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Massachusetts Girls D1 Poll: Top seven remain the same

Mass. Girls Division I Poll

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Woburn11501
2Austin Prep21012
3Beverly/Danvers31401
4Reading41011
5Needham51501
6St. Mary's61021
7Westford Academy71021
8Boston Latin101412
9Braintree9931
10HinghamNR745
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Not much new to report for the top seven in the HNIB News Massachusetts Girls Division 1 poll. The top teams keep on winning, or at least tying amongst themselves.

Woburn (15-0-1) remains #1 for the second straight week. The Tanners downed Wakefield (8-1) and then beat a good Winchester team (3-2) on Saturday, the team that put a tie on their record earlier this season.

Woburn gets Belmont on Wednesday, then Arlington on Saturday in a pair of Middlesex League Liberty Division games.

#2 Austin Prep (10-1-2) was tied up by St. Mary’s 2-2 in a CCL showdown, then followed up with a 3-0 conquest of Longmeadow. The Cougars look to get things cranked up against Andover (Wednesday) and Hanover, NH (Saturday).

#3 Beverly/Danvers (14-0-1) is getting challenged, but the Panthers continue to win. A pair of 4-2 wins over Winthrop/Lynn and Peabody/Lynnfield highlighted their week. Looking ahead, Beverly/Danvers gets Billerica/Chelmsford (Friday) and Masconomet (Saturday).

The winning streak is now six games for #4 Reading (10-1-1). The Rockets clinched a post-season berth with wins over Wilmington (4-2) and Lexington (3-0). A non-leaguer with Arlington Catholic is on for Monday, then league games with Arlington (Wednesday) and Winchester (Saturday).

#5 Needham (15-0-1) continues to roll along, notching wins over Weymouth (3-1) and Braintree (5-2). The Rockets take on Dedham (Wednesday) then have an intriguing matchup Thursday against D1’s top team – Notre Dame Academy.

#6 St. Mary’s (10-2-1) had an impressive week with the tie against Austin Prep and a solid 4-0 win over Haverhill/North Andover Saturday. A three-game week has the Lady Spartans taking on Winthrop/Lynn (Monday), Archbishop Williams (Wednesday) and Arlington Catholic (Saturday).

Wins over Lincoln-Sudbury (3-0) and Billerica/Chelmsford (2-1) keep Westford Academy (10-2-1) firmly entrenched at #7 (and tourney-eligble). On the horizon, the Grey Ghosts get Andover (Monday), Waltham (Thursday) and Andover again (Saturday).

Boston Latin (14-1-2) jumps back up to #8 after solid wins over Waltham (1-0), Fontbonne (3-1) and Central Catholic (6-1). The Wolfpack is ready for Wayland/Weston (Monday) and then Haverhill/North Andover (Saturday).

#9 Braintree (9-3-1) did beat Framingham (4-1) ahead of the loss to Needham. The Wamps get Walpole (Wednesday) and Newton North (Saturday).

Several teams could claim the #10 spot, but this week it will go to Hingham (7-4-5), who beat Milton (4-2) and tied Falmouth (1-1). A key battle looms Wednesday with Duxbury. Canton is Saturday’s opponent.

Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.
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