Massachusetts Division 2 Poll
* updated 1/4/15
#1 Tewksbury (5-1-0) remains in the top spot, but not after some concerning moments in its game Saturday with Concord-Carlisle, where the Redmen allowed four second period goals, but came back with four of their own in the third period to take an 8-4 win. Ryan Petti led the attack with three goals and two assists. This will will see the Redmen battle Bedford and Boston Latin.
Westwood only played once this week as well, but the 8-0 verdict of Shawsheen was enough to move the Wolverines (6-0-0) into the #2 spot. Coach Mike Welby’s club continues on hiatus until a non-leaguer with Beverly on January 10th.
#3 Winthrop (5-1-1) lost to Melrose in the opening round of the Kasabuski Christmas Tournament but bounced back with wins over Peabody and Saugus. The Vikings get Beverly on Wednesday and then take on Gloucester in the Northeastern Conference.
Back up a few spots to #4 is Medfield (5-1-0). The Warriors were dominant in Rhode Island, picking up convincing wins over Barrington (6-1), Burrillville (10-2) and TVL foe Medway (6-2). In the Burrillville game, Matt Treiber scored seven goals. A rematch with Medway looms Wednesday, followed by a date Saturday with a Hopkinton team that can’t be overlooked.
#5 Lincoln-Sudbury (5-2-0) came up short against Waltham, then fell unexpectedly to D-3 heavy Norwell before rebounding with a 4-2 conquest of North Andover. L-S hopes to keep things going this week against Wayland and Methuen.
Quietly effective, Coyle Cassidy (6-0-0) moves up to the #6 spot, coming off a nice 3-1 win over D-1 foe Needham. C-C looks like it plans to be around for the season. A key test comes Wednesday against St. John’s of Shrewsbury. Bishop Stang will be the opponent on Saturday.
The Cape Ann’s North Reading (4-2-0) jumps up a few spots to #7 with wins over Peabody and Gloucester sandwiched around a loss to Melrose in the Kasabuski finals. The Hornets will have their hands full this week with the CAL’s D-1 members in Triton (Wednesday) and Newburyport (Saturday).
If you remember, #8 Canton (2-3-0) started a bit slow last winter, then turned things on, so don’t be dismayed by the early-season record. Two of the losses – Franklin, Mansfield – were to D-1 teams. The Bulldogs look to get things going this week against Hockomock rivals King Philip and Taunton.
#9 Masconomet (3-2-1) moves up as well, coming off an impressive 6-4 win over Newburyport that saw forward Brandon Lafata rack up two goals and four assists. The Chietains can make even more headway this week against Lynnfield and Amesbury.
#10 Medway (4-3-0) picked up two big wins in RI Tournament play, but then lost to rival Medfield and were upset Saturday by Hopkinton. The rebound could start Wednesday against Medfield, or Saturday against Holliston.
#11 Oliver Ames (2-1-1) was quiet, returning to action with a 2-0 blanking of Taunton. A couple of solid opponents loom in Wellesley (Monday) and Franklin (Wednesday). The Tigers will also face off against Attleboro on Saturday.
Making its first appearance in this latest HNIB News Mass. Division II poll is #12 Danvers (5-2-0). The many new faces are already starting to gell, so keep an eye on the Falcons, who hope to continue hot against Saugus and Lynn this week.
Rounding out this week’s Top 15 poll will be #13 Plymouth North (5-1-0), #14 Boston Latin (3-2-0) and newcomer #15 North Attleboro (6-1-0)