Mount Saint Charles Academy - Athletics


The school is perhaps best known for its hockey program, which is considered to be one of the best in the United States. The Mount Saint Charles Academy men's hockey team won twenty-six consecutive state titles from 1978–2003 and began a new streak with state victories in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. Over the years, a total of 20 alumni have been drafted by the NHL. Brian Lawton and Bryan Berard were drafted 1st overall in the NHL Entry Draft. The story of this school's hockey program is recorded in the book Pride on the Mount by John Gillooly. The current coach, Normand "Bill" Belisle, has a record of 904 wins, 129 losses, and 32 ties. In 2006, a documentary was created called "Ice Kings", which encompases the material covered in the book as well as insights from alumni and Coach Belisle.

Boys' volleyball has become another one of the Mounties' sports. The Mounties won back-to-back Division II State Championships in 2001 and 2002. Mount was quickly moved to Division I, but struggled for 2 seasons. In 2007 the boys were moved back to Division II and continued their pursuit of success. In 2008 the boys were DII North Co-Division Champions with Scituate. Later the two Co-Champions met in the state finals where the Mounties successfully procured the state crown, winning 3-1. In 2009 the Mounties went on to win the inaugural Volleyball Hall of Fame Showcase of Champions Tournament, another Division title and its fourth State Championship in 9 years, and finished with a 19-0 record, their third perfect season in the program's brief 9-year history. In 2010 the team completed another undefeated 16-0 regular season, bringing the team to a 42 game win streak and securing another Division II North Championship.

In addition, the Boys Varsity Lacrosse team, formed in the Spring of 2005, has attempted to succeed. The team won back to back RI Club Lacrosse Championships in 2005 and 2006, and upon entering the Interscholastic League in 2007 advanced to the quarterfinals. After initial failures, the team won a state championship in their second season in the league in 2008. Along with the progress of the Varsity program, the Junior Varsity and Junior High teams have sought success. In 2011, The varsity team won the regular season championship in Division II North, although having lost in playoffs. In the same year, the JV team won the Division II JV state title after defeating South Kingstown 9 - 6. The JH team attempts to prepare new players for high school competition.

In addition, the Girl's Varsity Tennis team has won several state championship titles, most recently in 2007 and 2008.

The school also won back to back Division II state titles in boys soccer 2004 and 2005 before moving up to Division I in 2006

The swim team also had a leap from Division III to Division I in one year, making it the only team in RIIL history to move two divisions in one year.

State Championships
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Soccer Men's 4 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005
Tennis, Women's 5 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008
Volleyball, Women's 2 1995, 2009
Winter Hockey 42 1933, 1934, 1935, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1968, 1972, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Basketball, Women's 1 2001
Swimming, Men's 2 2002, 2003, 2004
Swimming, Women's 1 2003
Hockey, Women's 6 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011
Spring Men's Lacrosse 1 2008
Volleyball, Men's 5 2001, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2010
Baseball, Men's 2 2009, 2010
All Cheerleading 3 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011
Total 74

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