Mass. Division 1 Poll: Cathedral Firing On All Cylinders

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Massachusetts DI Poll

1Springfield Cathedral401
2BC High300
3Malden Catholic300
4Central Catholic 410
5Catholic Memorial211
7Arlington Catholic202
8Austin Prep200
10St. John's Prep210
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Pending the outcome of championship and consolation games at a number of high-profile tournaments Sunday — the Christie Serino Holiday Tournament, the Peter Frates Winter Classic and The Silverback Tournament, to name but a few — these rankings could look decidedly different next week.

For now, No. 1 Springfield Cathedral (4-0-1) — aside from a head-scratcher of an early 3-3 tie with Franklin — has been playing on another level as evidenced by Saturday’s Frates Classic semifinal when the Panthers scorched previously-undefeated Central Catholic, 6-0. Cathedral has outscored its opponents, 30-4, with Johnny Leonard (10 goals) powering the offense and sophomore Keith Pettruzzelli (3 SO) anchoring the defense.

No. 2 B.C. High (3-0-0) picked up a key Catholic Conference win with a 4-3 decision of St. John’s Prep in the Frates Classic semifinal. The Eagles earlier picked up comfortable non-league wins against St. Mary’s (Lynn) and St. John’s (Shrewsbury) and could make an early statement against Cathedral.

No. 3 Malden Catholic (3-0-0) scored a pair of impressive out-of-state wins against Hamden CT, 7-1, and Delbarton NJ, 4-3, before handling Hingham, 6-2, in the semifinal round of the Serino Tournament. As usual, the four-time defending 1A champion Lancers are piling up the goals with balanced production from the forward group.

As anticipated, No. 4 Central Catholic (4-1-0) got off to a fast start within the MVC-DCL One after opening the season with a solid win against St. John’s of Shrewsbury. However, the Raiders couldn’t match Cathedral’s depth or creativity in the Frates semifinal.

No. 5 Catholic Memorial (2-1-1) hasn’t lost to an MIAA opponent. The Knights dropped a 2-1 verdict to Delbarton and fell to prep foe St. Sebastian’s of the Independent School League in the annual Mutch Cup contest, 3-0. The only MIAA point lost was a 3-3 deadlock (4-3 shootout loss) with St. John’s of Shrewsbury in the Silverback semifinal.

No. 6 Xaverian (4-0-0) has shown itself to be sound all over the ice, outscoring opponents, 11-3. The Hawks toppled defending Division One State Champion Reading Saturday, 2-1.

No. 7 Arlington Catholic (2-0-2) has taken five of six available points in the Catholic Central Large and tied Reading on Dec. 22, 2-2.

No. 8 Austin Prep (2-0-0) has yet to see much game action but registered an impressive 4-1 Catholic Central Large win against St. Mary’s (Lynn) in the Serino semifinal.

No. 9 Barnstable (5-0-0), out of the Old Colony, is the lone public in the Top 10 and captured the Cape Cod Freezeout championship with wins against second-year D1 programs Newburyport, 7-3, and Mansfield, 6-0.

No. 10 St. John’s Prep (2-1-0) opened with wins against Hingham and Woburn prior to its one-goal loss to B.C. High in the Frates semifinal.

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