Boys Prep Top 15
Being the only team in last week’s Top 6 not to suffer a loss this past week, surging Salisbury (14-1-1) moves into the top spot in the HNIB News Boys Prep Top 15.
The Crimson Knights, whose Saturday game against Kent was postponed, had big wins over Choate (7-1) and Trinity-Pawling (7-0). They host Berkshire (Monday) and Gunnery (Wednesday) this week.
Previous #1 Lawrence Academy (12-2-0) drops a spot after a 3-2 setback to Nobles. The Spartans, who also outlasted Milton Academy (7-5), get set to face Governors Academy (Wednesday), Tabor (Friday) and a huge battle with #3 Dexter Southfield (16-2-0) this Saturday, the third meeting between the two powers.
Dexter Southfield fell to Thayer Friday (4-3) and rebounded with a 7-0 win over Brooks Saturday. They are at St. George’s on Wednesday.
#4 Avon Old Farms (13-2-0) holds firm, despite a 2-0 loss Saturday to Berkshire. The Winged Beavers, who did beat Kent (6-0) and Northfield (4-1), will see Westminster (Monday), Loomis Chaffee (Wednesday) and Choate (Friday).
Deerfield surprised #5 Kimball Union (16-5-1) on Wednesday (3-1) but the Wildcats came back with weekend wins over Brewster Academy and Stanstead College Prep. The Wildcats are at Exeter (Wednesday) and then host surging Tilton (Saturday) in a key Lakes Division matchup.
St. Sebastian’s (12-3-0) moves up a spot to #6 with a solid week getting victories over Andover (3-1) and Governors Academy (7-1). Stern tests loom this week with #8 Nobles (Wednesday) and Thayer (Friday).
#7 Brunswick (14-4-2) continues to win, and move up. The Bruins most recently beat Hill School 8-2. They look ahead to Williston on Saturday.
Nobles (11-4-1) followed the key win over Lawrence with a 3-2 win over Andover. After the St. Sebastian’s showdown Wednesday, the Bulldogs are at Rivers Friday.
Loomis Chaffee (10-2-3) is up a spot to #9 following wins over Taft and Westminster and a 1-1 tie Saturday with #10 Cushing (11-6-2). The Pelicans host Andover Saturday after the Avon contest.
Cushing gets Worcester Academy (Monday), Northfield (Wednesday) and Exeter (Saturday).
Rounding out this week’s Top 15 are #11 St. Mark’s (10-2-1), #12 New Hampton (15-6-1), #13 Hotchkiss (9-4-1), #14 Millbrook (14-7-0) and #15 Phillips Exeter (12-6-1).
TEAMS TO WATCH: Tilton, Gunnery, Kent, Berkshire, Belmont Hill