Mass. Girls D1 Poll: Wild weekend for top teams

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

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
1Woburn11611
2Needham51601
3Austin Prep21122
4Beverly/Danvers31403
5Reading41221
6St. Mary's61222
7Westford Academy71321
8Boston Latin81512
9DuxburyNR944
10Hingham10855
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It was a crazy weekend for the upper echelon of Massachusetts Girls Division 1 clubs. Saturday saw teams ranked #1, #2 and #4 all lose. Meanwhile, last week’s #3 team played to a pair of ties over the weekend, while the #6 team also was tied on Saturday.

That leaves the dilemma of trying to reassess this week’s HNIB News Mass. Girls D1 Top 10. Here’s our shot at it, with more interesting games coming up this week.

Despite their 2-1 loss on Saturday to Arlington, Woburn (16-1-1) will stay in the top spot this week. The Tanners were stymied by a 41-save effort from Spy Ponders goalie Jordan Toomey. They have a huge game Wednesday against Reading. A win or tie gives Woburn the Middlesex League Liberty title outright. Lexington is the final league game on Saturday.

The beneficiary of Saturday’s results is Needham (16-0-1), which jumps to #2. The Rockets had the weekend off after beating Dedham (6-0) earlier in the week, then had a showdown with D2’s top club, Notre Dame, postponed (New date is February 20th). Needham also will have its hands full Monday in a non-league matchup with Shrewsbury, and gets a tough Wellesley team on Wednesday. Newton North is Saturday’s opponent.

#3 Austin Prep (11-2-2) lost a tough 1-0 decision to seven-time New Hampshire state champ Hanover Saturday, coming on the heels of a 5-1 win over Andover. The Cougars will see Arlington Catholic Wednesday, then the big rematch with St. Mary’s on Saturday which could decide the Catholic Central League title.

#4 Beverly/Danvers (14-0-3) got tied up by Billerica/Chelmsford (2-2) and Masconomet (1-1), although the Masco tie clinched the Northeastern League crown for the Panthers. A three-game week features Arlington (Monday), Plymouth (Wednesday) and Peabody/Lynnfield (Saturday).

#5 Reading (12-2-2) had a golden chance to make Wednesday’s battle with Woburn a winner-take-all match for the league title, but the Lady Rockets lost a three-goal lead and fell to Winchester 7-6 Saturday. They did beat both Arlington Catholic and Arlington this past week. After Woburn, Reading will take on Belmont Saturday.

St. Mary’s (12-2-2) holds firm at #6. The Spartans beat Winthrop/Lynn (2-1) and Archbishop Williams (3-1) before settling for a 1-1 tie Saturday with Arlington Catholic. A non-league battle with Quincy/North Quincy looms Wednesday before SML takes on Austin Prep.

#7 Westford Academy (13-2-1) keeps on winning. The Grey Ghosts posted a pair of wins over Andover (1-0, 3-1) and one over Waltham (5-2) to clinch the MVC/Dual County Large title. Westford takes on Masconomet (Tuesday) and Wayland/Weston (Saturday).

#8 Boston Latin (15-1-3) had a crucial 2-1 win over HPNA Saturday to stay in the race for the MVC/Dual County Small title, which could be settled Wednesday when the Wolfpack see Tewksbury/Methuen. They will play Concord-Carlisle on Saturday.

And look who’s back in the poll at #9. The would be Duxbury (9-4-4). The Green Dragons had another good week, beating Hingham (2-0) and Plymouth (4-2), sewing up the SEMGHL Coastal Division crown in the process. They have the upcoming week off.

Hingham (8-5-5) holds on to the #10 spot, beating Canton (2-1) on Saturday. The Harborwomen look ahead to Fontbonne (Wednesday) and Braintree (Sunday).

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