Connecticut Division 3 Poll
Aside from No. 1 Woodstock Academy – looking to be the second team in three years to go wire-to-wire atop the HNIB News Connecticut Division Three Top 10 – and perhaps aside from a No. 2 WMRP team that’s putting together a really nice season, this has been a tough order at times this year.
Teams have beaten up on each other, have slumped only to rebound, have tossed in head-scratchers followed by big wins. And then there’s that team playing a tough schedule tough: has inertia kept it higher than it should be?
Fortunately there’s a tournament in about a month that’ll answer a few questions once and for all (fair or unfair as that may be, in the immortal scheme of things).
For the moment, there is Woodstock rolling along, taking a tie against New Fairfield/Immaculate, one of the top teams in D2, and ending Tri-Town’s winning streak with a 5-1 victory. No. 8 Tri-Town completed that winning streak with its second victory over Enfield in short order; Andrew Gaines had a hat trick.
WMPR beat both No. 3 Hall/Southington and D2 E.O. Smith/Tolland. It’ll be busy in the week to come with games against two more D2 teams, Enfield on Monday and surging Farmington Valley on Wednesday.
Hall/Southington is that team with the tough schedule: Its 4-1 loss to WMRP was the biggest of its six this season, two of which are to WMRP, three to D2 teams and one to Woodstock Academy. They face the Centaurs again Monday coming off a tie against Masuk.
No. 4 Housatonic/Northwestern rebounded from a tough overtime loss to the Eastern Connecticut Eagles with an overtime win: The Mountaineers beat the No. 9 NFA Redhawks 3-2 on Finn Bambery’s goal. They’re off until Tri-Town on Friday.
No. 5 Lyman Hall/HK/Coginchaug beat No. 6 Newtown 4-2, running a winning streak to three games before falling to D2 North Branford. Newtown was coming off a 7-5 win over No. 7 Masuk and beat Mount Everett (Mass.) 5-4 to end the week. It’ll rematch Wednesday with Masuk, which beat Sheehan 7-0 and tied Hall/Southington at 3.
NFA also beat Sheehan, 4-1. The Redhawks host Hall/Southington on Wednesday and make up a game at Woodstock Academy next Sunday.
From an assortment of candidates, we’ll keep No. 10 Norwalk in place despite a 3-2 overtime loss to Trinity Catholic, a team that seems capable of springing one on the right day against the right team. (Norwalk beat the Crusaders 4-3 earlier in the year.) The Bears’ schedule does them no favors the rest of the way: Trinity Catholic was their last D3 opponent until they close their regular season with WMRP on Feb. 27.