Massachusetts Boys D2 Top 15
Canton went wire-to-wire in Division 2 in 2018-19, going unbeaten and rolling to the second state championship in program history. There’s no reason to change anything to start 2019-20, as the Bulldogs remain in the top spot in the HNIB News Mass. D2 Boys preseason rankings. John Hagan, who had a hat trick in the state final, returns to lead the way.
Lincoln-Sudbury’s postseason ended earlier than expected, but the #2 Warriors return hungry and poised for bigger things.
#3 Tewksbury won the Division 2 North championship before falling to Canton in the state final at TD Garden, but the Redmen have more than enough back to make another deep run.
#4 Masconomet is another team that had its playoff plans derailed, but the Chieftains will ride standout goalie Tucker Hanson again in the Cape Ann League.
#5 Boston Latin makes its three MVC/DCL 2 teams in the top five, but the Wolfpack potentially are as good as any of them.
#6 Norwood gave Canton as tough a game as any team in the 2019 postseason, and a Chuck Allen-coached squad never can be overlooked.
There might not be much separating the favorites atop the Northeastern Conference, where #7 Danvers and #8 Marblehead are expected to battle it out for supremacy.
The same can be true in the Tri-Valley League, as both #9 Medfield and #10 Westwood join Norwood to give that league three teams in the top 10.
#11 Lynnfield and #12 Triton are among the teams hoping to challenge Masconomet’s place on the perch atop the Cape Ann.
#13 Stoneham never can be counted out after battling through a schedule rich with strong Division 1 programs in the Middlesex League.
At #14, Scituate hopes it has enough firepower to challenge for first place in the Patriot League’s Fisher Division.
Likewise, #15 Bishop Feehan will try to reclaim the Eastern Athletic Conference for the first time in four seasons.
TEAMS TO WATCH: Gloucester, Medway, North Attleboro, Plymouth North, Whitman-Hanson, Wilmington, Winthrop