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

New Hampshire Boys D2 Top 10

RankTeamPR*WLT
1St. Thomas Aquinas2910
2Dover1910
3Goffstown4821
4Portsmouth/Newmarket5641
5Keene3540
6Merrimack8641
7Oyster River9531
8Alvirne/Milford7642
9Kingswood10550
10Lebanon/Stevens/MR6450

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 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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