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EMass Boys D3 Top 10: Hanover Back In Familiar Perch

EMass Boys Division 3 Top 10

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Hanover2400
2Bishop StangNR500
3Hopkinton6310
4Newton South5311
5AttleboroNR403
6Lowell1210
7Dartmouth10311
8St. Joseph Prep9310
9Wayland4220
10Swampscott3220

Hanover has started strong in the early going. It’s as if the Indians said, “Really?” when we named them No. 2 in the preseason after their near perfect season last year that ended in the Garden with a loss to Shrewsbury. Hanover’s beaten Norwell, Duxbury, North Quincy and Coyle & Cassidy to start the season. That’s pretty impressive. The Indians will be tested this week at the Matignon Invitational, drawing Wellesley in the first round.

The talk of the early season may be Bishop Stang, which has raced out to a 5-0-0 mark, looking impressive with wins over Rockland, Southeastern/West Bridgewater, Cardinal Spellman, Dartmouth and Barrington, RI.

Hopkintons only loss out of four games to start has been a 6-3 setback to Medfield. The Hillers have beaten East Longmeadow, Ashland and Bellingham.

Newton South beat Bourne, Cambridge and Lowell and lost to Wayland. The Lions took down Lowell with an impressive 6-0 decision. Pretty solid.

Attleboro deserves a nod in the top 10 for its 4-0 start. It’s outscoring opponents, 21-7, and closed out its before-Christmas schedule with a 7-5 shootout win over Foxboro.

We’re not ready to abandon Lowell just yet – even though its 6-0 loss to Newton South was telling. They did beat Missisquoi Valley Union of VT and Northeastern Clinton Central of NY in a Highgate, Vt., Holiday Tourney.

Dartmouth’s lone setback is a 3-2 decision against Bishop Stang. The Indians topped Revere/Malden, Apponequet/Connolly and Westfield.

St. Joseph Prep is unbeaten outside of a 3-2 loss to Lowell Catholic, and there’s no shame in losing to them.

Wayland had a solid 4-2 win over Newton South and 2-1 decision over Cambridge but also suffered losses to Lexington and Westboro.

Swampscott beat Peabody and Revere/Malden and suffered setbacks to Division 2 foes Gloucester and Amesbury.

Dom Nicastro

Dom Nicastro

Dom Nicastro is a veteran sportswriter and journalist whose credits include the Gloucester Daily Times, Salem News, Lawrence Eagle-Tribune and Boston Magazine. This is his seventh season working for Hockey Night in Boston Magazine. He covers boys Eastern Mass. Division 3 and Rhode Island. He can be reached via email at [email protected]
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