Massachusetts Division 1 Boys Poll
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* Updated 2/2/14
There’s no mystery as to why No. 1 B.C. High (4-0-1, 10-0-3) remains unbeaten this winter and the clubhouse favorite to claim the Catholic Conference crown. No team has played as consistently well as the Eagles, who seem unlikely to beat themselves any time soon.
Start with an attack driven by junior assist machine Patrick Kramer (7-16-23) and senior goals leader Steve DeForge (11 goals). Mix in a group of defensemen led by senior Sam Topham and two of the state’s premier young blue liners, sophomores Ryan Shea (4-11-15) and Billy Roche (3-6-9). Add sophomore keeper Brandon Payzant, whose numbers – 4 SO, 1.25 gaa, .930 save pct. – are among the state’s very best.
It’s the perfect formula for success. A win Monday afternoon against Catholic Memorial (Conti Forum, 4) will give B.C. High a leg up on the league title, though that race is far from over.
We didn’t drop Malden Catholic in the poll when it lost to Delbarton a few weeks ago. We’ll extend the same courtesy to No. 2 Catholic Memorial (3-0-1, 9-2-2) after its 3-0 loss to New Jersey’s No. 1 team Saturday evening at Yankee Stadium. Should the Knights knock off B.C. High Monday, they will be tied for the league lead with games in hand.
No. 3 Malden Catholic (4-2-0, 10-3-0) moves up a spot after league wins against Xaverian and St. John’s Prep. The Lancers face NH’s Bishop Guertin Monday night, then have the rest of the week to prep for Saturday afternoon’s date with B.C. High (MVF, 1 p.m.), looking to reverse an earlier 5-3 loss. Tyler Sifferlen, Ara Nazarian and Matt Filipe continue to spark the Lancers.
No. 4 Springfield Cathedral (11-2-3) improved to 6-2-3 against Eastern Mass. foes by tying Austin Prep and shutting out Hingham. With 88 goals, the Panthers are the division’s highest-scoring club. Juniors Peter Crinella (18-20-38) and DJ Petruzzelli (16-22-38), sophomore Johnny Leonard (18-11-29) and freshman Riley Prattson (9-17-26) are a fierce quartet.
No. 5 Austin Prep (5-0-3, 8-2-4) has survived playing with fire, climbing out of three straight two-goal deficits in the third period to secure one win and two ties. The latest, Saturday night’s deadlock with St. Mary’s , gave AP the inside track to the league championship. AP steps outside of the league Monday (vs. Central Catholic) and Wednesday (vs. St. John’s Prep).
No. 6 Central Catholic (5-0-2, 10-2-2) continues to lead the MVC/DCL One and would beef up its Div. 1A resume with non-league wins against Austin Prep Monday and Hingham Wednesday before facing its chief league challenger Chelmsford Saturday.
Now that that No. 7 Arlington Catholic (5-2-1, 10-2-1) has taken care of the business of securing coach Dan Shine’s 500th win, it can focus on building post-season momentum with three games against Archbishop Williams, Lowell Catholic and St. John’s Prep.
No. 8 Xaverian (7-3-5) rebounded from a 4-2 loss to Malden Catholic with a 4-4 road tie at St. John’s of Shrewsbury Sunday. The Hawks don’t skate again until Saturday against CM.
Defending Division 1 State Champion and No. 9 Burlington (8-1-6) tied reigning Division 2 State Champion Wilmington for the second time Saturday in the Middlesex Freedom.
No. 10 St. Mary’s (6-1-2, 11-4-2) cracks the Top 10 for the first time. Sparty is 10-1-2 since losing three of four to open the season and remains in the hunt for the Catholic Central Large crown.
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