Mass. Girls D1 Poll: Crowded at the top

Gary Demopoulos
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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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Mass. Girls Division I Poll

RankTeamPrevious RankingWLT
1Duxbury2811
2Reading3910
3Barnstable5602
4Arlington Catholic1920
5Acton-Boxboro4811
6Austin Prep6711
7Andover7722
8Watertown/Belmont8831
9Beverly/Danvers10521
10Winthrop/Lynn9810

*Updated 1/18/15

The Massachusetts Girls HS Division I poll is like the New England weather. If you don’t like it, wait a minute.

Put another way, not much at all separates a group of as many as six or seven teams at the top. Things look like they are that close this season.

Saturday’s Barnstable 1-0 win over Arlington Catholic has resulted in some shifting. But again, things could look a lot different in a week or two.

That result propels Duxbury (8-1-1) back into the top spot. The Dragons knocked off Notre Dame and Hingham, both by the same 3-1 score to ascend from the #2 spot. Duxbury will play Westwood Monday and then gets Billerica on Saturday.

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Reading (9-1-0) creeps up to #2 with a pair of impressive wins over Woburn (4-1) and Watertown/Belmont (4-2). Junior Ali O’Leary has been the offensive catalyst for the Rockets, who this week will see Wilmington (Monday) and Melrose (Saturday).

How can you not move Barnstable up? The Red Raiders (6-0-2) find themselves at #3 after the big win over AC. ¬†Callie Rogorzenski has been a key player up front for Barnstable. which can’t overlook Medway/Ashland on Monday. The Raiders also look ahead to Sandwich (Wednesday) and Hingham (Saturday).

Dropping three spots to #4 isn’t a big deal at all for Arlington Catholic (9-2-0), which responded nicely with a 3-1 win today against Falmouth, as Erin Healy had the game-winner. Things don’t get any easier for the Cougars, who look to avenge a loss to Andover on Wednesday, and then get league foe Archbishop Williams on Saturday.

#5 Acton-Boxboro (8-1-1) was solid this week with wins over Westford (4-2) and Lincoln-Sudbury (6-0). Wednesday, the Colonials have an interesting battle with five-time New Hampshire state champion Hanover, then play Waltham Saturday.

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Austin Prep (7-1-1) holds down the #6 spot, unable just yet to leapfrog the logjam in front of it. The Cougars were impressive in a 5-0 win over Andover, then downed St. Mary’s, 3-1. Archbishop Williams is the foe on Monday, followed by Winthrop/Lynn (Wednesday) and Central Catholic (Saturday). Austin still has a pair of remaining dates with Arlington Catholic.

Andover (7-2-2) stays put at #7, rebounding from the Austin Prep loss with a 2-0 win over Haverhill/North Andover. After AC on Wednesday, the Golden Warriors take on Methuen/Tewksbury and scoring star Amanda Conway on Saturday.

Watertown/Belmont (8-3-1) hangs on to the #8 spot, as losing to Reading is not a big issue. The Maraiders also beat Melrose, 3-0. They are off until Saturday when they take on Woburn.

#9 Beverly/Danvers (5-2-1) was idle this week, but jumps up a spot. Peabody is Monday’s opponent, followed by Medford (Wednesday) and Masconomet (Saturday).

It was that same Masco team that knocked #10 Winthrop/Lynn (8-1-0) from the ranks of the unbeaten. The Bulldogs look to rebound Monday against Medford, then have to take on Austin Prep (Wednesday) and St. Mary’s (Saturday)

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