Massachusetts Girls Division 2 Poll
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.
#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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