Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Poll
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In terms of numbers of games played, this was a quiet week due to the mid-week storm – but the results of those games that were played prompted some serious top to bottom shuffling in the HNIB News Massachusetts D1 Boys Top 20 poll.
While last week’s top two teams, Central Catholic and BC High, both absorbed upset losses, only one drops. We’ll keep No. 1 Central Catholic in place. After being upset by new No. 12 Waltham, 1-0, the Raiders responded with a strong 4-2 decision of No. 17 Andover on Saturday. They can wrap up the MVC/DCL One championship Monday with a win against Westford Academy.
New No. 2 Pope Francis impressed while winning its own Pope Francis Invitational. The Cardinals took down Rhode Island No. 6 Bishop Hendricken in the semifinals, 7-3, on Friday then shut down New Jersey No. 2 Delbarton, 3-0, for the title on Saturday. The Catholic West champs visit No. 13 Catholic Memorial Wednesday then take on Mount St. Charles (RI) at The Olympia Saturday.
Catholic Conference champion No. 3 BC High stumbled in a non-league loss to St. Mary’s (L), 3-2, in its only action of the week and drops a peg. The Eagles are off until Saturday when they face off with Hingham in the first round of The Buddy Ferreira Classic.
No. 4 St. John’s Prep moves up a following its impressive 5-0 decision of Cape Ann League champion No. 16 Newburyport in the 10th Annual Derek Hines Memorial Game on Saturday. The Eagles spend the week at home, sandwiching visits by Top 10 foes Austin Prep (Monday) and St. John’s of Shrewsbury (Saturday) around a visit by Arlington Catholic Wednesday.
(Note: For whatever it’s worth, this week’s top four clubs are the four that formed the field at the annual Peter Frates Winter Classic hosted by SJP in December.)
No. 5 Hingham has been cooking with gas and put together a massive week by collecting 5-of-6 points from then Top 10 opponents. After first taking the measure of now No. 11 Franklin, 6-2, the Harbormen pinned a 4-0 shutout on St. John’s (S) and then forged a 1-1 tie with Arlington on Sunday. They take on Andover Thursday, then face BC High in the Ferreira Classic Saturday.
No. 6 Arlington knocked off Lexington, 4-2, prior to playing Hingham to that 1-1 standstill on Sunday. The Spy Ponders return to Middlesex League play this week with visits to solid Winchester (Wednesday) and Belmont (Saturday) squads on the docket.
The week’s most stunning result may well have been No. 7 Burlington’s 3-2 loss to D2 Stoneham Saturday – the Red Devils’ first to the Spartans in 14 years as reported by The Boston Herald. Burlington takes to the road this week, visiting Arlington Catholic Monday, D2 Wilmington Thursday and Melrose Saturday.
No. 8 St. John’s (S) shut out Arlington Catholic, 2-0, before itself being silenced by Hingham. The Pioneers have home dates with Moses Brown (RI) on Monday and Franklin Wednesday then travel to St. John’s Prep Saturday.
No. 9 Austin Prep remains in place after an empty week. The Cougars get plenty busy this week as they visit St. John’s Prep Monday, visit St. Mary’s Wednesday with the Catholic Central Large crown at stake, and close the week against Duxbury Saturday at The Ferreira Classic.
No. 10 St. Mary’s moves up on the strength of that upset of BC High, followed by a solid league win against Archbishop Williams. A single point separates the Spartans and Austin Prep in the Catholic Central Large as they head into Wednesday’s final league game. St. Mary’s also plays at Lowell Catholic Saturday.