From Jim Clark today on the Boston Herald High Sports Insider blog -
If you’re looking for another public team to carry the torch, this is probably the place to start. More specifically, keep an eye on Sunday’s final game when No. 2 Needham clashes with No. 7 Burlington (7:45). This could be the game of the tournament right off the bat, a battle between two deep teams with large followings that (weather permitting) could have Tsongas jumping.
Needham may have been a bit of a surprise as the No. 2 pick, but in hindsight the Rockets certainly earned it with wins over the Nos. 3, 4 and 6 seeds, as well as play-in loser Cathedral. Save for a mid-season stretch in which Needham was derailed by some hot opposing goaltending, the Rockets have been nearly unstoppable.
As for Burlington, coach Bob Conceison admitted it probably was good for his Red Devils to get their feet wet in the program’s first Super Eight appearance since 1993. They certainly accomplished that with their 6-1 play-in rout of Arlington Catholic, but don’t think Burlington isn’t still feeling a bit snubbed by being forced into that extra game despite winning the Middlesex League.