Massachusetts Girls Division 1 Poll
Duxbury (11-0-4) continues to hold on to the top spot in the latest HNIB News Masssachusetts Girls Division I poll, but that hold is becoming tighter and tighter.
The Dragons did make a big statement this week, blasting upset-minded Winthrop-Lynn 9-0 earlier this week. On Saturday, Duxbury faced off for the first of two meetings with D-2’s top-ranked club – Falmouth – (they have met in last two D-2 state finals at the Garden). The two powerhouses skated to a 1-1 tie, with Falmouth getting a point with goal in the final minute of play.
The two teams play again this coming Sunday, February 16th at 7pm, this time in Falmouth.
Duxbury is also at Canton on Wednesday (6:30pm)
#2 Reading (12-1-2) also had a close call Saturday, coming from a goal down to nip Arlington, 2-1. The Rockets, who have now won nine in a row, face off with Lexington on Monday (7:30pm), Winchester on Wednesday (6:00pm) and then at Woburn on Saturday (6:00pm). Ali O’Leary (18-13-31) and Tori Grimmer (13-13-26) continue to lead the offense.
Speaking of offense, #3 Acton-Boxboro (13-2-0) continues to score goals; the Colonials now have 76 goals so far and three players with 30 points or more in Kaitlin Hoang (17-22-39), Meghan Barrett (16-21-27) and Leah Cardarelli (12-18-30). A-B will need that scoring prowess with a busy, four-game week upcoming: Medway/Ashland Monday (8:00pm), at Andover Wednesday (7:30pm), Lincoln-Sudbury Friday (5:30pm) and Boston Latin Saturday (8 pm). Then, the Pilgrim Classic next week.
#4 Arlington Catholic (11-2-1) hasn’t played since February 1st, so they will be well-rested when they host league rival Austin Prep tomorrow (8:00 pm) to start a grinding week that includes Ursuline Academy Tuesday (the Bears beat AC the first time around), and then a home-and-home with a Notre Dame of Hingham team that can’t be taken lightly. Junior Adrieanna Rossini (14-11-25) leads the attack.
And how about #5 Barnstable (11-1-4). In a make-up game today, the Red Raiders were impressive in knocking off D2 powerhouse Falmouth, 4-2, showing they will be a factor in the Division I post-season tournament. After this big win, Barnstable will host Whitman-Hanson/Pembroke Wednesday (5:00pm), and battle Notre Dame of Hingham Thursday before the Cape Cod Classic tournament starts next week.
Austin Prep (10-3-2) continued to play low scoring, tight affairs, evidenced by a Wednesday win over Springfield Cathedral, and then a loss Saturday to St. Mary’s, both by 1-0 scores. The Cougars hope to pin a loss on AC Monday, then have a rematch with Cathedral on Wednesday (6:00pm). Caty Flagg has a 0.80 goals against average.
By winning its only game of the week, Andover (9-3-2) moves up to #7. The Warriors play three times this week, including a tough, non-league battle at Westwood Monday (5:30pm). Also on the slate are Acton-Boxboro Wednesday and Westford Academy on Saturday. Not an easy week.
Back in the poll this week at #8 is Beverly/Danvers (12-2-1), which picked up a key 4-3 win over Woburn on Saturday.
The Panthers, led by eighth-grade sniper Julia Nearis (35-22-57), and linemates Nicole Woods (16-32-48) and Kristen McCarthy (16-31-47), are at Winthrop/Lynn Monday (6:10pm), looking to avenge an earlier loss, at Medford Wednesday (7:00 pm) and take on Masconomet Saturday.
Hanging around and certainly in the mix is #9 Woburn (12-4-1). Emily Lissner (36 pts) and Ashley Moran (31 pts) are the key offensive producers for coach Bob MacCurtain. The Tanners have home games against Arlington (Wednesday) and Reading (Saturday), both at 6 pm before travelling to the Pilgrim Showcase next week.
The #10 spot goes to Watertown/Belmont (13-2-1). Wat-Bel got tripped up by Burlington on Wednesday, but rebounded with a 6-0 win over Stoneham. Wilmington Wednesday (4:00pm) and Melrose Saturday (1:30pm) loom ahead this week.
Winthrop/Lynn has fallen out of the top ten, but another win Monday over Beverly/Danvers would be a big step into getting back in. St. Mary’s (9-5-3) fell to Woburn, 3-0, but then beat Austin Prep, 1-0. Keep an eye on the Spartans.
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