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Massachusetts D-I Boys Poll: BC High takes over top spot

Massachusetts Division 1 Boys Poll

RankTeamWLT
1B.C. High602
2Malden Catholic610
3Springfield Cathedral811
4Central Catholic711
5Catholic Memorial610
6Arlington Catholic601
7Xaverian612
8Austin Prep522
9St. John's (S)621
10Reading621
11Walpole721
12Marshfield630
13St. John's Prep341
14Milton810
15Melrose612
16St. Mary's641
17Burlington413
18Wilmington514
19Acton-Boxboro413
20Duxbury413

*Updated 1/12/14

 

As one may have anticipated, there is a change at the top of the poll this week as B.C. High (6-0-2) jumps to No. 1 after a 5-3 win against Malden Catholic last Tuesday. The Eagles also tied Rhode Island No. 1 Bishop Hendricken Saturday (3-2 OT win) to complete a productive week.

 

Steve DeForge BC High

Steve DeForge
BC High

Junior Patrick Kramer (5-12-17), who recently committed to Merrimack for the fall of 2016, senior Steve DeForge (7-3-10) and sophomore defensemen Ryan Shea and Billy Roche lead a balanced attack. The Eagles have yielded a meager 10 goals to date with sophomore Brandon Payzant (1.27, .932) continuing to excel in goal.

Patrick Kramer BC High Commits to Merrimack

Patrick Kramer
BC High
Commits to Merrimack

 

No. 2 Malden Catholic (6-1-0) bounced back from the B.C. High loss with a tense 5-4 Catholic Conference decision of Xaverian Saturday. That’s an uncharacteristic nine goals allowed in the past two games. As expected, junior Ara Nazarian (6-8-14) and senior Tyler Sifferlin (6-6-12) have been the bell cows on offense.

 

No. 3 Cathedral (8-1-1) is on an absolute tear. The Panthers have won six straight, outscoring opponents, 40-8, during that stretch. There is firepower aplenty with juniors D.J. Petruzzelli (11-18-29) and Peter Crinella (15-11-26) on target for 60-point seasons.

Peter Crinella Cathedral

Peter Crinella
Cathedral

 

No. 4 Central Catholic (7-1-1) sandwiched key MVC/DCL One wins against Waltham and Chelmsford around its lone loss, 4-2 at the hands of Arlington Catholic last Wednesday. The all-senior first line of Alex Lester, Corey Webber and Lloyd Hayes continues to produce with 18 goals and 50 points.

 

No. 5 Catholic Memorial (6-1-0) edged St. John’s Prep Saturday, 2-1, for HOF coach Bill Hanson’s 600th career win. Don’t be deceived by those 16 sophomores and juniors on the CM roster – 13 of them saw regular action a year ago. A telling stat? CM has taken just nine penalties.

 

John Richard Arlington Catholic

John Richard
Arlington Catholic

No. 6 Arlington Catholic (6-0-1) remains one of only two unbeatens in the division after its big mid-week rally from two goals down against Central Catholic. Senior goalie John Richard (1.20, .947) has been stellar.

 

No. 7 Xaverian (6-1-2) proved its ability to score with nine total goals against St. John’s Prep and Malden Catholic. Unfortunately, the Hawks managed but a single point in a 5-5 tie with Prep.

 

No. 8 Austin Prep (5-2-2) bludgeoned Bishop Fenwick Saturday night and leads the Catholic Conference Large by a point over Arlington Catholic. The Cougars are off until Saturday’s league tilt with Matignon.

 

No. 9 St. John’s of Shrewsbury (6-2-1) lost its mid-week heavyweight match with Cathedral but bounced back Saturday with a 5-1 decision of Xavier, CT. A visit to Arlington Catholic is on the docket Wednesday night.

 

No. 10 Reading (6-2-1) continues to control the Middlesex Liberty Division and remains the lone public in the Top 10.

 

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle joined the HNIB team in 1990 and is a Senior Writer and Director of the Northern New England and Mass/R.I. High School Division camps. An award-winning veteran editor/writer of 35 years experience in the print and digital mediums, he has conceptualized, edited and produced original content and coordinated production for local and global publications and their websites. He holds degrees from Merrimack College and Boston University and won multiple NEPA and NEAP awards during his tenure as Sports Editor of The Daily News of Newburyport and News Editor of The Amesbury News. He is the 2016 recipient of the North Shore Lifetime Commitment From the Community award presented by Moynihan Lumber and is a 2017 inductee into the Newburyport High School Wall of Fame. The Newburyport, MA native resides with his family in Epping, NH. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @kdoyle40.
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