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Randolph took a big step up this week, beating Morristown-Beard 4-1, West Essex 4-0, and St. Joseph’s Metuchen 4-0 to ascend to the No. 7 spot, just behind the six oligarchs trading punches atop the rankings. The Central Conference is beating itself up, with the top five Red Division teams and Ridge battling it out. Their battling helped unbeaten Pope John move into the Top 10 for the first time. Hopewell Valley took out WWPN, while St. Augustine stepped atop the Southern Red, opening the door for Morris Knolls to return to the Top 20.
Check out the White/Blue Top 20 ranking for lower-division teams.
Top 20 (records as available through 1/19/03)
1 — Bergen Catholic (8-1-2, 5-1-2 Gordon Conference)
This Week: 1/22 vs. Bri
2-2 tie with SHP puts Crusaders atop New Jersey’s elite conference.
2 — Seton Hall Prep (6-2-2, 5-2-1 Gordon Conference)
This Week: 1/20 vs. SJV; 1/25 vs. CBA
Tie moves the Pony Pirates into the second spot.
3 — Delbarton (9-1-1, 6-0 MCSSIHL Mennen Division)
This Week: 1/20 Rox; 1/23 WMC; 1/25 @ St. George’s (R.I.)
Green Wave tunes up with MCSSIHL play before facing RI prep school St. George’s.
4 — CBA (8-2-2, 4-2-2 Gordon Conference)
This Week: 1/20 @ TRN; 1/25 @ #2 SHP
Colts went 1-0-1 against St. John Vianney and are favorites for Shore A title.
5 — Hudson Catholic (7-3-3, 4-1-2 Gordon Conference)
This Week: 1/24 @ #6 SJV
Hawks take a big hit after being blown out 5-1 against Delbarton and tying Brick.
6 — St. John Vianney (6-5-1. 3-4-1 Gordon Conference)
This Week: 1/20 @ #2 SHP; 1/24 vs. #5 HC
Lancers still under .500 in the Gordon, but they can play and beat anyone.
7 — Randolph (13-1, 6-1 MCSSIHL Mennen Division)
This Week: 1/25 Cha
Rams have a slow week after consecutive big wins over Beard, Wessex, and St. Joseph’s Metuchen.
8 — Brick Township (4-4-4, 1-3-3 Gordon Conference)
This Week: 1/22 @ #1 BC; 1/26 @ MidS
Green Dragons outscored 10-3 against SHP, SJV, and HC this week.
9 — Pope John (8-0-2, 7-0-1 Northern Red)
This Week: 1/20 vs. Mah; 1/24 vs. RD
Lions finally crack the Top 10 due to St. Joseph’s and Montclair’s poor play.
10 — Don Bosco Prep (7-4-1, 6-1-1 Northern Red)
This Week: 1/24 @ Ten
Ironmen got a huge 5-4 win over St. Joseph’s to move into the Top 10.
11 — St. Joseph’s Metuchen (4-8-1, 1-6-1 Gordon Conference)
This Week: 1/22 vs. #20 BE
Falcons were thoroughly outplayed and dominated against Randolph Saturday.
12 — West Essex (7-5-1, 4-2-1 Central Red)
This Week: 1/23 @ #14 SPP; 1/24 @ BR
Hard to figure out the Central Red, but the Knights make the jump to 12 after a 4-2 win over Montclair.
13 — Montclair (7-4-2, 7-2-1 Central Red)
This Week: 1/22 vs. BR; 1/25 vs. Sum
Mounties still in first place, but have three teams clinging to their heels.
14 — St. Peter’s Prep (7-4-2, 5-3-1 Central Red)
This Week: 1/23 vs. #12 WE; 1/25 @ Ber
Marauders lost 5-3 to Clifton and still have two games against the top four teams remaining.
15 — St. Augustine (6-3-1, 5-2-1 Southern Red)
This Week: 1/24 vs. RBC
Hermits atop Southern Red after Old Bridge tie and 6-1 win over Brick Memorial.
16 — Ridge (12-1-1, 8-0 Central White)
This Week: 1/24 vs. Ber; 1/25 @ Mill
Red Devils slip up in second game against Bridgewater; still win season series 14-8 on total goals.
17 — Clifton (7-4-2, 4-3-2 Central Red)
This Week: 1/24 vs. Sum
Mustangs have been inconsistent all year, and they’re at it again against SPP (8-1 loss, 5-3 win).
18 — Hightstown (9-3-1, 8-1 CVC Valley)
This Week: 1/20 vs. WWPS; 1/22 vs. WWPN; (1/24 @ BE); 1/25 Titan Cup Final vs. HV
The Rams have been so successful that they have to cancel a game this week to make the 3-game limit.
19 — Morris Knolls (9-4-1, 5-2 MCSSIHL Mennen Division)
This Week: 1/20 WMC; 1/25 Rox
Golden Eagles crushed Mendham 11-4; they have a tough league schedule after West Morris.
20 — Bishop Eustace (2-6-2, 0-4-2 Gordon Conference)
This Week: 1/22 @ #11 SJMet
Only good results were early: a 4-1 win over St. Augustine and ties with Brick and Hudson Catholic.
Best of the Rest (ranks 21-35, alphabetically)
Bridgewater-Raritan — Panthers can still do Central Red damage with two games against West Essex.
Hopewell Valley — Bulldogs get huge win over WWPN in Titan Cup semifinal; now take on Hightstown.
Middletown North — Great win over Middletown South, but Lions upset by Rumson Sunday night.
Montville — They’re unbeaten, but their presence says a lot about the inconsistency at the White Division level.
Morristown-Beard — Crimson beat Hun, but tied Summit; awaiting any signs of offense.
Paramus — Spartans struggling of late, need to regain initiative in Northern Red.
Pingry — Big Blue leading Halvorsen Division, but can they survive without much depth?
Ridgewood — Maroons come up with several big wins to stay in Northern White race.
Roxbury — The Gaels have been playing very well lately, just missing out on the Top 20.
Rumson/Fair Haven — Huge 2-1 upset of Middletown North keeps them in the Southern White running.
South Brunswick — Vikings slip up against MonDon, now face three-way title race.
Tenafly — Tigers had poor results against Don Bosco (0-5) and PC (3-2); now they face Bosco again.
Toms River East — Raiders slipped in tie with Old Bridge and 5-2 loss to Middletown South.
Toms River North — Mariners still in second in the Southern Red, but fading fast.
WWPN — Knights drop a surprisingly decisive 4-1 decision to Hopewell Valley; both face Hightstown this week.