Massachusetts Boys Division 2 Poll
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.
Medfield (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.