Mass. Girls Division I Poll
* Updated 1/4/15
Not a lot has changed in this the first Massachusetts Girls HS Division I poll of the new year. There were no upsets for the top teams. Only Reading suffered a loss, and that was to fellow power Arlington Catholic. Not big news.
Duxbury (5-0-1) stays in the #1 spot. The Dragons did battle to a 3-3 tie with Barnstable, not enough to knock them off the ledge. Duxbury then defeated St. Mary’s, 4-1. Two tough opponents loom with Hingham on Wednesday and Falmouth on Saturday.
The big win over Reading, a 1-0 verdict, has propelled pre-season top pick Arlington Catholic (6-1-0) back up to the #2 spot. The Cougars also blanked Masconomet (5-0) and Archibishop Williams (3-0) this week and look to be rounding into shape. They get Burlington on Monday, then will have a nice layoff.
#3 Acton-Boxboro (5-0-1) has quietly been going upon its winning ways, most recently knocking league rival Chelmsford from the unbeaten ranks with a 5-1 win behind a goal and two assists from Olivia Keefe and three assists from Leah Cardarelli. This week’s opponents include Fontbonne and Central Catholic.
#4 Reading (5-1-0) rode a hat trick from Ali O’Leary to a 4-0 win over Lexington to get back on the winning track. The Rockets look ahead to league foes Arlington and Winchester for this week.
Barnstable (2-0-1) stays solid at #5. After playing just three games to date, the schedule will start heating up as the Red Raiders have Hingham (Monday), Canton (Wednesday) and Notre Dame of Hingham (Saturday) on the docket this week.
#6 Austin Prep (4-1-1) earned a 2-2 draw with five-time New Hampshire state champion Hanover and then cruised past Central Catholic. An interesting match with Algonquin/Hudson is up for Wednesday, then a rematch with Andover Saturday.
Speaking of Andover (3-1-2), the Warriors will stay at #7, a 2-2 tie with Chelmsford its only result of the week. They get Westwood on Monday and Westford Academy on Wednesday before the Austin Prep rematch.
Convincing wins over Wakefield and Burlington bring #8 Watertown/Belmont to an overall mark of 4-2-1. The Maraiders play three times this week: Needham (Monday), Stoneham (Wednesday) and Wilmington (Saturday).
#9 Winthrop/Lynn (4-0-0) prepared for Tuesday’s battle with Beverly/Danvers with a solid 5-1 win Sunday over Marblehead.
#10 Beverly/Danvers (4-1-1) was forced to settle for a 2-2 tie with league foe Masconomet earlier today and also downed Wakefield 8-1 in a game that saw defenseman Caitlin McBride hit the 100-career point mark. A key league tussle is up for Tuesday with unbeaten Winthrop/Lynn.