Little did anything think back at the end of January that Malden Catholic would be in this position at the end of the season. At that time, the Lancers stumbling along at 5-6-3, weren’t even sure they were going to make the post-season, let alone be successful. But the talented team shook away what was ailing it, winning its final 11 games of the season, including a third straight Massachusetts Division 1A (Super 8) championship. That late season show of force propelled the Lancers to the #1 spot in HNIB News Top 15 New England/NJ end-of-the-season poll.
Finishing #2 just behind MC was Austin Prep (16-2-6), the Lancers opponent in the Mass. Division 1A title game. The future looks good for the Cougars, who had plenty of underclassmen playing key roles.
NJ Power Delbarton Checks In At #3
Last year’s #1, New Jersey power Delbarton School, is at #3 this winter. The Green Wave did win their sixth straight Garden State private school title this year, but also lost to Malden Catholic, 5- 1, in a non-league game back in December.
St. John’s Prep of Danvers, MA takes the #4 position. The Eagles were Catholic Conference champions and reached the Division 1A semifinals, where they were ousted by Austin Prep.
At #5, Catholic Memorial, which fell to Malden Catholic in the other Mass. Division 1A final, made great strides this season after two subpar campaigns, The Knights showed everyone they are back with a vengeance.
Connecticut Division 1 champion Fairfield Prep finished #6 a brilliant 23-1-0. The Jesuits were perfect in-state, including four wins over 2012 Connecticut champ Notre Dame (WH), the last one in the title game. Prep’s only loss was a non-league affair to Catholic Memorial.
Perennial Rhode Island power Mt. St. Charles checks in at #7 after another state title. The Mounties, like Malden Catholic, finished the season on a hot streak.
#8 Boston College HS had a solid campaign at 15-5-3, finishing just ahead of #9 New Jersey private school runnerup Don Bosco, who the Eagles beat back in November in a non-league tussle, and #10 Manchester Memorial, which won the New Hampshire Division I crown. Rounding out the Top 15 were Reading (MA) at #11, Springfield Cathedral (MA) at #12, Christian Brothers of New Jersey at #13, Vermont Metro champion South Burlington at #14 and Maine Class A champion Falmouth at #15.