Mass Boys D-2 Poll: Tewksbury, Westwood remain 1, 2

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Massachusetts Division 2 Poll

RankTeamPrevious RankingWLT
1Tewksbury1610
2Westwood2700
3Medfield4710
4Lincoln-Sudbury5720
5Coyle-Cassidy6710
6Winthrop3621
7Masconomet9521
8Canton8430
9Plymouth SouthNR602
10North Reading7530
11Medway10540
12Boston Latin14420
13Danvers12630
14Plymouth North13620
15Oliver Ames11331
*Updated 1/11/15

It was a quiet week for Tewksbury (6-1-0) with Saturday’s game with Boston Latin rescheduled. So, the Redmen hold down the #1 slot in this week’s HNIB News Mass. Division 2 Boys Poll.

Tewksbury only result this past week was a 5-2 win over Bedford. This week, though, they have the first of two huge meetings with Lincoln Sudbury (Wednesday, 4pm, NESC) and Methuen on Saturday.

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#2 Westwood (7-0-0) also had a light week, getting back into action on Saturday with a 4-0 blanking of Beverly in a non-league tilt as Ken Mackin scored two goals.

The Wolverines will see Holliston on Tuesday and then face off with Medway on Saturday as they try to remain unbeaten.

Medfield (7-1-0) slides up a spot to #3, its only blemish to date a loss to Westwood. Dover-Sherborn is on the docket for Wednesday.

#4 Lincoln-Sudbury (7-2-0) appears ready for the Tewksbury showdown, as it posted a pair of shutout wins this week over Wayland (4-0) and Methuen (5-0). The Warriors move up from #5.

Also moving up one position is Coyle Cassidy (7-1-0). C-C fell from the ranks of the unbeaten, losing a tight 2-1 game to D-1 St. John’s of Shrewsbury, but bounced back to knock off Bishop Stang. Bishop Feehan and Somerset/Berkley loom in EAC contests this week.

Winthrop (6-2-1) drops a bit to #6, as the Vikings lost 3-2 to Beverly. They did rebound to beat Gloucester, 7-3, on Saturday. A non-leaguer will Belmont is scheduled for Tuesday, then league games with Danvers (Wednesday) and Peabody (Saturday).

#7 Masconomet (5-2-1) had an efficient week, taking care of league foes Lynnfield (3-1) and Amesbury (4-1). The Chieftains are off until a Saturday game with Triton.

#8 Canton (4-3-0) has rebounded from a couple of losses in a big way, posting convincing wins this week over King Philip (10-2) and Taunton (7-1). They continue league play this week with games against Stoughton and Foxboro.

A newcomer to the poll is #9 Plymouth South (6-0-2). The Panthers have yet to lose, and have allowed just nine goals all season. After facing off with Scituate on Wednesday, South gets a huge test with Duxbury this coming Saturday.

A 6-5 loss to Newburyport drops North Reading (5-3-0) a few pegs to #10. The Hornets did blank Triton this week, 4-0, and can make some ground this week with league contests against Lynnfield (Wednesday) and Pentucket (Saturday).

#11 Medway (5-4-0) fell for the second time to rival Medfield this week, but responded with a 4-0 shutout win over Holliston. Up next is Bellingham on Wednesday, then a chance to knock off Westwood on Saturday.

Boston Latin (4-2-0) moves up to #12. The Wolfpack will see Concord-Carlisle (Wednesday) and Haverhill (Saturday) this week.

#13 Danvers (6-3-0) got caught late in a 2-1 loss to Saugus, then edged Lynn, 3-2. The Falcons get a crack at Winthrop (Wednesday) and then battle with improving Marblhead (Saturday).

#14 Plymouth North (6-2-0) lost a heartbreaker to North Quincy in the waning seconds but did rebound with a solid 6-1 win over Quincy.  Duxbury and Pembroke are the opponents this week.

#15 Oliver Ames (3-3-1) went offensive yesterday in an 11-1 win over Attleboro, which came on the heels of back-t0-back losses. OA plays Dartmouth (Monday) and Milford (Wednesday) this week.

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