Mass. HS Boys: EMass Division 3 Pre-Season Top 15 – Hanover Starts At Top, Sectional Champs Hopkinton, Lowell Close Behind

Jim Clark
Jim Clark
Jim Clark joined Hockey Night in Boston in December 2019, and has covered high school hockey in Massachusetts for more than three decades. He also covers high school hockey and is a multiplatform editor for the Boston Globe, and previously spent two decades as high school hockey reporter at the Boston Herald, where he also served as the high schools editor from 2000-06. Clark was honored by the Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association with its William Stewart Award for contributions to the sport in May 2019, and also received the Joel Perlmutter Award for media coverage in 2006. A graduate of UMass, he also spent eight years as sports editor/reporter at the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, and has extensively covered high school hockey in Central and Western Mass. as well as Connecticut.

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EMass Boys Division 3 Preseason Top 15

RankTeam[tooltip text="PR*" gravity="ne"]Previous Ranking[/tooltip]WLT
4North Quincy1760
8Newton South1434
11Martha's Vineyard1263
13Bishop Stang1461
15Greater New Bedford1461

Hanover spent much of the 2018-19 season atop The HNIB News EMass Division 3 rankings, only to slip after being upset in the South quarterfinals. But with three of their top scorers back, the Indians are back in the #1 spot to start off the 2019-20 campaign.

The team that ended last season in the top spot, Hopkinton, checks in at #2 from the outset. But the Hillers, who rolled to the state final, have more than enough power for a similar run.

#3 Lowell has moved up to Merrimack Valley/Dual County 2 for the regular season, but the Red Raiders still are in Division 3 for the postseason, where they won the North title a year ago.

North Quincy checks in at #4, hoping to continue the momentum after posting its highest victory total in decades.

Dracut/Tyngsboro has been pointed as a team to watch by rival MVC/DCL 3 teams, and the co-op program lands at #5 from the outset.

#6 Swampscott dropped below .500 after ending last season with a tournament loss, but the 1-2 combo of Drew Olivieri and Conor Donovan could put the Big Blue atop the revamped Northeastern Conference South.

Bourne graduated a trio of 100-point career scorers, but the #7 Canalmen have plenty of players in the wings waiting for their chance.

#8 Newton South shared the MVC/DCL 3 title last season, and with Lowell now out of the way, the Lions hope to stake a claim by themselves.

Norwell cruised to the South Shore League championship last season and the #9 Clippers have been tabbed as the favorite to repeat.

Shawsheen brings back the bulk of the scoring from its Commonwealth title team, which lands the Rams in the #10 spot.

#11 Martha’s Vineyard will try to repeat as champion in the revamped Cape & Islands League Lighthouse Division.

Dartmouth has a new league, the Southeast Conference, and the #12 Indians have the talent to be the inaugural champs.

#13 Bishop Stang remains in the three-team Eastern Athletic and will face a tough nonleague schedule.

#14 Foxboro returns Hockomock MVP Espen Reager in goal and is poised for a breakout season.

#15 Greater New Bedford hopes to be in the South Coast race again after finishing second to Bourne last season.

OTHERS TO WATCH: Ashland, Bedford, Coyle & Cassidy, Hamilton-Wenham, Nantucket, Northeast, Rockland, St. John Paul II, Silver Lake, Upper Cape

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