New Hampshire D1 Top 10
*Overall records in parentheses
It all went sideways and upside down simultaneously this week, leading to a shift among the top four teams in HNIB’s final regular season New Hampshire D1 Top 10 poll.
As far as closing weeks go, they don’t come much better than what new No. 1 Concord (18-3-0) pulled off. First, the Crimson Tide swamped previous division leader Hanover on consecutive nights, 6-0 and 4-2. Then, with Colin Kastle striking for a hat trick, the Tide turned away Bishop Guertin Saturday night, 7-4, to secure the top seed in the NHIAA Tournament.
No. 2 Hanover (18-4-0) recovered from the back-to-back losses to Concord – the first of which brought the Marauders’ eight-game winning streak to an emphatic end – to finish up with a 5-0 shutout of Bp. Brady.
After having lost three of its five previous games, No. 3 Pinkerton (16-4-0) closed with a flourish. The Astros toppled both Bedford (3-2) and Bishop Guertin (4-1) then routed Central/West (9-4) in a three-win week.
No. 4 Bishop Guertin (12-7-1) dropped two spots in the final poll due to those losses to Pinkerton and Concord. The Cardinals’ three NHIAA losses were at the hands of each team ahead of them in the poll.
No. 5 Bedford (17-4-0) lost to Pinkerton earlier in the week and wrapped up the regular season Sunday night against Memorial.
Pay attention to No. 6 Trinity in the post-season. The Pioneers closed with wins against Central/West and No. 10 Exeter and carry a nine-game winning streak into the tournament.