Massachusetts Division 2 Boys Poll
Five members of last week’s top ten suffered defeats this past week (some to D1 foes), so there is a little re-shuffling of this week’s HNIB News Massachusetts Boys Division II poll.
That reshuffling also includes a new #1 team. Westwood (10-1-1) moves into the lofty position after winning both of its games this week, beating Dover-Sherborn (4-1) and Ashland (7-0). The Wolverines were scheduled to face Hopkinton tonight (weather permitting) and then get Bellingham on Wednesday and Holliston Saturday.
The Ashland win qualified Westwood for its 33rd consecutive post-season.
Despite a 4-2 loss to D1 Billerica, Tewksbury (10-3-0) actually slides up a spot. The Redmen had a big game scheduled tonight with Austin Prep, and will continue this week with league foes North Andover (Wednesday) and Concord-Carlisle (Saturday).
#3 Winthrop (11-2-1) also moves up a slot, after clinching the NEC North title with wins this week over Saugus (5-1) and Beverly (4-2). The Vikings have a non-league game with Belmont on Thursday, and then take on Lynn this Saturday.
Last week’s top team – Medfield (11-2-0) – fell to rival Medway (5-3) on Saturday, and thus drops a few pegs to #4. The Warriors hope to start some new momentum Tuesday against Bellingham.
The Division’s only unbeaten team – Plymouth South (10-0-3) – continues its move up, now ranked #5. The Panthers blanked North Quincy (3-0) and tied Scituate (4-4) in Patriot League play. South had an interesting game scheduled for tonight (Monday) against Old Rochester, and also this week get Hanover (Wednesday) and Pembroke (Saturday).
#6 Masconomet (7-3-1) dropped a tough 4-3 game to Newburyport in its only action of the week on Saturday. The Chieftains had a 3-1 lead. Tonight’s game with Beverly has been postponed, so Masco will wait for Lynnfield (Wednesday) and then get Amesbury (Saturday).
#7 Canton (7-5-0) lost another hard-fought one-goal game to a strong D1 Franklin team on Saturday. The Bulldogs have a busy week with the opportunity to make some noise against Attleboro (Wednesday), Oliver Ames (Thursday), North Attleboro (Saturday) and Milford (Sunday).
#8 Lincoln-Sudbury (8-6-0) bounced back from a 7-1 loss to D1 power Malden Catholic with a key 4-3 win over Haverhill. The Warriors have three league games scheduled this week against Concord Carlisle (Monday – weather permitting), Boston Latin (Wednesday) and North Andover (Saturday).
Coyle-Cassidy (10-3-0) avenged one of its losses with a 3-1 win over Bishop Feehan on Saturday and holds down the #9 spot. Somerset-Berkley (Wednesday) and Martha’s Vineyard (Saturday) are on this week’s docket.
North Reading (9-3-0) stays at #10. The Hornets blanked Amesbury (2-0) in their only action of the week. A non-league game with Saugus was scheduled for tonigh. The rest of the week, North Reading gets Triton (Wednesday) and Newburyport (Saturday). The snowed-out game with Masconomet has been schedule for February 9th.
Keep an eye on #11 Medway (9-4-1) after the Mustangs big win over Medfield. Hopkinton (Thursday) and Westboro (Saturday) dot this week’s schedule.
Boston Latin (7-4-1) creeps up to #12, following a 2-0 loss to Tewksbury and a 1-1 tie with Medford with a 2-1 win over North Andover. The Wolfpack have three more games on tap this week: Lincoln-Sudbury (Wednesday), Haverhill (Friday) and Methuen (Saturday).
#13 Danvers (8-5-2) edged Saugus (4-3) and must be on its game on Tuesday against improving Peabody. The Falcons will take on Salem on Wednesday.
Marblehead (8-5-1) drops a few spots after falling to Peabody (4-3). The Headers will take on Lynn (Wednesday) and still have to makeup a snowed-out game with Beverly.
Oliver Ames (6-4-1) returns to the poll after a solid 8-1 win over North Attleboro. OA hopes to continue its solid play on Thursday against Canton, and get King Philip on Saturday.