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Final Regular Season Mass. D1 Boys Poll: Unbeaten BC High leads 1A field

Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1B.C. High11703
2Pope Francis215
32
3Malden Catholic41433
4St. John's Prep31424
5Burlington51713
6Austin Prep61343
7Arlington81533
8Reading101237
9St. Mary's61750
10Central Catholic 131471
11Woburn111344
12Hingham161183
13Framingham121435
14Winchester141551
15Chelmsford151542
16Braintree91433
17Xaverian17866
18Andover191253
19Marshfield181354
20Natick201542

The first eight teams in our final regular-season Top 20 poll mirror the order of the 1A Tournament Selection Committee.

No. 1 B.C. High completed an unbeaten regular season with wins against Matignon (11-1) and Reading (4-1), exclusionary games for both teams. The Catholic Conference champs head into the 1A as the top seed, seeking their fifth overall tournament title but first since 2007.

No. 2 Pope Francis scrambled past Central Catholic in its regular-season finale, 2-1, on a pair of Cam Peritz goals in the final two minutes. The Catholic West kingpins endured 1A frustration in their previous incarnation as Springfield Cathedral, including last year’s OT semifinal loss to St. John’s Prep.

No. 3 Malden Catholic jumps up a spot following its decisive 5-0 win against Bp. Hendricken of Rhode Island in its season finale. The Lancers’ run of consecutive 1A titles may have ended at four last year but they are never to be discounted at this time of year.

HNIB-Ad-for-MassHShockey_2016Reigning 1A champion No. 4 St. John’s Prep slides one spot after having to rally from three goals down to defeat Newburyport, 4-3, in its Senior Night finale. Still, the Eagles are well equipped for their title defense blending balanced offense, stout defense and stellar goaltending.

No. 5 Burlington, the Middlesex League’s Freedom Division champion, defeated Woburn Thursday, 5-3, to sweep this season’s installment of the Battle of Winn Street. The Red Devils were the top public from start to finish, unbeaten in their final 18 at 16-0-2 in games that counted.

No. 6 Austin Prep, the Catholic Central Large co-champ, finished with a 6-0 whitewash of Melrose. However, the Cougars were 3-3-2 down the stretch and managed just six goals before that outburst in the finale.

No. 7 Arlington had the best overall final record among Middlesex Liberty teams and closed with a 5-4 win against Weymouth in the Ed Burns Classic championship game.

No. 8 Reading finished up with two games that didn’t count against their record for tournament consideration – an Endowment Game win against Burlington and an Exclusionary Game loss to B.C. High.

We’re not penalizing No. 9 St. Mary’s for losing its final two to Pope Francis and Hingham, the latter likely costing the Spartans a 1A berth. The Catholic Central Large co-champs’ body of work – one of three 17-win teams – merits Top 10 status.

No. 10 Central Catholic moves back into the top tier despite its tough last-minute loss to Pope Francis.

Division 1A Seeds

  1. B.C. High
  2. Pope Francis
  3. Malden Catholic
  4. St. John’s Prep
  5. Burlington
  6. Austin Prep
  7. Arlington
  8. Reading
  9. Central Catholic
  10. Hingham

Play-In Games

Monday, Feb. 29

(at Chelmsford)

6 p.m. – No. 10 Hingham (11-8-3) vs. No. 7 Arlington (15-3-3)

8 p.m. – No. 9 Central Catholic (14-7-1) vs. No. 8 Reading (12-3-7)

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Kevin Doyle joined the HNIB team in 1990 and is a Senior Writer and Director of the Northern New England and Mass/R.I. High School Division camps. An award-winning veteran editor/writer of 35 years experience in the print and digital mediums, he has conceptualized, edited and produced original content and coordinated production for local and global publications and their websites. He holds degrees from Merrimack College and Boston University and won multiple NEPA and NEAP awards during his tenure as Sports Editor of The Daily News of Newburyport and News Editor of The Amesbury News. He is the 2016 recipient of the North Shore Lifetime Commitment From the Community award presented by Moynihan Lumber and is a 2017 inductee into the Newburyport High School Wall of Fame. The Newburyport, MA native resides with his family in Epping, NH. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @kdoyle40.
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