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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 04-18-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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also have a lot of players on our team," reported Ethier. "We have a good senior class and a good junior class, and a lot of kids who have played for me before in junior high and at the varsity level who know what's expected, and even the young- er kids are really stepping up and just playing the way I want them to play." The Mounties, who will host another 3-1 team, Toll Gate, today at 3:30 p.m., kicked off their season in impressive fashion by downing North Providence, 14-2, and North Smithfield, 14-4, but in their next game, they suffered a 16-10 loss to the Providence Country Day/St. Raphael Academy co-op squad that saw PCD/ SRA snap an 8-8 halftime tie and the D-III's second-leading scorer, Don Raposa, lead the winners with 11 goals. "They had a really good goalie, (Martin) Silverman, and Raposo, really played an unbelievable game," recalled Ethier. "They're a very talent- ed team, and even though that (game) didn't go our way, we came back out today and got on the right track." PCD/SRA is just one of a number of teams that should contend for the championship come early June, and Ethier named quite a few when asked about the teams to beat. "Westerly, Narragansett, and Burrillville all came down from D-II and have started off very strong," he said. "Lincoln is a very strong team, and so is Toll Gate, and I think there are four or five teams who are still undefeated. It should make (this sea- son) exciting." Speaking of exciting, the Mounties have their share of top-notch players who have provided a thrill or two this season, such as junior attack Nick Curran, who leads the Mounties with 13 goals and eight assists, and senior defensive standouts Zach Harnois and Eric Gesauldi, who were All-Division picks last spring. "We also have Rich Lauzier, who is a senior captain and a very good defensive midfielder who also contrib- utes on offense," added Ethier. "He's a good player and a good leader." Junior attacks Nate Leclaire, who has eight goals and five assists, and Matt Guay "are also having good years," said Ethier, who also added that sophomore midfielder Ethan Letendre, who has nine goals and six assists, and junior midfielder Josh Mills, "have really stepped up their games." Ethier also noted the solid play of junior Jake Ciolfi and freshman Ryan Fitzgerald on defense, and some new players to the program, such as soph- omores Jon Lagesse and Owen Lotito, and three first-time lacrosse players, senior Tim deVries and juniors Jordan Perry and Jacob Maddalena. Also listed on the varsity roster are two players who earned All-Division honors last year, juniors Alex Pratt and Walter Pickering, and seniors Ryan Forget and Brian May. After playing Toll Gate today, the Mounties will set their sights on next Monday afternoon's showdown at home against Burrillville, which is 4-0. Mount, which paid a visit to Westerly on Wednesday afternoon, won't see Lincoln or Narragansett until the final week of the regular season, but in the meantime, Ethier said there's still plenty of work that needs to be done. "We're just trying to do little things well and just progress, keep develop- ing skills, and develop as a team," he added. While the Northmen's pitching has been solid in the first two weeks of play, they have had some defensive lapses – they've made 13 errors in their four games – and "I think it's been an adjustment so far to catch up to the pitching," Leddy added. Despite the move back up, the Northmen have increased their num- bers and have a full junior varsity team, as well as a big middle school squad – Leddy said he heard that there were 12 or 13 8th-graders that came out for the middle school team. At the end of last season, the varsity team had 15 players, but Leddy said they are up to 19, with six freshmen. The Northmen are led by their senior two captains, Jon Pelletier and Michael deRonde. Pelletier is a starting pitcher, as well as an out- fielder who started in left field in last Thursday's game against Scituate, and deRonde will also see some time on the mound as a starter and relief pitcher, as well as play shortstop. Parent also got the start on the hill in his team's season opener against the Novans, and in last Thursday's game against Scituate, he struck out three batters and the Spartans scored their first two runs on sacrifice flies. Two of Parent's classmates, Kyle Doire and Cam Lataille, will also see time on the mound. "We've got a pretty good amount of arms," Leddy said. "It's just a matter of keeping everybody healthy and confident out there." In the outfield, junior Danny Beauchemin is starting in center for the third straight season. Senior Andrew DePari is in right, and deRonde and freshman Dave Doherty can also play the outfield. Junior Cole Dubois is a returnee, and Reddy said he's finally catching after being the backup the last couple of years. Junior Michael Ethier is at first, with Doire at second, deRonde at short, and either Lataille or Parent playing third. "The defense has to play better than they've played so far," Leddy said. "I think they're capable." Junior infielder Jackson Lynch, sophomore outfielder Aidan Beauchemin, and freshman first base- man/pitcher Cole Skinner are also on the varsity roster. Moving up to D-II, Leddy said that every game will be tough, with no easy wins, but his ballclub just needs to hit its stride and get a little more acclimated to the division's pitching. "I just want to see us play the base- ball we know we can play," Leddy said. "Hopefully, we can get into the playoffs. It's going to be a tough road, (with) the division we're in, but I think if we can get on a roll, we can get in." The Northmen, who bused to Pawtucket on Tuesday for a game against St. Raphael Academy, will host the Saints today at 11 a.m., while on Saturday at 11 a.m., they will bus to Westerly to play the Bulldogs. NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | APRIL 18-24, 2019 SPORTS & RECREATION 21 BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES Mount Saint Charles junior attack NATHAN LECLAIRE gets ready to pass the ball in front of Scituate junior midfielder NICK PIAMPIANO dur- ing the first half of last Thursday's Division III game on the Mounties' campus. The Mounties improved to 3-1 by posting a 7-5 victory. LACROSSE From Page 19 From preceding page Woonsocket's Michael clocks 2:55:31 time in Boston Marathon debut BOSTON – Woonsocket resident Nathan Michel's first attempt at the Boston Marathon was a stellar one on Monday afternoon, as the 26-year-old runner finished the legendary 26.2- mile race in a time of 2:55:31. On this weekend last April, Michel, who graduated from the Beacon Charter High School for the Arts in 2011, qualified for the marathon at the Newport Rhode Races Marathon in a time of 2:56:23 that was good for fourth place. Also running in the 123rd edition of this race was Blackstone's Shivaun Roach-Pacitto. After making her Boston debut last spring and posting a time of 4:14:05, the 51-year-old run- ner crossed the finish line in 4:05. Woonsocket's Meghan MacDonald also ran in this race for the third time since 2012 and produced her best time, as the 43-year-old runner turned in a 4:58:37 clocking. Mapleville resident and former North Smithfield High assistant track and field coach, Austin Prario, who made regional headlines in 2017 by overcoming long odds to run in the marathon with only three functioning chambers in his heart, was also back. 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