Five new teams enter girls' hockey Top 25

While most MIAA girls' hockey teams enjoyed the holiday break with some R & R, there was still reason for shakeup in our latest girls' hockey Top 25 poll.

Duxbury remained in the top spot, but there was movement to the Top 10, with Winthrop/Lynn sliding into No. 9 and Reading barging into the poll for the first time ever, making its debut at No. 8.

Here are a couple of thoughts from this week's poll:

(Note: Rankings do not reflect Wednesday night's results)


Five teams made their season debuts in the poll this week, but a few of those programs are making their first-ever appearances in the poll, a result of some resurgent seasons. For example, Reading, which won all of three games last season, is off to a perfect 5-0-0 start.

Also moving into the poll for the first time this week was Austin Prep (No. 13), Archbishop Williams (17), Lincoln-Sudbury (18) and Winchester (22).


After watching a No. 1 versus No. 2 matchup Wednesday night between Duxbury and Hingham -- a 4-2 win for the Dragons, behind a marvelous game by Hannah Murphy -- the defending Division 2 state champions not only have had to defend their top-ranking in the poll, they'll also need to prove they're the top team in D2 again, as No. 6 Falmouth -- last year's D2 state runners-up -- pay a visit to The Bog on Saturday (5:30 p.m.).