Mass Girls D1 Poll: Top-ranked AC stunned by St. Mary’s

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

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
1Austin Prep21211
2Arlington Catholic11311
8Haverhill/North Andover81025

The question arises. If the #1 team loses and the #2 team wins, does the #2 team automatically take over the top spot? Even if said #2 team lost earlier this season against the #1 team?

That’s the dilemma today after top-ranked Arlington Catholic was upset Saturday by St. Mary’s Lynn, 1-0, while #2 Austin Prep blanked Archbishop Williams, 4-0. Last week, AC beat Austin, 2-0, in their first head-to-head meeting.

Since this is a weekly poll, we will install Austin Prep (12-1-1) as the #1 team in the latest HNIB News Mass. Girls D1 Top 10 poll. Arlington Catholic (13-1-1) will get the #2 spot, although the teams should probably be considered 1A and 1B.

Austin will host Duxbury on Tuesday, a Dragons team that will be smarting after two straight losses, and then Westwood on Saturday.

Arlington Catholic is off all week and will look to get it going Saturday against a solid Hingham team.

Billerica (13-2-2) stays firm at #3 after the Indians posted league wins over Andover (2-0) and Chelmsford (4-2) this week. Looking ahead, coach Tina Carrabba’s club will host Acton-Boxboro (Wednesday) and Beverly/Danvers (Saturday).

Girls-Festival-Ad-300x250Needham (13-1-2) continues to be impressive, gaining wins over Weymouth (10-2) and Braintree (4-0) to jump up t0 #4. The Rockets get Dedham (Wednesday) and Newton North (Saturday).

#5 Woburn (14-3-0) is also up a spot after beating Belmont (6-1) and Arlington (3-1). The Tanners, whose 14 wins are the most in D1 at this point, have two big games this week – Reading (Wednesday) and Lexington (Saturday).

Losses to Falmouth and Barnstable drop Duxbury (9-3-2) down to #6, and things won’t get any easier Tuesday when the Dragon take on Austin Prep. Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake is Saturday’s opponent.

#7 Hingham (12-4-1) suffered a tough loss to Canton, but rebounded Saturday with a 5-3 win over Barnstable. The Lady Harbormen face a good Plymouth team Wednesday before the daunting task of taking on Arlington Catholic Saturday.

Haverhill/Pentucket/North Andover (10-2-5) remains at #8. HPNA also suffered a hiccup, falling to Boston Latin, but regrouped and whitewashed Wayland/Weston (6-0). They have Cambridge (Wednesday) and Lincoln-Sudbury (Saturday).

#9 Beverly/Danvers (12-5-0) fell 6-1 to Arlington Catholic and won the Northeastern Hockey League title Saturday with a 4-2 verdict of Marblehead. Before playing Billerica, Winthrop/Lynn will be Wednesday’s foe.

And look who is back in the poll? Defending state champ Reading (10-5-1). The Rockets qualified for post-season play with an impressive 4-0 win over Winchester Saturday, coming on the heels of a scoreless tie with Arlington. They look ahead to Woburn Wednesday and then get Belmont on Saturday.

Lurking on the outside are Lexington (12-4-0), Arlington (9-4-1), Acton-Boxboro (9-4-2) and Westford Academy (9-3-4).

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