New Jersey Top 10 Poll
1. Delbarton (9-2-0)
Last week: beat CBA 4-1
Sophomore goalie Troy Kobryn stopped 29 of 30 shots in consecutive conference wins, with Anthony Farinacci (6-4-10) striking for two goals and Steven Agriogianis (5-8-13) producing a goal and two assists in the 4-1 win over CBA. One of the most balanced Gordon Conference teams in years, Delbarton has nine players with point totals between 10 and 13.
This week: Tues vs. Gloucester Catholic, Thurs at Fairfield Prep (Conn.), Sun at Bergen Catholic
2. Don Bosco Prep (8-5-2)
Last week: lost to Hill (Pa.) 1-3, beat Mahwah 7-0, beat Bergen Catholic 3-2
The Ironmen slipped by division rival Bergen Catholic 3-2 on Monday to advance to the final of the Bergen County Tournament, which they have won in each of the last three years (since its inception). Joe Verboys scored twice, including a goal less than five minutes into the third period to break a 2-2 tie, and sophomore Alexei Masanko made 23 saves. While Don Bosco rarely wins via blowout, it plays Delbarton closer than anybody.
This week: Thurs vs. Ramsey (Bergen County Tournament final), Sun vs. Hun
3. CBA (13-2-0)
Last week: lost to Delbarton 1-4, beat Pope John 11-1
After dropping consecutive Gordon Conference games to their biggest rivals, CBA rebounded by obliterating another division foe, Pope John. The big offensive numbers, boosted by games against overmatched Shore Conference teams, include junior forward Cristian Winters (17-12-29), senior defenseman Ryan Bogan (5-25-30), and junior forward Bjorn Kvaale (8-17-25).
This week: Tues at Freehold Boro / Raritan, Wed vs. Pope John
4. Chatham (8-1-4)
Last week: beat Montclair Kimberley 6-0, tied Roxbury 3-3
As the most consistent Mennen Division power, and the only one still unbeaten in league play, Chatham remains just behind the state’s current ‘Big Three,’ despite a lackluster 3-3 tie with Roxbury on Monday. Forwards William Barnett (13-8-21), Jack O’Connor (5-7-12), and Bryn Casey (4-8-12) lead the offense in front of senior goalie C.J. Albanese.
This week: Fri vs. Morristown-Beard
5. Bridgewater-Raritan (12-0-2)
Last week: beat Pingry 2-0, Sat vs. Hunterdon Central
The Panthers remained one of just two unbeaten teams in the state and handed Hunterdon Central its first league defeat in a 2-0 win on Saturday. Seniors Eddie Weissman (8-11-19) and Will Dimock (6-8-14) and juniors Alex Mead (12-7-19) and Alec Caseiro (10-4-14) lead the way offensively, while the senior combination of Ian Anderson (6-9-15) and Brett Goldstein (2-9-11) are the blue-line catalysts. Sophomore Corey Fewer and junior Josh Garner split time in goal, with Fewer shutting out Hunterdon Central. Bridgewater remains tied with rival Ridge for the Skyland Conference lead (both are 7-0-2 in league play) after a tie in early December, but Bridgewater posted an emphatic 4-0 win in winning its holiday tournament.
This week: Wed vs. Morristown, Thurs at Montgomery, Sat at Paramus Catholic
6. Notre Dame (14-2-0)
Last week: beat Lawrence / Hightstown 10-1, beat Robbinsville/Allentown 11-1
Their championship of the in-season Egan Cup, a new tournament pitting four non-Gordon private schools against each other, remains the Irish’s calling card. Seniors Connor Todaro (18-24-42) and Dakota Skove (18-25-43), junior James Brady (13-15-28), and sophomore Matt Sellers (13-14-27) have accounted for much of the scoring in front of junior netminder Kyle McQuillan.
This week: Thurs at Princeton Day, Fri vs. Princeton
7. St. Joseph Metuchen (9-2-1)
Last week: idle
Upset by Notre Dame in the final of the Egan Cup (after an earlier 6-2 head-to-head win), St. Joseph Metuchen returns to action this week as the favorite in both games, with Ridge a stiffer test.
This week: Tues at Monsignor Farrell (N.Y.), Wed vs. Ridge
8. Ramsey (14-2-0)
Last week: beat Indian Hills 8-0, beat Glen Rock 2-1 (OT)
Second-line twins Anthony and Frank Steffe returned to action to bolster Ramsey’s depth, but it was the Rams’ headliner – Quinnipiac commit Alex Whelan – who saved the day against Glen Rock in the Bergen County Tournament semifinals on Monday, scoring in regulation and again in overtime in a 2-1 win. Thursday’s championship game against Don Bosco is a rematch of last year’s county final, when a third-period power play broke a 1-1 tie, condemning Ramsey to a 4-1 defeat.
This week: Thurs vs. Don Bosco Prep (Bergen County Tournament final), Friday vs. Wayne Hills
9. Morristown-Beard (9-4-3)
Last week: beat Mendham 8-0, Sat at Kinnelon
The Crimson have now won five of their last six – the only blemish a stunning 3-2 upset against West Morris – to take a one-point lead in the Mennen Division, but Chatham will have two games in hand to make up ground even if Morristown-Beard wins Friday’s head-to-head showdown.
This week: Tues vs. Hun, Fri vs. Chatham
10. Bishop Eustace (6-5-1)
Last week: beat Pope John 6-3, beat St. Peter’s Prep 6-4
It’s a revolving door in this spot, but after four straight wins, which include avenging an earlier loss to division foe St. Peter’s Prep, the Crusaders get the nod this week. Senior Chayse Primeau (9-4-13) and junior Aaron Maguyon (5-8-13) lead the way offensively, with sophomore Cayden Primeau the top option in goal.
This week: Wed vs. Holy Ghost Prep (Pa.), Thurs at Hun