Cape Hockey Rankings

Cape and Islands Hockey Rankings: Week 7

A little bit of shaking up in the Boys rankings this week as Falmouth is seen as the big mover with four ACL wins over the past two weeks. Also, we welcome Nauset to the top-five as the Warriors are putting together one of their best seasons in recent memory. Barnstable and Bourne stay one-two with solid weeks and Mashpee/Monomoy stays neutral as they remain undefeated in their first season together .

No movement in the girls rankings this week, the Red Raiders are the top-team in the state, never mind on Cape while Falmouth stays within an earshot of Barnstable with an upcoming match looming next week.

Prior: Preseason | Week5


Boys Rankings

(updated 1/21)

RankTeamRecordLast WeekCommentary
1.Barnstable9-21.After an unexpected loss to Bridgewater-Raynham a week and a half ago, the Red Raiders silenced the critics with back-to-back wins over Newton South and No. 10 Catholic Memorial behind the superb play of Donnie Brodd (5-1-6) and Dylan Campbell (stopped 51-of-52 shots) in those two games.
2.Bourne7-2-22.The Canalmen survived a pivotal week in the South Coast Conference, splitting a pair with perennial power Old Rochester/Fairhaven and knocking off previously unbeaten Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk. The Canalmen let the inside track to the SCC title slip away with a 3-0 loss on Sunday to ORR/Fairhaven, but still have a share at the SCC title to look forward to.
3.Falmouth6-65.With their difficult non-league schedule in the rearview, the Clippers have been feasting on their ACL opponents as Falmouth is off to a 4-0 start in league play. The Clippers escaped the clenches of Nauset on Monday, scoring four goals in a two-minutes span late in the third to keep their perfect league record intact. The league is theres if they can beat Nauset again Wednesday and topple Marshfield Saturday night.
4. Mashpee/Monomoy8-04.The Monarchs came away with their closest win of the season last Wednesday with a hard-fought battle over Middlebrow/Hull, but their schedule has quieted down in the midst of January. Colin Fader was the first to the 20-point plateau on Cape in last Wednesday's win and also hit 100 career points in the process.
5.Nauset4-5-3NRThe Warriors enter the top-five for the first time despite two losses this past week. Nauset played both ACL-powers Marshfield and Falmouth tough, as first-year coach Sal Manganaro has infused energy into the Warriors team. Nauset gets another crack at Falmouth on Wednesday night before taking on arch-rival D-Y on Saturday night.

Girls Rankings

RankTeamRecordLast WeekCommentary
1.Barnstable6-0-31. The Red Raiders came away with a monumental win Saturday afternoon over then top-ranked Arlington Catholic (and for whatever reason, still No. 1 Arlington Catholic according to the Boston Globe). But in their first game as top-team in the state (according to Bruce Lerch and the Boston Herald), Barnstable needed some late game magic to salvage a tie with Medway/Ashland. The Red Raiders have a pair of SEMGHL coastal games before treking to Falmouth to take on the Cape-rival Clippers next Wednesday.
2.Falmouth9-3-12.Not to be overshadowed by the Red Raiders win over AC, the Clippers knocked off their own top-seeded team in Duxbury last week before playing a a tightly contested game with the Cougars on Sunday. The Clippers have one game before next weeks showdown with Barnstable, a battle with Hingham on Wednesday night.
3.Sandwich8-63. The Blue Knights have feasted on their schedule outside the SEMGHL Coastal this season, but still need five points with seven games to play. Unfortunately, for Sandwich the all five league teams come around for their second league game in those seven games, with a difficult game with undefeated King Philip thrown into the mix. However the first line of Sandwich gives them tremendous hope as Nicole Martin, Katie Lowry and Annabelle White have combined for 80 points this season.

Cape and Islands Hockey Rankings: Week 5

With nearly every team over a quarter of the way through the season, and some approaching the halfway point, we can now get a gauge of what each team is about. On the boys side, Barnstable is far and away the top team in the area while a debate could be made about the order from two through five. For the first time in the rankings, Dennis-Yarmouth and Mashpee/Monomoy enter the rankings.

The Red Raiders also hold the top-spot on the girls side despite only four game played, but a big win over Falmouth a week ago, paired with a sloppy week from the Clippers has Barnstable back on top. And after a frustrating beginning to the season, Sandwich is back in the top three with a four-game winning streak.

