Mass. Girls D-1 Poll: Reading takes over at #1

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 Division I Poll

RankTeamPrevious RankingWLT
3Arlington Catholic41120
5Austin Prep61011

* Updated 2/1/15

A couple of key results this past week has shaken up the HNIB News Mass. Girls D-1 Poll, and has resulted in a new top-ranked team as the season moves into February.

Ali O'Leary Reading
Ali O’Leary

That team would be Reading (11-1-0), which has quietly been going about its business this season. A Wednesday 6-0 win over Stoneham was the Rockets’ seventh straight win. They have outscored their opponents by a 56-9 count this season. Junior Ali O’Leary (24-13-37) is amongst the state’s top forwards.

This week, Reading will take on Lexington (Wednesday) and Arlington (Saturday).

#2 Barnstable (7-0-4) played just once this week, slipping past Canton, 2-1, on Saturday. The Red Raiders have a big week ahead of them, with games against Braintree (Wednesday), Hingham (Friday) and a biggie with Duxbury (Saturday).

A 10-day layoff was not detrimental to #3 Arlington Catholic (11-2-0), as the Cougars were very impressive in an 8-0 blanking of a good Fontbonne team. It was the team’s eighth shutout this winter. It was a good tuneup for Wednesday’s first of two showdowns with league rival Austin Prep. On Saturday, AC will battle with Connecticut power¬†East Catholic.

Jane Dudley Duxbury
Jane Dudley

It is alway news when Duxbury (10-2-1) loses, especially to someone other than Falmouth. The Dragons were upset by Canton (5-4) on Thursday, but did bounce back with a 5-3 over Beverly/Danvers Saturday behind a hat trick from Jane Dudley. Pembroke is Wednesday’s opponent before the battle with Barnstable.

#5 Austin Prep (10-1-1) finally moves up a spot. The Cougars haven’t played since Sunday and are set to take on Hingham (Monday) before the AC showdown Wednesday. Austin takes on Archbishop Williams on Saturday.

Andover (9-3-2) had another big win over a top club, downing Acton-Boxboro 4-1 on Saturday. The Golden Warriors will see Chelmsford (Wednesday) and Billerica (Saturday).

The loss to Andover drops Acton-Boxboro (10-2-1) to #7. The Colonials did beat stubborn Billerica this week. On the horizon is Westford Academy (Tuesday) and Chelmsford (Saturday).

#8 Watertown/Belmont (11-3-1) had solid wins over Lexington (5-2) and Wakefield (6-1) this week and continue to show they will be around all season. A non-league game with Medford looms Monday, followed by Burlington (Wednesday) and Stoneham (Saturday).

Beverly/Danvers (7-3-1) stays at #9, even with the loss to Duxbury. The Panthers have a key contest with suddenly red-hot St. Mary’s on Wednesday, followed by Marblehead (Saturday) and Masconomet (Sunday).

#10 Chelmsford (9-2-2) got back into action with a 7-3 win over Central Catholic. They look forward to a key tilt with Andover (Wednesday), and then another with Acton-Boxboro (Saturday).

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