Massachusetts Boys Division 2 Poll
The weather continues to be an issue as the regular season heads into its final week. Barring any more storms, the final week will be action packed, with some teams needing to play as many as five games.
The MIAA moved the cutoff date for the post-season tournament from Friday, February 20th until 3 pm Sunday, February 22nd, which will be a help.
#1 Westwood (13-1-1) is one of those teams that will have busy week. The Wolverines downed Hopkinton (8-3) in their only action of the past week, which was coach Mike Welby’s 200th career win. This week, Westwood has Quincy (Tuesday), Bourne (Thursday) and Boston Latin (Friday), then heads to the Farleigh Dickinson Tournament, taking on Weston on Saturday, and a second game Sunday morning against either Martha’s Vineyard or Lynnfield.
#2 Tewksbury (14-3-0) wrapped up the MVC/Dual II title with wins over Boston Latin (4-1) and Lincoln-Sudbury (5-1). In the L-S game, Ryan Petti became the school’s all-time leading scorer. The Redmen wrap up their regular season with Methuen (Monday), Wilmington (Wednesday) and Austin Prep (Friday).
The Joe Quinn Memorial Tournament is all that remains on #3 Medfield‘s (15-2-0) regular season slate. The Warriors get Coyle-Cassidy on Tuesday, and either Boston Latin or Canton on Thursday. The Warriors had an impressive 7-2 win over Canton this past week and appear to be clicking on all cylinders.
One team with a light final week is #4 Winthrop (15-2-2). The Vikings are in a good way right now, beating a pair of D1 teams – Mansfield (2-1) and Weymouth (5-1) – and a D3 team (Shawsheen, 3-2) this week. Winthrop has one game left, the Ed Burns Classic title game against solid Arlington (Tuesday).
#5 Canton (11-6-0) responded from that tough loss to Medfield with a key 3-2 win over Medway to solidify its ranking. The Bulldogs are scheduled to play Milford tonight (Sunday, 5pm, weather permitting) before heading to the Joe Quinn Memorial Tournament, taking on Boston Latin on Tuesday, and either Coyle Cassidy or Medfield Thursday.
Impressive wins over Pentucket (6-1) and Saugus (8-3) have North Reading (12-4-0) moving up to #6. The Hornets head south to the Jeff Hayes Memorial Tournament to take on host Sandwich (Monday), and either Oliver Ames or Lowell Catholic (Tuesday), then get Lynnfield on Thursday. A key battle with Masconomet needs to be made up as well.
Medway (12-5-1) holds firm at #7. The Mustangs toppled EMass D2’s top team Norwell (4-1) and had that loss to Canton this week. They are also tournament-bound this week, taking on Lincoln-Sudbury (Monday) at the South of Boston Shootout, and either Bridgewater-Raynham or Mansfield on Wednesday.
#8 Coyle Cassidy (12-4-1) has the Joe Quinn Memorial Tournament this week and a game with Bishop Stang on Saturday (already rescheduled twice). The Warriors lost to Hingham (5-0) and tied Oliver Ames (2-2) this past week.
#9 Masconomet (9-5-1) jumps back up a few plugs and looks to have things back in control, taking wins over Triton (3-1) and Westford Academy (4-3). A big week looms with the Newburyport Bank Classic opener Tuesday against Saugus, Beverly (Wednesday) and either North Andover or Amesbury (Friday). And the North Reading game still to makeup.
#10 Lincoln-Sudbury (11-7-1) split this week, downing Methuen (5-2) and then falling to Tewksbury (5-1). The South of Boston Shootout remains on the regular season schedule.
#11 Plymouth South (10-3-3) is struggling, having lost three in a row. The Panthers final regular season week looks like this: Old Rochester (Wednesday), Plymouth North (Thursday), Old Rochester (Friday), and a game with Nauset still needing to be rescheduled.
#12 Danvers (11-6-2) fell to St. John’s Prep (6-2) but rebounded with a win over Gloucester (2-1). The Falcons are also at the Newburyport Bank Classic, taking on D1 Andover Monday, and either Triton or Newburyport Thursday.
Wins over Saugus (8-5) and Swampscott (6-2) were results this week for #13 Marblehead (11-5-1). The Headers will ready for the post-season at the Newburyport Bank Classic, taking on Haverhill (Monday) and either Pentucket or Rockport (Wednesday). A makeup with Beverly is on for Thursday.
Climbing back into the poll is #14 Peabody (9-7-2), which qualified for the post-season with wins over Lynn (2-1) and North Andover (3-2). Two games are left on the regular season docket: Beverly (Monday) and Concord-Carlisle (Wednesday).
Pembroke (8-6-4) remains at #15, with Silver Lake (Monday) at the Gould Tournament, either Norwell or Scituate Wednesday, and a non-league with Bridgewater-Raynham Thursday.