Prior: Preseason

Boys Rankings

(Updated 1/6)

RankTeamRecordLast WeekCommentary
1.Barnstable6-11.No team comes close to challenging the Red Raiders at the top. They escaped a scare from Falmouth last week erupting for four-third period goals to knock off their rivals. The warm-up period for Barnstable is now over as they open up OCL play with a pair of games this week Dartmouth and Bridgewater-Raynham.
2.Bourne3-1-23.The gap between No. 1 and No. 2 has never been bigger, but the Canalmen should be considered the best of the rest right now. Junior goaltender Jack LaCasse is off to a hot start this season, with a 93 percent save percentage and the Canalmen have gotten offensive production from Austin Braley and Mitchell Eldridge. Bourne has a test with Martha's Vineyard on Wednesday and a looming date with Old Rochester/Fairhaven next week for South Coast Conference supremacy.
3.D-Y2-0-3NRThe Dolphins make their first-ever appearance in the rankings, based in large part to goalie Justin Servidori. The junior has logged three shutouts and is stopping 94 percent of shots, leading the Dolphins to a 2-0-3 start, the last win coming over rival Sandwich. D-Y faces off with archival Nauset on Wednesday before a big ACL test on Marshfield over the weekend.
4. Mashpee/Monomoy6-0NRThe Monarchs also jump into the rankings for the first time ever behind a scorching hot start to the season. The only reason they enter at number four is their strength of schedule (10-26 combined record). The co-op team has only trailed once this season, a 3-1 second period deficit to Cape Tech/CCA in the Just Kostas Tournament, but the Monarchs responded with seven unanswered goals to cap the win. Colin Fader is putting up another monster season (8-7-15) with Ben Daingault (8-4-12) right by his side.
5.Falmouth2-52.Don't let their 2-5 record fool you, the Clippers are still a very good team. The third period has been their enemy this season as the opposition has pulled away three times in the final stanza. Kyle Storey has looked good in net since taking over the reigns. Jake Miller has been the offensive spark plug early, netting six goals through seven games.

Girls Rankings

RankTeamRecordLast WeekCommentary
1.Barnstable3-0-11. The Red Raiders had a light December schedule but still walked away with quality wins over Falmouth and Hingham while overcoming two deficits to tie No. 1 Duxbury. Olivia Sollows is picking up where she left off from a season ago with a pair of shutouts, but this team is still a ways away from where Peter Nugnes wants them.
2.Falmouth6-2-12.After a scorching hot start to begin the season to Clippers are 1-2-1 in their last four games. But make no mistake about it, the Clippers are among the best in Div. 2 and are deeper than they were a season ago. Through eight games, they have six players who have accumulated eight or more points, led by freshman McKenzie Haberl. The Clippers have tune-up game with D-Y Wednesday before shipping up north to face archival Duxbury on Saturday.
3.Sandwich4-4NRThis team looked lost in their first four games, searching for offensive answers without Maggie Layo and Claire Gauthier (also paired up with a brutal schedule) but the Blue Knights have figured it out. The top line of Nicole Martin (14 points), Annabelle White (15 points) and Katie Lowry (13 points) has has Sandwich to 21 goals in their last four games and Sandwich has climbed back up the standings.

Hockey Rankings: Preseason

With no basis to go off but last year’s numbers, preseason rankings are always the most difficult. Based on the Red Raiders run in the Div. 1 tournament last season, they open at No. 1. On the girls side, Barnstable and Falmouth are not only the best teams on Cape, but two top-10 teams in the state. It will take a week or two for things to materialize.

Boys Rankings

(updated 12/09)

RankTeamLast Seasons RecordCommentary
1.Barnstable13-5-3Coming off their Div. 1 South final appearance, the Red Raiders open up the season in the top-spot. While Barnstable lost their fair share of seniors, they are sound at the goaltending position with seniors Dylan Campbell and Jake Kaczynski while top-scorer Cody Pasic returns along with Mike McDonough on the blue line.
2.Falmouth12-8-2The Clippers are going to be putting together a young team this season, and have some big shoes to fill with the departures of Robbie Souza and Jake Beaton, but if there is a team that can put together a good run, its the Clippers.
3.Bourne12-7-1An added year of experience for goaltender Jack Lacasse will be a good thing for the Canalmen this season after they lose the 44 points that Jimmy Commesso score last season. Austin Braley (20-19-39) looks to spark the Bourne offense this season.
4.Sandwich8-7-3The Atlantic Coast League is dwindling, but the Blue Knights still have a pair of games with Falmouth and Marshfield. The Blue Knights were one of the few teams a year ago that played the Rams tough, but came away with two close losses. This season, the strength of the Blue Knights will be their defense and goaltending with Matt Long back between the pipes and a very capable backup in Craig Hatfield.
5. Martha's Vineyard13-5-2The Vineyarders lost only four seniors a year ago, but it was the core of their offense. In that group of graduates is Tyson Araujo (23-48-71), the reigning Mass. state scoring leader and Brian Fraser (33-17-50). Looking to pick up some of the slack will be Alexander Vukota (7-16-23) and Andrew Wiley (8-12-20)

