Mass. Girls D2 Top 10
With the new MIAA realignment in girls hockey ahead of a statewide post-season tournament that will utilize a power rating system, the Division 2 ranks have grown, including a handful of D1 programs now realigned into Division 2.
Overall, it will make the division stronger. How it will all shake out come tournament time remains to be seen.
One such D1 program now residing in the new Division 2 alignment is Duxbury, which begins the new season as #1 in the HNIB News Massachusetts Girls D2 Pre-Season Top 10. The Dragons have their usual depth, including the return of Ayla Abban up front and Anna McGinty (9 shutouts) in the nets.
Also debuting in D2 is #2 Andover, which comes from the tough MVC/Dual County Large and is the only D2 team in that circuit. The Warriors have a new head coach this year in Meaghan Keefe and will be led by senior veteran Lauren Adams.
It may have been an abbreviated 20-21 season, but #3 Natick still enjoyed much success, going unbeaten in the 10 games it did play. The Redhawks will be an interesting team to watch.
#4 Canton has been one of the premier programs in Division 2 over the last handful of years and this season won’t be an exception. The Bulldogs will feature their trademark stingy defense, backboned by goalie Carolyn Durand.
#5 Pembroke returns its top scorers from a team that went 13-2 last winter, with both losses to Duxbury. The Titans look to make some noise in the Patriot League.
#6 Woburn is also new to the division. The Tanners were D1 co-state champs with Austin Prep after the 2020 title games were cancelled due to the pandemic. It will be interesting to see how their talents translates to the new division. Freshman Maddie Soderquist is a dynamic offensive player.
Cape and Island powers Sandwich (#7), Falmouth (#8) and Barnstable (#9) should have some interesting battles this winter.
Rounding out the Top 10 is the Bay State Conference’s Needham, another program that was moved to Division 2.
Other teams to keep an eye on for starters include Westwood and Dedham.