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Mass. Girls D1 Poll: AC solidifies its #1 spot

Mass. Girls Division I Poll

1Arlington Catholic11201
2Austin Prep21011
8Haverhill/North Andover10915

There was a little movement in this latest edition of the HNIB News Mass. Girls D1 Top 10 poll.

Not at the top, though. #1 Arlington Catholic (12-0-1) won the big showdown with #2 Austin Prep (10-1-1) by a 2-0 count, and followed that with a 3-1 league win over Archbishop Williams Saturday. The AC Cougars get Beverly/Danvers on Wednesday, and then CCL foe St. Mary’s at home Saturday.

The Austin Cougars rebounded from the AC loss with a solid 5-1 verdict of six-time New Hampshire state champion Hanover on Saturday. Prep is looking to build off that win this week with games against Westwood (Wednesday) and Archbishop Williams (Saturday).

A pair of shutout wins over Westford Academy (3-0) and Central Catholic (5-0) allows Billerica (11-2-2) to sneak up a rung to #3. The Indians host Andover (Wednesday) and Chelmsford (Saturday) this week.

Girls-Festival-Ad-300x250#4 Duxbury (9-1-2) had to settle for a 1-1 tie with stubborn Canton in its first game in 12 days on Saturday. The Dragon stay in-league this week with tilts against Barnstable (Wednesday) and Falmouth (Saturday).

Woburn (12-3-0) sits at #5. The Tanners were beaten Saturday by rival Winchester (5-4) after knocking off Wakefield (5-2) earlier in the week. Woburn stays at home this week against Belmont (Wednesday) and Arlington (Saturday).

Posting book-end 3-1 wins over Norwood and Framingham helped move Needham (11-1-2) up to #6. The Rockets will get ready for Weymouth (Wednesday) and Braintree (Saturday), both at Babson College.

#7 Hingham (11-3-1) officially qualified for the post-season with a 2-2 standoff with Canton and a 4-0 shutout win over Sandwich in league play this past week. The Harborwomen look ahead to Canton again (Tuesday) and then Barnstable (Saturday).

#8 Haverhill/Pentucket/North Andover (9-1-5) continues to play close games. HPNA tied Waltham (1-1), then rallied from a two-goal, third period deficit to edge Concord-Carlisle. Coach Gary Kane’s club will play Boston Latin (Wednesday) and Wayland/Weston (Saturday).

It was a split this week for #9 Beverly/Danvers (11-4-0) with a win over Medford (5-1) and a loss to St Mary’s (3-1). The Panthers will have their hands full Wednesday with top-ranked Arlington Catholic, and also play Marblehead on Saturday.

Lexington (10-3-0) is back in the top ten. The Minutemen split 2-1 games, losing to Burlington and then knocking off Reading by the same score. They have Winchester (Tuesday) and Belmont (Saturday).

Teams to keep an eye on: Arlington (9-3-0), Reading (9-5-0), Westford Academy (7-3-4), Acton-Boxboro (7-4-2), Quincy/North Quincy (11-2-3).

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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