Mass. Boys D-2 Poll: Medfield takes over top spot

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Massachusetts Division 2 Boys Poll

RankTeamPrevious RankingWLT
1Medfield31110
2Tewksbury1920
3Westwood2811
4Winthrop5921
5Masconomet6721
6Canton7740
7Plymouth South8902
8Lincoln-Sudbury4750
9Coyle Cassidy9930
10North Reading10830
11Medway11841
12Marblehead13841
13Boston Latin14630
14Danvers12752
15MilfordNR820
*Updated 1/25/15

There’s a new sheriff in town as the season heads into the final week of January.

Medfield (11-1-0) this week avenged its only loss of the season to date, knocking TVL rival Westwood from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 3-1 win January 21. That, coupled with Tewksbury’s upset loss to Haverhill the next night, propels the Warriors into the top spot.

Junior Matt Trieber, who had two goals in the win over Westwood, leads the attack with 19 goals and 26 points, while senior John Scannell is right behind with 25 points.

The Warriors get Bellingham (Tuesday) before taking on archrivel Medway on Saturday.

That loss to Haverhill knocks #2 Tewksbury (9-2-0) out of the top spot for the first time this season. The Redmen started the week with a nice 5-3 win over Acton-Boxboro. Saturday’s tilt with Billerica was snowed out. Wednesday’s opponent is Boston Latin.

#3 Westwood (8-1-1) finds itself winless in its last two. The Wolverines get Dover-Sherborn (Wednesday) and Ashland (Saturday) for the upcoming week. Yesterday’s game with Hopkinton needs to be made up.

Winthrop (9-2-1) creeps up to the #4 spot. The Vikings got their game in on Saturday, cooling off Marblehead, 2-1, in another tight, defensive contest that has become Winthrop’s trademark. A non-league game with Weymouth is on tap for Monday before the Vikings see Saugus (Wednesday) and Beverly (Sunday).

#5 Masconomet (7-2-1) got past Pentucket, 2-0, Friday night in Cape Ann League play. The Chieftains look forward to a crucial battle with North Reading on Tuesday, followed by D-1 Newburyport on Saturday.

#6 Canton (7-4-0) lost to Newburyport, 4-2, but bounced back with a solid 6-2 win over Lincoln-Sudbury. Juniors John Femia (24 pts) and Matt Lazaro (23 pts) are offensive leaders for coach Brian Shuman and look to continue their solid play against Oliver Ames (Monday, makeup from Saturday’s snowed out game),Milford (Wednesday) and Franklin (Saturday).

Continuing its impressive play is #7 Plymouth South, still unbeaten at 9-0-2. The fast start has come as a bit of a surprise.

Shawn Peckham Plymouth South
Shawn Peckham
Plymouth South

“After losing 11 seniors, yes, it is surprising that we have had such early season success,” said Plymouth South coach Mike McCosh. “I think the biggest reason we are having success is we are getting very good defense. We are also getting scoring from all three lines. It is not just one or two players making the difference. We have 14 players who have scored.”

McCosh lauded the play thus far of goaltender Finn McKee, and senior Shawn Peckham on the blue line.

The Panthers are right in the thick of things in the Patriot League’s Fisher Division, which is a new home for them.

“Moving to the Patriot League has been a good move. The competition is strong and can only make us a better team,” McCosh said.

Back-to-back losses to Central Catholic and Canton, drop Lincoln-Sudbury (7-5-0) to #8. The Warriors will look to make a name for themselves Wednesday when they take on D1’s top team in Malden Catholic (6pm, Valley Forum – Malden). Saturday, L-S gets Haverhill.

#9 Coyle Cassidy (9-3-0) stayed with D1 St. Mary’s on Saturday, falling 4-2. That decision comes after a big 4-2 EAC win over Martha’s Vineyard. The Warriors get Stang (Wednesday) and a rematch with Feehan (Saturday).

#10 North Reading (8-3-0) is playing good hockey, coming off a 4-1 non-league win over Beverly. Yesterday’s snowed out game with Amesbury will be played tonight (Sunday, 6pm) at a new location – Graf Rink in Newburyport.

#11 Medway (8-4-1) is starting to rev things up, and has posted baci-to-back wins over Holliston (3-0) and Pembroke (3-1). This week, the Mustangs draw Holliston (Wednesday) and the key battle with #1 Medfield on Saturday.

Despite Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Winthrop, #12 Marblehead (8-4-1) is in a good frame of mind. Other results this week were wins over WMass foe Agawam (3-1) and Swampscott (5-0). Coach Bob Jackson’s club has key NEC battles scheduled this week with Beverly (Wednesday) and Peabody (Saturday).

#13 Boston Latin (6-3-0) knocked off Westford Academy and looks forward to battling Medford (Monday), Tewksbury (Wednesday) and North Andover (Saturday).

#14 Danvers (7-5-2) picked up a key win Saturday, beating rival Beverly (6-3) for the second time this season. The Falcons had tied Methuen (2-2) and got beat by Stoneham (3-1) earlier in the week. ¬†Peabody (Wednesday) and Saugus (Saturday) are this week’s opponents.

Milford (8-2-0) re-enters the poll this week at #15. They have a re-scheduled game tonight against the TVL’s Holliston, then host Canton (Wednesday) and Mansfield (Saturday).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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