Nauset Boys Hockey, Nauset-Monomoy Girls Hockey Among Top Teams In First MIAA Power Rankings

by Brad Joyal
The Nauset-Monomoy girls hockey team opened at No. 3 in the Division 2 rankings. BRAD JOYAL PHOTO
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The Lower Cape is well represented in the first installment of the MIAA Power Rankings.

On Friday, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association released its first power rankings that are used to determine seedings for the state tournament, and two of the Cape’s highest-ranked teams hail from the Lower Cape.

The Nauset boys hockey team owns the top spot in the initial Division 3 rankings, while the Nauset-Monomoy co-op squad ranked third in the Division 2 girls hockey rankings.

As pleased as Nauset boys coach Connor Brickley is to see his team earn the No. 1 spot, he said the team’s focus remains on a far greater goal: remaining the top team after the state championship is played.

“The ranking is cool and all, I think it’s a measure of how our team is playing, but there’s been plenty of No. 1 seeds that haven’t gotten to the championship and taken care of business,” Brickley said Monday after Nauset cruised to a 9-0 victory over the Dennis-Yarmouth/Cape Cod Tech/Cape Cod Academy co-op squad in the Codfish Cup. “It’s a good measuring stick, but we have one goal and it’s certainly not to just be the No. 1 seed.”

DY/CCT/CCA was ranked No. 33 in Division 4, with the Monomoy-Mashpee co-op at No. 37.

In boys basketball, Monomoy is No. 14 in Division 4, Cape Tech is No. 44 in Division 5, and Nauset is No. 54 in Division 2. On the girls’ side, Monomoy is No. 39 in Division 4, Cape Tech is No. 62 in Division 5, and Nauset is No. 49 in Division 2.

The rankings are formulated by adding teams’ average margin of victory with their opponents’ ratings. The top 32 teams qualify for the postseason regardless of their record, with teams ranked 33 and below qualifying if the team has a .500 record or better.

Visit MIAA.net for more information and to stay updated on the weekly power rankings.