New Hampshire D-1 Poll: Londonderry vaults to the top

Kevin Doyle
Kevin Doyle
Kevin joined HNIB in 1990 and is a Senior Writer and Director of the Northern New England and Mass/R.I. High School Division camps. A veteran editor/writer of 40 years in the print and digital mediums, he has edited and produced original content and coordinated production for local and global publications and websites. He holds degrees from Merrimack College and Boston University and won multiple industry awards 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 a 2017 Newburyport High School Wall of Fame inductee. He resides with his family in Portsmouth, NH. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @kdoyle40

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New Hampshire Division 1 Boys Poll

2St. Thomas Aquinas921
5Manchester Memorial532
6Manchester Central640
7Nashua North740
10Bishop Guertin261

Well, if you’re going to move to the top of the poll, you might as well do so with dramatic flair – which is precisely what new No. 1 Londonderry (9-2-0, 12-3-0) did when it knocked off St. Thomas Aquinas in OT last Wednesday, 7-6, to stretch its in-state winning streak to eight games (11 overall).


Down by a deuce with two minutes player, the Lancers scored twice with the goalie out and an extra attacker on to force OT. That’s when Colby Austin won it.  Erik Coburn (8-24-32) and Curtis Harper (13-11-24) drive a balanced attack.


Next up? A Wednesday match with Salem, which pinned a 3-2 early-season loss on Londonderry,  will be followed Saturday by a date with Pinkerton.


No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas (9-2-1) bounced back nicely Saturday with a convincing 6-2 decision of defending State Champion Manchester Memorial. Glenn Wiswel (13-12-25), Niall Foster (7-16-23) and Ty Turgeon (10 goals) spark the offense. The Saints face Exeter Wednesday, then trek to Manchester for a Saturday rematch with Memorial.


No. 3 Salem (9-1-1, 13-1-1) took three of four available points by defeating Nashua South and skating to a 3-all deadlock with Memorial. Kyle Nagri (9 goals) is the leader of a deep and balanced offense. The outcome of Wednesday’s clash with Londonderry at The Icenter (3:50 p.m.) could re-order the standings once again.


No. 4 Trinity (8-3-0) knocked off Manchester Central for its third consecutive one-goal win, then handled Nashua South. The Pioneers can move a step closer to locking up a first-round tournament bye this week with wins against Bishop Guertin and Hanover.


No. 5 Memorial (5-3-2) moves up a spot this week by virtue of its tie against Salem. It’s not n easy week for the reigning champs as they face a solid Nashua North squad before engaging STA in next Saturday’s re-match.


No. 6 Manchester Central (6-4-0) slides a notch after losing its only game of the week to Trinity, 3-2, and looks to bounce back against Concord and Bishop Guertin.


No.  7 Nashua North (7-4-0) slid past Exeter, 2-1, in its only action of the week and has home dates with Memorial and Salem upcoming.


No. 8 Hanover (5-5-1) picked up wins against Concord and Bishop Brady and is off until Saturday’s visit to Trinity.


No. 9 Pinkerton (3-5-1) faces a three-game week – Exeter, Bishop Brady, Londonderry) – after edging Nashua South in its only game last week.


No. 10 Bishop Guertin (2-6-1) walloped Bishop Brady, 8-1, in it only game but faces Massachusetts power Malden Catholic, Trinity and Central this week.



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