Woburn cements itself at the top of the final Top 20 before the tournament as we wind up the regular season.
The Tanners (15-0-3) outlasted No. 7 Reading Wednesday night with Ashley Moran producing the game winner with 45 seconds left to clinch the Middlesex League title. The Tanners then delivered a 5-0 shutout over Belmont, Courtney Davis’s (1.12 goals against average) seventh this season. The squad’s ties this season were to St. Mary’s, Lexington and Winchester.
Second-ranked Duxbury only had one game last week, against Walpole, and came out on top, 6-3.
Fourth-ranked Falmouth had a clutch 3-2 victory over Hingham, sending the Harbormen to No. 9. The Clippers also tied Notre Dame of Hingham, 2-2.
Arlington Catholic beat Lexington, 5-1, sending the Minutemen to No. 11.
Alison Butler’s two goals and assist fueled No. 5 St. Mary’s past No.20 Fontbonne, 3-1 and Lauren Skinnion took care of Austin Prep, 2-0, with 21 saves to capture the Catholic Central League title.
No. 6 Wellesley had a solid week with wins against Framingham, 4-1, and Needham, 4-0, remaining one of the few unbeaten teams this season. No. 8 Canton shut out Medfield 3-0.
No. 10 Westford and No. 12 Acton-Boxboro spit a 2-2 matchup.
Nicole Woods saved No. 13 Beverly/Danvers from a close call with the equalizer at 1:50 to tie 1-1 with Marblehead/Swampscott.
Cara Lembo’s two goals and an assist and Caroline Goguen’s goal lifted No. 17 Wayland/Weston over No. 18 Lincoln-Sudbury, 3-2.
The bottom of the rankings took a big hit this week with all final four teams losing at least one game, edging Archbishop Williams and Winchester out of the mix. Sandwich and Wayland/Weston are in, each having scored against top powerhouses.
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