Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Top 20
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)
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.
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.
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).