Mass Boys HS Final D1 Top 20 Great Tournament Run Results In D1 Title For Pope Francis

Gary Demopoulos
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Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.

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Massachusetts Boys D1 Top 20

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Pope Francis42124
2St. John’s Prep12031
3Xaverian51690
4Catholic Memorial31931
5Reading141484
6Hingham21545
7Marshfield62032
8Braintree71472
9Arlington81562
10Wellesley91750
11St. John’s (S)1311111
12Belmont101473
13BC High1110101
14Franklin121760
15St. Mary’s151373
16Archbishop Williams181391
17Woburn171371
18Central Catholic1910111
19NeedhamNR1182
20WeymouthNR1292
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It certainly was a memorable run to a state championship for Pope Francis (21-2-4). It also wasn’t easy, as the Cardinals won four one-goal games in a row, culminated by a 3-2 last minute win over Xaverian in the MIAA D1 state final at TD Garden.

Pope Francis, which moves into the #1 spot in the HNIB News Final Boys Division 1 Top 20, also beat Wellesley (3-2 in OT), Marshfield (1-0), and defending champ St. John’s Prep (1-0) en route to the championship game.

St. John’s Prep (20-3-2) which entered the post-season as the top seed, closes out at #2.

#3 Xaverian (16-9-0) entered the post-season playing its best hockey of the year, and fell just a goal short of a state title. With a young team, the future bodes well for the Hawks.

Catholic Memorial (19-3-1) finishes at #4. The Knights’ season came to end in a loss to Xaverian in a quarterfinal match-up.

The biggest mover from the end of the regular season is #5 Reading (14-8-4), which climbed all the way from #14 after a tournament that saw the Rockets knocked off Woburn, Hingham and Braintree, the latter two on the road, before a heartbreaking 1-0 overtime loss to Xaverian in the semifinals.

All in all it was a great regular season and post-season in Division 1, which featured many outstanding teams.

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