So, how are the newly-minted Division One programs doing this season? Their levels of success vary greatly. Here’s a quick breakdown:
WILMINGTON (7-1-4): The two-time defending Division 2 State Champs haven’t skipped a beat. The Wildcats are 7-0-4 (3-1-3 in D1) since an opening loss to Reading and lead the Middlesex League’s Freedom Division. They play the most comprehensive Division One schedule among the newcomers (14 games) and take on Middlesex Liberty leader Arlington Saturday afternoon (Ristuccia, 2:30).
FRANKLIN (5-4-1): This Hockomock stalwart has certainly played the most ambitious D1 schedule with losses to HNIB’s Massachusetts No. 2 Malden Catholic and No. 4 Springfield Cathedral; Connecticut D1 No. 2 Fairfield Prep; and Rhode Island No. 3 La Salle Academy. Franklin exited D2 on the heels of consecutive State Championship losses to Wilmington and has four D1 games left.
NEWBURYPORT (6-5-0): The perennial Cape Ann League power is 1-2-0 in three D1 starts and has won four straight, rebounding from their Cape Cod Freezeout appearance in December where they were shut out by both Barnstable and Braintree. Three D1 tests remain including a visit to Franklin on Feb. 13 (Pirelli, 5:30).
MANSFIELD (7-1-1): The Hornets seem a sure bet for the post-season. However, their schedule is D1 Lite. They have won their only D1 games to date (both against Hockomock foe King Philip) and will play a maximum of four regular-season games, depending on the Day Two pairings at February’s South of Boston Shootout.
TRITON (2-7-2): The Vikings have struggled within the confines of the Cape Ann League and are 0-3-0 against D1 opponents. They have two D1 games remaining.
KING PHILIP (3-6-1): KP is 0-4-0 against D1 competition with only one D1 game (vs. Franklin) left on its schedule.
– As first reported by Jim Clark of The Boston Herald on Tuesday, Wakefield High coach Derek Edgerly resigned last Friday for unspecified reasons midway through his eighth season. Wakefield Athletic Director Mike Boyages told HNIB this morning that Paul Uva will take over the program for the remainder of the season.
The Warriors (1-10-1) have struggled mightily, their lone win coming against Division 2 Saugus in December’s Kasabuski Holiday Classic tournament. Edgerly leaves with a 75-69-28 overall record. His 2011 team reached the D1 State Championship game, falling to Marshfield, 4-2.
Edgerly is a 1990 graduate of Stoneham High and a member of that school’s Hall of Fame. Upon graduation, he held the Middlesex League career record for goals (98) and scored a school record 160 points. He played two years at Northeastern University before embarking on a five-year minor league career.
– Arlington and Waltham square off in the Ed Burns Classic championship game tomorrow night at 8 at Burns Arena. Arlington (8-2-1) advanced with a 6-1 win against Triton Monday behind two goals and two assists apiece from Jack Kelly and Seth Coiley. Waltham (7-3-2) rolled over Somerville, 9-1, behind Ben Macewen (hat trick) and Brandon Hamner (2 goals).
– Winchester and Burlington battled to a 1-1 Middlesex League draw on Saturday. Shawn Bowler scored in the first period for the Red Devils (6-1-4) and was matched by the Sachems’ (4-2-5) Nolan Redler in the third. Goalies Mike Guleserian of Burlington (22 saves) and James Ofner of Winchester (26 saves) stood out.