Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Top 20
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.