Girls D1 Prep Poll: Two weeks left until post-season excitement

Gary Demopoulos
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Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.

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Girls Prep D1 Poll

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
1Nobles11921
2Kent21312
3Loomis Chaffee41631
4Williston31622
5New Hampton62031
6Tabor71541
7St. Paul's51641
8Lawrence Academy81471
9Phillips Andover91170
10St. Mark'sNR1183
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With two weeks left in the regular season, it looks like as many as seven of the eight playoff spots in Division 1 Girls Prep are locked up, barring any major upsets.

Two of the top teams did suffer losses to unranked foes this past week, but those losses alone won’t be enough to severely dampen those team’s playoff hopes.

All that’s left is to see where the seven clubs will be seeded. There isn’t much difference among them.

Nobles (19-2-1) remains in the #1 position in this week’s HNIB News Girls D1 Prep poll. The ‘Dawgs won two more games this past weekend, downing BB&N (4-1), then needing to rally past pesky Westminster (3-2). A big four-game week awaits Nobles, with contests against Groton (Tuesday), Andover (Wednesday), Thayer (Friday) and St. Paul’s (Saturday).

#2 Kent (13-1-2) had a pair of solid wins over Canterbury (4-0) and Millbrook (8-1). The Lions have just one game schedule this week, against Hotchkiss (Wednesday).

#3 Loomis Chaffee (16-3-1) was one of those aforementioned teams that lost, falling to Hotchkiss and goalie Lindsay Reed 1-0. The Pelicans responded with a solid 5-1 win over Choate. They will see Pomfret Wednesday and then a crucial tilt (for playoff seeding) against #4 Williston (16-2-2) on Saturday.

The Wildcats fell to Choate, also 1-0, and then came from behind to upend host Phillips Andover Saturday (4-2). Northfield provides the opposition on Wednesday for Williston.

New Hampton (20-3-1) moves up to #5, becoming the first team to reach 20 wins with victories over Northfield (2-1) and Exeter (3-0). The Huskies look ahead to Southfield (Wednesday), Berwick (Friday) and Kents Hill (Saturday).

An exciting 2-1 win over St. Paul’s vaults Tabor (15-4-1) up to #6. The Seawolves also beat Phillips Andover (6-3) and Pomfret (4-1) and look to qualify for the post-season after just missing out last winter. A three-game week features Exeter (Wednesday), Southfield (Friday) and Brooks (Saturday).

The loss to Tabor snapped an 11-game winning streak for #7 St. Paul’s (16-4-1). The Pelicans did beat Middlesex (5-0) this past week as well. St. Paul’s gets BB&N Wednesday before challenging top-ranked Nobles.

It was three solid wins for #8 Lawrence Academy (14-7-1) over Cushing (4-0), Berkshire (2-1) and Thayer (6-1). The Spartans are hoping to grab a playoff spot and have league games this week against Middlesex (Wednesday), BB&N (Friday) and Governors Academy (Saturday).

#9 Andover‘s (11-7-0) playoff hopes were hurt with back-to-back losses to Tabor and Williston. The Big Blue have dropped four of six and return to action against Nobles (Wednesday). They play Milton (Friday) and Worcester Academy (Saturday).

New #10 St. Mark’s (11-8-3) has won six of eight, including wins this past week over Milton Academy (2-0) and Rivers (7-0). The Lions get Thayer (Wednesday) and BB&N (Saturday).

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