Archive - Sports Article
March 8th, 2011
Two down, four to go.
Four wins are what separates three of the Blackstone Valleyâ€™s boysâ€™ hockey teams -- Mount St. Charles Academy, Cumberland High, and East Providence High -- from a date with state championship glory.
And the road for those teams continue this weekend when a half dozen best-of-three semifinal-round series around the state take place.
WOONSOCKET --- Cumberland High and the Division II semifinals have gone hand-in-hand for the better part of last decade, and that trendâ€™s going to continue this weekend.
Michael Kinchâ€™s multiple-goal night and goalie Michaelangelo Federiciâ€™s 33-save effort were the keys to success for the Clippers on Monday night in their 4-2 victory over Pilgrim High in the third and deciding game of their best-of-three quarterfinal-round series at Adelard Arena.
PROVIDENCE - When North Smithfield and Central played each other during the league season, the two Division III squads split their two games with both teams winning on their home court by single digits.
Head coach David Ruff didn't anticipate anything but an all-out battle when his second-seeded Northmen matched against the No. 3 Knights in Monday's semifinal matchup at Rhode Island College.
Ruff got exactly what he expected, but his only wish was that the numbers on the scoreboard were a little different.
Division II semifinals
Game 1: Cumberland at Portsmouth, 7 p.m.
Game 1: North Smithfield at Mount St. Charles, 7:30 p.m.
Game 1: Burrillville/Ponaganset vs. Bay View (Cranston), 8:10
Division I semifinals
Game 1: La Salle at Mount St. Charles, TBA
Division II semifinals
Game 2: Portsmouth at Cumberland (Adelard), TBA
Division III semifinals
Game 1: East Providence at Mount Hope (Portsmouth), 7 p.m.
Game 2: Bay View at Burrillville/Ponaganset (Levy), 8 p.m.
PROVIDENCE â€“ There were not too many onlookers that figured Monday nightâ€™s Division III semifinal contest would be a close affair.
The late game pitted top-ranked Middletown, a team with just one loss on its record, versus No. 5 seed Davies Tech, a .500 ballclub.
Add the fact that the Islanders defeated the Patriots by 26 points in their last meeting on Feb. 24.
A blowout certainly seemed inevitable, but head coach Gerry Suggs and his gutsy squad never let it happen.
An open letter to Providence College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley and Athletic Director Bob Driscoll:
When the search for the next menâ€™s basketball coach commences, do not make the same mistake you did the last time. Many people were leery when Keno Davis was given the keys to the schoolâ€™s primary means of visibility and exposure. Not just because Davis had all of one year of coaching experience under his belt, but also for the simple reason that he was far from the top choice to replace Tim Welsh.
PROVIDENCE â€” The drama from Mount St. Charles Academyâ€™s Division II postseason opener was nowhere to be found in the Mountiesâ€™ quarterfinal-round game against Mount Hope High on Sunday night.
Senior forward Maria Saiaâ€™s game-high 21 points, eight rebounds, and three steals led the charge for the Mounties as they cruised to a 56-34 victory over the Huskies at Rhode Island Collegeâ€™s Murray Center.
SMITHFIELD â€” Mount St. Charles received a nice double treat on Saturday night.
The top-seeded defending champs wrapped up a best-of-three series Division I quarterfinal-round sweep of eight-seeded Smithfield High on Saturday night by cruising to a 4-1 score before a large gathering at the Smithfield Ice Rink.
NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Two players who combined to score just five goals during the regular season came up huge with the two biggest goals of the year for North Smithfield High on Saturday night.
Lauren Ledouxâ€™s game-tying goal with 7:57 to play in the game and Samantha Archambaultâ€™s game-winner with 1:02 to go led the Northmen to their second 3-2 triumph in as many nights and a best-of-three quarterfinal-round sweep of La Salle Academy at the Rhode Island Sports Center.
PROVIDENCE â€” The time seemed appropriate for reflection, not reliving the course of events that transpired Saturday afternoon on the campus of Rhode Island College.
Certainly it wasnâ€™t the ending George Coderre and his proud Woonsocket squad envisioned. A La Salle team that was superior in just about every tangible category ended the Villa Novansâ€™ glorious run at the top, 61-33, in the Division I quarterfinals. The game pitted last yearâ€™s championship combatants, with the Novans taking the title by a 40-34 count.