With several Top 20 teams pairing off this week, the girls’ hockey Top 20 rankings took a hit. Here are the week's biggest games and the biggest shifts yet this season:
No. 11 Westwood came very close to blemishing Duxbury’s eight-game unbeaten streak with a 1-0 lead courtesy of Kat Heidelberger, pressuring the Green Dragons to score in the last three minutes with a goal from Jacqui Nolan. Westwood became the second team (first was Barnstable) to tie No. 1 Duxbury. The Green Dragons also knocked out No. 19 Whitman-Hanson/Pembroke 2-0.
Reading’s Jamie Melley scored a clutch goal to win 2-1 over No. 14 Acton-Boxboro to move the Rockets up to No. 2. Woburn hasn’t fared well lately, dropping to unranked Billerica 4-0 and tying unranked Watertown/Belmont 2-2. The Tanners are 3-3-1 for the month of January.
No. 4 Andover delivered Beverly/Danvers’ first loss of the season, but fell to No. 3 Arlington Catholic 3-1, bumping the co-op to No. 7. Ninth-ranked St. Mary’s hit a slump this week with its third and fourth losses respectively to unranked Fontbonne, 3-0, and the No. 13 Winthrop/Lynn co-o, 4-3.
No. 5 Austin Prep beat No. 15 Archbishop Williams 2-1 and No. 6 Falmouth tied unranked Barnstable 1-1.
Norwood moved down the ranks to No. 20 after tying with Ursuline 3-3, and dropping to unranked Framingham 5-3.
**Note to the girls' hockey community: Watch out for Globe All-Scholastic Brittani Lanzilli and Medford's all-time scoring leader as she approaches her 300th career point. As a junior Lanzilli posted a career-264 points. To date this season, the senior leads her squad with 20 goals and 11 assists, including a hat trick in Saturday's 7-5 victory over Masconomet/Hamilton-Wenham.
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