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Girls D2 Prep Poll: Top 2 teams set to clash Wednesday

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Girls Prep Division II Poll

RankTeamPrevious RankingWLT
1Rivers11161
2Worcester Academy21332
3Southfield3932
4Canterbury4931
5Gunnery5571
6Berwick61612
7Hebron71370
8Proctor81151

* Updated 2/8/15

All eyes will be on the New England Sports Center on Wednesday when the top two teams in the HNIB News Girls Division 2 Prep poll will faceoff. #1 Rivers travels to #2 Worcester Academy for a 4pm start, with D2 bragging rights on the line.

The teams are heading into the contest in different ways. The #1 Red Wings (11-6-1), still unbeaten at the D2 level, lost a pair of one-goal games to D1 opponents: Tabor (3-2) and Milton Academy (1-0). After the Worcester contest, Rivers will see two more D1 foes in Cushing (Friday) and St. Mark’s (Saturday).

The Hilltoppers (13-3-2), on the other hand, are fresh off the school’s first-ever win over Southfield, and a 2-1 verdict of Winchendon. St. George’s (Friday) and Vermont Academy (Saturday) loom after the showdown.

#3 Southfield (9-3-2) rebounded from the loss to Worcester with a 3-1 win over Middlesex. They get Winchendon (Wednesday) before a key D2 clash with Proctor (Friday).

#4 Canterbury (9-3-2) split a pair of non-league games outside of New England, falling to Lawrenceville (4-0) and beating Hill School (7-0) the next night. The Saints get D1’s top-ranked team – Kent – on Wednesday, then have Hebron Saturday in a battle between two ranked clubs.

It is back to D2 opponents for #5 Gunnery (5-7-1). The Highlanders take on Millbrook (Wednesday) and Kingwood (Saturday). This past week, they fell 3-0 to D1 Loomis Chaffee in their only action.

#6 Berwick (16-1-2) keeps plugging along. A tie with Proctor (1-1) was sandwiched between wins over NYA (3-0) and Beaver Country Day (6-0). Monday’s foe (weather permitting) is Newton Country Day, followed by a big one with #7 Hebron (13-7-0) on Wednesday and a game with Brooks (Friday).

The Lumberjacks picked up a pair of wins over Holderness (2-1) and Middlesex (4-2) this past week. After Berwick, they take on Canterbury Saturday (at Phillips Exeter), so two ranked teams on this week’s slate.

It will be another three-game week for #8 Proctor (11-5-1). The Hornets posted wins over Vermont Academy (4-0) and Kimball Union (1-0) around the Berwick tie. This week, it’s Brewster Academy (Wednesday), Southfield (Friday) and Holderness (Saturday).

Gary Demopoulos
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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