Mass. Girls Division 2 Poll
#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.
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.