For the first time since 2003, Boston College High was selected as the top overall seed in the 2014 Division 1A Super 8 boys hockey tournament.
The Eagles were awarded the tournament's top seed by both the Massachusetts State Hockey Coach's Association and the MIAA Super 8 Selection Committee Saturday morning at the MIAA headquarters in Franklin.
Below is the Super 8 "Field of Ten," including the participants in Monday's play-in games. Those play-in games are listed at bottom.
1. BC High - A unanimous choice for the Super 8 field, the Catholic Conference champion finished the season 14-2-4 and played 14 games against teams nominated for the Super 8 field, going 9-2-3.
2. Malden Catholic - The three-time defending Super 8 champions will have a much easier road back to TD Garden than they had last season, when they picked up the 10th seed in the tournament. The Lancers are 16-4-0 and have won 10 of their last 12.
3. Springfield Cathedral - The highest-scoring team in Division 1 earned the third seed behind its extremely potent offense (127 goals) and the No. 4 overall strength of schedule.
4. Austin Prep - The Cougars went 7-0-3 in league play (and 13-4-4 overall) in capturing the Catholic Central. The Div. 1A runner-up last winter, Austin Prep has only two losses since Jan. 2.
5. Central Catholic - One of three unanimous choices for the Super 8, the Raiders concluded the season with the Merrimack Valley/Dual County title and a strength of schedule that was ranked third in the state. The Raiders played five games in seven days to close the regular season and won all five.
6. Duxbury - The Dragons' 5-2 victory over BC High in the championship of the Buddy Ferreira Tournament is likely what kept Duxbury out of the play-in games and sent it to the opening round at TD Garden. This will be the Dragons' first appearance in the Super 8 since 2006 and its first return to postseason play at the Garden since winning the Div. 1 title in 2007.
7. Braintree - An 8-0-2 finish to the regular season catapulted the Wamps to their first Super 8 appearance. The Bay State Carey champs finished February 4-0-2 with wins over fellow Div. 1A teams Duxbury and Catholic Memorial.
8. Xaverian - The Hawks begin the postseason in the Super 8 top 10 for the first time since 2010, when they appeared in their third consecutive Div. 1A tournament. Xaverian was aided by its success out of the Catholic Conference, including wins over Marshfield, Reading and fellow Div. 1A participant Duxbury.
9. Archbishop Williams - Last year's Catholic Central champs finished fourth this time around, but the Bishops leap-frogged St. Mary's of Lynn and Arlington Catholic for a spot in a play-in game after taking three games between the two teams in the last two weeks.
10. Catholic Memorial - The most controversial selection of the day, the Knights beat out St. Mary's of Lynn for the final spot in the "Field of Ten" despite finishing the season 0-6-2 and winless since January. They will get a chance to avenge their most recent defeat when they face Braintree Monday night.
Super 8 Play-In Games
Monday, Feb. 24 at Stoneham Arena in Stoneham, Mass.
• No. 7 Braintree vs. No. 10 Catholic Memorial (7:45 p.m.) - Winner plays No. 2 Malden Catholic Sunday, March 2, at TD Garden.
• No. 8 Xaverian vs. No. 9 Archbishop Williams (5:00 p.m.) - Winner plays No. 1 BC High Sunday, March 2, at TD Garden.
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