Connecticut Division 2 Poll
Different forces tore us in different directions this week. There’s the question of how much one game should matter as the regular season nears the final quarter. There’s how much a team’s schedule matters in the ranking, when a team is 4-1-1 in its division and suffering from a D1-heavy schedule. And then there’s a promise we made a couple of weeks ago.
The way it shook out in our minds this week, a couple of teams moved up sharply in the HNIB News Connecticut Division II top 10 this week. The big mover was new No. 2 Watertown/Pomperaug with a 3-2 win over No. 5 Guilford, a close game that really shows, as much as anything, how close a lot of these teams are.
But that’s how it shakes out for the moment, with No. 3 Farmington Valley moving up as well. The Generals beat strong D3 WMRP and also No. 9 Cheshire this week.
No. 1 East Haven stayed on top, falling to Hamden but blanking No. 10 North Branford. Strength of schedule benefits No. 4 Conard; the Chieftains’ D1 gauntlet continued with losses to Simsbury and Northwest Catholic, and it continues with games against Glastonbury and Fairfield.
No. 6 New Fairfield/Immaculate drops almost for no other reason than the Guilford loss, though the Rebel Mustangs have just one (overtime) win in their past four games, too; they also tied No. 8 South Windsor. They can get back on track with games against BBD and Milford in the week to come, then take a crack at East Haven on Saturday.
No. 7 Westhill/Stamford earned two wins and has Fairfield and New Canaan coming up. Cheshire has Simsbury coming up on Saturday after a 1-1 week. Streaky North Branford, which beat D1 East Catholic before its loss to East Haven ended a four-game winning streak, faces Amity and New Milford in the week to come.