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Massachusetts Boys D1 Top 20: #2 BC High knocks off #3 Pope Francis, 4-1

Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Central Catholic11600
2B.C. High31231
3Pope Francis21123
4Burlington41420
5St. John's Prep6833
6Franklin71213
7St. John's (S) 9933
8Arlington8942
9Austin Prep51051
10Hingham11735
11St. Mary's10934
12Catholic Memorial12564
13Xaverian14564
14Newburyport171015
15Wellesley 161123
16Malden Catholic13483
17Andover18732
18Falmouth201123
19NatickNR1042
20Waltham191132

 

Another week and another series of shutdown victories recorded by HNIB Massachusetts Boys D1 Top 20 leader No. 1 Central Catholic. After dispatching No. 16 Malden Catholic earlier in the week, 3-1, Central returned to MVC/DCL One play and roughed up Chelmsford Saturday 6-0.

Matt Pasquale has had an other-worldly junior season with a 0.54 gaa/.970 save pct./7 SO slash line. Meanwhile, the Raiders have outscored opponents, 73-9. They stay in the league this week, tangling with No. 20 Waltham Wednesday and No. 17 Andover on Saturday.

No. 2 B.C. High, the Catholic Conference kingpin, followed up its 6-1 mid-week decision of Malden Catholic with a 4-1 win against Pope Francis to vault the Cardinals in the rankings. The teams played to a 3-3 tie in December. The Eagles, now 11-0-1 in their last 12, take on No. 11 St. Mary’s (L) in their lone game on Tuesday.

Catholic West champ No. 3 Pope Francis returned from a 10-day layoff and endured a tough 24 hours. The Cardinals scratched out a 2-all tie against Hingham on Saturday but fell to B.C. High Sunday. PF hosts its annual Invitational this week, facing Bp. Hendricken (RI) Friday then meeting either Delbarton (NJ) or Fairfield Prep (CT) on Saturday.

No. 4 Burlington keeps on grinding. The Red Devils followed up Wednesday’s impressive 4-1 win against Arlington in a meeting of Middlesex League divisional leaders with a sound 4-1 Freedom Division decision of Wakefield on Saturday. They take on the Freedom’s two D2 clubs this week, Wilmington on Wednesday and talented tourney-bound Stoneham on Saturday.

After rallying for a 4-3 win against Bp. Guertin (NH) on Monday, No. 5 St. John’s Prep settled for a 2-2 Catholic Conference tie against Malden Catholic Saturday, completing their league schedule. They face Austin Prep on Wednesday and No. 14 Newburyport on Saturday in the 10th annual Derek Hines Game.

No. 6 Franklin continued to crush it in the Hockomock League with wins against King Philip and Attleboro. The Panthers have outscored league opponents 49-8 in eight games. They travel to Hingham Monday and return to Hockomock play at Canton Wednesday.

No. 7 St. John’s (S) of the Catholic West continued to stockpile impressive wins, toppling Austin Prep in its only action, 4-2. The Pioneers are on the road twice this week – at Arlington Catholic Wednesday and at Hingham Saturday.

It was a mixed bag kind of a week for No. 8 Arlington. The Spy Ponders bounced back from that loss to Burlington with a 4-1 decision of Reading on Saturday but tied Marshfield on Sunday, 2-2. A busy week includes a visit to Woburn Wednesday and home dates with Lexington Friday and Hingham Sunday.

No. 9 Austin Prep, the Catholic Central Large leader, tumbles in the rankings after that loss to St. John’s (S). The Cougars have a light week but the only game is a big one inside the Top 10 as they visit St. John’s Prep Wednesday.

No. 10 Hingham climbs into the top half of the poll following its 3-0 win against Reading and 2-all draw with Pope Francis. This could be a make-or-break week for the Harbormen, who square of against Franklin Monday, St. John’s (S) Saturday and Arlington Sunday.

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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