Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Poll
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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.
Reigning 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
- B.C. High
- Pope Francis
- Malden Catholic
- St. John’s Prep
- Austin Prep
- Central Catholic
Monday, Feb. 29
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)