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Massachusetts Boys D1 Top 20: This week’s tourneys will impact post-season seeding

Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Central Catholic11810
2B.C. High31341
3Pope Francis21523
4St. John's Prep41233
5Hingham51046
6Burlington71730
7Arlington61144
8St. John's (S)81253
9Austin Prep91261
10St. Mary's 101244
11Xaverian14965
12Franklin111243
13Waltham121342
14Wellesley151423
15Andover171052
16Malden Catholic19783
17Newburyport161125
18Falmouth181433
19Catholic Memorial13774
20Natick201253

Hard to believe the final week of the regular season is upon us, yet here we are. It’s a week dominated by season-ending tournaments and teams jockeying for favorable post-season seeding.

No. 1 Central Catholic captured the MVC/DCL championship on Monday with a 9-0 wipeout of Westford Academy. Those teams meet again this Monday before Central heads west for The Cardinal Classic. The Raiders face host Pope Francis Wednesday, then either St. Mary’s (L) or No. 16 Malden Catholic on Thursday.

Catholic Conference kingpin No. 2 B.C. High moves back into second place on the strength of its impressive 5-2 win against Hingham in the lid-lifter at The Buddy Ferreira Classic, which came after an 11-day layoff. They close out the regular season at the tournament, starting Monday against Austin Prep.

No. 3 Pope Francis enjoyed a strong week, knocking off Catholic Memorial, 6-2, then taking the measure of Rhode Island No. 2 Mount St. Charles, 4-0. The Cardinals close things out at their own tournament this week, starting with that game against Central Catholic Wednesday.

No. 4 St. John’s Prep put together a massive week, sandwiching convincing wins against fellow Top 10 teams Austin Prep (7-4) and St. John’s of Shrewsbury (5-2) around a 6-0 whitewash of Arlington Catholic. The Eagles wrap up the regular season Monday against D2 Danvers and Wednesday against Braintree.

After picking up a sound 4-0 win against No. 15 Andover earlier in the week, No. 5 Hingham ran into the B.C. High buzzsaw in the first game of The Ferreira. The Harbormen spend the week down the Cape with a goal of securing a Top Six berth in the D1A Tournament. They face Duxbury Monday.

No. 6 Burlington bumps a spot following a three-win week that featured a 1-0 shutout of Arlington Catholic, a 3-1 decision of Wilmington and a wild 6-4 win against Melrose. The Red Devils compete for The Cahoon Cup this week, starting with Tuesday’s semifinal match against Chelmsford.

After tying Winchester earlier in the week, No. 7 Arlington followed up with a 2-0 shutout of Belmont Saturday. The Spy Ponders host Andover Monday in an Ed Burns Classic consolation, then trek to Woburn Thursday.

No. 8 St. John’s (S) handled Moses Brown of Rhode Island and No. 12 Franklin before running into St. John’s Prep. The Pioneers close the season at The Newburyport Bank Classic, facing Andover Tuesday and either No. 17 Newburyport or St. Peter-Marian Friday.

After falling to St. John’s Prep to start its week, No. 9 Austin Prep rebounded with a 6-1 Catholic Central Large title-clinching win against St. Mary’s and a 6-1 decision of Duxbury at The Ferreira Classic. The Cougars conclude the season with three games in Falmouth.

Following the loss to Austin Prep, No. 10 St. Mary’s (L) outlasted D2 Catholic Central Small power Lowell Catholic, 6-5. The Spartans head west for The Cardinal Classic, starting with Wednesday’s semifinal against Malden Catholic

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