ESPN Boston’s Top 25

ESPN Boston’s boys lacrosse Top 25

Updated: May 14, 2013, 9:45 PM ET

ESPNBoston.com Staff

 

Top 25 MIAA boys lacrosse poll, as selected by our panel of staff writers, correspondents and area coaches (updated 5/14).

 

     Team Name           Record           Last week’s ranking           Notes
1. Needham      (14-2)   6 The Rockets become the first team to knock Duxbury from the top of our poll, having beaten the Dragons, 6-4, on Monday. Boy, did the Panepinto Bros. ever put on a show.
2. Duxbury      (13-5)   1      The Dragons say goodbye to their 48-game, MIAA winning streak with their loss to Needham. But maybe it’s more of a blessing in disguise. After a couple of close shaves in one-goal and overtime games in recent weeks, Duxbury will not have to carry the pressure associated with the streak. It sure does feel strange not seeing this team at No. 1 though.
3. St. John’s Prep      (12-3)   3     For Duxbury, the road doesn’t get much easier this week, as they are paid a visit Saturday from the Eagles, who also happen to be the last MIAA squad to notch a victory over Duxbury.
4. Lincoln-Sudbury      (10-2)   2     Tough week for the Warriors, who at this time last week had designs on a perfect season but are now on a two-game losing streak with two very tough overtime duels. While we don’t feel they should slide past this spot based on two performances, the injury bug once again has reared its head at the worst possible time in Sudbury.
5.    Acton-Boxborough      (14-2)   4      Through the chaos of the past week, the Colonials have rather quietly gone about their business, running up big scores including an important 11-6 win over DCL rival Westford Academy — earning the season sweep against the Grey Ghosts.
6.    Longmeadow      (16-0)   9     Some of our Western Mass. friends were lobbying hard for the Lancers to rise to the vacated No. 1 spot this week, following a highly impressive 16-1 win over Medfield on Mother’s Day. We don’t think they’re quite there yet, but another strong showing against Central power St. John’s of Shrewsbury this week wouldn’t hurt.
7.   St. John’s (Shrewsbury)      (11-2)   10     Of course, the Pioneers would like nothing better than to prove they’re the best team west of 495 in their tilt with the Lancers on Wednesday.
8.   Concord-Carisle      (9-6)   14    We could have justified moving the Patriots higher following their overtime win over Lincoln-Sudbury had it not been for their loss to Wayland. A truly confounding string of games.
9.   Medfield      (13-3)   5      Surely, we didn’t see Longmeadow laying the smackdown on the Warriors to that extent. But they’ll at least have the chance to avenge one of their losses on the season with Monday’s rematch against Dover-Sherborn.
10.  Hingham      (13-3)   7    The Harbormen are in the midst of a five-game winning streak, including a Top 25 win over South Shore rival Cohasset, 13-6.
11. Andover      (11-3)   11      The Golden Warriors avoided Chelmsford’s upset bid in a nail-biter with a double-overtime victory and followed with a quality win over New Hampshire’s Londonderry.
12. North Andover      (12-3)   12     The Scarlet Knights have one last Merrimack Valley Conference challenge this week in a road tilt at No. 18 Billerica on Wednesday.
13. Wellesley      (12-3)   13    The Raiders have really gotten things going offensively in the last seven games, when they have reached double-digits in goals each game and are averaging over 15 a match.
14. Xaverian            (9-5)   16      The Hawks get the kick in the poll this week courtesy of their 7-6 overtime win over Westford Academy last week.
15. Westford Academy      (11-6)   8     The Grey Ghosts will look to reestablish a bit of momentum heading into the postseason, but it’s going to be difficult righting a three-game losing streak considering they close with Masconomet, L-S and Wayland.
16.    Reading      (14-1)   15     All that stands between the Rockets and a league crown was Tuesday’s clash with rival Winchester.
17. Dover-Sherborn      (11-3)   17     Congratulations go out to Raiders head coach Brian McLaughlin on his 200th career victory last week.
18. Newton North      (11-4)   18     It’s time to start talking about Tigers junior attack Anthony Wyse as a serious All-State candidate. The 6-foot-2 hockey standout is a true power forward.
19. Billerica      (11-5)   22       Big gauntlet for the Indians to finish out the season with MVC duels with North Andover and Andover, followed by Catholic Conference matchups with BC High and Xaverian.
20. Wayland      (13-3)   NR      The Warriors make their first poll appearance of the 2013 season following an inspired 10-2 thrashing of No. 8 Concord-Carlisle last week.
21.    Cohasset      (8-3)   24   The Skippers will also have a good look of where they stand entering the Division 3 tournament, playing up against Westborough, Scituate and BC High to finish their regular-season slate.
22. Marblehead      (11-3)   25     The Magicians now have a 10-game win streak since their back-to-back losses at the beginning of April.
23. Grafton      (14-2)   NR     The Warriors hop back into the Top 25 this week following an 11-9 win at Algonquin. The big one is Monday, however, when they visit No. 7 St. John’s.
24. Shrewsbury      (14-3)   23      The Colonials have bounced back nicely from their loss to Westborough, but we’ll get a better gauge of how far they’ve come against a reeling Algonquin squad on Thursday.
25. Westfield      (10-4)   NR    The Bombers have had a couple of hiccups along the way, but their 11-4 win over previously ranked South Hadley was reason enough for them to make their first-ever poll appearance.

Last 10 Out: Algonquin (11-5), Austin Prep (13-1), Beverly (12-3), BC High (7-7), Canton (13-0), Catholic Memorial (8-8), Foxborough (9-6), Marshfield (14-3), Masconomet (11-6), South Hadley (14-3).

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