EMass Boys Division 3 Top 15
Hopkinton remains the one constant at the top of this week’s HNIB News Eastern Mass. Division 3 rankings. The Hillers finished off their championship of the Daily News Cup by beating Algonquin, then added a solid Tri-Valley victory against Medway to go to 6-0-0. The next big test comes Wednesday when Hopkinton visits fellow TVL unbeaten Norwood, a top-five Div. 2 opponent.
#2 Cambridge and #3 Bedford each fought to ties against MVC/DCL 2 opponents, but remain clean in the loss column and move up a spot each. Both will have Saturday circled on the calendar, when Cambridge plays host to the first of two meetings this season. But before that, the Falcons must get past Div. 2 Winthrop, and the Buccaneers have a tough home league test against Newton South.
Dartmouth tumbled a couple of spots to #4 off its first setback of the season against Southeast Conference foe Bridgewater-Raynham.
New #5 Swampscott also has a pair of Div. 2 foes on the docket this week, traveling to Gloucester and Brookline.
Neither #6 Martha’s Vineyard nor #7 Hanover have stumbled since the Vineyarders’ head-to-head win back before Christmas. MV has Cape & Islands tests against Dennis-Yarmouth and Nantucket, while the Indians visit Plymouth South before hosting one of this week’s new top-10 entries, Silver Lake. The #9 Lakers’ knocked off previously unbeaten St. John Paul II, which slid into #10. Not to be overlooked, #8 Holliston picked up three wins (one by forfeit), and this week faces TVL rivals Ashland and Bellingham.
A pair of new faces dot the bottom five spots in the rankings, where #11 Watertown and #12 Northeast check in. Watertown beat Rockland, 4-0, after playing to a 2-2 tie a few days earlier. Northeast’s lone win was a nonleague battle against Revere/Malden/Matignon.
Bishop Stang went 0-1-2 this past week and falls to #13. The Spartans step into EAC play against both Bishop Feehan and Coyle & Cassidy. #14 Greater New Bedford fell to Bourne and tied Wareham/Carver to fall off the pace in the South Coast.
North Quincy holds its #15 spot despite dropping below .500 – the Red Raiders went 1-2 vs. Div. 2 opponents Oliver Ames, Scituate and Plymouth South, and the schedule doesn’t get any easier with Scituate (again) and Duxbury on tap this week.