EMass Boys Division 3 Top 10
The 2021 hockey season didn’t end with a championship for Hanover, but the Hawks certainly made plenty of statements during the pandemic-shortened season. Hanover handed Div. 1 power Hingham its only loss and took Marshfield to the limit in the Patriot Cup semifinals. Barring anything unusual over the next few days, coach Jonny Abban’s squad is in good position to finish atop the Hockey Night in Boston EMass. Division 3 rankings once again.
One team that made a big late push was Bishop Stang. After starting 0-4 against tough competition, the Spartans went unbeaten in their final 10 games and shot up the rankings in the final weeks. Coach Ken Gouveia’s team sits at No. 2.
The season ended on a down note for No. 3 Somerset Berkley, which took an unbeaten record into the South Coast Conference championship before falling to Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk. Still, the Raiders can hang a share of the SCC regular-season title on the wall.
No. 4 Hopkinton closed its season with a loss to Medfield, but once again the Hillers showed they were as strong as any team in the Tri-Valley League this season.
Norwell is one Division 3 team that can say it won a league championship. The No. 5 Clippers sailed to the South Shore League championship, overwhelming East Bridgewater and Middleboro in tournament play.
Nantucket’s season is not done — the Whalers were awaiting the Cape & Islands Lighthouse Division tournament to see if they can move off their current No. 6 spot.
No. 7 Lowell closed its season with a loss to Division 1 Andover in the Merrimack Valley Conference Cup tournaments.
Martha’s Vineyard jumps into the rankings at the No. 8 spot, thanks to a huge victory over Nantucket heading into the C&I playoffs. In addition to splitting with the archrival Whalers, MV’s only other losses this season were to Div. 1-2 foes.
Dartmouth re-enters this list at No. 9. The Indians also faced a challenging slate that included Falmouth, Bridgewater-Raynham and Hanover, as well as a 1-0-1 mark vs. Bishop Stang.
No. 10 Shawsheen wrapped up its season by beating Essex Tech, splitting the season series and sharing the Commonwealth Athletic Conference championship.