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Mass. Boys D1 Top 20: #1 BC High, #4 Xaverian Will Meet Saturday

Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Top 20

1BC High1501
3St. Mary's7601
7Central Catholic8521
10Pope Francis9450
11Austin Prep14322
12Catholic Memorial17432
13St. John's Prep12321
14Bishop Fenwick 15421

While BC High and Framingham maintain their positions as the top two teams in this week’s HNIB News Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Top 10 rankings, the rest of the division continues along in a constant state of flux.

No. 1 BC High (5-0-1) maintained focus out of the holiday break, squeezing past Framingham, 2-1, on Colin Norton’s game-winner in a tussle befitting the top two teams. The Eagles doubled up Catholic Conference foe Malden Catholic Saturday, 4-2, and are into the meat of their league schedule this week as they hit the road to face Catholic Memorial Wednesday and Xaverian Saturday.

No. 2 Framingham (5-1-2) stays put. The Flyers bounced back nicely from that loss to BC High with a resounding 6-2 decision of Braintree Saturday in Bay State Conference crossover action. The Flyers face St. John’s Prep Wednesday then head to Natick on Saturday.

Catholic Central Large leader No. 3 St. Mary’s (6-0-1) jumps four spots. The Spartans’ sound defense yielded just two goals in wins against Archbishop Williams and Andover. A trip to Newburyport (Wednesday) and home date with Arlington Catholic (Saturday) are on the docket this week.

No. 4 Xaverian (4-1-1) of the Catholic Conference rebounded from their first loss of the season at the hands of St. John’s Prep to manhandle Needham on Saturday, 8-0. The Hawks stay in the conference and at home this week against Malden Catholic (Wednesday) and BC High (Saturday).

No. 5 Duxbury (4-1-2) forged a 3-3 tie with D2 juggernaut Canton on Monday and shut down Silver Lake, 5-1, in Patriot League play Saturday. The Green Dragons are among the division’s stingiest teams, ceding just 12 goals to date.

No. 6 Arlington (3-1-1) opened the week with 3-0 whitewash of Middlesex League Liberty rival Reading but settled for a 2-2 tie with Woburn Saturday. The Spy Ponders will take on Lexington and long-time rival Winchester this week.

No. 7 Central Catholic (5-2-1) split a pair of non-league games. The Raiders were shut out by Austin Prep, 4-0, but regrouped to whitewash Hingham, 2-0, on Saturday. MVC/DCL One games with Waltham and Andover loom this week.

Independent No. 8 Hingham (4-3-0) doubled up Marshfield, 4-2, before that shutout loss to Central Catholic. The Harbormen have lost 3-of-4 and will look to right the ship this week against Braintree (Monday) and Burlington (Saturday).

No. 9 Burlington (6-1-0) put together a solid three-win week, knocking off Newburyport, 4-2, Wakefield, 5-2, and Wilmington, 3-2. Following Wednesday’s MVC/DCL One game at Stoneham, the Red Devils host Hingham Saturday in a key mid-season encounter.

Independent No. 10 Pope Francis (4-5-0) stepped out of state Saturday to rough up Bishop Hendricken of Rhode Island, 6-1. St. John’s (S) and Austin Prep provide this week’s opposition.

No. 11 Austin Prep (3-2-2) of the Catholic Central Large jumps up three spots after a strong week that saw the Cougars shut down Central Catholic and tie Bishop Fenwick.

No. 12 Catholic Memorial (4-3-2) of the Catholic Conference climbs five rungs on the poll ladder after taking down Needham and St. John’s Prep in a productive week.

No. 13 St. John’s Prep (3-2-1) split Catholic Conference games defeating Xaverian and losing to Catholic Memorial.

No. 14 Bishop Fenwick (4-2-1) of the Catholic Central Large tied league foe Austin Prep, 3-3, in its only action of the week.

No. 15 Braintree (3-1-1) fell to Framingham in a Bay State Conference crossover.

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Kevin joined HNIB in 1990 and is a Senior Writer and Director of the Northern New England and Mass/R.I. High School Division camps. A veteran editor/writer of 40 years in the print and digital mediums, he has edited and produced original content and coordinated production for local and global publications and websites. He holds degrees from Merrimack College and Boston University and won multiple industry awards as Sports Editor of The Daily News of Newburyport and News Editor of The Amesbury News. He is the 2016 recipient of the North Shore Lifetime Commitment From the Community award presented by Moynihan Lumber and a 2017 Newburyport High School Wall of Fame inductee. He resides with his family in Portsmouth, NH. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @kdoyle40
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