Connecticut Division 2 Poll
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(through games of 12/26/16)
It’s not easy taking one big result and shaking up a big chunk of the first in-season HNIB News Connecticut Division II top 10. It’s tricky especially when the team that wins it has no other reference points yet.
Saying “it’s early” cuts both ways, but we’ll move Guilford up to No. 3 for now off its 4-1 win over No. 4 North Branford, leaving East Haven at the top after two wins by a combined 23-6. We’re a week away from what could be a showdown with No. 2 Cheshire for the top spot near the first-quarter mark.
North Branford came back from its loss with a win over South Windsor, which had defeated Division I Simsbury to start the year to eke into the top 10. Guilford, meanwhile, faces two out-of-state teams this week, Westfield, Mass., and Yarmouth, Maine.
No. 5 Hand lost to Fairfield, now a Division I team but came back to beat No. 8 Amity, which had opened with a shutout over North Haven.
No. 6 New Fairfield/Immaculate had solid wins over Staples/Weston/Shelton and BCR; it meets last year’s Division III champ, Westhill/Stamford (2-0), on Friday. No. 7 Conard started with a loss to Division I Suffield/Granby/Windsor Locks. The Chieftains have New Milford on Wednesday and Simsbury on Friday.
No. 9 Trumbull meets North Branford on Wednesday after wins over Watertown/Pomperaug and Milford. Aside from Westhill/Stamford, the only other Division II unbeaten was E.O. Smith/Tolland, which bested the Division III Redhawks 9-3 for starters. Farmington Valley and Watertown/Pomperaug were both 2-1.