Mass. Girls HS Hockey – Division 1 Top 10: Arlington Moves Into Second Spot; Catholic Central, DCL Cup Tournaments Get Underway 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 D1 Top 10

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Austin Prep11700
2Arlington31511
3Winthrop21201
4Peabody/Lynnfield/North Reading51131
5St. Mary's6942
6Notre Dame Academy7643
7Acton-Boxboro41231
8Shrewsbury8941
9Cape Cod Furies91222
10Pope Francis`NR1150

Just two weeks left in the regular season and with 32 of the 39 Division 1 teams qualifying for the MIAA tournament this year, there won’t be many playoff pushes down the stretch.

#1 Austin Prep (17-0-0) continues to lead the way in the HNIB News Massachusetts Girls Division 1 Top 10. The Cougars posted two more shutouts this week in league wins over Bishop Fenwick (5-0) and St. Mary’s (3-0). They open CCL play Tuesday against Bishop Feehan.

Book-end 4-1 wins over Belmont and Reading have clinched the Middlesex League Liberty title for new #2 Arlington (15-1-1). The Spy Ponders are off until a Saturday date with Wakefield.

#3 Winthrop (12-0-1) beat Marblehead and Shawsheen/Bedford in league play in a pair of one-goal games and has Medford/Malden (Monday), Masconomet (Wednesday) and Gloucester (Saturday) this week in the NHL.

Up a spot to #4 this week is Peabody/Lynnfield/North Reading (12-3-1), which posted weekend wins over Newburyport (5-0) and Marblehead (x-x). PLNR has Marblehead again Wednesday and Medford/Malden (Saturday).

#5 St. Mary’s (9-4-2) had a solid win over Arlington Catholic (7-0) and then battled Austin Prep hard in a 3-0 loss. The Spartans have Fenwick (Monday), then face Archbishop Williams in a CCL Cup matchup Wednesday and non-league Pope Francis Saturday.

#6 Notre Dame Academy (6-4-3) blanked Boston Latin Saturday (4-0). A three-game week sees Falmouth (Wednesday), Westwood (Friday) and #7 Acton-Boxboro (12-3-1) on Saturday.

The Colonials were upended by HPNA, but did post wins over Westford Academy and Lincoln-Sudbury to clinch at least an MVC/Dual County Large co-championship. They face Wayland/Weston in a Dual County Cup game Monday.

#8 Shrewsbury (9-4-1) beat Algonquin (3-1) and Westford Academy (6-1). These Colonials are on the road for three games this week, playing Billerica/Chelmsford (Monday), Andover (Wednesday) and Masconomet (Friday).

The #9 Cape Cod Furies (12-2-2) continued their solid season with wins over Falmouth (1-0), Martha’s Vineyard (3-1) and Old Rochester (8-0). They have a tough one with Barnstable (Monday), then get Plymouth (Wednesday) and Pembroke (Saturday), two more tough games.

Making its debut in the rankings at #10 is Pope Francis (11-5-0). The Cardinals will take on St. Mary’s this Saturday in what should be a good test.

TEAMS TO WATCH: Hingham, HPNA, Bishop Feehan

** Featured image courtesy of @BEACHSKATES

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