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Massachusetts Girls D2 Poll: Tough schedule continues for Notre Dame

Mass. Girls Division 2 Poll

RankTeamPrevious RankingWLT
1Notre Dame11100
2Matignon2920
3Pembroke31001
4Shrewsbury6910
5Tewksbury/Methuen5712
6Falmouth4730
7Longmeadow8531
8Milton7721
9Winchester8423
10WellesleyNR623
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#1 Notre Dame (11-0-0) continues to pass all of its tests. This past week, the Cougars faced a pair of quality D1 opponents and came away with wins over Hingham (1-0) and Barnstable (2-1).

All eyes are on Saturday’s showdown with defending Mass. D1 state champ Austin Prep (8 pm, Stoneham Arena). But first, Notre Dame will see Arlington Catholic on Thursday in a game it can’t take lightly.

It was a quiet week for #2 Matignon, as a postponed contest with East Catholic (CT) saw the Warriors play just on Saturday, a 4-0 win over Archbishop Williams. The Warriors have Algonquin/Hudson (Monday) and Leominster/St. Bernard’s on Saturday.

#3 Pembroke (10-0-1) survived a pair of tests, holding off Dennis-Yarmouth 4-3, then rallying from three goals down to down Martha’s Vineyard 5-4. Next up is a Saturday date with Sandwich.

Up to #4 is Shrewsbury (9-1-0) after the Colonials flexed their offensive muscles in wins over Newton North (7-2) and Leominster/St. Bernard’s (8-1).  A huge battle looms Wednesday with Longmeadow. Algonquin/Hudson provides the opposition on Saturday.

#5 Tewksbury/Methuen (7-1-2) got a tie with D1 Andover (3-3) and then beat league foe Waltham (4-1). A key non-league battle is up for Monday against Winchester, followed by Cambridge on Wednesday and Billerica/Chelmsford on Saturday.

#6 Falmouth (7-3-0) had a split decision this week, falling to Dennis-Yarmouth (4-2) before bouncing back to blank Nauset/Cape Tech (4-0). The Clippers have league games this week against Duxbury (Wednesday) and Plymouth (Saturday).

#7 Longmeadow (5-3-1) can feel good about itself even with Saturday’s 4-2 loss to D1 #1 Austin Prep, leading that game into the third period, and then a 1-0 loss Sunday to D1 power Needham. After the Shrewsbury game, the Lancers will see Belmont (Friday)

#8 Milton (7-2-1) won big (12-0 over Framingham), won small (2-1 over Dedham) and lost (5-1 to Needham). The Wildcats have three games this week with Norwood (Monday), Weymouth (Wednesday) and Natick (Saturday).

#9 Winchester (4-2-3) tied a pair of games with Arlington (4-4) and Lexington (0-0). They hope to give Tewksbury-Methuen a battle (Monday), and take on Wakefield (Tuesday) and Wilmington (Saturday).

Returning to the poll this week at #10 is Wellesley (6-2-3). The Red Raiders beat Plymouth (4-1) and Natick (2-1) and played Braintree to a 2-2 standoff. Newton North is on the docket Wednesday, and Walpole on Saturday.

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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