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There wasn’t a lot of Top-10 action this week, but holiday tournaments saw plenty of turnover in the Red and White Divisions, although some games are difficult to gauge due to holiday absences, such as Ridge-Pingry. Most teams stayed roughly where they were this week, with the Southern Red of course providing some theatrics. Montclair enters the poll after its virtually scoreless (one real goal in 90 minutes) two-game triumph over Randolph. Toms River East drops out after losing in the Toms River Mayor’s Cup final to Monsignor Donovan. As for the honorable mention, Montgomery took one spot, and Bayonne was lucky to claim the last spot to drop Paramus and Toms River South out from last week.
Seton Hall Prep takes over the top spot after its 2-1 win over Bergen Catholic, but I expect the Crusaders to return to No. 1 later in the season as they outplayed the Pirates even without forward John Goffredo.
First White/Blue Top 20 ranking for lower-division teams has also been released..
Top 20 (records as available through 12/28/03)
1 — Seton Hall Prep (3-2-1, 3-1 Gordon Conference)
This Week: 1/3 vs. SJMet
Pirates take over the top spot after 2-1 win over Bergen Catholic.
2 — Bergen Catholic (4-1, 4-1 Gordon Conference)
This Week: 12/29 vs. SPP, 1/2 vs. HC
Crusaders have little to gain and a lot to lose in two games this week.
3 — CBA (4-1, 3-1 Gordon Conference)
This Week: 12/29 Edward Little; 12/30 North Yarmouth (Maine HS Invitational)
Colts bonding in Maine before a tough week back in the Gordon Conference in January.
4 — Don Bosco Prep (4-2, 2-1 Gordon Conference)
This Week: Concord NH Classic, 1/2 @ SJV, 1/4 vs. Bri
Ironmen return from New Hampshire tournament to tough road game.
5 — St. John Vianney (5-2, 2-2 Gordon Conference)
This Week: 1/2 vs. DBP
Lancers breezed past Shore A opponent TRN to prepare for revenge chance against DBP.
6 — Delbarton (3-3-1, 3-0 MCSSIHL Mennen)
This Week: 1/1 Rox
Green Wave turned in respectable performances in RI but it was first .500 December since 1980s.
7 — St. Peter’s Prep (6-0, 2-0 Central Red)
This Week: 12/29 @ BC, 1/2 vs. Rid, 1/3 @ SJMont
Marauders beat Pope John 4-2 in battle of Central Red powers, but another big week will come fast.
8 — St. Augustine (7-0, 4-0 Southern Red)
This Week: 12/29 BM (Lawrence Tourney Final), 1/2 vs. BM?
Hermits will face division rival Brick Memorial in Lawrence Tournament Final, could play twice in one week.
9 — Pope John (8-1, 6-0 Northern Red)
This Week: idle
Lions had bubble burst in SPP loss and will take a week to recover before facing a strong January schedule.
10 — Morris Knolls (5-1, 0-1 MCSSIHL Mennen)
This Week: idle
Golden Eagles will take two lopsided wins and 10 days of inactivity into real Mennen Division play.
11 — Bishop Eustace (2-1, 2-1 Southern Red)
This Week: 12/30 @ TRE, 1/2 vs. TRN
Crusaders continue Southern Red play before actually facing a few non-division foes in January.
12 — Hudson Catholic (2-3, 2-2 Gordon Conference)
This Week: 1/2 @ BC
Hawks are currently at .500 but can only count on two more Gordon wins the rest of the way.
13 — St. Joseph’s Metuchen (1-3, 1-3 Gordon Conference)
This Week: 1/3 @ SHP, 1/4 @ PC
Falcons will look to non-league schedule for record-padding victories.
14 — Red Bank Catholic (4-3, 3-2 Southern Red)
This Week: 1/2 vs. TRE
Caseys proof that parochial schools have never been so strong: 13 of top 14 are private.
15—Brick Memorial (4-4, 3-4 Southern Red)
This Week: 12/29 SA, 1/2 @ SA?, 1/4 vs. TRN
Sub-.500 in division play and ranked 15th? One more reason why Southern Red is so strong.
16—Middletown South (4-3, 2-3 Southern Red)
This Week: 1/4 vs. Mtgry
Eagles lapsed in revenge loss to RBC but move up in the public rankings after Ridge loss.
17—Notre Dame (4-2, 4-0 CVC Colonial)
This Week: idle
Irish have done little to prove they belong, but they’ve avoided a bad loss thanks to their schedule.
18—Ridge (4-2, 4-1 Central Red)
This Week: 1/2 @ SPP, 1/3 @ Ber
Winter absences aside, Ridge suffered a deflating 6-3 loss to Pingry in Saturday’s SCT semifinals.
19—Montclair (4-2-1, 2-2 Central Red)
This Week: 12/30 vs. WWPN, 1/3 vs. WE
Mounties won typically defensive two-game tourney w. Randolph, 2-0 and 0-0, including empty-netter.
20—Randolph (3-2-2, 2-1-1 MCSSIHL Mennen)
This Week: 12/30 vs. RFH, 1/2 WMC
Rams and anemic offense face challenge Tuesday in Southern White power Rumson.
Best of the Rest (ranks 21-32, alphabetically)
Toms River East
White/Blue Polls: Dec. 29