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March 22nd, 2011
PROVIDENCE â€“ There was only one candidate Providence College officials had its sights set on to become the schoolâ€™s next basketball coach. Apparently Ed Cooley felt that warm embrace to the point that the Providence native is ready to take on the challenge of reversing the Friarsâ€™ fortunes.
Tuesday saw Providence officially sign off on the 41-year-old Cooley as the Friarsâ€™ new coach. Terms of the deal were not announced, though itâ€™s not too far-fetched to think Cooley received something comparable, in terms of length and compensation, to the package Keno Davis was awarded three years ago.
On the same day Providence College parted company with Keno Davis, athletic director Bob Driscoll spelled out very succinctly the expectations he has for the Friar basketball program.
â€śIt encompasses three different things. One, I want our student-athletes to represent the college and athletic department with dignity and class, both on and off the court,â€ť was how Driscoll began. â€śI want my student-athletes to graduate from Providence College and I want to compete for a NCAA Tournament berth on an annual basis. Those are the standards by which I evaluate.â€ť
PROVIDENCE --- Drama? On this night, it only lasted a period.
The Mounties erased a 1-0 deficit by rattling off three goals during a span of 2:13 near the end of the first period and start of the second, and with the way their defense excelled from start to finish, state championship No. 42 was as good as gold.
PROVIDENCE â€” After battling a stiff headwind for the first mile of the St. Patâ€™s 5K, Stephen Pretak knew his goal of running close to 15 minutes would not happen Saturday morning.
But the less-than-favorable conditions in the Providence race didnâ€™t stop him from breaking the tape a winner.
The 26-year-old Connecticut native captured the final stage of the inaugural Tour de Patrick, finishing the out-and-back course with a time of 15:31.7. Pretak held off defending titlist Eric Lonergan of North Kingstown, who claimed the runner-up spot at 15:35.4.
PROVIDENCE --- Another two-goal deficit transformed into another thrilling comeback victory for Mount St. Charles Academy on Friday night.
Zach Samborskyâ€™s goal off a rebound of a shot by Mike Magerman with 1:51 left in the game lifted the Mounties to a wild 5-4 win over Bishop Hendricken in the opener of their Division I championship series at Providence Collegeâ€™s Schneider Arena.
PROVIDENCE â€” Game Two was no contest. Mount St. Charles again rules Division I in Rhode Island girls hockey.
The Mounties parried Bay Viewâ€™s best shot in the first period on Thursday night at Schneider Arena and then knocked the Bengals out with five goals in the middle stanza en route to a 7-1 victory that swept the two-game championship series.
Mountâ€™s BriaAnna Narodowy was named Most Valuable Player in the finals, taking home the Alice Sullivan Award named in honor of the pioneer of womenâ€™s sports in the Interscholastic League.
PROVIDENCE â€” Mount St. Charles Academy has relied primarily on its offense to get the job done this season.
Wednesday night it was the defense turn to make the headlines.
Lauren Deguire's goal in the first period was all the offense that was needed as the top-seeded Mounties held off No. 2 seed Bay View Academy, 2-0, in the opener of their best-of-three championship finals at Providence College's Schneider Arena.
WOONSOCKET â€” Before taking the head coaching position this season at Mount St. Charles Academy, Steve Shea served as the teamâ€™s assistant the previous four years.
In his five years involved with the girlsâ€™ hockey program, two things have remained unchanged. The Mounties are still one of the most dominant teams in the league and fierce rival Bay View Academy is right there along with them.
WOONSOCKET â€” For the back half of the past decade, Mount St. Charles vs. Bishop Hendricken in the Division I championship series has been an epic showdown thatâ€™s been well worth the price of admission.
Who couldnâ€™t forget the 2007 series that saw the Hawks win in three games and squeak out a 1-0 triumph in the rubber game? Or the â€™09 classic that saw the Mounties sweep the series with an overtime victory in Game 1, followed by a heart-pounding, triple-overtime win in Game 2?
PROVIDENCE â€” Keno Davis never failed to mention that Providence College featured one of the youngest menâ€™s basketball teams in the Big East, if not the country. Many saw that as a plea or a copout on Davisâ€™ part, but the fact that the Friarsâ€™ 2010-11 roster was comprised of 10 first- or second-year players is not lost on athletic director Bob Driscoll.