EMass Boys Division 3 Top 10
One of the age-old questions when it comes to high school hockey is, can the top Division 3 teams compete with the best in the state?
When it comes to Hanover, the answer is a resounding “yes.” The Hawks made a huge statement in the second round of the Patriot Cup by handing Div. 1 power Hingham its first loss of the season. Holding the No. 1 spot in the Hockey Night in Boston Eastern Mass. D3 rankings, Hanover has a semifinal matchup Wednesday with Marshfield, another D1 power.
No. 2 Somerset Berkley is in the final of the South Coast Conference tournament. The Raiders will face fellow unbeaten Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk after the teams tied last week. SB edged Old Rochester/Fairhaven in its semifinal game.
No. 3 Hopkinton swept Holliston in a pair of shutouts last week, and closes its Tri-Valley campaign against Ashland and Medfield.
Bishop Stang rockets up the rankings to No. 4, having taken down fellow ranked foes Nantucket and Norwell in the past week. The Spartans also tied Dartmouth and are unbeaten in eight straight since an 0-4 start. They finish the season Thursday against St. John Paul II.
Nantucket slipped to No. 5 after losing to Bishop Stang as well as Sandwich. The Whalers did get a split of the busy week with wins over Mashpee/Monomoy and Dennis-Yarmouth.
No. 6 Norwell will try to bounce back from Monday’s loss to Stang when it opens the South Shore League tournament with a Tuesday semifinal against East Bridgewater.
Newton South may have a sub-.500 record, but the Lions have faced a loaded schedule, including three straight games last week vs. D1 Waltham. South also was facing Concord-Carlisle in Tuesday’s DCL Cup semifinals.
Latin Academy returns to the rankings at No. 9, thanks to a win over No. 10 Shawsheen. Speaking of the Rams, they take on a tough Essex Tech team on Thursday as they try to earn a share of the Commonwealth Athletic crown.