Mass. Girls HS Hockey – Division 1 Top 10: Plenty Of Talented Teams Grateful To Get Going

Gary Demopoulos
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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Mass. Girls D1 Top 10

1Austin Prep2212
2St. Mary's1634

The 2020-2021 MIAA Girls HS Hockey season is now underway. While it won’t be a full season, the vast majority of teams have been able to schedule 10-14 games, which is good to see. Hopefully, most teams will be able to get all games in.

Here is our first HNIB News Massachusetts Girls Division 1 Top 10 of the season. With the dearth of non-league games and no state tournament at the end, it is going to be a somewhat different process this winter updating rankings on a weekly basis, as in the past there were lots of non-league games to use as a barometer. Here goes:

#1 Austin Prep (22-1-2), like most teams, lost some key players to both graduation and transfer from last year’s co-state champion club. But the Cougars reload and not rebuild.  It will be interesting to see how the new players perform this winter.

#2 St. Mary’s (16-3-4) is well into the new season already, having played three games to date. The Spartans have a solid group of scorers.

Not much separates #3 Arlington (15-3-5) and #4 Woburn (19-2-2). The Middlesex League Liberty Division co-champs from a year ago faced off to begin the season this past weekend and guess what?, They played to a 2-2 standoff and are scheduled to play again Wednesday. They should battle all winter for Liberty supremacy.

#5 Needham (15-6-2) returns the majority of its key players from its Bay State Herget Division club. #6 Duxbury (12-8-3), perennially one of the state’s top programs, looks to rule the roost in the Patriot League, where #7 Hingham (12-12-0) projects to be one of the Green Dragons’ biggest obstacles.

Primed for a big year in the stand-alone Dual County League this season is #8 Waltham (13-4-5). The Hawks return the bulk of their lineup from a club that went two rounds in last year’s state tournament, including senior goalie Kaitlyn Burke.

#9 Andover (10-7-4) looks to have enough in the what should be a rugged Merrimack Valley Conference. Two-time defending Northeastern Hockey League champion #10 Peabody/Lynnfield/North Reading (15-6-1)  returns all but three players.

TEAMS TO WATCH:  Belmont, Barnstable, Boston Latin, Lincoln-Sudbury, Braintree, Shrewsbury, HPNA

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