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Mass. D1 Girls Poll: AC-Austin Prep, Part I set for Tuesday

Mass. Girls Division I Poll

RankTeamPrevious RankingWLT
1Arlington Catholic11001
2Austin Prep2901
3Duxbury3911
4Billerica4922
5Woburn51120
6Needham9912
7Acton/Boxboro7731
8Beverly/Daners61030
9Hingham81030
10Haverhill/North Andover10814

The much anticipated first meeting of the season between powers Arlington Catholic and Austin Prep, the top two teams in the HNIB News Mass. Girls D1 Poll, all season long, is scheduled for Tuesday night at Stoneham Arena (8pm). It should be a defensive battle, as AC has allowed just five goals in 11 games, Austin five in 10 games.

We will leave the two as they were in this week’s poll, even with AC’s 1-1 tie Saturday with Fontbonne. The Cougars (10-0-1) also beat Billerica (3-1) and Andover (3-0).

Austin Prep (9-0-1) swept through Archbishop Williams (2-1), Beverly/Danvers (5-1) and then made the trek Saturday to Connecticut to face East Catholic, the team that tied AP earlier this year, and came home with a 3-1 win.

It should be a great game Tuesday night. For those wondering, the two Catholic Central League rivals will meet again on February 20th.

#3 Duxbury (9-1-1) keeps plugging along. Snow wiped out Saturday’s scheduled game with Hingham. The Dragons did knock off Marshfield (3-0). Duxbury gets Canton on Saturday.

Girls-Festival-Ad-300x250Despite the loss to AC, Billerica (9-2-2) holds serve at #4. The Indians did pick up wins over Westwood (5-1) and Chelmsford (2-1) and get Westford Academy (Thursday) and Central Catholic (Saturday).

#5 Woburn (11-2-0) fell victim to Watertown (3-2) but rebounded Saturday with a 3-1 win over Melrose. The Tanners this week will see Wakefield (Wednesday) and Winchester (Saturday).

Three solid wins over Masconomet (8-0), Brookline/Newton South (3-1) and Milton (8-3) propel Needham (9-1-2) up to #6 this week. The Rockets will face Norwood (Wednesday) and Framingham (Saturday).

#7 Acton-Boxboro (7-3-1) seems to have found its offense. After losing to Andover (3-2), the Colonials have wins over Waltham (6-0) and Wayland/Weston (12-1). They close out the month with two tough games – Andover again on Wednesday, and Westford Academy on Saturday.

#8 Beverly/Danvers (10-3-0) split this week, losing that game to Austin Prep, but coming back Saturday with a 7-2 verdict of Masconomet. The Panthers will take on St. Mary’s (Wednesday) and league foe Medford (Saturday).

#9 Hingham (10-3-0) lost to D2’s top club, Notre Dame (5-0) in the Hingham Cup, then knocked off Westwood (3-1). Canton (Wednesday) and Sandwich (Saturday) are this week’s opponents.

Low-scoring, tight games continue to be the motus operandi for #10 Haverhill/Pentucket/North Andover (8-1-4). HPNA sandwiched a pair of 0-0 ties with Chelmsford and Lincoln-Sudbury around a 2-1 win over Westford Academy. This week’s schedule sees Waltham (Wednesday) and Concord-Carlisle (Saturday). Senior goalie Michaela Kane has six shutouts this season.

Middlesex League clubs Lexington (9-2-0) and Reading (8-4-0) are just on the outside and looking to get into the Top 10 next week.

Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.
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