Mass. Girls D-1 Poll: Duxbury in familiar position

Gary Demopoulos
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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Mass. Girls D-1 Poll

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* Updated 12/28/14

It didn’t take very long for Duxbury (4-0-0) to re-take the top spot in the Massachusetts Girls D-1 Top 10 poll. The Dragons have swept their first four games, including a nail-biting 3-2 win over Watertown-Belmont on opening night.

Duxbury is right back into the fire on Wednesday afternoon, when they take on fellow SEMGHL Coastal foe Barnstable, coming off an impressive 3-1 win over D2 power Falmouth. They have a non-league tilt with St. Mary’s on January 3rd.

The Middlesex League’s Reading (3-0-0) is also unbeaten and moves up to the #2 spot. Junior forward Ali O’Leary has picked up where she left off last year, leading the Rockets offense.

Reading has three home games this week, including a showdown New Year’s Day with #3 Arlington Catholic. The Rockets will also see Billerica (Dec. 29th) and Lexington (Jan. 3rd).

A loss to Andover, brings Arlington Catholic (3-1-0) down to the #3 spot. The Cougars, in addition to the huge Reading tilt, will take on Masconomet 0n December 31 and then tangle with league foe Archbishop Williams on January 3.

#4 Acton-Boxboro (4-0-1) stays put rallying for a 1-1 standoff with Andover on Saturday. The Colonials will be looking at another improved club – Chelmsford – on January 3rd.

#5 Barnstable (2-0-0) can really make some noise if the Red Raiders can knock off Duxbury on Wednesday. Coach Peter Nugnes team also owns a season-opening win over Sandwich. Barnstable is at Hingham on Saturday (Jan. 3).


#6 Austin Prep (3-1-0) also fell short against Andover, but rallied for a nice win over league rival St. Mary’s. They host five-time New Hampshire state champion Hanover on Monday, and then get Central Catholic on New Year’s Day.

Despite some key turnover, coach Kevin Drew has #7 Andover (3-1-1) playing some great hockey, with wins over AC and Austin Prep already. They will be at Chelmsford on Tuesday in what will be another tough one.

#8 Beverly/Danvers (3-1-0) actually defeated Andover, 4-2. Its only loss has been to Austin Prep. Senior Kristen McCarthy has been vital to the offense.  They host Wakefield on Monday and then travel to Masconomet next Sunday (January 4th).

#9 Watertown/Belmont is only 2-2-1 so far, but that is a main result of the schedule, with a one-goal loss to Duxbury and a defeat at the hands of D2 heavy Winchester.

Rounding out the first in-season Girls D-1 Poll is unbeaten Winthrop/Lynn (3-0-0). They come off a 10-day hiatus by hosting Auburn on Tuesday.

* Coming soon, our Mass. Girls D-2 Top 10 Poll

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