Mass. Girls D1 Poll: Reading, Barnstable continue to impress

Gary Demopoulos
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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Mass. Girls Division I Poll

RankTeamPrevious RankingWLT
3Arlington Catholic31221
6Austin Prep51022

* Updated 2/8/15

Big games dot the landscape for the upcoming week for many of Division 1’s top clubs, and those battles will be a precursor of some pretty hefty battles awaiting the final week of the regular season as well.

Reading (14-1-0) moved into the HNIB News Mass. Girls Division I poll’s #1 spot last week and the Rockets seem to enjoy the view, rolling to three wins this week over Lexington (6-2), Arlington (4-1) and Melrose (5-0).

It is a big week for Reading, with Winchester on Wednesday and Woburn on Saturday. In between, a big non-league war with Acton-Boxboro on Thursday.

Just as impressive is #2 Barnstable (10-0-4). The Red Raiders won Saturday’s big showdown with Duxbury (2-0) and also beat Braintree (8-1) and Hingham (4-1). This week, coach Peter Nugnes club gets Dennis-Yarmouth on Wednesday, a return engagement with Falmouth (Friday) and an interesting non-league game Saturday with Rhode Island heavy LaSalle.

#3 Arlington Catholic (12-2-1) tied Austin Prep (1-1) in the first of their two meetings (the second is upcoming this Saturday), and then beat Connecticut HS power East Catholic (3-0) on Saturday. The Cougars have Hingham scheduled for Monday (weather permitting) and face league foe Archbishop Williams (Wednesday) before seeing Austin Prep again.

Despite the loss to Barnstable, Duxbury (11-3-1) treads water at #4. The Dragons have round two with Falmouth on Wednesday, and then play Sandwich on Saturday.

Andover (10-4-2) sneaks up to #5. The Golden Warriors did fall to Chelmsford (2-1) but came back with a 2-0 verdict of Billerica. They stay with league play this week against Westford Academy (Wednesday) and Central Catholic (Saturday).

#6 Austin Prep (10-2-2) scored only one goal this week, tying Arlington Catholic (1-1) and falling Saturday to Archbiship Williams (1-0). Before Saturday’s return battle with AC, the Cougars get Wakefield on Thursday. They also are scheduled to play Hingham on Sunday.

Acton-Boxboro (11-2-2) check in at #7. The Colonials slipped past Westford (3-2) and were tied Saturday by Chelmsford (3-3). Central Catholic is on the docket for Tuesday ahead of the Reading matchup, and Billerica provides Saturday’s opposition.

#8 Watertown/Belmont (13-3-1) notched two more impressive wins in victories over Burlington (6-2) and Stoneham (7-2). A three-game week shows Wilmington (Wednesday), Medford (Thursday) and Melrose (Saturday).

Chelmsford (9-2-3) moves up a slug to #9 after tying A-B Saturday (3-3). The Lions also picked up the big win over Andover. Four games this week for Chelmsford: Shawsheen (Monday), Billerica (Wednesday), Leominster/St. Bernard’s (Friday) and Westford Academy (Saturday).

Rounding out this week’s poll at #10 is Beverly/Danvers (9-4-1). The Panthers have won their last two, over Marblehead (4-1) and Masconomet (5-2) after losing to St. Mary’s (1-0). A huge tilt looms Tuesday with Winthrop/Lynn in a game that should decide the Northeastern Hockey League title. Peabody is Friday’s oppponent.

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