Mass. Girls Division I Poll
* 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.
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.
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).