Girls Rankings

RankTeamLast Seasons RecordCommentary
1.Barnstable12-2-6The number one slot was a coin flip between Barnstable and Falmouth as they are a truly a 1A and 1B team, but the slight edge goes to Barnstable based on last years head-to-head matches. After posting monster numbers during her eighth grade year, Olivia Sollows is back in net for the Red Raiders along with top-defensive pairing Morgan Richard and Kyle Hallam. Lindsey Phelan and Callie Rogorzenski are back on the first line together, creating fits for opposing defenses. The Raiders only have three games in the month of December, but for now, the top-spot is theirs to lose.
2.Falmouth13-2-4The Clippers are all-in for a championship run this season with 11 senior on their roster, including goaltender Madison Scavotto, forwards Kelly Ferreira, Madison Haberl, Maggie MacDonald and defensemen Kendall Stouffer and Callan Small. Two Div. 2 championship appearances and a semifinal appearance in the last three years, so the Clippers have unfinished business. The Clippers come out in December with a brutal schedule ahead of them, which includes Hingham, Watertown, Barnstable and LaSalle Academy.
3.Martha's Vineyard10-6-3After taking their first league title last season, the Vineyarders are my favorite to take the SEMGHL Southeast this season. Martha's Vineyard lost top point-scorer Callie Jackson, but still have plenty of firepower on that top line, which includes Aubrey Ashmun and Sydney Davies. Also their sophomore goalie Julia Bettencourt has an added year of experience under her belt. Also looking forward to see how head coach John Fiorito plans to use freshman Saige Araujo in the offense. The Vineyarders are officially my dark horse for the 2014-2015 season.

Cape and Islands Hockey Rankings: Week 8

Prior Rankings: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 

Things are really starting to heat up after this past weekend and some teams are separating from the pack while others and slipping up at the wrong time. The Red Raiders beat a pair of ranked opponents this past week and Martha’s Vineyard jumped up after taking sole possession of first place in the EAC. The Clippers and Blue Knights slip up a spot after one loss this week and Bourne makes a return to the top-5 with a win over Cape Tech/CCA

What a week from the Lady Red Raiders. A perfect 3-0 in three games against very capable offenses, never mind top team on Cape, they are one of the best teams in the state right now. Falmouth had an equally tough schedule and but two straight games of slow starts led to a 0-1-1 record in those games.

Boys Rankings

(updated 2/10)

RankTeamRecordLast WeekCommentary
1.Barnstable10-3-31.The Red Raiders are red hot right now, sporting a 7-0-2 record over their last nine and wins over two ranked opponents last week. Cody Pasic (14-15-29) is developing into a goal scorer the Red Raiders need. Barnstable felt snubbed when they were left off the Super-8 watch list last week, we'll have to see what the committee thinks on the next list.
2. Martha's Vineyard11-3-14. Everything that the Vineyrders needed last week happened and they now control their own destiny in the EAC. Coyle lost to Bishop Stang and then MV knocked them off the next day. One league win against Feehan next week will dethrone the Warriors after 10 years a top the EAC. Tyson Araujo became the first area player with 50 points Saturday (18-34-52) and is second in the state.
3. Falmouth10-5-12. Tough loss for the Clippers on Saturday night against Barnstable that will likely knock them out of the top-25. A bigger concern is the way the Red Raider forwards (mainly Kyle Rood) were in Jake Beaton's face all game long. Two winnable games with Sandwich and D-Y this week before the Buddy Ferreira classic starts this weekend with No. 1 BC High coming in.
4. Sandwich6-6-23.Sandwich lost their only game this week to a talented Plymouth South squad. But the worry still lies with Matt Long and a speedy recovery. Big games between the Blue Knights and Falmouth on Tuesday.
5.Bourne9-6-0NR.The Canalmen return to the rankings thanks largely to a bad week from Cape Tech/CCA. The Crusaders have lost three of their last four. Bourne swept the season series with a win 5-2 Sunday night behind two goals from Austin Braley. Canalmen are one win away from clinching a spot in the Div. 3 tourney and another rematch with CT/CCA could be on the horizon.

