Massachusetts Division 1 Boys Poll
|9||St. John's (S)||6||2||1|
|13||St. John's Prep||3||4||1|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.