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Mass. Boys HS: Division 1 Top 20 – BC High, Framingham Hang On To Top Two Spots In Wild Week

Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Top 20

RankTeamPR*WLT
1BC High1301
2Framingham2402
3Xaverian4302
4Duxbury7311
5Arlington6210
6Hingham3320
7St. Mary's12401
8Central Catholic11411
9Pope Francis5350
10Burlington8310
11Reading10210
12St. John's Prep19211
13Braintree14301
14Austin Prep9221
15Bishop Fenwick13320
16NatickNR302
17Catholic Memorial17232
18St. John's (S)NR322
19Marshfield15112
20WellesleyNR420

After a wave of unanticipated Holiday Tournament Week results, 12 teams change positions and three others move into the HNIB News Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Top 20 this week. And here we thought last week was crazy. How shortsighted of us.

There are no changes at the top. No. 1 BC High (3-0-1) won the sixth annual Pete Frates Christmas Tournament for the second straight season. The Eagles squeezed past host St. John’s Prep, 2-1, in a semifinal shootout – a tie for MIAA post-season tournament purposes – and handed Central Catholic its first loss, 4-1, in the title game.

No. 2 Framingham (4-0-2) remained unbeaten after wiping out a three-goal deficit in the third period and prevailing against No. 3 Xaverian (3-0-2) in a shootout (yep, another tie) in the MHL Cup championship game. The Flyers advanced after defeating Marshfield in the semifinals, 2-1, in OT (also a tie) while the Hawks fended off St. John’s (S), 6-4.

No. 4 Duxbury (3-1-1) moves up after claiming The Island Creek Oyster Cup crown by knocking off Natick in OT, 4-3, on a goal by junior Billy Mrowka – also a tie for MIAA post-season purposes. The Green Dragons blitzed Bridgewater-Raynham in the semifinals, 6-2.

No. 5 Arlington (2-1-0), one of the few programs to go dark during the holidays, still bumped up one spot. The Spy Ponders resume action on New Year’s Eve afternoon in a key Middlesex League Liberty Division matchup against Reading.

No. 6 Hingham (3-2-0) takes a bit of a tumble after dropping both of its games at the Christie Serino Memorial Christmas Classic. The Harbormen were surprised by unranked Malden Catholic in the semifinals, 3-1, and shut out by Austin Prep, 2-0, in the consolation game.

No. 7  St. Mary’s (4-0-1) continues to climb in the poll after winning the Serino Memorial for the second time. Goalie Sal Caruso shut out Catholic Central Large foe Austin Prep in the semifinals, 2-0, and Malden Catholic of the Catholic Conference in the title game, 4-0.

Its loss to BC High in the Frates Christmas Tournament title game notwithstanding, No. 8 Central Catholic (4-1-1) is rocking and rolling under second-year coach D.J. Conte. The Raiders defeated Pope Francis in the semifinal game, 2-1.

Few programs play as ambitious a schedule as No. 9 Pope Francis (3-5-0) year on year. However, the Cardinals lost both of their games at the Frates Christmas Tournament by 2-1 counts to Central Catholic (semifinals) and St. John’s Prep (consolation). The fact of the matter is PF now has three MIAA losses exiting December, and also a win over Arlington.

No. 10 Burlington (3-1-0) of the Middlesex League’s Freedom Division stays put after its wild 6-5 win against Billerica of the MVC/DCL 1 Saturday night.

After a dark week, No. 11 Reading (2-1-0) swings back into action Tuesday afternoon against Arlington. The Rockets did handle North Andover, 6-1, in an MIAA Endowment game.

No. 12 St. John’s Prep (2-1-1) vaults seven rungs in the ranking. The Eagles put a miserable season-opening loss to Hingham in the rearview and took three of four points from BC High and Pope Francis in the Frates Christmas Tournament.

No. 13 Braintree (3-0-1) doubled up on Lincoln-Sudbury Saturday, 4-2. The Wamps won’t hit the ice again until a Jan. 4 trek to Framingham for a huge contest.

No. 14 Austin Prep (2-2-1) stumbles after its Serino Memorial semifinal loss to St. Mary’s. The Cougars did silence Hingham in the consolation.

15 Bishop Fenwick (3-2-0) won’t be penalized after tough losses to Regis Jesuit and Valor Christian, both from Colorado, at the Catholic Memorial Tournament.

No. 16 Natick (3-0-2) remains unbeaten under new coach Bill LaCouture, Jr.

No. 17  Catholic Memorial (2-3-1) defeated Valor Christian (CO) and tied Notre Dame (CT) at its own Christmas Tournament. The Knights, as does Bp. Fenwick, play a third tourney game Sunday afternoon.

No. 18 St. John’s of Shrewsbury (3-2-2) handled Marshfield in Saturday’s MHL Cup consolation, 6-2. No. 19 Marshfield (1-1-2) tied Framingham in the semifinals while SJS lost to Xaverian.

No. 20 Wellesley (4-2-0) captured the Ray Kinney Classic championship with a 2-0 win against Newton South Saturday.

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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