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ESPNBoston.com's girls hockey Top 25

3/31/2015

Below is our final top 25 MIAA girls hockey poll, as selected by our panel of staff writers and correspondents (updated 3/30).

1. Reading (22-2-0): The Rockets have been on a steady trajectory toward the top of the state's ranks in recent years, but they finally broke through with the program's first state title on the Garden ice.

2. Acton-Boxborough (18-4-3): The Colonials kept it close with Reading in the D1 state final, thanks to a tremendous effort in net by Cali Loblundo, but they'll have the backstop back for one more campaign next year.

3. Duxbury (15-6-2): For the first time in two seasons, the Dragons didn't finish the season in the top spot in our Top 25 poll, after being edged by A-B in a double-overtime classic.

4. Arlington Catholic (18-3-1): The Cougars entered the D1 tournament as the prohibitive favorites, and could have made claim to the top spot in the poll having beaten Reading twice during the regular season. But AC was bounced by Duxbury in the quarterfinals.

5. Austin Prep (17-4-2): For another year, the Cougars were bounced by the eventual state champions, this time in the state semifinals in a 3-0 loss to Reading.

6. Falmouth (20-4-2): The Clippers were a model of perseverance, finally pushing through with a Division 2 state title win after a string of runners-up and semifinals appearances with a thrilling overtime win at the Garden over Wellesley.

7. Barnstable (14-6-1): The Red Raiders were ousted from the D1 quarterfinals by finalist A-B.

8. Wellesley (19-3-3): The Raiders graduate a good deal of talent from their core heading into next year, but they should again be a player in the D2 race after coming up shorthanded at the Garden.

9. Beverly/Danvers (16-8-3): Despite being shut out by eventual state champion Reading, the Panthers could be back in the hunt again next season with a talented young core led by sophomore McKinley Karpa and freshman goaltender Madison Jalbert.

10. Watertown/Belmont (19-4-1): The Raiders had their season ended by AP in the D1 quarterfinals, also drawing close the career of one of the state's most feared scorers in recent memory, Emily LoPrete, who posted 43-22-65 totals this year.

11. Andover (12-7-2): This year was a huge step forward for the Golden Warriors, who were a tough team to play against and showed it in a 2-1 loss to the aforementioned W/B.

12. Melrose (10-10-2): The Red Raiders surged into the Top 25 poll to end the season, bowing out in a tough 3-0 loss to AP in the first round of the D1 tourney.

13. Burlington (17-6-1): After a promising eighth-grade year, Kelly Browne blossomed into the state's third leading scorer this year, finishing with 50-25-75 totals.

14. Needham (13-5-3): The Rockets boosted up 11 spots from the final poll of the regular season, showing their mettle in a tight, 3-2 overtime loss to Duxbury in the first round of the D1 tourney.

15. Medfield (16-3-4): Many around the Warriors program were setting the Garden as the ultimate destination for this season. They fell one step short, but this is a program on the rise with freshman goaltender Skylar Flynn as its backbone.

16. Archbishop Williams (16-5-3): The Bishops might have had a longer postseason stay if not for a meeting with eventual champion Falmouth in the first round of the D2 tournament.

17. Methuen/Tewksbury (15-4-1): Again, Amanda Conway finished the year as the state's leading scorer with 96 points, drawing close a historic career.

18. Chelmsford (13-6-3): The Lions were unable to escape MVC/DCL rival A-B in their D1 tournament first-round matchup.

19. Arlington (11-9-2): The Spy Ponders were shut out by their Middlesex League rival Reading, 2-0, in the teams' third meeting of the season.

20. Woburn (12-11-0): The Tanners were upended by another Middlesex League rival, the aforementioned Spy Ponders, in the first round of the D1 tourney.

21. Fontbonne (11-7-4): The Ducks had higher aspirations, but were unable to get past Methuen/Tewksbury in the first round of the D2 bracket.

22. Winchester (20-2-2): The seventh and final Middlesex League team appearing in our season-ending poll, the Sachems succumbed to eventual state champion Falmouth in the quarterfinals.

23. Milton (17-4-3): After beating and playing Wellesley to tie during the teams' regular-season meetings, the Wildcats' luck ran out in the D2 quarterfinals, as the Raiders skated past them en route to the Garden.

24. Winthrop/Lynn (11-7-1): The Bulldawgs pushed Melrose to its limit, pushing the game to overtime before falling, 3-2, in a preliminary round matchup.

25. Shrewsbury (13-6-3): The Colonials were blanked by Wellesley, 2-0, in a Division 2 first-round game.

Last 10 Out: Billerica (8-9-4), Canton (12-7-2), Dedham (10-4-7), Lincoln-Sudbury (12-8-2), Masconomet (9-9-3), Medway/Ashland (14-5-4), Norwood (13-7-4), Notre Dame Academy - Hingham (14-5-3), Plymouth (13-3-1), Westford Academy (11-7-4).