Massachusetts Girls Division 1 Poll
There has been no change at the top of the HNIB News Mass. Girls Division I Top Ten poll since the pre-season poll, with undefeated Arlington Catholic (3-0-0) remaining in the top spot.
Coach Maggie Taverna’s club has been led to date by forwards Jessica Piracini, Adrieanna Rossini, Jackie Sindoris, Michaela McLaughlin and Danielle Kelly, and Erin Healy and Meagan Halloran on the blue line.
“The girls are working very hard. We have three good wins to begin our season,” said Taverna. One of those victories was a solid 5-0 win over Division II’s pre-season #1 Falmouth. AC’s next three games will be testers: tonight at Andover, January 4th at home against Archbishop Williams and January 6th at St. Mary’s.
Woburn (5-0-0) has vaulted to the #2 spot, coming off a 5-2 win over Westford Academy. The Tanners have outscored their opponents to the tune of 29-3 led by scorers Ashley Moran, Erica Lissner and Emily Lissner, and defenseman Morgan Bishop.
Duxbury (2-0-1) drops a spot to #3. The Lady Dragons have been playing close-to-the-vest games to date, including a 1-1 tie with Barnstable and a 2-1 win over Billerica. Duxbury faces off against Hingham on New Year’s Eve day at Fenway Park (12:15pm).
By virtue of its key 4-3 win over Reading, St. Mary’s (2-0-1) takes over the poll’s #4 spot. The Lady Spartans host Austin Prep on New Year’s Day, then host Arlington Catholic (1/6) and Hingham (1/8) as well. Sam Callahan and Katie Terban each have three goals so far.
Reading (3-1-1) is solid in the #5 spot. The Rockets will be at Billerica this afternoon for a 3:20pm start. Ali O’Leary (6-4-10) and Tori Grimmer (3-5-8) have led the attack.
#6 Austin Prep has played just two games to date, but both have been 2-0 shutouts. The team will get its schedule cranking this week, starting with a game today against undefeated Masconomet.
#7 Acton-Boxboro (2-1-0) drops down a few spots after falling to Hingham, 4-1. The Colonials will host Andover this Saturday. Junior Leah Cardarelli, who recently committed to Michigan for field hockey, has a 2-4-6 line in three games.
High-powered #8 Beverly/Danvers (4-0-0) has scored 35 goals in just four games. Nicole Woods (8-15-23), Kristen McCarthy (8-13-21) and eighth-grader Julia Nearis (12-8-20) have already cracked the 20-point plateau. Woods recently became the school’s all-time leading scorer.
Hingham (2-2-0) stays in the #9 spot, while Barnstable (2-0-2), which has already tied Duxbury and Reading, climbs into the tenth spot.
GAMES TO WATCH:
Wednesday, January 1
Austin Prep at St. Mary’s, 4pm
Thursday, January 2
Beverly/Danvers at Winthrop/Lynn, 6:30pm
Hingham at Fontbonne, 4pm
Saturday, January 4
Archbishop Williams at Arlington Catholic, 8pm
Andover at Acton-Boxboro, 5pm