Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Top 20
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.