Massachusetts Boys Division 1 Top 20
The top two spots remain unchanged in the HNIB News Massachusetts Division 1 Top 20, but there is lots of movement throughout this week’s poll.
Okay, so it wasn’t a dominant week for No. 1 Arlington (14-1-4). However, the Middlesex League Liberty Division champion Spy Ponders completed an unbeaten league campaign (13-0-2) with a 3-2 win against Winchester and 1-1 tie with Belmont and have allowed the fewest goals in D1 (25).
Factoring in their 2-2 tie against BC High a couple of weeks ago, that’s plenty good enough to keep them at the head of the pack. They wrap up the regular season against a couple of Bay State Conference opponents this week at home against Weymouth Monday and Braintree Wednesday.
No. 2 BC High (12-3-3) had to scramble for a 4-3 win against D2 Tewksbury on Monday then stopped host Falmouth, 5-1, in the opening round of The Buddy Ferreira Classic on Saturday. The Eagles finish the regular season at The Ferreira, taking on Reading in Monday’s semifinals at 7. The consolation and championship games are set for Wednesday.
No. 3 Xaverian (12-4-4) jumps up a couple of spots on the strength of its 9-2 pasting of Bishop Hendricken (RI) followed by Saturday’s 4-2 decision of Framingham. The Hawks have won four straight and take on equally hot Melrose at home in Tuesday’s regular-season finale.
Independent No. 4 Pope Francis (11-4-2) cracks the Top Five. The Cardinals followed up a 2-0 shutout of Austin Prep with Saturday’s frenzied 7-4 come-from-behind win against Catholic Memorial, scoring four times in the third period. Their plus-33 (62-29) differential ranks among the division’s best. PF hosts its annual Cardinal Hockey Classic this week and faces Central Catholic in Wednesday’s semifinals.
A rugged week for No. 5 Catholic Memorial (8-6-5) saw the Knights tumble two spots after losses to St. Johns (S) and Pope Francis. The Knights’ sole directive now is to claim an outright Catholic Conference Monday with either a win or tie at Malden Catholic. A loss would leave them as co-champs with BC High. They wrap up the regular season Wednesday at Fairfield (CT) Prep.
Bay State Carey champion No. 6 Framingham (13-5-1) drops a couple of spots as well. The Flyers were unable to follow up their solid 3-1 road win at Hingham and fell to Xaverian on Saturday, 4-2, their second loss in three games. They look to regain momentum heading into the post-season at The Cahoon Tournament, starting with Monday’s semifinal against Chelmsford.
Independent No. 7 Hingham (11-6-3) sandwiched wins against Franklin, 2-0, Monday and Archbishop Williams, 3-2, Saturday at The Ferreira Classic around that mid-week loss to Framingham. The Harbormen close out the regular season at The Ferreira, starting with Monday’s semifinal against Arlington Catholic.
No. 8 St. John’s Prep (10-4-5) looks to be rounding into post-season form. The Eagles shut down Mount St. Charles (RI), 4-1, before slamming D2 Billerica Saturday, 9-2. They close the regular season Wednesday at home against Needham.
No. 10 Burlington (13-4-3) topped tourney-bound Barnstable on Wednesday, 4-1, but lost to sizzling Melrose by the same score Saturday. The Middlesex Freedom champs meet Medford in the semifinals of their Cahoon Tournament on Monday.
Catholic Conference Large champion No. 11 Austin Prep (9-6-4) lost to Pope Francis and tied Reading, 2-2, at The Ferreira with the Rockets prevailing in OT. They face Falmouth in one of Monday’s two Ferreira consolation games.
No. 12 Braintree (11-4-3), the Bay State Herget champion, shut out Weymouth, 3-0, and battled D2 power Canton to a 2-2 tie. The Wamps close the regular season with a Middlesex League tour – at Belmont Monday and at Arlington Wednesday.
It was a split week for No. 13 St. Mary’s (11-6-2), which defeated Franklin, 2-0, but fell to Bishop Fenwick, 3-2. The Spartans head west to the Cardinal Hockey Classic and face off with Malden Catholic in Wednesday’s semifinal.
No. 14 St. John’s (S) (9-7-4) shut out Malden Catholic, 3-0, and Catholic Memorial, 1-0, to return to the rankings The Pioneers meet Winchester in a Newburyport Bank Classic semifinal Monday. Championship and consolation games are Wednesday.
No. 15 Reading (9-5-5) squeezed past Belmont, 2-1, in its Middlesex League finale, then prevailed in The Battle of Reading with a 3-2 OT win against Austin Prep (MIAA tie) at the Ferreira. The Rockets meet BC High in Monday’s semifinal.
New No. 16 Bishop Fenwick (9-7-2) outlasted Shrewsbury, 5-3, then completed a season series sweep of St. Mary’s Saturday.
No. 17 Duxbury (11-6-3), new No. 18 Melrose (10-6-3), new No. 19 Belmont (9-5-5) and No. 20 Malden Catholic (6-8-3) complete this week’s rankings.