Massachusetts Boys D1 Top 20
Independent No. 1 Pope Francis (5-0-0) won its only game of the week Tuesday against Bishop Feehan, 9-1 – a game marred by the unfortunate injury suffered by the Shamrocks’ senior forward AJ Quetta when he crashed headfirst into the boards. The teams joined in a prayer circle at game’s end and those wishing to donate to help defray medical costs for AJ and his family can do so at GoFundMe.
The Cardinals host Bishop Fenwick Thursday and play at St. Mary’s Saturday.
The chances of seeing another lopsided loss such as No. 2 BC High (3-1-0) suffered at the hands of Catholic Memorial in the Catholic Conference this past Wednesday anytime soon are slim and none – and you know what they said about slim. The Eagles responded as one might suspect they would, by taking down Xaverian on Sunday, 5-2.
You play the schedule you’re given and, in that regard, undefeated No. 3 Hingham (8-0-0) of the Patriot League’s Keenan Division has been perfect, outscoring opponents, 35-6. Playing within a league structure for the first time in 18 years, the Harbormen shut out Plymouth North Wednesday, 3-0, and handled rival Duxbury Saturday, 6-1.
No. 4 Archbishop Williams (7-0-3) of the Catholic Central Large continued its memorable campaign by climbing four more spots this week. The Bishops made their only game of the week count in a big way as the upended Austin Prep, 3-2, on Saturday to take 3-of-4 points from the Cougars this season.
No. 5 Austin Prep (6-2-3) of the Catholic Central Large had its roll slowed a bit last week, sandwiching its win against Bishop Feehan with a 3-3 tie against St. Mary’s and that loss to Archies. Pending one makeup game, the Cougars are off until Feb. 10 against Pope Francis.
Middlesex Liberty leader No. 6 Woburn (5-0-1) swept a two-game set from Lexington by a combined 14-0 count while No. 7 Belmont (4-0-2) of the Liberty skated to a 2-2 tie with Reading in it only action of the week. The rivals face each other each of the next two Wednesdays.
No. 8 Catholic Memorial (2-2-0) of the Catholic Conference climbs back into the Top 10 after that eye-opening win against BC High. The Knights take on Malden Catholic and Xaverian this week.
No. 9 St. Mary’s (4-2-2) of the Catholic Central Large defeated Bishop Feehan and tied Austin Prep for the second time this season. The Spartans are home to both Archbishop Williams and Pope Francis this week.
No. 10 St. John’s of Shrewsbury (3-1-0) of the Catholic Conference upended St. John’s Prep, 2-1, and Malden Catholic, 5-1. BC High and a Malden Catholic rematch await the Pioneers next week.
No. 11 Marshfield (5-1-2) of the Patriot League stitched together a three-win week, defeating Whitman-Hanson, Silver Lake and Plymouth North by a combined 14-3 count. Duxbury and Hingham are on deck next week.
No. 12 Winchester (3-1-2) of the Middlesex Liberty tied Arlington, 2-2, in its only game to take 3-of-4 points from the Spy Ponders this season. A Thursday date with Lexington awaits the Sachems this week.
No. 13 Braintree (3-0-2) of the Bay State Herget tied Bridgewater-Raynham in it only game. The Wamps kick off a three-game week against unbeaten Weymouth Monday.
No. 14 St. John’s Prep (0-1-2) rebounded from a 2-1 loss to St. John’s (S) to tie Malden Catholic, 2-2. Catholic Conference foes Xaverian and B.C, High await the Eagles this week.
No. 15 Xaverian (0-2-2) tied Malden Catholic, 3-3, but fell to B,C, High, 5-2. In addition to that match with SJP, the Hawks host Catholic Memorial Saturday and SJS Sunday.
No. 16 Natick (3-1-0) of the Bay State Carey makes its debut. No. 17 Franklin (7-1-0) of the Hockomock Kelley-Rex; No. 18 Newburyport (6-0-1) of the Cape Ann League; No. 19 Arlington (1-3-1) of the Middlesex Liberty; and No. 20 Walpole (4-1-0) of the Bay State Herget complete this week’s rankings.