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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 10-11-2018

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streak that not only was its longest in nearly a decade, but also helped the Mounties enter Tuesday afternoon's D-I action with a 6-3 mark that puts them in a tie for third place with Barrington and gives them a half- game cushion over Moses Brown (5-3) in the standings. Unfortunately for the Mounties, it was the Quakers who bused to Woonsocket and ended their win streak last Thursday afternoon, as the Quakers were able to pull out a pair of close victories in the second and third doubles matches and escape with a 5-2 win. Prior to their win streak, the Mounties were shut out by La Salle, 7-0, and suffered a 6-1 loss to East Greenwich, but aside from those matches, they've been competitive with the rest of their schedule, includ- ing Barrington, which they topped by a 4-3 score in their season opener. "Nothing's been easy certainly," said MSC head coach Richard Lawrence. "We have four more matches and I'd love to finish in the top four, so we'll see what happens." Lawrence, who directed the Mounties to five state championships (and eight appearances in the finals) in the 2000s before retiring as the head coach in 2011, returned to the helm after last season's head coach, Sean McClelland, decided to become an assistant after his family welcomed its third child. It was a move that Lawrence com- pletely understood. He had coached both the boys' and girls' teams for a number of seasons, but when his youngest son, Jacob, was born 18 years ago, he decided to step aside as the boys' coach and continue coach- ing the girls. Speaking of Jacob, who graduated from MSC this year and is now a member of the Assumption College men's tennis team, Lawrence, who had served as a practice coach for the girls' and boys' teams the past few years, had been able to find the time to watch Jacob play on the school's boys' soccer team in the fall and not worry about the day-to-day demands as a head coach. With Jacob off to col- lege, the decision to become a head coach again became an easier one. And while he's switching roles with McClelland, he also "flip-flopped" 20 SPORTS & RECREATION OCTOBER 11-17, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET BREEZE PHOTOS BY ERIC BENEVIDES Left, Mount Saint Charles junior ALLY ROMANO returns a shot during her second singles match in last Thursday's Division I match against Moses Brown. The Mounties saw their five-match win streak come to an end when they suffered a 5-2 loss. Right, Mount Saint Charles senior MAGGIE KINNEAR, shown returning a serve during her fourth singles match, netted a 7-5, 6-1 victory that was her sixth straight win. MOUNTIES From Page 19 See TENNIS, Page 22 Check Our Website for Today's Low Heating Oil Price We're close, just 15 minutes from Providence off Rt. 146. 152 School St., North Smithfield Open 6 days: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. We speak "cat." (401) 762-2400 • Cat have a language all their own. Fortunately, we speak it too. Visit our full-service feline-loving animal hospital with a team approach to quality veterinary care. 100 Broncos Highway Mapleville, RI 02839 401-567-4500 The Restaurant at Crystal Lake IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Dinner for Two $ 26 Choice of Soup or Salad, Selected Dinner Menu & Desserts Mon.-Thurs. after 4 p.m. and Sunday All Day. Current Hours: Sunday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20th at 2 p.m. Reserve Today! Nine & Dine Special Edition • Nine Holes of Golf for Two • Dine at our Autumn Comforts Dinner Buffet including Hors d'oeuvres & Dessert Display • Dance to SECOND AVENUE BAND Members $45pp; Non-member $60 pp; Dinner & Dance only $30 pp

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