New Hampshire Boys D1 Top 10
When regional scheduling prevents long-time rivals from meeting during the regular season, formulating polls is reduced to an arbitrary exercise at best. So we took a deeper dive and concluded that, although ranked fourth just a week ago, No. 1 Concord (12-2-0) deserved to close the regular season where it started – on top.
The Crimson Tide didn’t play either Salem or Bishop Guertin, split with Exeter and lost to Bedford. However, they won their final six, a convincing decision of Exeter and a sweep of Londonderry in the final week. Concord led the division in most goals scored (73), fewest goals allowed (17) and differential (+57).
No. 2 Salem (10-1-0) stays put after knocking off Trinity in its season finale. The Blue Devils don’t score much – just 35 goals – but they dealt Bishop Guertin its only two losses, split with Bedford and yielded just 20 goals.
No. 3 Bishop Guertin (10-2-0) also remains in place after completing a sweep of Exeter Wednesday, 6-5, in OT. The Cardinals’ robust attack (5.3 gpg) ranked second only to Concord. They won their final three after back-to-back 3-2 losses to Salem.
No. 4 Exeter (11-3-0) tumbled after several weeks leading the pack, starting the week with losses to Concord and Bishop Guertin to snap a nine-game winning streak. The Blue Hawks rebounded to win Friday’s finale against Pinkerton, 7-2. They split with Concord and swept Bedford.
No. 5 Bedford (8-5-0) ended a disjointed regular season with Saturday’s 2-1 loss to D2 Oyster River, losing five of its final eight. The Bulldogs knocked off Concord and split with Salem but also lost three straight to Exeter in a span of seven days.
No. 7 Keene (6-4-0) split four games during it busy final week.
No. 8 Londonderry (4-8-0) closed on a three-game slide, losing twice to Concord.
No. 9 Nashua North/Souhegan (4-4-0) also split its final four games.
No. 10 Pinkerton (3-5-0) edged Hanover in Saturday’s finale, 4-3.