Monday, May 19, 2014

CMass Lax Power Rankings and Updated Playoff Picture: 5/19

Shrewsbury's Derric Dell'Olio scored four goals in the Colonials' big win over Algonquin Thursday.
By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

This week marks the end of the regular season, but much is still to be determined.

For some teams, there is still the need for that final, playoff clinching win. For others, like St. John's, there is the chance to grab a statement win before districts, and for a team like Worcester, there is the stunning chance to clinch a league title, and a top-3 seed in brutal Division 2 Central/West.

Who would have ever guessed that before the season started?

Anyways, here are this week's Power Rankings, followed by an updated look at the CMass playoff picture and our Games of the Week.

1. St. John's: 16-1, 1-0 Catholic Conf.        Last Week: 1
2. Shrewsbury: 14-4, 10-1 Midland A        Last Week: 2
3. Westboro: 11-3, 8-2 Midland A              Last Week: 3
4. Worcester: 13-1, 10-1 Mid-Mass.           Last Week: 5
5. Algonquin: 10-8, 7-3 Midland A            Last Week: 4

Division 2 Central/West

Already In:

St. John's (16-1), Shrewsbury (14-4), Westboro (11-3), Worcester (13-1), Shepherd Hill (12-7), Leominster (13-4), Wachusett (10-8)

On the Bubble-

Tantasqua (9-9)
Need: 1 win
Remaining Games: vs Shrewsbury, today. at Northbridge, 5/20

Marlboro (8-7)
Need: 1 win
Remaining Games: at Tyngsboro 5/20, vs Littleton, 5/21, vs Leominster 5/22 

Division 2 Central/East

Already In:

None from CMass

On the Bubble-

None from CMass

Division 3 Central/West

Already In:

Grafton (12-8), Assabet (12-3), St. Bernard's (11-8), Blackstone Valley Tech (11-4)

On the Bubble-

Need: 1 win
Remaining Games: vs Tantasqua, 5/20

Division 3 Central/East

Already In:

Tyngsboro (11-5), Littleton (9-7), Hudson (9-6)

On the Bubble- 
Groton-Dunstable (8-7)
Need: 1 wins
Remaining Games: at Westboro, today. at Wachusett, 5/21

Game(s) of the Week

Groton-Dunstable at Westboro, today at 4 pm. Shrewsbury at Tantasqua, today at 4 pm. Hopedale at Worcester, Tuesday at 3:30 pm. Tantasqua at Northbridge, Tuesday at 4 pm. St. John's at Acton-Boxborough, Wednesday at 4:30 pm.

There are a lot of big games this week, but I wanted to stick (mostly) to the ones with playoff implications.

Groton-Dunstable can win its way in today at Westboro, but things won't be easy against the high-scoring Rangers. The same goes for Tantasqua hosting Shrewsbury today. But, even if the Warriors can't beat Shrewsbury, they'll get another chance to qualify for districts on Tuesday at Northbridge. That game could serve as a "win and you're in, lose and go home" kind of affair.

The Hopedale-Worcester game looks to be one of the more lopsided match ups in the region (Worcester won the first meeting 22-2), but history is on the line. If Worcester can get the win, they will clinch a share of their first ever league title, splitting Mid-Mass. with Grafton, and could be on their way to a top-3 seed in Division 2 Central/West.

Longmeadow, St. John's and… Worcester? Safe to say nobody saw that common in the preseason.

Speaking of St. John's, they get a chance to end their regular season with a bang against state power Acton-Boxborough. The Pioneers defeated the Colonials in a 10-9 OT thriller last year, but AB looks to be even better this season, coming in at 17-1 and headed toward the top seed in Division 1 North.

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