Massachusetts Boys D4 Top 10
The beat goes on for No. 1 Norwell in the Hockey Night in Boston Massachusetts Division 4 rankings. The Clippers secured the Old Oaken Bucket in their rivalry against neighboring Scituate, and also took a step toward winning the Newburyport Bank Classic’s Fournier Division with an opening win over Marblehead. Norwell meets Triton in the title game.
Sandwich hosts the annual Jeffrey Hayes Tournament this week, opening up against Auburn. The No. 2 Blue Knights beat Dennis-Yarmouth in their lone game last week.
No. 3 Watertown fell to Longmeadow in the opening game of the Spartan Cup, but bounced back to beat host Bishop Stang. The Raiders now sit and wait for the postseason.
It was a busy week for No. 4 Martha’s Vineyard. The Vineyarders beat Hopkinton and Nantucket, then traveled to Armstrong Arena to fall to Plymouth North to open the reconfigured three-team Fairleigh Dickinson Tournament. Returning home, MV then fell again to Lynnfield. They still have games this week against Dennis-Yarmouth and Barnstable.
No. 5 Stoneham got off to a rough start with a lopsided loss to Reading, but finished the regular season strong by handling Lowell Catholic and Melrose.
The up-and-down season for No. 6 Winthrop is at a high point again. The Vikings swept games vs. Medford, a strong Masconomet team and Somerville, and will look to keep it going this week vs. Cambridge and Saugus.
At No. 7 is Shawsheen, which dropped a heartbreaker to Commonwealth champ Essex Tech, then lost again to Haverhill the next night. The Rams still have games against Lowell Catholic and North Middlesex.
No. 8 Chicopee Comp is the top seed in the PVIAC Class C tournament and will face crosstown rival Chicopee. The Colts already rolled over Chicopee last week, also beat Southwick and tied Amherst.
Latin Academy surged into the rankings at No. 9, thanks primarily to a win over No. 10 Dedham. The Dragons take on Attleboro and Hull/Cohasset to close the regular season, while the Marauders await their playoff seeding after rolling past Hudson.