There is a change at the top in this week’s HNIB News Boys Prep Top 15. Loomis Chaffee made sure of that, upsetting previous #1 Salisbury, 1-0, knocking the Crimson Knights from the unbeaten ranks and out of the top spot in our rankings for the first time this season.
Taking over at #1 is Rivers (22-1-2). The Red Wings continued their winning ways with wins over St. George’s (3-2) and Roxbury Latin (4-1). Having allowed just 29 goals all year, Rivers looks ahead to St. Mark’s (Wednesday), Exeter (Friday) and Middlesex (Saturday).
Milton Academy (15-2-1) climbs to #2 after a pair of shutout wins over Tabor (7-0) and Nobles (4-0). The Mustangs have Belmont Hill (Wednesday) and Thayer (Friday).
With the loss, to Loomis, Salisbury (19-1-1) holds down the #3 spot this week. The Knights also had a win over Taft (4-1). On the docket this week are Kent (Monday) and Avon Old Farms (Saturday).
#4 Dexter Southfield (15-4-2) held firm as weather wiped out its only scheduled game of the week. Three games are on tap this week: Berwick (Wednesday), Winchendon (Friday) and Kents Hill (Saturday).
#5 Kimball Union (23-5-1) picked up hard-fought wins over New Hampton (4-2) and Holderness (3-2) in Lakes Region play. The Wildcats take on Proctor (Wednesday) and Cushing (Saturday).
#6 Phillips Exeter (22-3-1) knocked off Hebron (6-2) and Choate (4-1) to keep pace. The Big Red have a huge week ahead, with Northfield (Wednesday), Rivers (Friday) and Deerfield (Saturday).
A big win Sunday over Winchendon (7-3) solidifies Northfield Mt. Hermon (20-3-3) at #7. The Hoggers look for their first Elite Tournament berth, and have the biggie Wednesday with Exeter, along with Loomis Chaffee (Saturday) and Choate (Sunday).
#8 Cushing (18-7-1) dropped a tough one to St. Paul’s (2-1) but responded with a shutout win over Canterbury (4-0). The Penguins take on Andover (Wednesday) and then Kimball Union (Saturday).
Prior to the loss to Northfield, #9 Winchendon (15-4-4) had been unbeaten in eight games (7-0-1). The Wapiti look ahead to Holderness (Wednesday) and Dexter Southfield (Saturday).
#10 Gunnery (14-8-2) came up short against Brunswick (5-1) then turned it around in a 7-3 win over Lawrenceville. A busy week ahead will see Canterbury (Monday), Avon Old Farms (Tuesday) and Shattuck St Mary’s (Saturday).
New Hampton (17-10-3) slides up even more to #11. The Huskies did suffer a loss to Kimball Union (4-2) but knocked off Kents Hill (5-4) Sunday. Ahead are Vermont Academy (Wednesday) and Proctor (Saturday).
#12 Lawrence Academy (15-8-1) had a big win over St. Sebastian’s (4-2). This week, the Spartans take on Governors Academy (Wednesday) and St. Mark’s (Saturday).
Westminster (12-6-1) drops to #13 after losing to Choate and tying Pomfret. The Martlets have Loomis Chaffee (Wednesday) and Berkshire (Saturday) still hoping to be in the Elite Tournament running.
#14 Brunswick (12-10-4) had the nice win over Gunnery, but then faltered Saturday, losing to Berkshire (1-0). The Bruins take on Albany Academy (Wednesday), the Minnesota power Shattuck St. Mary’s Saturday at the Gunnery Showcase.
Winners of six straight game, Thayer (12-9-1) returns to this week’s rankings at #15. The Tigers look to stay hot against St. Paul’s (Wednesday), Milton Academy (Friday) and Tabor (Saturday).