Massachusetts Boys Division 2 Poll
Three weeks remain in the regular season. Teams are in the process of officially qualifying for the post-season and vying for league titles. It will be an exciting stretch drive in Mass. Division 2.
This week’s HNIB News Massachusetts Division 2 Top 15 poll sees the top six spots remain the same as the previous week, as the contenders all went true to form.
#1 Marblehead (16-0-1) did have a bit of a scare Saturday, holding off a determined Saugus team, 3-2. Prior to that, the Headers bounced Lynn (8-0). They look to keep their unbeaten season going with a non-league game with WMass power East Longmeadow (Thursday) and then against Swampscott (Saturday).
League wins over North Andover (3-0) and Concord-Carlisle (4-1) kept Tewksbury (12-3-1) solid at the #2 spot. The Redmen have a huge contest Wednesday with Boston Latin, and then another tough one Saturday with Lincoln-Sudbury, two games that will go a long way to deciding the MVC/Dual County II title.
#3 Medfield (12-1-2) and #4 Medway (10-3-3) played to a scoreless tie, which didn’t settle much. The Mustangs did beat Dover-Sherborn (5-2) Saturday.
Medfield has a crucial TVL matchup with Westwood on Wednesday. Medway is off until Saturday when it faces strong D3 club Hopkinton.
#5 Canton (12-2-2) knocked off Attleboro (5-1) then beat North Attleboro (3-1) on Saturday to keep its spot. The Bulldogs are also off until Saturday when they go on the road to face Oliver Ames.
A win or tie against Somerset/Berkley on Wednesday will give #6 Bishop Feehan (10-1-2) the Eastern Athletic Conference crown outright, the first time in 13 years it hasn’t gone in some shape or form to Coyle Cassidy. The Shamrocks also have Weston (Monday) and Stoughton (Saturday). They avenged their only loss of the season with a 3-0 decision of Bishop Stang.
Wins over Lincoln-Sudbury (4-3) and Methuen (5-4) have #7 Boston Latin (9-2-2) moving up the ladder. The Wolfpack would like nothing more than to knock off Tewksbury on Wednesday. They also will have their hands full Monday in a non-league battle with Westwood, and play Concord-Carlisle on Saturday.
#8 Coyle Cassidy (12-2-1) seems back on track with wins over Somerset/Berkley (4-2) and Martha’s Vineyard (5-2). Their league slate finished, the Warriors look ahead to a pair of D1 heavies this week in Hingham (Wednesday) and St. Mary’s Lynn (Saturday). Those games could be a good measuring stick for Coyle.
#9 North Reading (9-3-3) dropped a 4-2 decision to Newburyport, but rebounded with a solid 6-0 win over Pentucket to officially qualify for the post-season. The Hornets host Lynnfield Wednesday in anticipation of its vacation week trip to the Cape for the Jeff Hayes Memorial Tourament.
Despite being idle (a Friday game with Plymouth South was snowed out), Pembroke (8-2-3) moves up a couple of notches to #10. The Titans get Scituate (Wednesday) and Bridgewater-Raynham (Saturday).
It was a tough week for #12 Lincoln-Sudbury (10-6-0) as the Warriors fell to both Boston Latin (4-3) and North Andover (2-1). They look to rebound this week against Methuen (Wednesday) before taking on Tewksbury (Saturday).
#13 Westwood (7-4-2) returned to action Saturday with a 6-1 conquest of Ashland for its third straight win. The Wolverines can make a statement Monday against Boston Latin, and again Wednesday against Medfield. They begin the Farleigh Dickinson Tournament Saturday with a first round game versus Weston.
#14 North Attleboro (8-4-3) is still looking for that elusive point to secure a tournament berth. They gave Canton a good game Saturday before losing 3-1. The Red Rocketeere are off until a February 17 date with Stoughton.
#15 Stoneham (9-6-2) beat Watertown (2-1) and lost Saturday to D1 power Burlington (5-2). The Spartans face Wilmington (Wednesday) and then Melrose (Saturday).