The Panthers have yielded only three goals per game behind the steady play of goalie Zach Jones and defenders Evan Mock and Connor Murphy. Head coach Chuck Apel is two victories shy of 400 for his outstanding career. His club faces Montgomery Wednesday and Immaculata Saturday.
Nick Kilkowski has scored 19 goals and Austin Carbone has 17 to steer the offense, while Will Weber and Stef Stadlinger anchor the defense. Hilltoppers posted an important out-of-state win Thursday, 9-6, over Cold Spring Harbor of Long Island.
Rob Orazietti, Jon Broome and Mike Sanzone lead a balanced offense for Mountain Lakes, which remained undefeated by rallying in the fourth quarter Saturday against Glen Ridge, 10-8. That was a rematch of the 2011 Group 1 final captured by Glen Ridge.
The Cougars fell to reigning Delaware champion Salesianum, 10-9, on Saturday, but that does not diminish from their milestone win over Delbarton last week, 5-4, behind the play of Kyle Howard-Johnson and goalie Corey Fritts.
The Green Wave rebounded from a 5-4 loss to Chatham with victories over Mendham and Georgetown Prep. Will Reynolds and Michael Bicknese have been providing reliable defense to the cause.
Alec Burckley excelled on faceoffs and J.T. Palladino delivered the game-winner in overtime to spur an 8-7 upset over Hunterdon Central on Saturday. Mitchell Gray and Chris Palladino have been strong performers on defense.
Jack Ray and Marc Buermann have emerged as steady offensive contributors along with standouts Max Allen and Conor Scavone. Goalie William Collopy stopped 16 shots Saturday in 13-9 upset over Ridgewood.
The Red Devils fell in OT to Ridge Saturday, 8-7, despite two goals each by Ryan Dunleavy, Chris Sawyer and Keegan Hickey. Key Skyland Division tests this week against Moorestown and Montgomery.
Jackson O'Leary, Patrick Dyer and Ryan Bohrod have provided steady offensive play to guide the Blue Devils to five straight wins since an opening-season loss to Summit. This is Westfield's first appearance in the rankings this season.
The Pirates scored consecutive upsets over Glen Ridge, 8-3, and St. Joseph (Met.), 10-7, behind the offensive play of Tim Mulrenan, Joe Gillis and Paul Werner to burst onto the poll. They face more steep challenges Thursday against Lawrenceville and Saturday vs. No. 4 Chatham.
The Ridgers were tied at 7-7 with Mountain Lakes heading into the fourth quarter Saturday, but fell, 10-8. Defenders John Winchell and Eric Prezioso will look to halt Don Bosco's hot offense Wednesday in Bloomfield.
Defenders Matt Drake, Dan Remler and Kurt Sittman have been on their games since the Colonials' 10-2 loss last Wednesday to Ridge. Steven Delargy has 23 goals this season.
Austin Nibblet, Logan St. John and goalie Brandyn Merkle have been supplying exceptional defensive play for the Marauders while Tyler McEvoy and Conor Buoye continue to spark the offense.
The Maroons suffered back-to-back losses to St. Augustine and Don Bosco Prep, but can rebound against Bergen Catholic Wednesday and West Islip (N.Y.) on Saturday.
Faceoff man Casey McAdam has been providing ample possession time for offensive standouts Matt Raposo and Dan Remoli. Chris Contino anchors an underrated defense.