Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Poll
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If anyone retained even a scintilla of doubt about No. 1 B.C. High’s top billing, it certainly must have dissipated last week as the Eagles shredded three opponents at the Ferreira Classic – host Falmouth and Catholic Central Large foes Austin Prep and Arlington Catholic – by a combined 22-0 score.
Tournament MVP Kayser Raei’s six-point night (goal, five assists) powered the 8-0 championship game win against AC. Jayson Dobay and Thomas Kramer had two goals each. The Eagles shoot to complete an unbeaten regular season this week against Matignon (Monday) and Reading (Wednesday).
No. 2 Pope Francis vaults two spots on the strength of winning its Cathedral Classic crown. The Cardinals upended Malden Catholic in the semifinals, 3-2, then shut down St. Mary’s (L) in the title game, 4-0, behind a pair of Riley Prattson (23-25-48) goals. The Cardinals conclude the regular-season with a visit to No. 13 Central Catholic Wednesday night.
No. 3 St. John’s Prep, the reigning 1A champion, spent a successful week against the Bay State Carey Conference. Following a 2-2 mid-week tie against Braintree, the Eagles knocked off BSC champion and No. 12 Framingham Saturday, 4-1. SJP epitomizes team play. Only one player, Danny Tighe, has double-figure goals but nine players have four or more.
Sufficiently angered by a tough start to a four-game week, No. 4 Malden Catholic recovered from a stunning loss to New Hampshire No. 1 Bp. Guertin and the Cathedral Classic semifinal defeat by Pope Francis to break even by walloping Acton-Boxboro, 9-0, and Bp. Hendricken (RI), 5-0, to conclude its regular season.
The beat goes on for No. 5 Burlington. The Red Devils enjoyed a three-win week, first capturing the Cahoon Cup with matching 4-2 wins against Framingham and No. 15 Chelmsford; then spoiling Senior Night for Arlington Catholic Saturday with another 4-2 win. The Red Devils wrap up the regular season Thursday at No. 11 Woburn.
Catholic Central Large co-champ No. 6 St. Mary’s gained a split decision at The Cathedral Classic this past week, rolling over Acton-Boxboro before falling to Pope Francis in the title game. The Spartans have done about all they can to secure a 1A nod — but a win against No. 16 Hingham in Wednesday’s regular-season finale sure wouldn’t hurt.
No. 7 Austin Prep went into Sunday night’s game needing a win against Archbishop Williams to claim an outright Catholic Central Large championship — instead, they’ll share the crown with St. Mary’s following a 1-1 tie. Despite defeating St. Mary’s twice, the Cougars are 1-2-2 in their last five and drop a notch.
No. 8 Arlington made a big move back into the Top 10 with a 5-0 shutout of No. 18 Marshfield and one-goal decisions of Weymouth and Hingham. A key factor in the Spy Ponders’ favor – they own the best head-to-head record among the Middlesex League Liberty Division’s Big Four at 3-1-2.
No. 9 Braintree picked up a well-earned point in its tie with St. John’s then fought off a determined Triton squad fighting for its post-season life on the road Saturday, 3-2. The Wamps close the regular season at Catholic Memorial Wednesday.
No. 10 Reading picked up five points at the Ferreira Classic, tying Austin Prep and defeating Falmouth and Archbishop Williams. The Rockets wrap up the regular season Wednesday with an exclusionary game against B.C. High. Prior to that they will face Burlington in an MIAA Endowment Game Monday night at The Ice Palace (8:15).