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Mass Girls D-2 Poll: Wellesley assumes top billing

Massachusetts Girls Division 2 Poll

RankTeamWLT
1Wellesley1511
2Falmouth923
3Westwood824
4Archbishop Williams1141
5Tewksbury/Methuen1311
6Winchester942
7Dedham941
8Burlington1041
9Norwood942
10Whitman-Hanson/Pembroke1231

*Updated 2/9/14

 

There is a new #1 in this the latest HNIB News Massachusetts Girls Division II Top 10 poll. With Falmouth tying (Duxbury) and losing (Barnstable) this weekend to a pair of Division I opponents, Bay State League Herget Division leader Wellesley assumes the top spot, at least for this week.

 

#1 Wellesley (15-1-1) seems to be perfectly fine after suffering its first loss of the season in late January. The Red Raiders took care of Braintree (3-2), Walpole (5-0) and Norwood (4-3) this week. The Raiders finish their league slate this week against Milton Wednesday (6:40pm) and at Natick Saturday (7:20pm) before participating next week in the Cape Cod Classic, where they will see Falmouth.

 

Despite going 0-1-1 for the weekend, Falmouth (9-2-3) only drops down to #2. The Clippers are still a formidable club and a favorite for the D-2 state title. This week, they will look to get back to their winning ways with games against Hingham Wednesday (7:00pm) and at Whitman-Hanson/Pembroke Saturday (2:15pm). Then, Falmouth will take on Duxbury for a second time Sunday night at home (7:oopm faceoff).

 

Despite losing to D-1 Hingham last Monday, Westwood (8-2-4) stays put in the #3 spot. The Wolverines did defeat Mansfield/Oliver Ames Saturday (4-1). Monday, Westwood will have all it can handle when Andover, #7 in Division I, comes to town (5:30pm). Medway/Ashland, another tough opponent, is Friday’s opponent (5:30pm) and the Wolverines will see Dover-Sherborn Sunday night.

 

#4 Archbishop Williams (11-4-1) saw a 4-4 tie with Springfield Cathedral its only result of the week. The Bishops will be at Shrewsbury Wednesday (6pm) before a big weekend at St. Mary’s Friday (7:00pm) and against Fontbonne Saturday (3:00pm). Freshman Katie Meehan (31 pts) has hit the 20-goal plateau, while Katie Barry (26 pts) and Kiera Dwyer (24 pts) are having big years as well.

 

Wins over Lincoln-Sudbury (5-1) and Haverhill/North Andover (5-0) moves Tewksbury/Methuen (13-1-0) up a spot to #5. The Red Rangers will be busy this week with four games, starting with Melrose Monday (5:00pm). Waltham Wednesday (5:00 pm), at Wayland/Weston Thursday ( 7:50 pm) and Marblehead Saturday (5:00 pm) are also on the schedule.

 

Melissa Zavez Winchester

Melissa Zavez
Winchester

#6 Winchester (9-4-2) lost its rematch with Woburn (3-1) and then needed some heroics from Melissa Zavez to pull out a 3-3 tie with Lexington. The Sachems host Haverhill/North Andover Tuesday (5:00pm), then will have their hands full with D-1 heavies Reading Wednesday (6:00pm) and St. Mary’s Saturday (8;30pm), both on the road.

 

Dedham (9-4-1) climbs a few notches to #7. Most recently, the Marauders took out Natick, 5-3. They have a key make-up game with Norwood on Tuesday at 4pm (Bajko Rink), then host Walpole Wednesday (7:45pm) and are at Milton Saturday (6:00pm).

 

Returning to the Division II poll for the first time since the pre-season is #8 Burlington (10-4-1). The Red Devils had a pair of 2-1 wins this week over D-1 ranked Watertown/Belmont and then Melrose.  Burlington is 7-0-1 in its last eight and hosts Stoneham (Wednesday) and Wakefield (Saturday) this week.

 

#9 Norwood (9-4-2) fell to Wellesley on Saturday to drop a few notches. The Mustangs, after Dedham, host Natick Wednesday and are at Walpole Saturday.

 

#10 Whitman-Hanson (12-3-1) was held to a 2-2 tie with Scituate before rallying for a 6-0 win over King Philip. This week will be tough. After hosting Cohasset/Hanover Tuesday, WH-P will see Barnstable Wednesday, Fontbonne Thursday and Falmouth Saturday.

 

Fontbonne (6-7-3) drops out of the poll, as the Ducks were tied three times this week (by Hingham, Ursuline and Notre Dame). A big week could have the club back in next week’s poll.

 

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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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