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Mass. Girls HS: Division 1 Top 10 – MVC/Dual County Showing Its Strength

Mass. Girls D1 Top 10

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Austin Prep1502
2Braintree2801
3St. Mary's3502
4Arlington4511
5Methuen/Tewksbury7413
6HPNA8602
7Andover9513
8WoburnNR611
9Boston Latin10512
10NeedhamNR521

Things are heating up in Massachusetts Girls Division 1 hockey. One win or loss can put a team in the Top 10, or just outside. And, things can easily change week-to-week.

There were no changes at the top of this week’s HNIB News Girls D1 Top 10, but there was some significant shifting elsewhere.

#1 Austin Prep (5-0-2 overall) stayed put at #1. The Cougars picked up wins over Matignon (3-1) and Notre Dame (4-0). They have an interesting tilt Monday with Hingham, still smarting from a Saturday loss to Duxbury.

#2 Braintree‘s perfect start is no more, as the Wamps (8-0-1) were fit to be tied Saturday by Needham (2-2). Braintree will have a battle with surging Natick (Wednesday) and takes on Weymouth (Saturday).

#3 St. Mary’s Lynn (5-0-2) played just once, a 5-0 shutout of St Joseph Prep in Catholic Central play. The Spartans also play just once this week, a Wednesday non-leaguer with Westford Academy.

#4 Arlington (5-1-1) knocked Lexington from the unbeaten ranks (2-1) and then had its game scheduled for Saturday postponed due to a power outage. The Ponders will be well-rested for Belmont on Wednesday in what is a key Middlesex Liberty clash.

Here comes the MVC/Dual County Large contingent, taking the next three spots this week.

Coming off an epic 2-2 tie Saturday, #5 Methuen/Tewksbury (4-1-3) and #6 HPNA (6-0-2) showed they are clicking on all cylinders. The Red Rangers, who did “win” Saturday’s game in OT, had big shutout wins over Needham and Masconomet and look ahead to Billerica/Chelmsford (Wednesday) and Westford Academy (Friday), two more tough league contests.

HPNA, which rallied Saturday with third period goals from Hannah Keating and Eliana Kane, also beat Acton-Boxboro. They also have two tough ones this week – Peabody/Lynnfield/North Reading on Wednesday and #7 Andover (5-1-3) on Saturday.

The Warriors ran off three straight W’s this week, downing Hanover NH, Westford and Acton-Boxboro. Things don’t get any easier with Masconomet on Wednesday prior to Saturday’s league showdown with HPNA.

New #8 Woburn (6-1-1) had a big week with convincing wins over Reading (8-2) and Lexington (7-1). Freshman sisters Lucia and Angelina DiGirolamo are off to big starts for the Tanners, who get Winchester Tuesday and Wakefield Friday.

Rounding out this week’s Top 10 are #9 Boston Latin (5-1-2), coming off a pair of 3-2 wins, and new #10 Needham (5-2-1), which tied Braintree Saturday.

TEAMS TO WATCH: Hingham (6-2-0), Longmeadow (6-1-3), Belmont (6-1-2), Duxbury (4-3-1)

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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