Mass. Girls D2 Poll: A winning week for top teams

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 2 Poll

RankTeamPrevious RankingWLT
1Notre Dame11500
9Mansfield/Oliver AmesNR1141

It was all wins this past week for the top six teams in the HNIB News Massachusetts Girls D2 Top 10, so that group stays intact as we head into mid-February.

#1 Notre Dame (15-0-0) played just once, a 2-1 league win over Ursuline Academy, after a showdown with D1 power Needham was postponed due to weather. The Cougars look to keep their perfect record going this week against Fontbonne (Thursday) and Medfield (Saturday).

#2 Matignon (15-2-0) turned on the offensive jets, scoring 18 goals in wins over St. Joseph Prep and Auburn. The Warriors hope to finally take on East Catholic of Connecticut (Tuesday) and then see Algonquin/Hudson on Saturday.

#3 Pembroke (14-0-1) remains unbeaten after a 3-0 win over Marshfield. Sunday’s game with Dennis-Yarmouth was postponed due to weather. The Lady Titans have one scheduled contest this week, a Wednesday tilt with Nauset/Cape Tech.

#4 Shrewsbury (14-1-0) ripped off three more wins, all shutouts over Masconomet (6-0), Leominster/St. Bernard’s (5-0) and Melrose (3-0). The Colonials can make a big statement Monday when they take on unbeaten Needham. They play Auburn Wednesday and Masconomet again on Saturday.

A pair of league wins over Haverhill/Pentucket/North Andover (5-4) and Lincoln-Sudbury (3-0) keeps #5 Tewksbury/Methuen (12-1-3) solidly entrenched at #5 in anticipation of a key league battle Wednesday with Boston Latin. The Red Rangers will play Waltham on Saturday.

#6 Winchester (8-3-4) had perhaps the most dramatic win of the weekend, rallying from three goals down in the third period to stun Reading 7-6 on a Madison Micciche goal with 1.8 seconds left. The Sachems have three league tilts this week against Lexington (Monday), Belmont (Wednesday) and Arlington (Saturday).

Spots 7-10 did see some changes.

Wellesley (11-3-3) moves up a rung to #7, even after a tough 3-2 loss to Dedham Saturday. The Red Raiders did beat Framingham (5-2) earlier in the week. They get their shot at Needham (Wednesday) and then Natick (Saturday).

Burlington (10-5-1) climbs to #8 after a win over Melrose (6-4) and a 2-2 standoff with now tourney-bound Stoneham. The Lady Devils take on Wakefield (Tuesday) and Wilmington (Saturday).

Making its poll debut this week at #9 is Mansfield/Oliver Ames (11-4-1). M/OA is 6-0-1 in its last seven games and looks ahead to Franklin on Tuesday.

#10 Milton (11-5-2) lost to Brookline/Newton South (2-1) and tied Norwood (3-3). The Wildcats look to rebound against Braintree (Wednesday) and Dedham (Saturday).

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