Poll update: In just 24 hours, we received over 1,000 votes on the girls' hockey poll. What a turnout. So thank you for voting and I must say, what a race to follow. In the running for the girls' hockey player fans would most like to see compete at TD Garden, Kayla Smith was up by a longshot and was later deadlocked with Hannah Murphy. Later in the evening, Shannon O'Neil and Rachel Myette emerged as contenders, but the top three girls in the running on Sunday, according to our fanbase, are the following:
1. Rachel Myette, Duxbury - 397 votes
2.Kayla Smith, Woburn (who notched her 200th point last night) - 367 votes
3. Shannon O'Neil, Austin Prep - 189 votes
Want to see your favorite at the No. 1 spot? Vote here. Polls will close Wednesday at midnight.
In other news in girls' hockey, Duxbury, Hingham and Westford came up short this week, each slipping down the Top 20 rankings. Despite beating Barnstable 7-2, the No. 4 Green Dragons tied with No. 12 Fontbonne, 1-1, a squad that has been fighting to stay in the rankings. The No. 6 Harborwomen was shut out by No. 11 Austin Prep with goals from eighth grader Michaela Boyle. The No. 8 Grey Ghosts fell to No. 13 Acton-Boxboro 4-2.
The meat of the Top 20 saw a successful week, not needing much change there. With Beverly/Danvers remaining undefeated and Archbishop Williams suffering two back-to-back losses this week against Arlington Catholic and St. Mary's, Beverly/Danvers bumps up to No. 17 and the Bishops grab the final spot.
Keep an eye on our top two, Woburn and Falmouth. Both are powerhouses led by sensational players like the Tanners Kayla Smith and the Clippers Madison Scavotto. Both programs delivered back-to-back shutouts this week to remain unbeaten.
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