Massachusetts Boys D3 Top 10
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The top of the Boston, Massachusetts Division 3 boys’ hockey ladder is essentially unchanged, but teams have taken different routes to get there.
Marlboro had little trouble holding onto number 1, rolling past Leominster and then bordering Longmeadow. The Panthers face Nashoba Regional (Monday) Westboro in their action this week.
Only Marlboro blocked Medweg off the top spot as the No. 2 Mustangs continue to impress, including handing over their first loss of the season to Tri-Valley rivals Norwood. Medway still hasn’t lost to a MIAA team and will look to continue that run this week against Westwood (Wednesday) and Ashland (Saturday).
No. 3 situating and #4 Hannover held their places from last week despite some bumps in the road. The Sailors missed a narrow hit on D1 Bridgewater-Raynham before rebounding to sweep Quincy on consecutive nights. This week the Sailors face Whitman-Hanson (Monday), Pembroke (Wednesday) and Southeastern (Saturday).
As for Hanover, the Hawks got their only one last week Game hidden by D1 Marshfield. They will also be busy this week with a trio of Patriot League matchups – Pembroke (Monday), Quincy (Wednesday) and Plymouth South (Saturday).
Finally we were allowed to see Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk again. The No. 5 Falcons went undefeated with a win over Old Rochester/Fairhaven, their first game since December 29 and their first game against an MIAA team since December 22. DR/S on Wednesday have Wareham/Carver ahead of a south coast showdown with unbeaten Somerset Berkley on Saturday.
No. 6 Bishop Stan was far from calm, defeating Cardinal Spellman and Bourne by a combined 13-0. The Spartans, who have conceded just five goals in nine games (two in their last eight), host Nantucket on Saturday.
A pair of Central Mass. undefeated – No. 7 Nashoba and No. 8 Hopedale – are next on the list. Wolves returned from a break with a win over Groton-Dunstable and face off against Marlboro (Monday), Hudson (Wednesday) and Northbridge (Saturday). Red-hot Hopedale crunched St. Paul and Oakmont and is having a tough week with Worcester (Monday), Grafton/Blackstone Valley (Wednesday) and Minnechaug (Saturday).
No. 9 Northern Reading cracks the rankings after seven straight wins since an opening loss, including a solid win over No. 10 last week Lynnfeld. The Hornets also saw off Triton and will now face a tough test against D2 Newburyport on Wednesday. The Pioneers recovered from the loss to knock out Pentucket and will travel to Westwood for an out-of-league fight on Monday and host Groton-Dunstable on Saturday.
NOTICE: These rankings do not reflect the MIAA power rankings used for seeding purposes in the state tournament.