When the Super 8 selection committee meets at 2 p.m. today they will determine the actual field, I thought to help everyone get fired up for the big announcement I would do my best Miss Cleo, gaze into my crystal ball and take a shot at the teams and seeds. Remember folks, these are just one man's opinions, I don't have a say in who plays.
1. Catholic Memorial (14-5-1): The Knights are sliding a bit coming into the tournament, but with wins over Springfield Cathedral, Hingham, Malden Catholic and Central Catholic -- all of which should make the tournament -- CM is the unquestioned top seed.
2. Austin Prep (16-1-3): The Cougars haven't lost since a 3-2 decision against Malden Catholic on Dec. 30 in the championship game of the Kasabuski Christmas Tournament. They have wins over St. John's Prep and Central Catholic, and most importantly a 2-1 win last week over Hingham which should give them the edge for the second seed.
3. Hingham (17-2-3): The Harbormen have had a great season and are one of the top teams in the state, unfortunately they have two loses ... to CM and Austin so to the three seed they go.
4. Needham (17-1-3): Though they were probably in anyway, the Rockets put an exclamation point on their season with wins over Springfield Cathedral and Malden Catholic in the Springfield Cathedral Tournament last week. Both were ties in regulation and will count as such in their record but the performances were still impressive and should give them the nod.
5. Springfield Cathedral (15-2-5): The Panthers have tied Needham, Hingham and Austin Prep this season, but they don't have a major win to boost them into the top 4 seeds. The loss to Needham in their tournament will drop them down to the five seed.
6. Malden Catholic (13-3-4): MC struggled in the Catholic Conference this season and finds themselves a lower seed then they would like to be. Their best result is probably a tie with Hingham or wins over out of state powers Bishop Hendricken of Rhode Island and Bishop Guertin of New Hampshire. The Lancers will avoid a play in-game ... barely.
7. Winchester (13-4-2): The Sachems best win of the season was last week's 3-1 decision over Woburn to win the Middlesex League. Though they lack a real marquee win on their resume, the Middlesex League is a tough league to play in as the performances of its teams in the past few Super 8's have indicated. Sadly, the lack of a big win will force them into the play-in.
8. Central Catholic (13-4-3): The Red Raiders find themselves on the outside looking in due to a lack of a real good win. They played Austin Prep tough and lost and they got beat by a Catholic Memorial team that was missing three of its best players. Their best win is probably 1-0 over Arlington Catholic back in December but the MVC Title and the impressive record should get them in.
9. Burlington (14-4-2): The Red Devils finished second in the Middlesex League and I think that league is deep enough at the top to deserve two bids. They tied Winchester once and beat a very good Framingham team to finish out their season. I like them to get in.
10. Xaverian (12-5-3): As I see it, the Catholic Conference gets three bids. Xaverian had a rough 3-5 finish in the conference, but their out of conference schedule features ties with Hingham and Needham as well as a conference win over Malden Catholic. I think they get in.
First teams out: St. John's Prep, Woburn, St. Mary's, Archbishop Williams
That's my best guess, please feel free to dissect, debate or discuss my thoughts as well as your own in the comments section and make sure that you check in here after 2 p.m. to see the final selections.
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