Central Catholic holds strong at No. 1 this week. The Raiders beat Dracut, 6-0, to improve to 9-0. Although Newton North tied Needham, 1-1, the Tigers also beat Dedham, a Top 20 team, 3-0 to remain in the No. 2 spot. Lincoln-Sudbury started off the week strong with two 7-0 wins, but a 2-0 loss to Andover over the weekend dropped them two spots to No. 5, while Beverly and Cardinal Spellman round out the top five.
No. 6 Franklin tied Mansfield 1-1 and beat Foxboro 4-1 to keep their spot atop the Hockomock League. Notre Dame (Hingham) defeated both Bishop Feehan and Brockton 1-0 this week to jump up to No. 7. East Bridgewater also makes a big leap in the standings to No. 8. The Vikings (9-1) defeated Rockland, 5-0, and Cohasset, 4-1. Austin Prep is back in the Top 20 at No. 9. The Catholic Central Conference is hard to predict, but with their second win over St. Mary’s, there is no doubt they deserve to be here. With two more wins for the Colonials, Acton-Boxboro holds steady at No. 10.
Bishop Feehan took at 1-0 loss to Notre Dame (Hingham) but bounced back with two more wins and occupies the No. 11 slot. With a 1-0 win over Marblehead, Peabody, under the radar this year, inches up to No. 12. Oliver Ames drops a bit, to No. 13, thanks to a 2-1 loss to unranked Milford. With a 1-0 loss to Newton South, Concord-Carlisle was the biggest drop this week, down ten spots to No. 14. No. 15 Dedham is on a bit of a slide, with three ties and a loss in their last four games.
Canton, Mansfield and Lowell Catholic fill in No. 16, No. 17 and No. 18. At No. 19, North Attleboro slips back onto the list with two wins this week. And at 10-0-2 and first in the Patriot League, Scituate takes No. 20.
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