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Mass. Girls D2 Poll: Crucial week ahead for contenders

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Mass. Girls Division 2 Poll

RankTeamPrevious RankingWLT
3Archbishop Williams41321
6Notre Dame (Hing)8823

* Updated 2/8/15

The always rough-and tumble Herget Division of the Bay State League is especially competitive this winter, with four of the loop’s six teams ranked in the HNIB News Mass. Girls Division I poll.

The league title race will be decided this week, with the contenders all playing each other.

#1 Wellesley (12-1-2) currently leads the division. The Red Raiders were held to a 1-1 tie by Walpole and then won a statement game, 7-3 over Norwood. Weather permitting, Wellesley will take on Dedham on Monday and Milton on Wednesday, the two teams still in the hunt. Natick is on the docket Friday and then a big showdown with #2 Falmouth on Saturday in the first of three games at the Cape Cod Classic to end the regular season.

Speaking of Falmouth (11-3-2), not many teams will have a bigger week than the Clippers. Before they battle Wellesley, they get SEMGHL heavies Duxbury (Wednesday) and Barnstable (Friday). Coach Erin Hunt’s club did knock off Canton (4-2) in its only action this week.

A huge 1-0 win over D1 power Austin Prep moves Archbishop Williams (13-2-1) up to #3. That was the Bishops first game in over two weeks. Things get busy for them, with Arlington Catholic (Wednesday), Bishop Guertin (Thursday) and Fontbonne (Saturday).

#4 Dedham (9-2-5) responded to a loss to Norwood with a resounding 8-1 win over Natick on Saturday and a 3-0 win Sunday over Springfield Cathedral, which made the trek east on a snowy day. After tangling with Wellesley Monday, the Marauders have pesky Walpole (Wednesday) and Milton (Saturday).

That same Milton (14-3-1) checks in at #5. The Wildcats blanked both Natick (3-0) and Walpole (2-0) this week, as well as beating Brookline/Newton South Sunday (6-1). They know what they need to do this week in order to get a Herget title.

It was three wins this week for #6 Notre Dame of Hingham (8-2-3), including decisions over Fontbonne (4-1), St. Mary’s (1-0) and Ursuline (2-0). Three more games are on the docket this week: Shrewsbury (Tuesday), Fontbonne (Thursday) and Masconomet (Saturday).

#7 Norwood (9-5-3) was rolling until running into the Wellesley buzzsaw, going undefeated in nine straight games (since an earlier loss to Wellesley). This week, the Mustangs play only once, vs. Natick on Wednesday.

#8 Fontbonne (10-4-2) broke out of a slump by nipping Weymouth (1-0). They do battle with D1 St Mary’s (Wednesday) before taking on Notre Dame (Thursday).

Canton (9-5-2) stays at #9. The Bulldogs split this week, beating Westwood (4-0) and falling to Falmouth (4-2). Hingham (Wednesday) and Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake (Saturday) are up next, after today’s game with Sandwich was postponed.

And, #10 Tewksbury/Methuen (10-3-1) continues its strong play with wins over Wayland/Weston (9-2) and Cambridge (8-3), led by the prolific scoring of senior Amanda Conway, who registered her 60th goal on Saturday.

Looming on the outskirts of this week’s poll and teams to definitely keep an eye on are Haverhill/North Andover (10-1-3), Burlington (9-5-0) and Medfield (12-1-4).

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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