EMass Boys Division 3 Top 10
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Hanover has started strong in the early going. It’s as if the Indians said, “Really?” when we named them No. 2 in the preseason after their near perfect season last year that ended in the Garden with a loss to Shrewsbury. Hanover’s beaten Norwell, Duxbury, North Quincy and Coyle & Cassidy to start the season. That’s pretty impressive. The Indians will be tested this week at the Matignon Invitational, drawing Wellesley in the first round.
The talk of the early season may be Bishop Stang, which has raced out to a 5-0-0 mark, looking impressive with wins over Rockland, Southeastern/West Bridgewater, Cardinal Spellman, Dartmouth and Barrington, RI.
Hopkinton’s only loss out of four games to start has been a 6-3 setback to Medfield. The Hillers have beaten East Longmeadow, Ashland and Bellingham.
Newton South beat Bourne, Cambridge and Lowell and lost to Wayland. The Lions took down Lowell with an impressive 6-0 decision. Pretty solid.
Attleboro deserves a nod in the top 10 for its 4-0 start. It’s outscoring opponents, 21-7, and closed out its before-Christmas schedule with a 7-5 shootout win over Foxboro.
We’re not ready to abandon Lowell just yet – even though its 6-0 loss to Newton South was telling. They did beat Missisquoi Valley Union of VT and Northeastern Clinton Central of NY in a Highgate, Vt., Holiday Tourney.
Dartmouth’s lone setback is a 3-2 decision against Bishop Stang. The Indians topped Revere/Malden, Apponequet/Connolly and Westfield.
St. Joseph Prep is unbeaten outside of a 3-2 loss to Lowell Catholic, and there’s no shame in losing to them.
Wayland had a solid 4-2 win over Newton South and 2-1 decision over Cambridge but also suffered losses to Lexington and Westboro.
Swampscott beat Peabody and Revere/Malden and suffered setbacks to Division 2 foes Gloucester and Amesbury.