Mass. Girls D-2 Poll: Impressive Fontbonne on way up

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Mass. Girls Division 2 Poll

RankTeamPrevious RankingWLT
1Wellesley1601
2Falmouth3821
3Dedham2502
4Fontbonne6612
5Archbishop Williams7911
6Milton4720
7Notre Dame (Hing)NR512
8Haverhill/No. AndoverNR602
9Winchester8430
10Norwood9241
* Updated 1/11/15

A couple of new faces make their way into the latest HNIB News Mass. Girls D-2 poll this week, but the top team stays the same.

#1 Wellesley (6-0-1) keeps hold of the top spot with a solid week, blanking Walpole, 7-0 and outlasting Norwood, 5-3. The Red Raiders will get a stern test Wednesday facing off with #6 Milton, and then they take on Natick (Saturday).

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By virtue of their big win Saturday over Duxbury, Falmouth (8-2-1) moves up to #2. The Clippers got goals from Ericka Meissner, Mckenzie Haberl and Kelly Ferreira in a 3-1 win over the Dragons. The Clippers are off until a Saturday contest with Medway/Ashland.

#3 Dedham (5-0-2) is still unbeaten. After tying Norwood (4-4), the Marauders exploded in an 8-0 win over Natick. Sam Girard had five goals in that one, including the 100th of her career. Games with Walpole and Natick are on the horizon this week.

Impressive Fontbonne (6-1-2) moves up to #4, thanks to big wins over Acton-Boxboro, Norwood and Ursuline, and a 4-0 win today over Boston Latin. The Ducks will see Braintree on Thursday.

Wins this week over Shrewsbury (4-2) and Latin Academy (3-0) vaults Archbishop Williams (9-1-1) to the #5 spot. The Bishops get Shrewsbury again on Wednesday, followed by Ursuline on Saturday.

With Wellesley (Wednesday) and Dedham (Saturday) on this week’s agenda, #6 Milton (7-2-0) may have been looking ahead as the Wildcats were blanked 3-0 by Walpole on Saturday. The loss drops the Wildcats a few spots.

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Moving into the poll at #7 is Notre Dame of Hingham (5-1-1). NDA battled D-1 power Barnstable to a 2-2 draw and also beat St. Mary’s (6-1) and Ursuline (2-0) this week. It won’t get any easier with Duxbury up on Tuesday.

Also making its poll debut at #8 is second-year varsity Haverhill/Pentucket/North Andover (6-0-2). The team has yet to lose this winter, although a tough one looms Wednesday with Tewksbury/Methuen, which is starting to get on a roll.

Slumping Winchester (4-3-0) falls to #9 after book-end 3-2 losses to Lexington and Reading. The Sachems will look to turn the ship around Saturday when they battle Burlington.

#10 Norwood’s (2-4-1) record doesn’t look very impressive, but the Mustangs have been the victims of a tough schedule, with losses to date to ranked teams Wellesley, Fontbonne and Milton, and a tie with ranked Dedham. Norwood will look to get some wins this week against Westwood (Tuesday), Natick (Wednesday) and Walpole (Saturday).

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