Boys Prep Top 15
With two weeks left in the regular season, Salisbury returns to the top spot in this latest installment of the HNIB News Boys Prep Top 15.
The Crimson Knights improved to 18-2-1 with wins this week of Taft (2-1) and Loomis Chaffee (4-1).
Jumping up a spot to #2 is Avon Old Farms (19-2-0). The Winged Beavers blasted Gunnery (9-0) and beat Deerfield (5-2).
This Saturday, #1 Salisbury will host #2 Avon (3 pm) in a game that should have a direct bearing on the top seed in the Elite Tournament. Salisbury battles Kent Thursday while Avon is at Choate Wednesday.
#3 Lawrence Academy (18-2-1) was knotted up by Thayer on Wednesday, and had quite a flair for the dramatic this weekend, beating St. Sebastian’s 3-2 on a last second goal by Riley Duran, and then getting an OT win over St. Paul’s. A three-game week has the Spartans at Goverrnors (Wednesday), then taking on BB&N (Friday) and St. Mark’s (Saturday).
#4 Kimball Union (22-6-1) sandwiched wins over Andover (6-0) and Holderness (5-1) around a loss to New Hampton (6-3). The Wildcats close out their regular season with games against Proctor (Wednesday), Holderness (Friday) and Cushing (Saturday).
Speaking of Cushing (17-6-3), the Penguins climb to #5 this week after wins over St. Mark’s (5-3) and Canterbury (3-0). Prior to Saturday’s showdown with KUA, Cushing will see Andover (Wednesday) and Kents Hill (Friday).
#6 Dexter Southfield (19-4-0) had just one result this week, a 7-4 setback to New Hampton. D-S looks to get things going against Berwick (Wednesday), Winchendon (Friday) and Kents Hill (Saturday).
#7 Hotchkiss (15-4-1) keeps on winning, and moving up. The Bearcats had carbon copy 4-1 decision of Westminster and Taft this past week. Ahead are Loomis Chaffee (Monday), Kent (Wednesday) and Trinity Pawling (Saturday).
The biggest mover of the week is #8 New Hampton (19-7-2) after impressive wins over Dexter Southfield and KUA. The Huskies have a busy week with St. Paul’s (Monday), Vermont Academy (Wednesday) and Proctor (Saturday) to close out its Lakes Region schedule.
#9 Nobles (15-5-2) saw its win streak snapped in a loss to Milton Academy (6-2) on Saturday. The Bulldogs host BB&N (Wednesday) and Belmont Hill (Friday) this week.
#10 Brunswick (18-6-2) fell to Berkshire 5-3 Saturday, after a 5-2 win over Gunnery earlier. The Bruins will face Albany Academy (Wednesday) and Gunnery (Friday).
Rounding out this week’s Top 15 are #11 St. Mark’s (16-3-1), #12 St. Sebastian’s (15-6-1), #13 Millbrook (19-7-1), #14 Tilton (12-5-4) and new #15 Berkshire (14-7-2).