Mass. Girls HS: Division 2 Top 10 – Things Stay The Same For First Nine Spots This Week

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 D2 Top 10

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Wellesley11110
2Westwood21030
3Canton31012
4Falmouth4713
5Norwell51120
6Dennis-Yarmouth6812
7Natick7940
8Notre Dame Academy8741
9Algonquin/Hudson9623
10Ursuline AcademyNR1111

This week’s HNIB News Massachusetts Girls Division 2 Top 10 is one of those rare occurences where there is virtually no shuffling in position from the previous week. Not one of the top nine teams suffered a loss during the week.

#1 Wellesley (11-1-0) had a big win as well, knocking of D1 power Austin Prep 3-1, avenging its only setback, a 1-0 defeat to the Cougars back in December. The Raiders also beat Matignon and Milton and stay in the Bay State League with Framingham (Wednesday) and Brookline (Saturday).

On the horizon? A date with new D1 #1 Braintree on February 5th.

#2 Westwood (10-3-0) qualified for the post-season with victories over Medfield (5-3) and King Philip (4-1). The Wolverines get Needham on Monday and a chance to avenge an earlier loss.  Also on the plate are Dover/Sherborn-Hopkinton (Wednesday) and Medway/Ashland (Saturday).

An impressive 4-1 win over Hingham, where freshman defenseman Olivia Maffeo scored all four goals, followed a 3-3 tie with Medway/Ashland for #3 Canton (10-1-2), also now officially tourney-bound. A stern test looms Wednesday with D1 Duxbury, followed by Stoughton-Sharon on Saturday.

#4 Falmouth (7-1-3)  had a 1-1 standoff with #6 Dennis-Yarmouth (the Clippers did win 2-1 in OT for an extra point in the Cape & Islands standings) and also beat Martha’s Vineyard (4-1). Wednesday is a key D2 game with #8 Notre Dame. Saturday is a match with the Cape Cod Furies.

#5 Norwell (11-2-0) is officially in the post-season after wins over Bishop Stang (4-2) and Old Rochester (4-3). This week, these Clippers will face Cohasset/Hanover (Wednesday) and Auburn (Saturday).

Dennis-Yarmouth (8-1-2) had its game Saturday with Nantucket postponed. The Dolphins are only scheduled to play once this week, a Wednesday date with Martha’s Vineyard.

#7 Natick (9-4-0) notched a pair of shutout wins over Brookline and Weymouth and looks to continue its solid play on Wednesday against #9 Algonquin/Hudson and Saturday against Newton.

Notre Dame (7-4-1) had an impressive week with shutout wins over Hingham (3-o) and Matignon (4-0). After Falmouth, the Cougars have two more tough games with Needham (Friday) and LaSalle (Saturday).

Algonquin/Hudson (6-2-3) tied up D1 Frankin 3-3 on Saturday. Lincoln-Sudbury is the T-Hawks opponent on Saturday.

The only change this week comes at the number 10 spot, where Ursuline Academy (11-1-1) makes its debut. The Bears took down previous #10 Dedham 6-2 in a Sunday battle.

TEAMS TO WATCH: Dedham (8-4-1), Sandwich (10-3-0), Bishop Fenwick (9-2-3)

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