Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Top 20
Things remained as is for the front end of this week’s HNIB News Massachusetts D1 Boys Top 20. The back half? Not so much.
BC High (6-1-1) stays at #1. The Eagles had a tight win (St. John’s Prep) and an easy win (Malden Catholic). They will stay in the Catholic Conference again this week, with Wednesday’s showdown at #5 Catholic Memorial, and a Saturday trip to Canton Ice House to battle Xaverian for the second time.
#2 Pope Francis (5-1-1 MIAA) made a pair of successful trips east, taking down Framingham (3-2) and Franklin (5-0). Max Cocchi, Makem Demers and Jon Tavella have led the attack, while defenseman Zach Reiser has been involved offensively as well. The Cardinals also have a big tilt this week, hosting #3 Austin Prep (8-0-1) on Saturday.
Speaking of the Cougars, they had little trouble with Catholic Central foes Archbishop Williams (5-1) and Arlington Catholic (7-1) and have now outscored opponents 41-6. Senior captain Max Pineo has led the offense.
#4 Arlington (5-1-2) seized control of the Middlesex League Liberty Division with Saturday’s 6-1 decision over #11 Winchester. The Spy Ponders also beat Lexington (5-1). They look ahead to Wakefield (Monday) and Belmont (Wednesday).
Catholic Memorial (7-1-0) was idle Saturday after Monday’s win over Malden Catholic. The Knights, who own a 44-11 goals for/goals against count, travel to St. John’s Prep on Saturday.
#6 Hingham (8-2-0) had a pair of nice one-goal wins over #15 Duxbury and Burlington and looks back on track. Junior Jacob Clark had both goals in the Saturday win over the Red Devils. The Harbormen made the trek to Reading’s Burbank Arena for a Monday night matchup against the Rockets in their only action of the week.
Atlantic Coast League opponents Falmouth (Wednesday) and Dennis-Yarmouuth (Saturday) await #7 Marshfield (4-2-2) this week. Senior Paul Rorke (7-6-13) is off to a fast start for the Rams.
One of the hottest teams around is #8 St. Mary’s (9-1-0). The Spartans grabbed two more wins over Smithfield RI (5-0) and Bishop Fenwick (4-2). Colin Reddy has been hot (12 goals), while Davis Kinne (12 pts) has been involved offensively from his blue line position. St. Mary’s hosts #17 Archishop Williams on Wednesday.
#9 Xaverian (5-2-1) bounced back from a frustrating tie earlier in the week with St. John’s of Shrewsbury (squandering a four-goal lead) to down #14 St.John’s Prep 4-3. Josh Barton (14 pts), Matty Ryan (14 pts) and Ryan Pomposelli (13 pts) have driven the offense for the Hawks, who host Malden Catholic Wednesday.
Framingham (7-2-1) enters the Top 10 this week. The Flyers battled Pope Francis hard in a 3-2 loss and also blanked Natick (4-0). They get Weymouth (Wednesday) and Brookline (Saturday) this week.
Another big mover in this week’s rankings is #12 Andover (5-2-1), now winners of three straight games after book-end 5-2 league wins over Westford Academy and Central Catholic.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Falmouth (7-1-1), Newburyport (6-2-1), Billerica (6-2-2)