Massachusetts Boys Division 2 Poll
At the halfway point of the season, there are still nine teams in Mass. Division 2 that have just one loss or less, and another five that have just two losses. Three teams remain unbeaten, and it is no surprise those three teams remain at the top of this week’s HNIB News Mass. D2 Top 15 poll.
#1 Medfield (11-0-1) has led the pack since day one and the Warriors show no signs of trouble. They swept three games this week over Bellingham (6-1), Masconomet (5-2) and Ashland (3-0). Coach Toby Carlow’s club will be tested with a MLK Day non-leaguer with Bishop Feehan, then are off until January 30th.
Wins over Saugus (3-2) and Danvers (5-0) highlighted the week for #2 Marblehead (9-0-1). The Headers have been getting some great offensive play from the senior duo of Braden Haley and Tim Kalinowski, who combined for all five goals in the Danvers win. They get WMass opponent Agawam Monday morning and then face Swampscott on Wednesday.
#3 North Reading (7-0-2) continues to play a solid defensive game (only 7 goals against all season) and get timely scoring. The Hornets took care of Lynnfield (7-1) and blanked Pentucket (3-0) this week. Looking ahead, NR will get Amesbury (Wednesday) and Masconomet (Saturday), both at Merrimack College.
Tewksbury (9-1-1) jumps back up a spot to #4 after wins over Lincoln-Sudbury (1-0) and Methuen (5-2). The Redmen get Acton-Boxboro Monday and then Haverhill on Saturday.
#5 Canton (7-1-1) also moves up a run. It’s only result this week was an 11-1 decision of Stoughton. Foxboro is Monday’s opponent, while the Bulldogs have a huge non-league tussle with #6 Medway (6-2-2) on Wednesday and then battle Oliver Ames Saturday.
The Mustangs will face Westwood this Saturday as well. Medway knocked off Hopkinton (3-1) and Oliver Ames (5-1) this past week.
#7 Coyle Cassidy had entered the week with a perfect slate, but the Warriors fell to Bishop Feehan (4-1) and then were tied up Saturday by Somerset/Berkley (3-3). They look to get things cranked up this week with games against Martha’s Vineyard (Wednesday) and St. John’s of Shrewsbury (Saturday).
Peabody (5-2-2) remains solidly entrenched at #8 after beating Beverly (4-0) and tying Winthrop (1-1). The Tanners have allowed one goal or less in five straight games. This week, Peabody has Lincoln-Sudbury on Monday, take on a hot North Andover team on Wednesday before going back to NEC play Saturday against Saugus. All three games are at home.
Cracking the top 10 for the first time this year is #9 Boston Latin (5-1-2). The Wolfpack took care of Concord-Carlisle this past Wednesday (4-2), while a Saturday game with Haverhill was postponed to late February. Latin will play Westford Academy (Monday) then have the week off.
Lincoln-Sudbury (7-3-0) falls to #10 after the loss to Tewksbury and one Saturday to Central Catholic (8-0). Concord-Carlisle is Saturday’s opponents.
Pembroke (6-1-1) is up a couple of rungs to #11 after convincing wins over Plymouth North (7-1) and Quincy (7-0). The Titans get Whitman-Hanson (Wednesday) and then a return battle with Hanover on Saturday.
#12 Bishop Feehan (5-1-2) saw its unbeaten season end Saturday with a loss to Bishop Stang after the big win over Coyle Cassidy. The Shamrocks may have been looking ahead to Monday’s battle with top-ranked Medfield. They get Somerset/Berkley on Saturday.
#13 Westwood (3-3-2) was on the wrong end of a 2-1 loss to Hopkinton on Saturday, after beating Norton (6-0). Things won’t get any easier, with Hanover on Monday and Medway on Saturday.
#14 Lynnfield (6-2-2) bounced back from the loss to North Reading with a 6-1 win over Amesbury. The Pioneers don’t play until Saturday versus Newburyport.
A 6-1 win over rival Attleboro was the only action this past week for #15 North Attleboro (5-2-2). The Red Rocketeers get Franklin (Wednesday) and King Philip (Saturday).