With Catholic Memorial losing last night to Thayer, it seemed like it was time to explain how a team with three losses is currently the No. 1 team in our Eastern Mass rankings, and will likely remain so despite having what appears to be a worse record than some of their competition.
CM has now has three losses to Thayer, Delbarton and St. Sebastian’s. Thayer and St. Sebastian’s are local Prep schools that play in the ISL, while Delbarton is in New Jersey. CM also scheduled and beat Holy Angels of Minnesota, and Bishop Hendricken and LaSalle from Rhode Island. All six of these teams feature rosters that are stacked with recruited players, kids with D-1 scholarships and in some cases fifth year seniors.
The fact that Catholic Memorial even chose to schedule these games shows what a different level they seem themselves on and schedule themselves at. I spoke with CM coach Bill Hanson about his schedule in the preseason and he had his own unique take on it.
‘‘We want to be the best in the state and to be the best you have to play the best,’’ Hanson said. ‘‘We really feel like we need to test ourselves against the best possible competition and it is a shame that more teams don’t go out and schedule aggressively like we do.’’
CM closes their season with two more games against prep schools when they face off with Mt. St. Charles and Fairfield Prep just before post-season play begins.
So the thing to remember is Catholic Memorial has posted an 8-0-1 record to date against teams they could possibly play in the Super 8, while posting a 3-3 record against some of the best high school teams in the nation. That’s why they are our No. 1 team, and will remain so unless BC High, Central Catholic or St. John’s Prep can knock them off in their last three in-state games before tournament time.
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