Mass. Girls HS Hockey – Division 1 Pre-Season Top 10: Shrewsbury, NDA, Archies Lead The Field

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 D1 Top 10

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Shrewsbury2122
2Notre Dame Academy1770
3Archbishop Willliams1941
4Pope Francis1472
5HPNA1372
6St. Mary’s2520
7Hingham1762
8Andover1742
9Winthrop2010
10Bishop Feehan1481

New MIAA Tournament alignments are in place for this season and a good number of teams have either moved up or down in Mass. Girls HS hockey.

Defending D1 state champ Shrewsbury (21-2-2) did stay in Division 1 and will start the new season in the familiar #1 spot in the HNIB News Massachusetts Girls Division 1 Top 10. The Colonials return a good group from that championship club.

There are plenty of suitors that will challenge Shrewsbury for D1 supremacy.

One such team is #2 Notre Dame Academy (17-7-0), which lost to Shrewsbury in last year’s semifinals. The Cougars have their usual great depth, and are strong on defense and in goal.

#3 Archbishop Williams (19-4-1) is new to Division 1 this year but will be right in the mix after spectacular season last winter. The Bishops will be a tough out.

Ready to continue on its improvement trek is #4 Pope Francis (14-7-2). The Cardinals return 16 players and added a few talented newcomers.

Depth up and down the lineup propels #5 HPNA (13-7-2) as it tries to navigate the rugged MVC/Dual County Large. HPNA also has one of the state’s top netminders in Julianna Taylor.

#6 St. Mary’s (25-2-0) saw some significant offensive punch graduate. If veteran coach Frank Pagliuca can get some of his new varsity players to step up and compliment the returners, the Spartans can be a state championship challenger.

#7 Hingham (17-6-2) reached the quarterfinal round last winter, falling to eventual champ Shrewsbury by just a goal. The Harborwomen have one of the state’s premier scorers in Caroline Doherty.

A Division 2 semifinalist a year ago, #8 Andover (17-4-2) moves to D1. The Warriors do play in an all-D1 League in the MVC/Dual County Large.

#9 Winthrop (20-1-0) will rely on a deep defense and solid goaltending as usual. The Vikings also have what should be a solid offense.

Another team from last winter’s Final 8 is #10 Bishop Feehan (14-8-1). The Shamrocks have plenty of firepower. The key will be replacing a four-year starter in goal and shoring up the defensive crew.

TEAMS TO WATCH: PLNR, Methuen/Tewksbury, Billerica/Chelmsford, Arlington, Malden Catholic, Barnstable

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