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Massachusetts Boys D1 Top 20: CM, St. Mary’s Big Movers This Week

Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Top 20

RankTeamPR*WLT
1BC High1411
2Pope Francs2311
3Austin Prep4601
4Arlington6312
5Catholic Memorial9610
6Hingham5620
7Marshfield7322
8St. Mary's11710
9Xaverian3420
10Winchester12610
11St. John's Prep8322
12Melrose14601
13Archbishop WilliamsNR502
14FraminghamNR611
15Braintree10420
16Andover17321
17Reading15330
18Needham17630
19DuxburyNR610
20Mansfield19720

A handful of teams moved up, and a handful moved down in this week’s HNIB News Massachusetts Boys D1 Top 20. And, three new teams make their season debuts in the rankings.

There is no change at the immediate top, where BC High (4-1-1) and Pope Francis (3-1-1) continue to hold down the top two positions. The Eagles knocked off Xaverian (3-1) in their only action, while the Cardinals followed-up a tie with Arlington with an impressive 6-1 takedown of previously unbeaten Rhode Island #1 Bishop Hendricken (6-1).

BC High stays in the Catholic Conference this week seeing St. John’s Prep (Wednesday) and Malden Catholic (Saturday). Pope Francis has Framingham (Tuesday) and Franklin (Thursday) on its plate.

Upward movers this week include Austin Prep, Arlington, Catholic Memorial, St. Mary’s and Winchester.

Austin Prep (6-0-1) is up to #3 after downing Central Catholic (4-2) and Bishop Fenwick (4-0). A big one looms Wednesday with Archbishop Williams.

#4 Arlington (3-1-2) grabbed the tie with Pope Francis, and then beat Woburn (5-2). The Ponders have a big one this coming Saturday with Winchester.

Catholic Memorial (6-1-0) jumps up to #5 this week on the strength of wins over Top 20 teams Needham (5-1) and Xaverian (3-1).  The Knights play just once this week, a Wednesday date with Malden Catholic.

Up to #8 is St. Mary’s (7-1-0). The Spartans had big wins over Arlington Catholic (9-2) and Newburyport (5-0). They face Smithfield HS of Rhode Island on Wednesday and Bishop Fenwick Saturday.

#10 Winchester (6-1-0) returned to game action with a solid 4-0 blanking of Reading Saturday. Prior to the Arlington showdown, the Sachems get Belmont on Wednesday.

There are also three newcomers this week.

Unbeaten Archbishop Williams (5-0-2) jumps in at #13 after a three-win week that culminated in a 6-1 conquest of St. John’s. The Bishops hope to continue the solid play against Austin Prep Wednesday.

#14 Framingham (6-1-1) was impressive in wins over Wellesley (2-0) and Braintree (4-2) and will look to battle Pope Francis tough Tuesday.

Also cracking the Top 20 this week is Duxbury (6-1-0) at #19. The Dragons have won six straight and have a huge tilt Monday with #6 Hingham (6-2-0).

Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.
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