Mass D1 Poll: MC vaults to the top

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Massachusetts D1 Poll

RankTeamPrevious
Ranking
WLT
1Malden Catholic3600
2Springfield Cathedral1802
3Xaverian4810
4B.C. High2521
5Austin Prep7710
6St. John's Prep11620
7Central Catholic5730
8Arlington Catholic6512
9Catholic Memorial8441
10Duxbury10711
11Hingham13631
12Barnstable9621
13WellesleyNR701
14Andover14404
15Franklin16513
16Burlington17511
17Woburn18511
18Braintree15314
19ArlingtonNR520
20Framingham12334

There’s a whole lotta’ shaking (up) going on throughout this week’s poll. Most notably, four-time defending Division 1A champion Malden Catholic has taken over the top spot.

The No. 1 Lancers are getting it done a bit differently this season, blanketing opponents with responsible three-zone defense that keeps them pinned on the perimeter in the attacking zone and makes it next to impossible to get a clean look, let alone shot, on goal. MC has allowed two MIAA goals all season (to Hingham) and Catholic Memorial became MC’s third straight Catholic Conference (fourth overall) shutout victim on Saturday, 1-0.

No. 2 Springfield Cathedral dropped a notch through no fault of its own. The Panthers’ combustible offense continues to bludgeon opponents to the tune of 6.6 goals per game. In Saturday’s 11-0 romp past Falmouth, Cathedral scored more goals in a single game than it has allowed (nine) all season. Junior whiz Johnny Leonard stands one point shy of 100 for his career.

No. 3 Xaverian has shown itself to be the real deal, its lone loss to Malden Catholic. The Hawks are getting terrific goaltending from Aidan Murphy and scored a significant Catholic Conference win Saturday against B.C. High, 2-0, on goals by Jon Berniers and Tim Sweeney.

Meanwhile, the offense went dormant for No. 4 B.C. High in shutout losses to Malden Catholic and Xaverian. The Eagles look to get back on track this week with a non-leaguer against Arlington Catholic before seeking a season series sweep against league foe St. John’s Prep.

No. 5 Austin Prep knocked off Arlington Catholic, 4-2, in a key Catholic Central Large head-to-head Saturday night. The Cougars’ lone loss came at the hands of MC and they look to take firm control of the league race this week with games against Matignon and Archbishop Williams.

No. 6 St. John’s Prep jumps five spots after a successful week that saw the Eagles score a key road win against CM (2-1) before routing Matignon Saturday. The Eagles will know where they fit within the Catholic Conference structure after this week’s road tests against Malden Catholic and B.C. High.

No. 7 Central Catholic continues to roll along in the MVC/DCL One and will spend most of January in league play. Each of the Raiders’ three losses have come against teams currently ranked ahead of them in the poll.

No. 8 Arlington Catholic took its first loss Saturday night at the hands of league rival Austin Prep, 4-2. It’s a busy week for the Cougars with games against Bishop Fenwick (Monday) and St. John’s of Shrewsbury (Saturday) bracketing Thursday night’s home date with B.C. High.

No. 9 Catholic Memorial is playing more than well enough in the defensive end to win but managed just two goals in a three-game losing streak that has them at .500. Tuesday’s visit to Xaverian precedes games against Falmouth (ME) and Barnstable in this weekend’s Nate Nickerson Invitational.

No. 10 Duxbury is the lone public squad to crack the Top 10. The Green Dragons’ lone loss came at the hands of Xaverian. This week’s action will be spent in the confines of the Patriot League’s Keenan Division.

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