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Massachusetts Boys D1 Top 20: Teams Remain In Place At Front End, Lot Of Movement In Second Half Of This Week’s Rankings

Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Top 20

RankTeamPR*WLT
1BC High1611
2Pope Francis2511
3Austin Prep3801
4Arlington4512
5Catholic Memorial5710
6Hingham6820
7Marshfield7422
8St. Mary's8910
9Xaverian9521
10Framingham14721
11Winchester10720
12Andover16521
13Braintree15530
14St. John's Prep11342
15Duxbury19820
16Melrose12703
17Archbishop Williams13612
18Reading17431
19Needham18840
20Mansfield20920

Things remained as is for the front end of this week’s HNIB News Massachusetts D1 Boys Top 20. The back half? Not so much.

BC High (6-1-1) stays at #1. The Eagles had a tight win (St. John’s Prep) and an easy win (Malden Catholic). They will stay in the Catholic Conference again this week, with Wednesday’s showdown at #5 Catholic Memorial, and a Saturday trip to Canton Ice House to battle Xaverian for the second time.

Max Cocchi
Pope Francis

#2 Pope Francis (5-1-1 MIAA) made a pair of successful trips east, taking down Framingham (3-2) and Franklin (5-0). Max Cocchi, Makem Demers and Jon Tavella have led the attack, while defenseman Zach Reiser has been involved offensively as well. The Cardinals also have a big tilt this week, hosting #3 Austin Prep (8-0-1) on Saturday.

Speaking of the Cougars, they had little trouble with Catholic Central foes Archbishop Williams (5-1) and Arlington Catholic (7-1) and have now outscored opponents 41-6. Senior captain Max Pineo has led the offense.

Max Pineo
Austin Prep

#4 Arlington (5-1-2) seized control of the Middlesex League Liberty Division with Saturday’s 6-1 decision over #11 Winchester. The Spy Ponders also beat Lexington (5-1). They look ahead to Wakefield (Monday) and Belmont (Wednesday).

Catholic Memorial (7-1-0) was idle Saturday after Monday’s win over Malden Catholic. The Knights, who own a 44-11 goals for/goals against count, travel to St. John’s Prep on Saturday.

#6 Hingham (8-2-0) had a pair of nice one-goal wins over #15 Duxbury and Burlington and looks back on track. Junior Jacob Clark had both goals in the Saturday win over the Red Devils. The Harbormen made the trek to Reading’s Burbank Arena for a Monday night matchup against the Rockets in their only action of the week.

Atlantic Coast League opponents Falmouth (Wednesday) and Dennis-Yarmouuth (Saturday) await #7 Marshfield (4-2-2) this week. Senior Paul Rorke (7-6-13) is off to a fast start for the Rams.

Davis Kinne
St. Mary’s

One of the hottest teams around is #8 St. Mary’s (9-1-0). The Spartans grabbed two more wins over Smithfield RI (5-0) and Bishop Fenwick (4-2). Colin Reddy has been hot (12 goals), while Davis Kinne (12 pts) has been involved offensively from his blue line position.  St. Mary’s hosts #17 Archishop Williams on Wednesday.

#9 Xaverian (5-2-1) bounced back from a frustrating tie earlier in the week with St. John’s of Shrewsbury (squandering a four-goal lead) to down #14 St.John’s Prep 4-3. Josh Barton (14 pts), Matty Ryan (14 pts) and Ryan Pomposelli (13 pts) have driven the offense for the Hawks, who host Malden Catholic Wednesday.

Framingham (7-2-1) enters the Top 10 this week. The Flyers battled Pope Francis hard in a 3-2 loss and also blanked Natick (4-0). They get Weymouth (Wednesday) and Brookline (Saturday) this week.

Another big mover in this week’s rankings is #12 Andover (5-2-1), now winners of three straight games after book-end 5-2 league wins over Westford Academy and Central Catholic.

KEEP AN EYE ON: Falmouth (7-1-1), Newburyport (6-2-1), Billerica (6-2-2)

Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.
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