Massachusetts Boys D3 Top 10
Always one of the tougher teams in the division, Scituate (18-8-0) is the pick for #1 in the HNIB News Division 3 Pre-Season Top 10. The Sailors reached the semifinals a year ago, where they fell by a goal to eventual champion Hanover.
Speaking of the Hawks, Hanover (18-7-1), Scituate’s Patriot League Fisher Division foe, will start at #2. The defending champs have some filling to do on their roster, but have been able to reload in the past.
#3 Medfield (12-7-1) is primed for a big season under new head coach Bill Ladd. The Warriors return three Tri-Valley League All Stars in the forward ranks.
Lynnfield (19-4-1) of the Cape Ann League is at #4. The Pioneers will need to replace the high-scoring Chase Carney at forward, but do have one of the division’s top blueliners back in Drew Damiani.
#5 Danvers (11-8-4) is ready to mount a serious run to a Northeastern Conference title.
#6 West Springfield (18-3-0) is coming off a big season and looking to make some noise out in Western Mass. The Terriers opened their year last night in a big way, beating Longmeadow, 5-1.
Is another South Coast Conference crown in the cards for #7 Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk (20-2-0)? They had one of more prolific offenses in the division last winter.
A Division 4 finalist a year ago, #8 Watertown (14-10-1) moves up to D3 this year by virtue of its new co-op arrangement with Wayland. Several of the top players that led the run to TD Garden return for the Raiders.
Rounding out our first Boys Division 3 Top 10 of the season are #9 Hopedale (19-2-0) of Central Mass, and #10 Essex Tech (15-4-3), which returns 17 from its Commonwealth Conference champinship team of a year ago.