EMass Boys Division 3 Top 10
Another regular season loss for #1 Hanover. But it may have been the Indians best victory. They took the only unbeaten team in the state — Division 2 Canton – to the brink in Canton’s home before bowing, 4-3. They also easily took care of last week’s No. 2, Bourne, 4-1, so there’s that, too. They won the Patriot League Fisher Division.
Coyle & Cassidy bumps up a spot to #2 after its solid, 4-2 win over Division 2 Bishop Feehan. Coyle finished as Eastern Athletic Conference champions.
South Shore League champ Norwell also moves up a spot to #3 after victories over St. Joseph’s Prep (7-1) and Bishop Stang (2-1). The Clippers are on a 13-game unbeaten streak (12-0-1) heading into their final three games, outscoring foes in that string, 69-14.
#4 Newton South beat Oliver Ames, 4-1, and tied up their city rivals from the North, Newton North, 2-2. The Lions have two ties and three wins since being upset by Dracut/Tyngsboro Jan. 25.
#5 North Quincy picked up wins Nos. 14 and 15 with triumphs over Pembroke, 4-2, and Cambridge, 4-0.
At #6 lies Bourne, down a bit after their the Canalmen after their three-goal loss to Hanover. Bourne, the South Coast Conference champions, did drop Somerset Berkley, 7-0.
Speaking of #8 Lowell, the Red Raiders topped Dracut/Tyngsboro, 3-1, and Bedford, 4-3, and finished tied with Newton South on top of the Merrimack Valley/Dual County League Division 3 standings
#9 Ashland and #10 Bishop Stang complete this week’s poll, our penultimate regular-season rankings. Ashland makes a reappearance in our poll. The Clockers get back in after finishing strongly – three wins out of four.
Stang has had a rough last quarter of the season, losing three out of four (Coyle & Cassidy, Hanover, Norwell) heading into its finale against John Paul II Feb. 19.