Somerville (4-0), New Bedford, and Needham retain the top three spots in this week’s Top 20. None of the three have lost. Needham (4-0-1) has beaten two ranked opponents (No. 11 Wellesley and No. 15) Framingham), while New Bedford (7-0) has beaten No. 12 Dartmouth. None of Somerville’s opponents have given the 4-0 Highlanders a scare.
Silver Lake jumps 12 spots from its pre-season ranking of No. 19 to No. 7. The Lakers (4-0-1) have played four away games, scoring 21 and only conceded three. Senior forward Paul Beatty is the Lakers’ main scoring threat.
St. John’s Prep (5-0-1) leaps to No. 4. The Eagles were impressive in a 3-1 win over Catholic Conference rival, BC High on Saturday. No. 9 Oliver Ames (5-0) has only allowed one goal in its last five games.
Formerly No. 4, Weymouth (0-2-3) drops out of the Top 20 without having won in its first five games. The Warriors play No. 2 Needham on Tuesday.
No. 4 Dartmouth drops to No. 12, having lost to Brockton and New Bedford. Brockton (4-2) is on the cusp of breaking into the Top 20. The Boxers’ only losses came on the road against No. 1 Somerville and No. 8 BC High.
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- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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