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New Hampshire Boys D2 Top 10: No. 1 STA steps out, upends St. Dom’s

New Hampshire Boys D2 Top 10

RankTeamPR*WLT
1St. Thomas Aquinas11620
2Dover21530
3Goffstown31431
4Keene41061
5Kingswood91170
6Merrimack6972
7Oyster River5882
8Lebanon-Stevens/MR8872
9Alvirne/Milford7882
10Somersworth/Coe-BrownNR7101

No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas secured the top seed in the upcoming State Tournament with its 9-1 mid-week rout of Portsmouth/Newmarket. For good measure, the Saints crossed the border Saturday and took down Maine stalwart St. Dom’s, 6-4, in their season finale.

The Saints hit the post-season on a five-game winning streak during which they outscored opponents, 34-8. They lead the division with 99 goals scored and a plus-67 differential.

No. 2 Dover cruised in the final week, pounding No. 7 Oyster River, 8-0 – emphatically reversing a mid-season loss – and handling Spaulding, 5-2. As evidenced by their split of the regular-season series, there’s not much that separates the Green Wave and STA. Dover finished with 89 goals and a plus-56 differential.

No. 3 Goffstown finished strong, halting D3 No. 1 John Stark/Hopinton’s drive for regular-season perfection, 3-1, before roughing up No. 9 Alvirne/Milford in Saturday’s finale, 8-3. The Grizzlies carry the division’s second highest-scoring offense (92 goals) into the tournament.

It was a so-so closing week for No. 4 Keene. The Blackbirds tied No. 8 Lebanon-Stevens/Mount Royal, 5-5; routed D1 Manchester Central/West; but lost to new No. 10 Somersworth/Coe-Brown, 3-2.

No. 5 Kingswood jumped four spots with a three-win week and will head into tournament play having won 6-of-7. The Knights knocked off D3 Kennett, 6-1; rolled over No. 6 Merrimack, 7-2; and squeezed past Portsmouth/Newmarket, 2-1.

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle joined the HNIB team in 1990 and is a Senior Writer and Director of the Northern New England and Mass/R.I. High School Division camps. An award-winning veteran editor/writer of 35 years experience in the print and digital mediums, he has conceptualized, edited and produced original content and coordinated production for local and global publications and their websites. He holds degrees from Merrimack College and Boston University and won multiple NEPA and NEAP awards during his tenure as Sports Editor of The Daily News of Newburyport and News Editor of The Amesbury News. He is the 2016 recipient of the North Shore Lifetime Commitment From the Community award presented by Moynihan Lumber and is a 2017 inductee into the Newburyport High School Wall of Fame. The Newburyport, MA native resides with his family in Epping, NH. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @kdoyle40.
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