ESPNBoston.com's girls hockey Top 25
Below is our top 25 MIAA girls hockey poll, as selected by our panel of staff writers and correspondents (updated 02/05).
Team Name Record Last week's
Notes 1. Duxbury (11-0-3) 1 The Dragons maintain their unbeaten record and their hold on the poll, but perhaps their stiffest challenge to date comes Saturday in their rivalry game with Falmouth. 2. Reading (11-1-2) 2 The Rockets hit 10 straight wins last week, following their Dec. 23 loss to St. Mary's, and put another feather in their cap with a hard-fought win over No. 3 A-B. 3. Acton-Boxborough (13-2-0) 3 Since their loss to the aforementioned Colonials, the Rockets have built another winning streak, building to six games after blanking league rival Billerica, 3-0. 4. Arlington Catholic (11-2-1) 8 The Cougars are in the driver's seat in the Catholic Central after wins over Top 25 opponents Archbishop Williams and Austin Prep last week. 5. Falmouth (9-1-2) 9 Although they're now in different divisions, the Clippers would like nothing better than to ruin Duxbury's designs on an unbeaten season on Saturday, after enduring a couple of battles at the Garden. 6. Austin Prep (10-2-2) 7 Despite Saturday's loss, the Cougars get one more crack at their namesakes from Arlington Catholic, in a rescheduled game from Wednesday's snow-out. 7. Woburn (11-3-1) 4 The Tanners came away with perhaps their biggest win of the season to date, with a 3-0 blanking of St. Mary's on Monday. 8. Andover (9-3-2) 10 After a two-game winless streak with a loss to AC and a tie against league rival Billerica, the Golden Warriors bounced back with an emphatic 8-0 romp over Boston Latin. 9. Watertown/Belmont (12-1-1) 16 Emily LoPrete has had the breakout season many were anticipating, with 29 goals on the season. She's a big contributor to the program's +40 goal differential. 10. Barnstable (8-1-4) 17 The Red Raiders make their highest-ever showing in the poll this week, and coming off a tie against Cape rival Falmouth and a win over Top 25 foe Hingham. 11. Winthrop/Lynn (6-0-3) NR The Dawgs come storming back into the poll, following a couple Top 10-caliber wins against Beverly/Danvers and St. Mary's recently. 12. Beverly/Danvers (11-2-1) 5 The Panthers have survived a tough stretch of their schedule, with just two losses to date, but with a duel against Woburn and a rematch with Winthrop/Lynn upcoming, the road doesn't get any easier. 13. St. Mary's (Lynn) (8-5-3) 6 The Spartans are 1-3-1 in their last five, and as the bearers of the state's most difficult schedule traditionally, they close out the season with six straight games against ranked opponents. 14. Archbishop Williams (11-4-0) 13 As Bishops come down the stretch on their fine season, they still have two league games remaining against ranked opponents Austin Prep and a reschedule against St. Mary's. 15. Westford Academy (8-5-1) 14 Including back-to-back losses against No. 3 A-B, the Grey Ghosts losses on the season have all come against ranked opponents. They'll be battled-tested come tournament time. 16. Hingham (7-6-4) 15 The Harborwomen will look to pick up four points in the coming week, as they close out the season with a trifecta of Falmouth, Woburn and St. Mary's. 17. Westwood (7-2-4) 11 After eyeing an unbeaten season, the Wolverines now have a two-game losing streak, with losses to St. Mary's and Hingham. 18. Wellesley (14-1-1) 12 The Raiders were dealt their first defeat of the season from an upstart Framingham squad, which also entered the Top 25 this week. 19. Winchester (9-3-1) 18 Sophomore Melissa Zavez has provided a nice scoring foil for the Sachems with a 17 (7 G, 10 A) through 14 games. 20. Fontbonne Academy (6-7-1) 20 Woe to any team that might encounter the Ducks in the tournament -- case in point was their win over St. Mary's. 21. Billerica (6-7-3) 22 The Indians fell just short of a Top 10 upset in a 2-2 tie against Andover before dropping a 3-0 decision to No. 3 A-B. 22. Tewksbury/Methuen (11-1-0) 19 The Redmen saw their perfect season end against Leominster/St. Bernard's, but they jumped back into the win column with a 9-3 romp over Central Catholic. 23. Chelmsford (8-5-3) 23 The Lions will have to bring their A-game as they close out the season with a string of four straight Top 25 challenges, including league games against Andover, Billerica and Westford Academy. 24. Whitman-Hanson/Pembroke (11-3-0) 25 After playing competitively in a 2-0 loss to No. 1 Duxbury, the Panthers haven't allowed a goal in two game in victories over Norwell and Quincy/North Quincy. 25. Framingham (7-4-4) NR The Flyers enter the Top 25 for the first time in poll history, after dealing a couple of losses to previously ranked Norwood and No. 18 Wellesley. They could be a darkhorse in the Division 1 state tournament.
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