New Hampshire Boys D2 Top 10
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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.