Massachusetts Division 1 Boys Poll
|9||St. John's (S)||4||1||1|
|13||St. John's Prep||3||3||0|
The holidays have come and gone and three-time defending Div. 1A State Champion and No. 1 Malden Catholic remains firmly ensconced atop the poll. In its only action of the week, MC turned back a pretty sound effort by St. John’s Prep, 3-1, at Frozen Fenway on New Year’s Eve Day.
A light week saw No. 2 B.C. High (5-0-1) surrender its first point in Saturday’s 2-all tie with Xaverian. Anchored by sophomore goalie Brandon Payzant (0.85, .948), the Eagles have emerged as one of the division’s premier defensive teams. They host MC Tuesday night at UMass-Boston (7) in a key Catholic Conference joust.
No. 3 Central Catholic (5-0-1) bumps up three spots. After handling Austin Prep on New Year’s Day (4-1), the Raiders rallied to trip St. John’s Prep (5-3) on Saturday. The line of Lloyd Hayes, Alex Lester and Corey Webber is lighting it up with cumulative 17-25-42 totals through six games.
No. 4 Springfield Cathedral (5-1-1) wore out Division 1 newbie Franklin on Saturday, 6-2. Junior forwards Peter Crinella (11-9-20) and D.J. Petruzzelli (7-13-20) are off to explosive starts for the Panthers, who host St. John’s (S) in a Catholic West clash Thursday.
No. 5 Catholic Memorial (5-1-0) continued to take of business with tidy decisions of Needham and Hingham. CM is off until Saturday when it finally plays its first Catholic Conference game at St. John’s Prep. Sophomore keeper Brandon Collett (1.64, .918) has been sharp.
If No. 6 Xaverian (6-0-1) had escaped the attention of some, the Hawks certainly have it now after Saturday’s tie with B.C. High in their Catholic Conference lid-lifter. St. John’s Prep is next on Wednesday.
No. 7 Arlington Catholic (5-0-1) moves up two notches and continues to play well. The Cougars claimed the Winter Showcase Classic crown Monday, shut out Bishop Fenwick Wednesday and tied Austin Prep Saturday.
No. 8 Austin Prep (3-2-1) drops four spots after a week that saw it fall to Central Catholic, then scramble to tie AC Saturday on a late Bobo Carpenter goal. Next up is a major road test at Archbishop Williams Wednesday.
No. 9 St. John’s of Shrewsbury (4-1-1) cracks the Top 10 for the first time this winter. The Pioneers scored a convincing 5-2 win against Archbishop Williams Saturday. Senior goalie Mario Pizzeri (1.60, .934) has excelled.
No. 10 Reading (5-2-0) is the lone public school to crack the Top 10. The Rockets have not fared well against outside competition but continue unbeaten atop the Middlesex League’s Liberty Division.