Girls Rankings

RankTeamRecordLast WeekCommentary
1.Barnstable11-1-41.We are now past the point of Barnstable surprising everyone and instead they are working on a top-four seed in the Div. 1 tournament. This team is built for the postseason and low scoring games with their depth, defense and outstanding goaltending. Offensively, Lindsey Phelan (10-14-24) can strike at any moment.
2.Falmouth9-2-32.Cut the Clippers a little break with No. 1 Duxbury and No. 10 Barnstable in back-to-back games on the road. But if Falmouth wants to return to the Garden, they can't wait until the third period to turn it on like they did in both games this weekend. Of the eight penalties called against them against Barnstable, seven of them were against their first line-forwards of Madison Haberl, Alexa Scribner and Kelly Ferreira. Can't afford to have that much talent sitting.
3.Martha's Vineyard10-4-23. The Vineyarders lost both games they had this weekend, but still stay ahead of free-falling Sandwich. That puts a lot more emphasis on Wednesday's game between the two as the two teams come in on a combined seven-game losing streak. The Vineyarders have already clinched a spot in the Div. 2 tournament and the SEMGHL Southeast.

Cape and Islands Hockey Rankings: Week 7

Prior Rankings: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 

Perfect weeks from Barnstable and Falmouth keep them 1-2 in this weeks rankings, but a couple of losses in the bottom half up shakes things up a bit. Sandwich jumps back into third with a big Canal Cup win while Cape Tech/CCA and Martha’s Vineyard both slide a spot.

Also perfect weeks from the lady Clippers and Red Raiders so they remain at their previous positions but those two squads face off on Wednesday. We also welcome the Vineyarders this week after a 3-0 week, taking over Sandwich’s spot after they go winless during a tough stretch of their schedule.

Boys Rankings

(Updated 2/3)

RankTeamRecordLast WeekCommentary
1.Barnstable8-3-31.The Red Raiders are the first tea to clinch their league with a win over Bridgewater-Raynham on Wednesday. Now the 8-3-3 Red Raiders can focus on improving their overall seed for the tournament. Tough week coming up as they hit the road for 13-1-1 Milton and then host Falmouth on Saturday.
2.Falmouth10-4-12. The Clippers kept they ACL hopes alive with a big win over Marshfield on Saturday night, now they just need some help from Plymouth South to knock off the Rams. The Clippers have the Red Raiders on Saturday night, but before then a possible trap game with Plymouth North.
3.Sandwich6-5-25.The Blue Knights hung with Marshfield and blew out Bourne in the Canal Cup this past weekend. It shows that when Matt Long is on, he is on. Now we play the waiting game on his return.
4. Martha's Vineyard9-3-13. The EAC title can still be won depute the Vineyarders loss to Coyle & Cassidy on Wednesday. This Friday they travel to Raynham to take on the Warriors in a rematch.
5.Cape Tech/CCA10-2-14.Both Crusader losses this season have come when they held a lead. Saturday they allowed two third period goals to Dighton-Rehoboth/Seekonk. Up next for the Crusaders is the team that handed them their first loss, Bourne.

Girls Rankings

RankTeamRecordLast WeekCommentary
1.Barnstable8-1-41.Another strong week from the Red Raiders. A comeback win against Hingham on Wednesday followed up by three Red Raiders scoring their first goals of the season on Saturday night. Another tough week in store however with Falmouth on Wednesday night and a home-and-home with Sandwich on Friday-Saturday.
2.Falmouth9-1-22.If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best and that is what the Clippers have lined up this week. Barnstable and Duxbury is on the horizon in a big week for Falmouth. It's going to be a fun week to watch.
3.Martha's Vineyard9-2-2NRThe Vineyarders sneak into the rankings for the first time this year thanks to a big win over D-Y to take over first place in the Southeast. The Vineyarders went 3-0 on the week and are in the drivers seat to take their first league championship.