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Mass. D1 Boys Top 20: Burlington remains perfect on young season

Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Central Catholic1800
2Burlington3800
3Pope Francis2512
4St. John's Prep5411
5B.C. High6331
6Austin Prep4431
7Franklin9611
8St. Mary's (L)10513
9Xaverian7411
10Catholic Memorial8321
11Arlington13320
12Malden Catholic11131
13Reading12420
14Hingham14324
15St. John's (S)15512
16Waltham17602
17Andover16311
18WellesleyNR503
19Walpole19424
20Natick20611

There is a bit of minor re-ordering but no drastic movement in this week’s HNIB News Massachusetts D1 Boys Top 20.

No. 1 Central Catholic continues to set the pace. The Raiders’ plus-32 differential (35-3) stands as the division’s best and their 3-0 shutout of Austin Prep was junior Matt Pasquale’s fourth this season. They returned to MVC/DCL One play Saturday with a tidy 6-1 decision of Chelmsford. After Sunday night’s 9-0 make-up romp past Acton-Boxboro, Central faces No. 16 Waltham Wednesday and No. 17 Andover Saturday in league play.

No. 2 Burlington took care of business in the Middlesex League’s Freedom Division this past week, taking down Wakefield and Wilmington. Junior Connor Quinlan netted a hat trick against Wilmington. The Red Devils’ differential stands at plus-22. A league test against Stoneham on Wednesday precedes a non-league home date with No. 14 Hingham on Saturday.

No. 3 Pope Francis boasts the division’s highest-scoring offense with 38 goals. Senior forward Brendan Nehmer (12-9-21) continues to fill it up and had the tying goal in Saturday’s wild 5-5 tie with Austin Prep, the Cardinals’ only action of the week. They have home dates with HNIB Connecticut No. 3 Notre Dame of West Haven on Wednesday and HNIB Rhode Island No. 2 Bp. Hendricken on Saturday.

No. 4 St. John’s Prep spotted No. 12 Malden Catholic a 2-0 lead after one period Saturday, then took over on special teams en route to a key 4-2 Catholic Conference win Saturday. That came on the heels of a mid-week tie against Framingham. It’s a light week with only a Wednesday home date against Xaverian on the schedule.

The power outage is over for No. 5 BC High, at least for now. The Eagles piled up 16 goals in wins against Weymouth (8-0) and Xaverian (8-2). It’s a busy week as the Eagles take on No. 11 Arlington Monday before returning to league play against Catholic Memorial Wednesday and Malden Catholic Saturday.

No. 6 Austin Prep drops a couple of spots following its loss to Central Catholic and crazy deadlock with Pope Francis. The Cougars cross over against Catholic Central Small stalwart Lowell Catholic Wednesday before Saturday’s Catholic Central Large match-up with Matignon.

No. 7 Franklin routed Stoughton Saturday in its lone game and is one of only two publics in the Top 10. The Panthers face Malden Catholic (exclusionary game) Monday and resume Hockomock League play Wednesday against North Attleboro.

No. 8 St. Mary’s (L) remained unblemished in Catholic Central Large play, upending both Bishop Fenwick and Arlington Catholic. The Spartans are off until Saturday when they hit the road for a league date with Archbishop Williams.

After a mid-week tie with Needham, No. 9 Xaverian absorbed its first loss Saturday against BC High. It’s a key Catholic Conference week for the Hawks. After visiting St. John’s Prep Wednesday they take on Catholic Memorial at home Wednesday.

Offense has been hard to come by recently for No. 10 Catholic Memorial, which managed three goals in a 2-1 win against Needham, 3-1 loss to Malden Catholic and scoreless tie with Hingham. BC High and Xaverian are on the docket this week.

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle joined the HNIB team in 1990 and is a Senior Writer and Director of the Northern New England and Mass/R.I. High School Division camps. An award-winning veteran editor/writer of 35 years experience in the print and digital mediums, he has conceptualized, edited and produced original content and coordinated production for local and global publications and their websites. He holds degrees from Merrimack College and Boston University and won multiple NEPA and NEAP awards during his tenure as Sports Editor of The Daily News of Newburyport and News Editor of The Amesbury News. He is the 2016 recipient of the North Shore Lifetime Commitment From the Community award presented by Moynihan Lumber and is a 2017 inductee into the Newburyport High School Wall of Fame. The Newburyport, MA native resides with his family in Epping, NH. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @kdoyle40.
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