New Hampshire Boys D1 Preseason Top 10
Though not an overwhelming selection, No. 1 Concord (19-4-0) was given a clear-cut nod by the coaches providing input to our annual request to rank the teams. Coaches know things. Who are we to argue?
The Crimson Tide reached the semifinals a year ago with a club stocked with underclassmen who are now seniors and back for another shot at capturing the seventh State title under 29-year coach Duncan Walsh.
It all came together at precisely the right time for No. 2 Hanover (21-4-0), the defending State champ, which may have caught some opponents off guard a year ago. The Marauders will mesh balanced offense with stout defense under the guidance of coach Dick Dodds, who eclipsed 500 career wins during last year’s most memorable campaign.
No. 3 Bedford (17-3-0) fell just short in its bid for a three-peat last year. There’s no reason to expect that coach Marty Myers’ Bulldogs won’t be in the hunt again this winter. It may take a bit of time to develop and slot people into the proper roles, but the ‘Dogs project to gather momentum as the season unfolds and hit their stride at precisely the right time.
No. 4 Pinkerton (15-4-0) appeared to have it all going on when it opened last season with a 10-game winning streak. However the Astros stumbled in the second half, a bit of adversity that should serve as motivation. Coach Sam Littlefield has the luxury of leaning on one of the division’s premier goalies in senior Dakota Robinson.
If any coach is equipped to pull together a roster loaded with underclassmen and untested players, it’s Gary Bishop at No. 5 Bishop Guertin (13-9-1), who has dealt with every scenario imaginable during his distinguished career. Defense will hold sway while the Cardinals’ offense gets up to speed.
No. 8 Windham (18-4-1) jumps up from Division Two this season. The Jaguars were 5-2-0 against D1 opponents the past two years. Bow also bumps up from D2 while Josh Lavoie takes over as head coach at Nashua North/Souhegan.