Massachusetts Boys D1 Top 20
It all went sideways in a hurry for pre-season No. 1 Hingham. After a solid season-opening win, the Harbormen (2-2) were pounded by Catholic Conference foe St, John’s Prep, 8-2, and stunned by Andover, 2-1, to send them tumbling out of the top spot in this week’s HNIB News Massachusetts Division 1 Top 20.
New No. 1 Xaverian (3-0-0) of the Catholic Conference followed its 4-2 season-opening win against New Jersey power Don Bosco Prep with non-league decisions of Bridgewater-Raynham and Barnstable.The Hawks boast balance across the board.
No. 2 BC High (2-2-0) overcame an 0-2 start as as it won the Ninth Annual Pete Frates Classic for the fourth time with wins against St. John’s Prep, 5-3, in the semifinals and Pope Francis, 3-2, in the title game. Aiden McDonnell delivered three goals and an assist to drive the Eagles to the title.
No. 3 Pope Francis (2-2-0) also started 0-2, bracketing losses to Framingham and BC High (Frates final) with wins against Central Catholic (Frates semifinal) and St. John’s Shrewsbury. Josh Iby has scored three goals to lead the Cardinals.
No. 4 Arlington (3-0-0) is off and running in the Middlesex Liberty, outscoring three opponents, 16-1. The Spy Ponders shut out Watertown and Wakefield and rolled past Wilmington.
No. 5 Catholic Memorial (2-0-0) of the Catholic Conference knocked off Waltham and Franklin and hosts its own Catholic Memorial Tournament this Tuesday and Wednesday at Warrior, starting with Notre Dame of Connecticut in the semifinals.
No. 6 Braintree (3-0-0) of the Bay State Herget has also started fast, outscoring three opponents by a 16-6 count.
No. 7 St. John’s Prep (2-1-0) of the Catholic Conference bumps up a couple of spots after that stunning win against Hingham.
No. 8 Marshfield (2-0-1) of the Patriot League defeated Pembroke and Silver Lake before a 3-3 tie with Waltham. The Rams will be in the MHL Cup beginning Tuesday.
A veteran No. 9 Reading (3-0-0) of the Middlesex Liberty is off and running in the Middlesex Liberty, outscoring three opponents, 13-2.
No. 10 Hingham (2-2-0) squares off with Marshfield in a key regional clash on Near Year’s Eve afternoon.
No. 11 Waltham (2-1-1) of the MVC/DCL One tripped up Andover, tied Marshfield and certainly isn’t going to be penalized for a loss to Catholic Memorial..
No. 12 Belmont (4-0-0) of the Middlesex Liberty jumps into the Top 20 and has been rolling since stunning BC High in its season opener.
No. 13 Andover (2-2-0) of the MVC/DCL One boasts that win against Hingham. The Warriors are at St. John’s Prep on Wednesday.
No. 14 Austin Prep of the Catholic Central Large kicks of its season at The Christie Serino Classic on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Malden Valley Forum.
No. 15 St. Mary’s of Lynn (3-0-1) of the Catholic Central Large is off to a strong start.
Completing the poll are:
No. 16 Winchester (3-0-0) of the Middlesex Liberty; No. 17 Malden Catholic (2-0-0) of the Catholic Conference; No. 18 Archbishop Williams (1-1-1) of the Catholic Central Large; No. 19 Natick (2-0-0) of the Bay State Carey and No. 20 Framingham (1-0-0) of the Bay State Carey.