Mass. Boys D2 Poll: Westwood keeps hold at the top

Gary Demopoulos
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Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.

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Massachusetts Division 2 Boys Poll

RankTeamPrevious RankingWLT
1Westwood11211
2Tewksbury21230
3Medfield41420
4Winthrop31222
5Canton71050
6Coyle Cassidy91230
7Medway111141
8North Reading101040
9Plymouth South51023
10Masconomet6751
11Lincoln-Sudbury8961
12Danvers131052
13Marblehead14951
14Boston Latin12861
15PembrokeNR854

*Updated 2/8/15

Top-ranked Westwood (12-1-1) did nothing to affect its ranking in this week’s HNIB News Massachusetts D2 boys poll, registering a pair of shutout wins over Bellingham (10-0) and Holliston (2-0).

The Wolverines will be busy this week, starting with a key non-leaguer Monday (weather permitting) against Boston Latin. A game with TVL title implications is scheduled for Tuesday with Hopkinton, and then Westwood heads to the Farleigh Dickinson Tournament on Martha’s Vineyard where they take on Weston on Saturday, and either the Vineyard or Lynnfield on Sunday.

#2 Tewksbury (12-3-0) holds serve with solid wins over North Andover (5-0) and Concord-Carlisle in league play. The Redmen get Boston Latin on Wednesday, then a return matchup with Lincoln-Sudbury Saturday in a game that could decide the MVC/DCL II crown.

#3 Medfield (14-2-0) pops up a spot after an impressive week that saw the Warriors knock off Bellingham (10-2), Hopkinton (7-1) and Dover-Sherborn (4-0). Coach Toby Carlow’s club is scheduled for a non-league tussle with Mansfield on Monday, and gets a huge non-league Wednesday with Canton.

#4 Winthrop (12-2-2) clinched the NEC North title. The Vikings saw their game scheduled for today with Weymouth postponed, so they now await Mansfield on Wednesday, an Ed Burns Classic game on Thursday and Shawsheen Saturday.

Wins over Attleboro (8-2), Oliver Ames (2-0) and North Attleboro (6-4) propel Canton (10-5-0) up to the #5 spot. The Bulldogs follow Wednesday’s anticipated battle with Medfield with another crucial non-league match with Medway on Saturday.

Coyle Cassidy (12-3-0) jumps up to #6 after wins over Somerset/Berkley (7-0) and Martha’s Vineyard (4-3) that clinched the EAC crown for the Warriors. An intriguing non-league game with Hingham looms on Wednesday, followed by Oliver Ames on Saturday.

Playing some sound hockey, #7 Medway (11-4-1) sees considerable movement this week. The Mustangs will take on EMass D3’s top club, Norwell, on Wednesday, heading into Saturday’s Canton matchup.

#8 North Reading (10-4-0) gave D1 Newburyport all it could handle Saturday in a 3-1 loss. The Hornets, who have already clinched their post-season berth, have a key make-up game with Masconomet Monday, then get Pentucket (Wednesday) and Saugus (Friday). A balanced offense has been key.

#9 Plymouth South (10-2-3) fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with losses to Hanover and Pembroke, and thus dropping a handful of spots in the poll. A rival game with Plymouth North is set for Wednesday, and Nauset is Saturday’s opponent.

Losses to Lynnfield (4-1) and Amesbury (1-0) have #10 Masconomet (7-5-1) reeling in a three-game losing streak, not exactly how you would want to be playing heading into a key matchup with North Reading. Triton (Wednesday) and Westford Academy (Saturday) are on this week’s schedule as well.

#11 Lincoln-Sudbury (9-6-1) edged Boston Latin (3-2), but was tied by North Andover (2-2). The Warriors hope to get things going against Concord-Carlisle (Tuesday) and Methuen (Wednesday) before taking on Tewksbury on Saturday.

Danvers (10-5-2) registered 3-0 shutout wins over Peabody and Salem to clinch another tournament berth and move to #12. The Falcons take on St. John’s Prep Monday in the Oniontown Classic and battle Gloucester (Wednesday).

Fellow NEC rival Marblehead (9-5-1) sits at #13 after a 5-0 win over Lynn. Saugus (Thursday) and Swampscott (Saturday) are on the table this week. A game with Beverly was postponed on Sunday and needs to be made up.

#14 Boston Latin broke a modest two-game losing streak with a 7-0 conquest of Methuen. The Wolfpack have a tall task this week, taking on the poll’s top two teams in Westwood (Monday) and Tewksbury (Wednesday) before seeing Concord-Carlisle on Saturday.

New to the poll this week is #15 Pembroke (8-5-4), fresh off a big Patriot League win over Plymouth South. A huge game looms with Hanover on Wednesday.

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