Mass. D1 Boys Poll: No. 2 MC extends out-of-state success

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Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Poll

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
1B.C. High11203
2Malden Catholic211
3St. John's Prep31123
4Pope Francis41232
5Austin Prep51121
6St. Mary's61430
11Central Catholic131341
16Archbishop Williams15842

Since winning the first of four consecutive Division 1A championships in 2011, No. 2 Malden Catholic, has stepped out of state against non-MIAA opponents on 20 occasions and compiled a dominant 16-3-1 record. Only New Jersey power Delbarton, against whom MC has split six games, has measured up.

The Lancers extended their out-of-state mastery this past week, squeezing past Fairfield (CT) Prep on Monday, 3-2, before blasting Rhode Island stalwart Mount St. Charles Saturday, 7-3, a game in which they staggered the visiting Mounties with a five-goal first period blitz. MC has two remaining out-of-state dates: Monday at New Hampshire No. 1 Bishop Guertin and Sunday, Feb. 21 at home vs. Rhode Island power Bishop Hendricken.

In state, the Lancers travel to No. 20 Franklin Wednesday, then have a week off to prep for the Cathedral Hockey Classic hosted by Pope Francis Feb. 17-18.

HNIB-Ad-for-MassHShockey_2016Meanwhile, No. 1 B.C. High handled its only business of the week, shutting down Pope Francis, 3-1, Wednesday, holding the high-flying Cardinals off the board until the game’s final two minutes. The Eagles face off with Reading Monday at Burbank, then are off until Saturday when they meet host Falmouth in the first round of The Buddy Ferreira Classic.

No. 3 St. John’s Prep has settled after a mid-season hiccup. The Eagles swept Catholic Central Large foes Austin Prep (5-0, Wednesday) and Arlington Catholic (4-2, Saturday). A belated congrats to coach Kris Hanson, who notched his 200th career win last weekend. The Eagles face St. John’s of Shrewsbury Wednesday and wrap up their Catholic Conference schedule Saturday against Catholic Memorial in the annual Derek Hines Memorial Game.

No. 4 Pope Francis rebounded from its loss to B.C. High with a 4-1 decision of No. 18 Hingham Saturday. PF kicks off the first of its two regular-season tournaments, the Cathedral Tournament, Friday night against Fairfield Prep. The other semifinal on Friday pits Delbarton vs. Bishop Hendricken. It seems likely the Cardinals will close the regular season as the only D1 program in the state to surpass 100 goals scored.

After being shut down by St. John’s Prep earlier in the week, No. 5 Austin Prep responded with a key 2-0 Catholic Central Large decision of No. 16 Archbishop Williams Saturday. The Cougars bracket a mid-week league game against Arlington Catholic with non-leaguers against Middlesex League clubs Melrose (Monday) and Reading (Saturday), the latter in the first round of The Buddy Ferreira Classic.

No. 6 St. Mary’s long-time coach Mark Lee earned his 400th career win this past Tuesday as the Spartans fought off Bishop Fenwick, 4-3. No. 401 came Saturday night against Matignon, 7-0. The Spartans complete their Catholic Central Large slate Wednesday against Archbishop Williams.

HS-Festival-Ad-300x150No. 7 Burlington, the Middlesex Freedom Division champion, remains the most consistent performer among public schools this season. The Red Devils are unbeaten in 11 (10-0-1) since a 3-1 loss to No. 12 Winchester in the season’s third game.

No. 8 Framingham grabbed control of the Bay State Carey race with its 2-1 win against Braintree Wednesday, then shut out Newton North Saturday, 1-0.

No. 9 Reading rebounded from a mid-week loss to No. 14 Arlington by shutting out Winchester Saturday, 3-0. This is a crucial week for the Rockets with games against B.C. High, No. 13 Woburn and Austin Prep.

No. 10 Braintree halted a two-game skid with Saturday’s 4-1 decision of Needham. The Wamps continue to lead D1 with just 15 goals allowed.

No. 11 Central Catholic coach Mike Jankowski picked up his 200th career win against Andover Wednesday, 3-2. The Raiders regained control of the MVC/DCL One race Saturday night with a 3-1 decision of No. 15 Chelmsford.

Games To Watch

Monday — B.C. High at Reading, 7:30 p.m., Burbank

Wednesday — Arlington Catholic at Austin Prep, 4:50 p.m., Kasabuski

Wednesday — Archbishop Williams at St. Mary’s, 6 p.m., Connery

Wednesday — Malden Catholic at Frankin, 6 p.m., Pirelli

Wednesday — Reading at Woburn, 7:30 p.m., O’Brien

Wednesday — Braintree at Walpole, 8 p.m., Rodman

Saturday — Catholic Memorial at St. John’s Prep, 2 p.m., Ristuccia

Saturday — Archbishop Williams vs. Hingham, 3 p.m., Falmouth

Saturday — Braintree at Weymouth, 5 p.m., Connell

Saturday — Austin Prep vs. Reading, 5 p.m., Falmouth

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