Massachusetts Boys D1 Top 20
NOTE: These rankings include results from Endowment Games for Pope Francis, Reading, Marshfield and Framingham. Those results are not included in team records for MIAA Power Rankings
Some shuffling occurred this week in the latest HNIB News Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Top 20, but not at the top, where the first six teams remain intact from last week.
That starts at #1, where St. John’s Prep (9-1-1) keeps the top spot, after a win over Xaverian (4-1) and avenging their only loss with a 6-1 win over BC High Sunday.
Up next, the REMATCH with #2 Catholic Memorial (10-1-0), scheduled for Wednesday at Essex Sports Center (6:40pm).
CM kept the pace with wins over Malden Catholic (4-0) and Xaverian (3-1). The Knights follow the SJP matchup with another key tilt Friday against #12 Franklin (10-2-0).
#3 Pope Francis (8-1-3; 8-1-2 MIAA) posted shutout wins over Natick (4-0) and Falmouth (7-0), and also had a 2-2 tie with Reading in an Endowment Game. The Cardinals are off until Saturday when they face Rhode Island’s Bishop Hendricken.
Hingham (7-1-4) keeps the #4 spots after a week that saw the Harbormen tie with #12 St. Mary’s (1-1) and beat #18 Framingham (8-6-) and Winchester (3-1). Hingham is off until Sunday when they begin play in the Ed Burns Coffee Pot Tournament.
#5 Wellesley (10-0-0) made it 10 in a row to start the season with wins over #13 Braintree (3-2) and Walpole (3-1). A busy week has the Raiders scheduled to face Milton (Monday), Needham (Wednesday), and then an opening round Ed Burns game on Sunday.
#6 Belmont (8-1-2) had just one game, and the Marauders edged Woburn (2-1).They also will be in the Burns Tournament, and have Wakefield on Tuesday.
Arlington (7-2-2) is up to #7 after avenging one of its two losses with a 2-0 decision of Reading. The Spy Ponders get Burlington (Wednesday) and Stoneham (Saturday) ahead of their first Ed Burns game on Sunday.
Also up is #8 Marshfield (10-1-1; 10-0-1 MIAA) after the Rams furnished three consecutive shutouts in Patriot League wins over Duxbury (4-0), Quincy (8-0) and Plymouth North (6-0). The Rams are also in the Burns Tournament again. Prior to that, they will face Bridgewater-Raynham (Wednesday) and Silver Lake (Saturday).
The loss to Arlington, despite outshooting the Spy Ponders by a wide margin, has Reading (6-2-1; 6-2-0 MIAA) at #9 this week. The Rockets face Stoneham (Wednesday) and Watertown (Saturday) before jumping into the Burns Tournament Sunday.
Xaverian (7-5-0) will round out the Top 10. The Hawks had a pair of losses this week, but to the top two teams. Chelmosford is next on Wednesday.