Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Top 20
So this is how it’s going to be? It all sort of went upside down and sideways Saturday, producing rankings that looks decidedly different than it did a week ago.
New No. 1 Xaverian (6-1-2) vaults three spots to the top, supplanting BC High after taking down the Eagles Saturday night, 3-1. But, hey, that’s life in the Catholic Conference – you never know what you’re going to get. The Hawks shut out Malden Catholic earlier in the week, 2-0. Catholic Memorial (Wednesday) and St. John’s Prep (Saturday) visit this week.
No. 2 St. Mary’s (8-0-1) hasn’t ceded a point since a 2-2 tie with St. John’s of Shrewsbury two days before Christmas and swatted both Newburyport, 6-1, and Arlington Catholic, 6-0, this week. They have allowed the fewest goals in the division (7) while building a plus-29 differential and square off with Austin Prep in a key Catholic Central Large clash Wednesday.
No. 3 Framingham (6-2-2) split one-goal decisions this week, getting shut out by St. John’s Prep, 1-0, before squeezing past Natick, 3-2, Saturday on Will Trischitta’s late game-winner. It’s a three-game week for the Flyers, who take on Independent Shrewsbury Monday and Bay State Conference foes Weymouth (Wednesday) and Brookline (Saturday).
No. 4 BC High (5-2-1) tumbles three spots after dropping back-to-back Catholic Conference games to CM and Xaverian. With just 21 goals scored, the Eagles haven’t displayed nearly as much power as in seasons past. This could be a telling week – after taking on St. John’s Prep Tuesday night at home, they head to Pope Francis on Saturday.
No. 5 Burlington (8-1-0) is another big mover this week, climbing four spots on the strength of consecutive shutouts of Stoneham, 4-0, and Hingham, 3-0. The Red Devils have ripped off eight straight wins since dropping their season opener to Woburn. They stay within the Middlesex League this week, hosting both Melrose (Wednesday) and Lexington (Saturday).
No. 6 Arlington (4-1-1) stays in place. The Spy Ponders knocked off Lexington, 3-1, earlier in the week. Saturday’s scheduled date with Winchester was moved to Sunday night due to a power outage at Ed Burns Arena. Belmont (Wednesday) and Wilmington (Saturday) provide this week’s opposition.
No. 7 Catholic Memorial (5-3-2) climbs five spots this week. After upending BC High, 3-2, the Knights dropped Falmouth, 4-1, Saturday. They face off against Xaverian (Wednesday) and Hingham (Saturday) this week.
No. 8 Duxbury (4-2-2) suffered a 4-1 loss to unbeaten D2 contender Plymouth North and had Saturday’s game against North Quincy postponed. The Green Dragons are off until next Saturday’s game against Pembroke.
No. 9 Pope Francis (5-5-1) tied St. John’s (S) and shut out Austin Prep, 1-0, in a productive week. Next up for the Cardinals: Saturday’s visit by long-time nemesis B.C. High.
No. 10 Central Catholic (6-3-1) shut out Waltham, 3-0, Wednesday but fell to Andover by the same score Saturday. The Raiders remain within the MVC/DCL this week, taking on D2 Concord-Carlisle Monday and Westford Wednesday.
In was a split week for No. 11 Hingham (5-4-0), which defeated Braintree, 2-1, but lost to Burlington 3-0.
No. 12 St. John’s Prep (4-2-2) shut out Framingham, 1-0, and tied Malden Catholic, 2-2.
No. 13 Austin Prep (3-3-2) dropped that 1-0 game to Pope Francis in its only action.
No. 14 Braintree (5-2-1) rebounded from that loss to Hingham to defeat Walpole, 6-1, and Needham, 4-0.
No. 15 St. John’s (S) (4-3-3) completed a sweep of its season series with Marshfield Saturday, 4-0.