls, most wiped away tears.
Their disappointment was more than obvious after La Salle Academy had mustered a 2-0 victory over the Mounties at Providence Collegeâ€™s Schneider Arena on Tuesday night. With that triumph in this rubber game of the R.I. Championship Division Tournamentâ€™s best-of-three final set, the Rams had earned its first-ever title in the category, and closed its season at 16-5.
NEW YORK â€” In some ways it was an ending, as in the end of the season for Providence College. In other respects, Tuesday nightâ€™s 79-47 bludgeoning at the hands of Seton Hall in opening round of the Big East Tournament can be viewed as the official jumping-off point to the Ed Cooley era.
Cooleyâ€™s first season at PC ended in futile fashion, his club suffering a 32-point defeat that goes in the books as the largest loss margin for the Friars in their Big East tourney history. Providence has now dropped 14 of its last 16 conference tournament games.
NEW YORK â€” Wednesday morning will see the presidents and athletic directors from the Big East gather in a central location. The guest list will include party crashers in the form of representatives from the schools in line to join the league.
Wouldnâ€™t you like to be a fly in that room?
â€śI think theyâ€™ll introduce some of the new members and [league president John Marinatto] is going to give us an update to where we are on a lot of issues,â€ť Providence College athletic director Driscoll remarked. â€śIt should be a good meeting and Iâ€™m looking forward to it.â€ť
PROVIDENCE â€” Vincent Council provided the type of response that epitomizes the mindset of the Providence College Friars heading into the Big East Tournament.
To summarize, the junior doesnâ€™t expect the Friars to be a one-and-done casualty, their season ending at the hands of Seton Hall on Day 1 of the five-day mad dash leading up to a hoops coronation at Madison Square Garden.