Mass. Girls HS Hockey – Division 1 Top 10: #6 PLNR To Challenge St. Mary’s Monday; Malden Catholic To Face Duxbury Wednesday

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
1St. Mary’s11411
2Malden Catholic3932
3Notre Dame Academy2932
4Hingham41151
5Lincoln-Sudbury51421
6PLNR61210
7Shrewsbury7734
8Pope Francis81041
9Methuen/Tewksbury91131
10Belmont/Watertown10903

Showing their strength, this week’s top ten teams combined to lose just one game over the past seven days, and that was a game that involved two ranked teams. Even the two teams just outside the top 10 did not lose.

#1 St. Mary’s (14-1-1) prepared for its big game Monday with #6 PLNR (13-1-0) with wins over Central Catholic and Reading. The Spartans will also face Stoneham/Wilmington on Wednesday.

Malden Catholic (9-3-2) leapfrogs Notre Dame Academy to the #2 spot after a 3-1 win over the Cougars. MC takes on Division 2’s top team – Duxbury – on Wednesday, and then has Bishop Feehan on Saturday.

#3 Notre Dame (9-3-2) bounced back from the MC loss by downing Rhode Island’s LaSalle Academy, 4-1. The Cougars look ahead to Arlington Catholic on Saturday.

#4 Hingham (11-5-1) continues to play solid hockey, knocking off Plymouth and Pembroke. The Harborwomen take on Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake on Thursday and Quincy/North Quincy on Saturday.

#5 Lincoln-Sudbury (14-2-1) reeled off a trio of wins over Arlington, Algonquin and Westford. A huge MVC/Dual County large battle looms Wednesday with #9 Methuen/Tewksbury (11-3-1).

PLNR will be ready for St. Mary’s after taking care of business Saturday in a 6-3 league win over Shawsheen/Bedford.

#7 Shrewsbury (7-3-4) blanked HPNA (2-0) and tied with Methuen/Tewksbury (1-1). The Colonials face Acton-Boxboro (Monday) and Westford Academy (Saturday).

#8 Pope Francis (10-4-1) returned to action Sunday with a x-x win over Marblehead. The Cardinals have a rematch with Longmeadow on Wednesday before traveling to take on powerhouse Duxbury on Saturday.

Methuen/Tewksbury can pick up a huge win over Lincoln-Sudbury on Wednesday and then face Waltham on Saturday.

#10 Belmont/Watertown (9-0-3) remains the state’s only unbeaten team after Saturday’s 2-0 win over Winchester. The Marauders have a busy week with Reading (Wednesday), Burlington (Thursday) and Arlington (Saturday).

Keep an eye on both Boston Latin (12-3-2) and Waltham (12-2-1), both having tremendous seasons as well.

TEAMS TO WATCH: Boston Latin, Waltham, Winthrop, Bishop Feehan

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