Massachusetts Boys D2 Top 10
The COVID-19 pandemic first wiped out what figured to be a classic state final showdown between Lincoln-Sudbury and Canton – L-S handed the Bulldogs their lone loss in a two-season span last February, and both teams ultimately were declared 2020 co-champions.
Now with no state tournament to end this season, and little to no non-league play for most teams, league championships and rankings bragging rights will be the goals this season as teams try to get in as many games as possible.
With that, we’ll start with Lincoln-Sudbury as the No. 1 team to begin 2020-21. Even though coach Matt Carlin says expectations should be lower, the Warriors still have plenty of experience led by Jacob Noyes, Brendan Quinn, and Jack Lanzillo.
No. 2 Medway will be a tough team to stop at either end of the ice, thanks the standout goalie Evan Monaghan and high-scoring forward Alex Infanger.
No. 3 Tewksbury should be plenty loaded for a run at the Merrimack Valley Conference title, sparked by high-scoring all-star Will O’Keefe.
No. 4 Bishop Feehan was the Cinderella team of the last postseason, running to the Div. 2 South final. The Shamrocks have moved to the Catholic Central before likely heading to Division 1 next season, but their tough schedule should serve them well in Div. 2 one last time.
It’s impossible to count out Canton after a pair of state titles, and while the Bulldogs, suffered some heavy losses, they still will be a factor and check in at No. 5.
Last season didn’t end as Triton wanted, but the No. 6 Vikings have plenty of solid pieces back from their Div. 2 North final squad.
Another team that never can be overlooked is Stoneham, which competes in the tough Middlesex League. The No. 8 Spartans have a dynamic sophomore in Danny Storella.
No. 9 Westwood should remain a factor in the Tri-Valley League race thanks to a solid group of forwards led by senior center Nick Horsfall.
Rounding out the initial top 10 is Masconomet, which moves from the Cape Ann League to the Northeastern Conference and has the talent to contend.
OTHER TEAMS TO WATCH: Danvers, Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk, Gloucester, Medfield, North Andover, North Attleboro, Norwood, Sandwich, Scituate, Whitman-Hanson, Wilmington.