Massachusetts Boys D1 Top 20
There was some considerable shuffling in this week’s HNIB News Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Top 20, with the exception of the top.
#1 St. John’s Prep (9-1-0) solidified its hold on the top spot with wins over Reading (2-1) and Catholic Memorial (5-1). The Eagles get Andover (Monday), then has a huge showdown scheduled for Wednesday with #3 Xaverian (10-1-1) before a return date with Malden Catholic.
The same goes for #2 Arlington (10-1-1). The Spy Ponders had a huge win over Pope Francis sandwiched by league victories over Burlington and Stoneham. Melrose is on the docket this week before the inaugural Ed Burns Tournament commences this coming Sunday.
Xaverian (10-1-1) also won three games this week, although the Hawks were tested by Duxbury (3-2) and Malden Catholic (2-0). After Wednesday’s battle with the Prep, BC High is coming up on Sunday.
#4 Hingham (9-3-0) jumps up a couple of spots after a pair of one-goal wins over St. Mary’s (3-2) and Central Catholic (2-1). The Harbormen have a make-up with Framingham before the Burns Tournament.
Pope Francis (6-3-0) holds steady at #5. The Cardinals gave Arlington all it could handle, but also had impressive wins over Reading and Falmouth. This week will feature a home-and-home with Austin Prep (Thursday, Saturday).
Also on the move is #6 Braintree (7-2-1). The Wamps had solid wins over Natick and Brookline. They get Newton North Wednesday and then the Burns Tournament.
Saturday’s loss to St. John’s Prep bounces Catholic Memorial (8-2-1) down to #7. The Knights look ahead to a pair of Catholic Conferene games against BC High (Wednesday) and St. John’s Shrewsbury (Saturday).
#8 Belmont (13-1-1) became the last D1 team to lose when the Marauders were blanked by Wellesley. They did have wins over Wakefield and Burlington. The only action this week is a Wednesday date with Wilmington.
#9 Austin Prep (7-1-0) continues to play impressive hockey, takings league wins over St. Mary’s (5-2) and Bishop Feehan (5-0). The Cougars can really make some noise with this week’s games with Pope Francis.
Winchester (8-2-0) cracks the Top 10 this week at #10. The Red & Black had a big win over BC High, and also earned wins over Melrose and Wakefield.
#11 Marshfield (8-3-1) also moved up. The Rams had wins over Duxbury, Plymouth South and Silver Lake and continue Patriot League play with Whitman-Hanson (Wednesday) and Quincy (Saturday), then the Burns Tournament.
#12 BC High (4-5-1) rebounded from the Winchester loss by blanking St. John’s (S). The Eagles can make up some Catholic Conference ground this week against CM (Wednesday) and Xaverian (Sunday).
A big mover this week is #13 Wellesley (5-1-2). The Raiders had a huge win over Belmont, and also knocked off Walpole Saturday. Three more Bay State Conference games are on the slate for this week.
#14 Waltham (5-2-2) had a win over Andover and a tie against Westford Academy. A big league matchup looms Wednesday with Central Catholic.
#15 Malden Catholic (4-5-0) had a pair of hard-luck one-goal losses againts two Top 7 teams in CM and Xaverian.
Rounding out of this week’s Top 20 are #16 Falmouth (8-2-1), #17 Central Catholic (4-4-1), #18 Reading (4-5-1) and newcomers #19 Lincoln-Sudbury (9-1-0) and #20 Arlington Catholic (5-1-2).
NOTE: These rankings do not reflect the MIAA power rankings, which will be used for seeding purposes in the state tournament.