EMass Division 3 Poll
It took a while – as in the whole season. But there finally is a new No. 1. Dartmouth climbed into the top spot in this week’s HNIB News EMass D3 boys poll, the second-to-last rankings of the regular season.
The Indians overtook No. 2 Hanover – the first time all season those Indians haven’t been No. 1. Simply, Dartmouth has been awesome. It helps that Hanover lost again, the second time in as many weeks. This time they fell to Cohasset, 5-3, a team they defeated in December, 6-1.
It also marks Hanover’s first loss this season to a Division 3 foe. Its other two setbacks came to Division 2 foes Pembroke and North Quincy. Hanover did come back nicely with a 7-1 win over fellow Top 10 team Sacred Heart. Its regular season is done.
Dartmouth, meanwhile, beat Rockland, 5-2, and Diman, 7-1. It attempts to lock up its unbeaten season at Bridgewater Ice Arena in Bridgewater Thursday at 8 p.m. vs. Bridgewater-Raynham.
No. 3 Norwell finished its regular season at 19-3-0 after winning two of its final three games. It beat Pembroke, 2-1, lost to D2 Scituate, 5-2, and beat D1 Lexington, 6-2. The loss was its first since falling, 2-0, to Hanover Dec. 30.
No. 4 Lowell Catholic holds strong as the top team in the North division at 14-2-3. They beat Sandwich, 3-2, D2 North Reading, 2-0, and St. Joseph Prep, 11-2, this past week, and then tied D1 Bishop Fenwick Sunday, 1-1. The Crusaders close out their regular season against D1 St. Peter Marian on Friday.
One of the division’s most successful teams, No. 5 Hopkinton, holds serve at 17-3-0. The Hillers won all three last week, topping Milford, 8-0, Auburn/Millbury, 3-1, and Northbridge, 7-1. They’ve won 10 of their last 11 and await their post-season destination.
No. 6 Cohasset jumped three spots after becoming the first D3 team to beat Hanover. After that 5-3 victory, the Skippers tied Bishop Stang, 1-1, and then beat St. John Paul II, 6-0. They finish up Thursday against Abington.
We’d love to keep No. 7 Rockland ahead of Cohasset especially since the Bulldogs beat the Skippers, 2-0, this past week. But that Hanover win is good enough to keep Cohasset ahead. Rockland also lost to Dartmouth, 5-2, and beat Whitman-Hanson, 3-1, to finish up.
No. 8 Lynn picked up its 13th win against Rockport/Manchester Essex, 4-1. It followed with a 4-1 loss to D2 power Marblehead in the Gulazian Division championship game of The Newburyport Bank Classic and finishes Wednesday vs. Latin Academy at Matthews Arena.
No. 9 Nantucket moves up one spot. It, too, has 13 wins after beating North Quincy, 4-3, Mashpee/Monomoy, 6-1, and Blue Hills, 5-1. It finishes Monday against Southeastern/West Bridgewater and Wednesday against Mashpee/Monomoy at 3 p.m. The win over North Quincy is significant. That is the team that beat Hanover earlier.
No. 10 Sacred Heart has one more to go after a tie to Bishop Stang, 1-1, and a defeat at the hands of Hanover, 7-1. The Knights finish up with Diman Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the Bog in Kingstown.