Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Poll
|5||St. John's Prep||6||8||3||3|
|7||St. John's (S)||9||9||3||3|
Another week and another series of shutdown victories recorded by HNIB Massachusetts Boys D1 Top 20 leader No. 1 Central Catholic. After dispatching No. 16 Malden Catholic earlier in the week, 3-1, Central returned to MVC/DCL One play and roughed up Chelmsford Saturday 6-0.
Matt Pasquale has had an other-worldly junior season with a 0.54 gaa/.970 save pct./7 SO slash line. Meanwhile, the Raiders have outscored opponents, 73-9. They stay in the league this week, tangling with No. 20 Waltham Wednesday and No. 17 Andover on Saturday.
No. 2 B.C. High, the Catholic Conference kingpin, followed up its 6-1 mid-week decision of Malden Catholic with a 4-1 win against Pope Francis to vault the Cardinals in the rankings. The teams played to a 3-3 tie in December. The Eagles, now 11-0-1 in their last 12, take on No. 11 St. Mary’s (L) in their lone game on Tuesday.
Catholic West champ No. 3 Pope Francis returned from a 10-day layoff and endured a tough 24 hours. The Cardinals scratched out a 2-all tie against Hingham on Saturday but fell to B.C. High Sunday. PF hosts its annual Invitational this week, facing Bp. Hendricken (RI) Friday then meeting either Delbarton (NJ) or Fairfield Prep (CT) on Saturday.
No. 4 Burlington keeps on grinding. The Red Devils followed up Wednesday’s impressive 4-1 win against Arlington in a meeting of Middlesex League divisional leaders with a sound 4-1 Freedom Division decision of Wakefield on Saturday. They take on the Freedom’s two D2 clubs this week, Wilmington on Wednesday and talented tourney-bound Stoneham on Saturday.
After rallying for a 4-3 win against Bp. Guertin (NH) on Monday, No. 5 St. John’s Prep settled for a 2-2 Catholic Conference tie against Malden Catholic Saturday, completing their league schedule. They face Austin Prep on Wednesday and No. 14 Newburyport on Saturday in the 10th annual Derek Hines Game.
No. 6 Franklin continued to crush it in the Hockomock League with wins against King Philip and Attleboro. The Panthers have outscored league opponents 49-8 in eight games. They travel to Hingham Monday and return to Hockomock play at Canton Wednesday.
No. 7 St. John’s (S) of the Catholic West continued to stockpile impressive wins, toppling Austin Prep in its only action, 4-2. The Pioneers are on the road twice this week – at Arlington Catholic Wednesday and at Hingham Saturday.
It was a mixed bag kind of a week for No. 8 Arlington. The Spy Ponders bounced back from that loss to Burlington with a 4-1 decision of Reading on Saturday but tied Marshfield on Sunday, 2-2. A busy week includes a visit to Woburn Wednesday and home dates with Lexington Friday and Hingham Sunday.
No. 9 Austin Prep, the Catholic Central Large leader, tumbles in the rankings after that loss to St. John’s (S). The Cougars have a light week but the only game is a big one inside the Top 10 as they visit St. John’s Prep Wednesday.
No. 10 Hingham climbs into the top half of the poll following its 3-0 win against Reading and 2-all draw with Pope Francis. This could be a make-or-break week for the Harbormen, who square of against Franklin Monday, St. John’s (S) Saturday and Arlington Sunday.