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Mass. D-1 Boys Poll: Consistency key for No. 1 B.C. High

Massachusetts Division 1 Boys Poll

RankTeamWLT
1B.C. High1003
2Catholic Memorial922
3Malden Catholic1030
4Springfield Cathedral1123
5Austin Prep824
6Central Catholic1022
7Arlington Catholic1021
8Xaverian735
9Burlington816
10St. Mary's1142
11St. John's (S)943
12Duxbury1013
13Winchester735
14Wilmington726
15Arlington834
16Marshfield1050
17Milton1311
18Braintree941
19Melrose1032
20Barnstable833

* 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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Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Kevin joined HNIB in 1990 and is a Senior Writer and Director of the Northern New England and Mass/R.I. High School Division camps. A veteran editor/writer of 40 years in the print and digital mediums, he has edited and produced original content and coordinated production for local and global publications and websites. He holds degrees from Merrimack College and Boston University and won multiple industry awards as Sports Editor of The Daily News of Newburyport and News Editor of The Amesbury News. He is the 2016 recipient of the North Shore Lifetime Commitment From the Community award presented by Moynihan Lumber and a 2017 Newburyport High School Wall of Fame inductee. He resides with his family in Portsmouth, NH. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @kdoyle40
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