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Massachusetts Boys D1 Top 20: Pope Francis Takes Over At The Summit

Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Top 20

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Pope Francis21012
2BC High11022
3Hingham51330
4Austin Prep41222
5Framingham81320
6Duxbury91420
7Catholic Memorial61040
8Arlington3932
9Xaverian101041
10St. Mary's71330
11Andover14732
12Reading16952
13Marshfield11842
14Winchester131140
15Braintree15851
16Melrose191015
17Billerica17834
18Needham201250
19St. John's Prep19563
20FalmouthNR1141

As expected last week’s host of big games amongst the heavies caused some big time change in the order of this week’s HNIB News Massachusetts Division 1 Top 20.

Including a new #1 team: Pope Francis (10-1-2)

Jon Tavella
Pope Francis

The Cardinals 2-2 standoff with #2, and former #1, BC High (10-2-2) last week, couple with a big 4-2 win over #3 Hingham Saturday as Jon Tavella scored twice, and the Eagles 2-1 setback to #5 Framingham, puts them in the big seat for this week.

Pope Francis is now off until hosting their Invitational Tournament this weekend, squaring off with Fairfield Prep Friday night and either Delbarton School (NJ) or Bishop Hendricken (RI) Saturday.

BC High, which beat #7 Catholic Memorial 4-1 Sunday, looks ahead to Malden Catholic on Wednesday.

Hingham (13-3-0) actually climbs to #3 even with the loss to Pope Francis, which was a close hard-fought match. The Harbormen also beat Braintree (3-2) and Catholic Memorial (4-2). Franklin is on tap Monday, then Hingham is off until a Sunday matchup with #8 Arlington.

#4 Austin Prep (12-2-2) fell to Arlington (2-1) and then blanked Lowell Catholic (4-0). The Cougars are off until playing #10 St. Mary’s on Saturday.

Ben Cheney
Duxbury

Framingham (13-2-1) continues its march up the rankings. After the stunning 2-1 win over BC High, the #5 Flyers got past Wellesley by the same score. A big one happens Wednesday with Needham, while Natick is Saturday’s opponent.

#6 Duxbury (14-2-0) continues to win its share of low-scoring games. The Dragons have scored just nine goals in their last four games, but have won them all. They certainly will be in the Super 8 conversation. Ben Cheney and Tanner Smith have been solid up front. Next up for coach John Blake’s crew? Pembroke Wednesday and Whitman-Hanson Saturday.

#7 Catholic Memorial (10-4-0) fell to both Hingham and BC High, but you can’t drop them far when you consider the competition. The Knights have a big tilt with Xaverian on Wednesday.

Arlington (9-3-2) has hit a minor bump in the road. After beating Austin Prep, the Ponders dropped decisions to Burlington (6-3) and Reading (1-0). Arlington plays Marshfield Monday in the Ed Burns Classic, and see Woburn (Wednesday) and Lexington (Saturday).

#9 Xaverian (10-4-1) had a nice week, beating St. John’s Prep (5-0) and Malden Catholic (5-2). A win Wednesday against CM would be huge for the Hawks, who also take on Moses Brown on Saturday.

St. Mary’s (13-3-0) came up short Saturday against Franklin (3-1) to drop to the tenth spot.  The Spartans will see Archbishop Williams Wednesday before the CCL showdown with Austin Prep.

In the second half of this week’s rankings, upward movers include #11 Andover (7-3-2), #12 Reading (9-5-2), #16 Melrose (10-1-5) and #18 Needham (12-5-0). A newcomer this week at #20 is Falmouth (11-4-1).

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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