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New Hampshire D2 Top 10: St. Thomas Aquinas Takes Over Top Spot

New Hampshire Boys D2 Top 10

1St. Thomas Aquinas2910
7Oyster River9531

Top to bottom there was a whole lotta’ shakin’ going on in this week’s HNIB News New Hampshire D2 Top 10– not a single team stayed in place.

No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas supplants Dover at the top following a week in which the Saints handled Keene on Wednesday and then planted No. 9 Kingswood on Saturday, 6-0. STA – which leads the division in differential (+40) and fewest goals allowed (17) – now has a full week to prep for Saturday night’s visit by No. 6 Merrimack.

No. 2 Dover drops one spot after that loss to Keene. The Green Wave scored a tidy mid-week 4-1 decision of Timberlane. Dover visits streaking No. 7 Oyster River, winners of five straight, Wednesday night and closes the week Saturday at home against No. 10 Lebanon/Stevens/Mount Royal.

Somehow No. 3 Goffstown seems to be operating under the radar. The Grizzlies came out of a nine-day break to top Portsmouth/Newmarket on Friday, 5-2, and Spaulding on Saturday, 5-1. They share the league lead for goals scored (57) with STA. They face off against Kingswood Wednesday at home then visit D1 Windham Saturday.

No. 4 Portsmouth/Newmarket continues to employ an effective defense-first style. The C-Mules bracketed Friday’s loss to Goffstown with wins against Keene (2-0) on MLK Day and Timberlane (4-1) on Saturday. They’re at home this week against Somersworth/Coe-Brown and Oyster River on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively.

Despite its upset of Dover, No. 5 Keene still tumbles a couple of spots. That win salvaged what would have been an otherwise disastrous week that included losses to Portsmouth/Newmarket and STA. The Blackbirds head to Winnacunnet Saturday in their only game this week.

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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