Mass. Girls HS Hockey – Division 2 Top 10: Big Week Ahead For #1 Duxbury; Falmouth Readies for ABW

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
1Duxbury11510
2Burlington21211
3Falmouth31411
4Nauset/Monomoy41311
5Canton51331
6Milton61230
7Longmeadow7921
8Gloucester81231
9WestwoodNR1140
10Pembroke81240

Other than the emergence of red-hot Westwood into the rankings, there isn’t much change at all in this latest HNIB News Massachusetts Girls Division 2 Top 10. In fact, last week’s top six clubs remain firmly in place, having gone a combined 11-0-0 over that span.

#1 Duxbury (15-1-0) had wins over Hanover and Quincy/North Quincy as it readies for a big week that sees the Dragons take on two of Division 1’s top teams – Malden Catholic on Wednesday and Pope Francis on Saturday – in a pair of tests.

Workmanlike wins over Winchester and Stoneham/Wilmington push #2 Burlington to 12-1-1 overall. The Lady Devils have three league games this week – Arlington (Monday), Belmon/Watertown (Thursday) and Melrose (Saturday).

The #3 Falmouth (14-1-1) offensive continues to produce, as the Clippers put up 14 goals in wins over Dennis-Yarmouth and Barnstable (a 6-5 thriller). An intriguing matchup looms Wednesday with Archbishop Williams.

#4 Nauset/Monomoy improved to 13-1-1 after beating Martha’s Vineyard 5-3 in its only action of the week. The Warriors look ahead to Bishop Stang (Wednesday) and Sandwich (Saturday).

#5 Canton (13-3-1) posted shutouts over Franklin and Stoughton, clinching the Hockomock League title again. The Bulldogs have Norwood on Monday, and MOA on Wednesday.

Make it eight straight wins for #6 Milton (12-3-0). The Wildcats knocked off Needham and Brookline. Walpole (Wednesday) and Weymouth (Saturday) loom this week.

#7 Longmeadow (9-2-1) saw its seven-game win streak snapped Saturday in 2-2 tie with Bishop Stang. A key battle with a solid Algonquin team is on Monday’s docket, and then a rematch with Pope Francis on Wednesday.

Gloucester (12-3-1) is up one to #8, beating Marblehead in its only action last week. The Fishermen face Masconomet (Wednesday) and Bishop Fenwick (Saturday).

Despite a loss Sunday to Walpole that snapped a 10-game winning streak, Westwood (11-4-0) makes its first appearance in the D2 rankings at #9. The Wolverines did beat Dedham on Saturday and will face Medfield (Wednesday) and Hopkinton/Dover-Sherborn (Saturday).

Despite losing three in a row, Pembroke (12-4-0) stays in at #10. The Titans most recently fell to D1 #4 Hingham 6-3. They look to right the ship on Wednesday against Quincy/North Quincy.

TEAMS TO WATCH: Algonquin, Dedham, Medfield

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