Massachusetts Boys D3 Top 10
It didn’t take long to see some significant movement in the HNIB News Division 3 rankings, both in previously established tabs and new entries after a couple of weeks of games.
Entering the season, it was going to be interesting to see how the teams outside Eastern Mass. would integrate themselves as part of a new statewide structure. New No. 1 Marlboro has handled itself just fine – after a tie/shootout loss to Sandwich and win over Longmeadow in the Jim Gormley Cup, the Panthers swept past Wachusett and Algonquin to win the Borough’s Cup. More hardware is on the line this week in the annual MetroWest Daily News Cup.
No. 2 Medway asserted itself by beating Dover-Sherborn/Weston and Dedham in the Tri-Valley, then posting a solid win over D1 King Philip. The Mustangs also edged past Smithfield (R.I.) and the next test comes in another state as they head to Maine for the Norway Savings Bank Classic.
A pair of Patriot League teams flip in order, although No. 3 Scituate held its spot. It’s been a bit of an up-and-down start for the Sailors, who have a pair of D2 losses (Norwood, Duxbury) but did score a big win over now-No. 4 Hanover. The Hawks also dropped one to Canton after a 3-0 start that included a championship in the Jim Gormley Cup.
Medfield is up two spots to No. 5, off to a perfect start under new coach Zach Barrows.
There’s always one team that flies under, or even off, the radar entering a season. We may have missed a bit on No. 6 Lynnfield, which is 4-0 included a big overtime win over previously ranked Triton.
No. 7 Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk and No. 8 Bishop Stang both are off to 4-0 starts, mostly against nonleague foes. D-R/Seekonk will be in Rhode Island this week for tournament play, and Stang matches up with the host school in the Dartmouth Christmas Tournament.
Danvers is playing well under first-year coach Kevin Fessette and takes the No. 9 spot this week.
No. 10 Essex Tech is unbeaten, with only a scoreless tie against Latin Academy marring its record.