Mass. Girls D2 Top 10
Plenty of interesting, early-season results have shuffled this week’s HNIB News Massachusetts Girls Division 2 Top 10, and with the large number of teams in the division, has revealed the emergence of several programs, which should make for an interesting run this winter.
There is no change at the top, though, with #1 Duxbury (4-0-0) maintaining its spot, solidified by its latest decision, a 5-1 win over Falmouth. The Dragons get a huge test Monday with Notre Dame in the opening round of the Tenney Cup.
Natick (2-0-1) climbs up to #2 following two solid wins and a tie with surglng #5 Algonquin/Hudson (4-0-1), which came into the game outscoring its first four opponents 34-0. The two teams are scheduled to face off again Wednesday in the first round of the Medway/Ashland New Year’s Invitational.
#3 Andover (3-1-0) is down a spot but has won three straight after a season-opening setback to Malden Catholic. The Warriors are off until after the new year.
Up three spots to #4 is Sandwich (2-0-0) from the Cape & Islands League. The Lady Knights have a huge one Wednesday against #9 Barnstable (1-0-0), which was impressive in its only result to date, a win over Martha’s Vineyard.
Woburn (3-1-0) holds firm at #6, ripping off three straight impressive wins following an opening-night defeat to MC. The Tanners host Gloucester on Wednesday before a battle with ML rival Arlington on New Year’s Day.
#7 Canton (1-1-0) is back in action and looking to make a run. The Bulldogs take on a good Winchester team Wednesday and then get Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake Thursday.
#8 Falmouth (3-1-0) has shown in the early-going it can score goals (32 in four games). The Clippers, who gave Duxbury a battle in their only loss, will be off until after the new year with the postponement of this week’s Gio Christmas Classic.
Making its debut in the rankings is Malden Catholic (3-0-0) at #10. MC beat ranked opponents Andover and Woburn in its last two games. It will face Beverly/Danvers on Wednesday.
TEAMS TO WATCH: Needham, Westwood, Braintree, Pembroke