New Hampshire Boys D1 Top 10
Remember last week when we noted that things very nearly went sideways? Well, this week the other shoe dropped, resulting in a re-ordering at the top of HNIB’s final regular-season poll.
No. 1 Pinkerton finds itself at the top of the poll and as the top seed heading into post-season following a three-win final week that saw the Astros defeat Windham, 2-1; No. 8 Londonderry, 2-1; and Manchester Memorial, 7-0.
No. 2 Bedford vaulted two spots in the final week on the strength of its 4-0 whitewash of defending State Champion Hanover. The Bulldogs blasted Manchester Central/West in their finale, 10-1. Bedford heads into the post-season with the division’s most lethal offense – 89 goals scored and a plus-57 differential.
No. 3 Concord closes the regular season on a positive note after dismantling Central/West and Bow by a cumulative 17-2 count in the final week. The Crimson Tide finished second in the division with 24 goals allowed, posting six shutouts along the way.
No. 4 Hanover tumbled to its final position due to that decisive loss to Bedford. The Marauders halted their 0-2-1 skid with a 5-0 win against No. 10 Bishop Brady in Saturday’s finale.
No. 5 Trinity secured its Top Five ranking with Saturday’s 3-2 win against No. 6 Exeter. The Pioneers handled Nashua North/Souhegan earlier in the week, 7-2, and won their final six and eight of their last nine. Not a team anyone wants to draw in the tournament.