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Friars celebrate Big East title, set sights on North Carolina

March 16, 2014

PROVIDENCE – As Ed Cooley and his Providence players posed for pictures, signed autographs and accepted one congratulatory handshake after another, the next mountain to climb started to come into focus.

While the sea of adulation that engulfed the Friars at Alumni Hall Sunday night was a fitting tribute to the program’s distinction as 2014 Big East Tournament champions, it’s time to shift gears and turn the page.

Burrillville jumps out to big lead, hangs on for 5-4 win over Cranston to force game 3 for Div. I title

March 16, 2014

PROVIDENCE -- Burrillville came out with much more aggressiveness and intensity than it exhibited 24 hours before, suffered a lapse midway through the third stanza and held on tight to a thrilling 5-4 triumph.

With the verdict, the fourth-seeded Broncos not only improved to 7-13-3 overall, but gave Daigle a “Get well soon” gift: A rubber game at Brown at 7 p.m., Tuesday to determine the new Division I champion.

For full story and stats, see Monday's print edition of The Call.

Phaneuf's OT goal evens Mount's state title series with Hendricken at 1-1; Game 3 is slated for Monday

March 15, 2014

PROVIDENCE --- Keith Phaneuf's goal with 31 seconds left in overtime saved Mount St. Charles' season on Saturday night and lifted the Mounties to a thrilling 4-3 victory over rival Bishop Hendricken in the second game of their best-of-three State Championship title series.
The Mounties (17-5) and Hawks (17-3-2) will return to Brown University's Meehan Auditorium on Monday for an 8 p.m. winner-take-all showdown. The Mounties are seeking their second straight title and sixth in the last seven years, while the Hawks are looking for their first since 2012.

Burrillville awaits Cranston co-op team in Div. I finals

March 15, 2014

BURRILLVILLE -- For Burrillville, it’s looking an awful lot like the end of last season.
Owners of a 4-11-3 mark during the regular season, the Broncos caught a bit of fire in last year’s Division I tournament. They played some of their finest hockey of the winter in the best-of-three semifinals to sweep Cranston West and earn a spot in the title series.

Hawks swoop in with 4 goals in last 4 minutes to stun Mounties

March 14, 2014

PROVIDENCE – There’s only one way to describe what occurred over the final 3:46 of the final stanza at Brown University on Friday night – surreal.

It seemed as if defending state champion Mount St. Charles Academy was prepared to put the finishing touches on a fantastic 2-1 victory over Hendricken High in the opening tilt of the R.I. Championship Division best-of-three series at Meehan Auditorium on Friday night, but then the unimaginable – the surreal – happened.

PC survives St. John’s comeback for 79-74 victory, contests Seton Hall in tonight’s Big East semifinals

March 13, 2014

NEW YORK — Just in case Ed Cooley let it slip from his mind that the Providence Friars and Madison Square have gone together like oil and vinegar for the longest time, he received a reminder from the college’s president, the Rev. Brian J. Shanley.

“From what (Shanley) told me, we haven’t won down here often,” stated Cooley. “So for us to get off the schneid, it’s a great accomplishment for our program.”

Cooley likes St. John's NCAA Tournament chances, remains mum on PC

March 13, 2014

NEW YORK — Ed Cooley didn’t mince words when asked if he feels St. John’s should be one of the Big East teams selected to the NCAA Tournament.

When the subject turned to whether his Providence squad has done enough to get off the proverbial bubble and move closer to lock status following Thursday’s 79-74 victory over St. John’s, Cooley refrained from politicking on the Friars’ behalf.

Friars ignore 'bubble talk', put focus on Thursday's Big East quarterfinal-round opener vs. Red Storm

March 12, 2014

NEW YORK — At this point of the season, Kadeem Batts and the rest of his teammates are dealing with information overload when the discussion turns to the Friars and their NCAA Tournament prospects.

Like every other Providence College basketball follower, Batts is keeping abreast of the latest developments via watching games on TV, checking out bracket-bubble updates online and hearing all sorts of prognostications on where the Friars stand in their quest for the program’s first NCAA berth since 2004.

Mount St. Charles, Bishop Hendricken meet again with state crown on the line

March 11, 2014

WOONSOCKET  –  The storied hockey rivalry between Division I powerhouses Mount St. Charles and Hendricken will continue this weekend at Brown University in the form of the R.I. Championship Division Tournament final.
 
But if this best-of-three set, slated to begin at 7 p.m., Friday at Meehan Auditorium, follows the same pattern as the regular-season tilts between the two, the Mounties could be in for a short appearance.

Cumberland, Lincoln to play Division II boys' hockey semis in Warwick

March 10, 2014

PAWTUCKET – Late Saturday night, after his defending state championship team had swept North Smithfield in a Division II Tournament quarterfinal set, Lincoln High head coach Jim Riel indicated his semifinal opponent would be North Kingstown.

Minutes afterward, when reached by phone, Cumberland mentor Mark Andreozzi – whose club had just crushed Middletown, 8-2, to gain another brooming – thought his next foe to be St. Raphael/PCD/Wheeler Co-op, which had captured two straight against 2012-13 D-II finalist Prout.

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