Mass. Girls Division 2 Poll
Having lost some solid players from last year’s MIAA Girls D2 state championship team, Notre Dame Academy head coach Jean Yves-Roy didn’t know what to expect heading into this year.
But, it was apparent early that the returning cast was going to mesh quickly with some talented young players and make the Cougars tough to beat once again. Nobody was able to beat NDA all season, as the Cougars repeated as D2 champions, a 5-2 title game win over Canton giving them an 23-0-1 record.
That from a team that didn’t have any seniors on the roster. If the team can stay intact for next year, you won’t have to look to far to find a pre-season favorite in D2.
#2 Tewksbury/Methuen (19-2-3) won the MVC/Dual County Small division crown and reached the D2 semifinals, were they fell to Notre Dame. The Red Rangers were able to avenge their only regular season loss in the quarterfinals, when they knocked off Longmeadow.
#3 Canton (14-5-6) flew a bit under the radar during the regular season, but the Bulldogs caught fire in the post-season, reaching the state final and giving Notre Dame fits. Canton was very successful with its defensive-style of play.
#4 Shrewsbury (18-3-0) won the Central/West league and entered the post-season with losses only to Notre Dame and D1 top-seed Needham before running into Canton in the post-season.
#5 Westwood (19-5-2) also reached the semifinals, knocking Pembroke from the ranks of the unbeaten along the way.