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Mass. Girls D-1 Poll: Things tightening up at the top

Massachusetts Girls Division 1 Poll

RankTeamWLT
1Duxbury1003
2Reading1112
3Acton-Boxboro1220
4Arlington Catholic1121
5Austin Prep922
6Barnstable814
7Woburn1031
8Watertown/Belmont1211
9Andover932
10Winthrop/Lynn1120

*Updated 2/2/14

 

Things are starting to tighten up in Massachusetts Girls Division I hockey, with not a lot separating the top ten teams. Or, for that matter, the top 12 or 13 teams.

 

The latest HNIB News Mass. Girls Hockey D-1 poll will keep Duxbury (10-0-3) in the #1 spot. The Dragons had a couple of nailbiters this week, rallying to tie Beverly/Danvers with two third period goals, and edging Notre Dame, 2-1, also with a pair of third period goals. In between, Duxbury blanked Sandwich.

 

If anything, this team has shown how resilient it can be and not being bothered by being behind, both good traits come tournament time. The Dragon have another battle on Tuesday, travelling to Winthrop/Lynn, followed by an equally tough battle on Saturday with Falmouth (Bog, 1pm).

 

#2 Reading (11-1-2) only played once this week, cruising past Stoneham, 9-0. The Rockets appear to be at the top of their game at this time. They will play Lexington on Wednesday (7:45pm) and then will be at Arlington Saturday (6:00pm).

 

Another team on its game is #3 Acton-Boxboro (12-2-0). The Colonials have been showing off their offensive muscles, with a pair of wins this week over Westford Academy (6-2 and 4-1), along with a 7-3 win over Chelmsford (Meghan Barrett hat trick). A-B hosts a tough Billerica team Monday (8:00pm) and then has the rest of the week off.

Megan Barrett (#6 Acton-Boxboro) shields the puck against Julia Squeri (#13 Chelmsford) Photo courtesy of Paul Cardarelli

Megan Barrett (#6 Acton-Boxboro) shields the puck against Julia Squeri (#13 Chelmsford)
Photo courtesy of Paul Cardarelli

By virtue of its 2-0 win on Saturday, Arlington Catholic (11-2-1) vaults into the #4 spot ahead of #5 Austin Prep (9-2-2). AC also had a win against Archbishop Williams this week, while Austin blanked Wakefield (4-0) and tied Notre Dame (1-1).

 

The two teams meet again on Wednesday (8:00pm) at Arlington. Austin Prep also will travel west to take on Springfield Cathedral Monday (5:30pm) and hosts another toughie in St. Mary’s on Saturday (6:00pm)

 

Barnstable (8-1-4) creeps up to #6 thanks to a pair of solid wins over Hingham (3-1) and Canton (4-0). On Wednesday, the Red Raiders host Falmouth (5:oopm) in a big battle, then have a home-and-home with Sandwich (Friday, Saturday).

 

#7 Woburn (10-3-1) may have snapped out of its mini-slump with a solid week, defeating Melrose (5-0) and Lexington (3-0). A big test looms Monday with St. Mary’s (6:00pm). The Tanners also host Winchester on Wednesday (6:00pm) and Beverly/Danvers on Saturday (6:00pm). If Woburn can sweep the week, they will be right back in the thick of things.

 

#8 Watertown/Belmont (12-1-1) jumps up a couple of spots. Most recently, coach Steve Russo’s club dispatched Lexington (4-2) and Wakefield (7-0). ¬†This team, which has lost only to Reading this year, is at Burlington Wednesday (8:15pm) and hosts Stoneham Saturday (2:20pm).

 

Alicia Steeves (#7 Chelmsford) wins the faceoff draw against Leah Cardarelli (#7 Acton-Boxboro)

Alicia Steeves (#7 Chelmsford) wins the faceoff draw against Leah Cardarelli (#7 Acton-Boxboro)

How tight are things in Division I? A 2-2 tie with a good Billerica team drops Andover (9-3-2) three spots to #9. Chelmsford (Wednesday) and Concord-Carlisle (Saturday) are on the slate this week.

 

That closeness also vaults Winthrop/Lynn (11-2-0) into the poll for the first time this year. They knocked off Beverly/Danvers on Wednesday (1-0). Tuesday, Winthrop/Lynn hopes to make a statement when Duxbury comes to town.

 

Teams that could very easily be in the poll are Beverly/Danvers (11-2-1) and St. Mary’s (8-4-3), which knocked Westwood from the unbeaten ranks on Saturday, 2-1. Braintree (10-2-2).

 

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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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