Mass. Girls D2 Top 10
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Wellesley and Canton were all set to face off in the MIAA Division 2 state final at TD Garden this past March when the pandemic hit and the state final games were cancelled, thus earning them co-state champion honors. They will not get the chance this year either, as the MIAA has made the decision there will be no state tournaments for winter sports.
We will put these two teams at the top of our first HNIB News Massachusetts Division 2 Girls Top 10 as this abbreviated 20-21 season gets underway. Good luck to all teams and programs as they look to get all scheduled games in. Many are grateful just to get an opportunity to get back out on the ice.
#1 Wellesley (22-1-0) will have a different look this winter, having to replace a lot of players key to the success the Raiders have enjoyed the past few years. #2 Canton (19-1-4) lost a couple of key ingredients as well but still has good depth.
#3 Notre Dame Academy (14-5-3) will be a team to watch, returning some top scorers in Christine Landry and Caelan Stewart and an All Star goalie in Lily Prendergast. It will be interesting to see how the Cougars do playing in the Patriot League this winter.
#4 Matignon (9-10-0) served notice that this could be a big year with a season-opening win over D1 power St. Mary’s last week. #5 Sandwich (17-6-0) has the potential for a solid campaign, along with Cape & Island counterpart Falmouth (13-6-5), led by the scoring punch of Samantha McKenzie and Ryann McDonald.
#7 Dedham (12-8-2) has the majority of its top players back to make a run in the Tri Valley League to unseat defending champion #8 Westwood (15-6-3), which has a new coach this winter in Lauren Hillberg.
A third member of the Tri Valley League, Medfield/Norton (11-8-3) checks in at #9, while the Hockomock’s King Philip (10-11-1), with a deep squad, rounds it out at #10.
TEAMS TO WATCH: Algonquin, Dennis-Yarmouth, Natick