Massachusetts Boys D4 Top 10
It was just a matter of time before Stoneham got untracked. That’s a big reason why the Spartans still were a top-10 team despite an 0-3 start against tough Middlesex Liberty competition, but now they have run over five wins in a row and ascended to the top spot in this week’s Hockey Night in Boston Massachusetts Division 4 rankings. The Spartans took care of Freedom Division rivals Burlington and Wilmington last week, and now set their sights on Wakefield (Wednesday) and a key top-10 showdown Saturday at Watertown.
Sandwich’s stay in the No. 1 spot is over for now, but the Blue Knights don’t fall too far despite a loss Saturday to unbeaten CMass Division 3 opponent Hopedale. Sandwich did rally to edge Nauset last week, but it will be a big week – Cape & Islands power Falmouth on Wednesday, then another top-10 visit Saturday from Grafton/Blackstone Valley.
No. 3 Norwell took care of business last week against East/West Bridgewater in South Shore League play, which continues this week vs. Rockland (Wednesday) and Hull/Cohasset (Saturday).
No. 4 Nantucket has been off for a while, and doesn’t return again until Saturday vs. Dennis-Yarmouth.
Up to No. 5 is Watertown, despite being idle last week. The Raiders have Saturday’s big game vs. Stoneham, but can’t overlook an ML Freedom matchup Wednesday vs. Wilmington.
Fitchburg/Monty Tech is another riser as the Bulldogs swept Gardner, Littleton/Bromfield and Lunenburg/Ayer Shirley to move to No. 6. Next up are Northbridge (Wednesday) and Greater Lowell/Nashoba Tech (Saturday).
Ashland also bumps up two spots to No. 7 despite being off last week. The Clockers have only one game on tap this week, Wednesday vs. Bellingham.
No. 8 Shawsheen tumbled a couple of spots after losing Sunday vs. Methuen. The Rams have a key Commonwealth battle Thursday vs. Northeast, then face former CAC foe Rockport on Saturday.
No. 9 Grafton/Blackstone Valley eyes Saturday’s trip to Gallo to take on Sandwich, but first the Gators face off Wednesday vs. Lunenburg/Ayer Shirley.
Breaking into the rankings this week is No. 10 Martha’s Vineyard, which iced both Dennis-Yarmouth and St. John Paul II last week and has lost just once vs. islands rival Nantucket. The Vineyarders stay on the Cape for a pair of games vs. Bourne (Wednesday) and Monomoy/Mashpee (Saturday).
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