Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Top 20
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What’s the best word to describe the first week of play in Division One? Let’s go with chaotic. There were some mighty interesting scores to say the least.
No. 1 BC High (2-0-0) held onto its perch at the top. After holding off scrappy St. John’s of Shrewsbury in its opener, the Eagles prevailed against Don Bosco Prep of New Jersey, 4-3, in a meeting of reigning State Champions on Saturday. The score was a bit deceptive as the Catholic Conference kingpin rattled off four unanswered tallies before Don Bosco struck twice in the game’s final minute.
No. 2 Framingham (4-0-0) of the Bay State Conference’s Carey Division is off to, well, a flying start. The Flyers have dispatched three BSC opponents and also posted a signature win with a 3-2 decision of Pope Francis. Coach Will Ortiz’s club has excelled at both ends of the ice, combining an attacking offense with sound defense,
Jaws surely must have dropped across the D1 community when word of No. 3 Hingham’s (2-0-0) 9-1 romp past St. John’s Prep circulated Saturday night. The Harbormen, one of six D1 Independents this season, clicked three times with the man advantage in the second period alone. They fought off Andover in their season opener, 6-4. Offense does not appear to be an issue.
No. 4 Xaverian (1-0-1) drops slightly. The Hawks handled Barnstable in their opener, 5-2, before settling for a 2-2 tie against Austin Prep on Saturday. Expect them to play a primary role in shaping the Catholic Conference race this season.
No. 5 Pope Francis (2-3-0) has only played two MIAA games after winning one of three at Albany Academy’s annual Rider Cup. Interestingly, the Cardinals’ only MIAA loss a year ago, was against BC.High in the 1A title game. In contrast, they fell to Framingham last Thursday, 3-2, before routing Franklin Saturday, 6-1.
Middlesex League Liberty power No. 6 Arlington (2-0-0) held its ground with solid decisions of Melrose and Wakefield.
Ditto for No. 7 Duxbury (2-0-0) of the Patriot League, which opened the season with consecutive shutouts of league foes Quincy and Whitman-Hanson.
No. 8 Burlington (2-1-0) of the Middlesex League’s Freedom Division rebounded from an opening loss to Woburn by knocking off defending Division 1 Champion Winchester and Reading in succession.
After getting surprised by Archbishop Williams, 5-4, in its Catholic Central Large opener, No. 9 Austin Prep (0-1-1) rebounded with that 2-2 tie against Xaverian.
No. 10 Reading (2-1-0) of the Middlesex Liberty dispatched league opponents Wakefield and Wilmington prior to Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Burlington.
Previously unranked No. 11 Central Catholic (3-0-0) of the Merrimack Valley/Dual County One turned heads with a 2-0 opening win against Catholic Memorial.
No. 12 St. Mary’s of Lynn (2-0-0) edged Catholic Central Large rival Arlington Catholic on Saturday, 3-2, after opening with a 7-0 whitewashing of Lowell Catholic.
No. 13 Bishop Fenwick (3-0-0) of the Catholic Central Large makes its poll debut and is off to its best start in years. The Crusaders are a plus-9.
No. 14 Braintree (1-0-1) defeated Brookline and tied Milton.
No. 15 Marshfield (1-0-1) opened with a tie against Hanover then toppled Scituate.