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Mass D2 Boys Poll: Marblehead assumes the lead

Massachusetts Boys Division 2 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Marblehead21101
2Tewksbury41021
3Medfield11111
4North Reading3812
5Coyle Cassidy7911
6Boston Latin9612
7Medway6732
8Canton51021
9Bishop Feehan12612
10Peabody8732
11Lincoln-Sudbury10840
12Pembroke11613
13Westwood13442
14Lynnfield14632
15North Attleboro15532

Losses by several top 10 teams have shuffled this week’s HNIB News Massachusetts Division 2 Boys Top 15 poll, leaving a new #1 team for the first time this season.

That would be Marblehead (11-0-1), now the only unbeaten team in the division. The Headers beat non-league Agawam (5-2) and Swampscott (8-3). It will be a three-game week for coach Bob Jackson’s club, with league games against Winthrop (Monday), Beverly (Wednesday) and Peabody (Saturday).

#2 Tewksbury (10-2-1) jumps a couple of spots, despite a loss to D1 Acton-Boxboro. The Redmen officially qualified for the post-season with a 4-0 win over Haverhill Saturday. They play Billerica (Monday), then are off until February.

HNIB-Ad-for-MassHShockey_2016Medfield (11-1-1) had been the division’s top club all season, but the Warriors fell 4-3 to an up-and-coming Bishop Feehan team to fall from the ranks of the unbeaten. It was the Warriors only game of the week and they are in the midst of a long layoff, not playing again until Saturday’s contest with Dover-Sherborn.

Also suffered its first loss of the season was #4 North Reading (8-1-2). The Hornets came up short, 2-1, against improving Masconomet Saturday. They have another tough one Monday against North Andover, followed by a game with Triton on Saturday.

In its only action of the week, #5 Coyle Cassidy (9-1-1) blanked Martha’s Vineyard. Saturday’s snowstorm postponed a game with St. John’s of Shrewsbury. The Warriors play Bishop Stang (Wednesday) and then have a huge rematch with Bishop Feehan on Saturday.

#6 Boston Latin (6-1-2) downed D1 Westford Academy (8-3) and was then idle the rest of the week, picking up action on Wednesday against Lincoln-Sudbudy, then a Sunday game against North Andover.

#7 Medway (7-3-2) may have played its best game of the season, beating Canton Wednesday (2-0), and then its worst of the season, losing to Westwood Saturday (5-0). The Mustangs get Ashland (Wednesday) and then a key non-leaguer with Pembroke (Friday).

#8 Canton (10-2-1) rebounded from the Medway loss to blank Oliver Ames Saturday (2-0). The Bulldogs have the week off not playing until Saturday vs Franklin.

Already with two wins over top 10 teams, #9 Bishop Feehan (6-1-2) continues to climb in the rankings. The Shamrocks made some noise with their conquest of Medfield, while Saturday’s game with Somerset/Berkley was postponed.  They get Martha’s Vineyard Wednesday before tackling Coyle Cassidy on Saturday.

#10 Peabody (7-3-2) went 2-1 for the week, beating Lincoln-Sudbury (5-2) and Saugus (6-0) and losing to North Andover (4-2). Prior to Saturday’s key matchup with Marblehead, the Tanners will see Danvers (Wednesday).

After the loss to Peabody, #11 Lincoln-Sudbury blanked Concord-Carlisle (7-0). The Warriors will be ready for Boston Latin (Wednesday) and get Haverhill (Saturday).

A pair of 3-3 ties with Whitman-Hanson and Hanover were the highlight of #12 Pembroke‘s (6-1-3) week. The Titans look ahead to Scituate (Wednesday), Medway (Friday) and North Quincy (Saturday).

#13 Westwood (4-4-2) regained some confidence with Saturday’s big win over Medway, coming after a loss to D3 power Hanover.  The Wolverines battle Bellingham (Monday) and Holliston (Saturday) as they long to go on a run.

#14 Lynnfield (6-3-2) fell to Newburyport (4-1) in its only action this week. On the docket this week are Triton (Wednesday) and Masconomet (Saturday).

North Attleboro (5-3-3) stay put at #15. The Red Rocketeers lost to Franklin (4-1) and tied King Philip 3-3 Saturday on a last second goal. Mansfield (Monday), Taunton (Wednesday) and Oliver Ames (Saturday) will be the opponents this 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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