2018 Bostonlax.net Season Opening Top 25 Poll

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Welcome to our First weekly (Season Opening) Top 25 poll of the 2018 boys lacrosse season.

Each year Bostonlax.net brings the MIAA and ISL together in a unique poll, featuring the top public and ISL private school teams in Massachusetts.

These polls will be released on Sunday’s throughout the regular season, with a final poll released after the post-season, MIAA tournament concludes.

Our polls traditionally include members of the media, scouts and coaches.

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Rank Team 2017 record Must see early season game. (March/April) Quick Thoughts
1 St. Sebastian’s 18-3 4/25 Home vs. Belmont Hill Already off to a 3-0 start, is there any team who can stop the Arrows? Defenseman Will Frisoli and GKs Alex Gainey and Mac Fotiades lead an impressive Seb’s group in 2018.
2 Belmont Hill 14-2 4/25 Away vs. Seb’s The 3X Defending ISL Champs/Co-Champs may have something to say about who wins the ISL in 2018, as BH is loaded once again this year, led by star defenseman Max Fields and goalie Danny Hincks.
3 Lincoln-Sudbury 19-1 3/31 Home vs. Ward Melville (NY) Another 3X Defending Champ, the Warriors have ruled the MIAA D1 landscape for last few seasons and despite key graduations, L-S returns a slew of talent, led by defensemen Peter Rizzotti and Will Sidari.
4 Governor’s 11-6 4/14 Home vs. Belmont Hill Steve Moreland takes over as HC at Gov’s and he will look to lead the talented Dogs squad back to the top of the ISL, led by standout attackman Zach Ludd and FO/Midfield newcomer Nathan Laliberte.
5 BC High 19-4 4/14 Away vs. Medfield A staunch Defense, led by Will Bowen, and a hungry group of Eagles, who have finished as D1 State runners-up the past two years, should help BC High return to the top of D1.
6 Hingham 23-3 4/17 vs. C-C (Coaches Cup week) The move up to D1 will prove to be a challenge, but the Harbormen will be ready, as they return talent all over the field, including the All-American lax jackknife Frank Higgins.
7 Rivers 14-4 4/25 Home vs. Gov’s The Red Wings bring back a balanced, deep and talented group, led by defenseman Charlie Peck, and they should compete at the top of a deep and talented ISL this year.
8 Nobles 15-4 4/6 vs. Seb’s at Harvard Stadium Nobles returns some of the top offensive firepower in the ISL, led by middies Nick Loring and Jett Dziama, and should be there in the end with the upper-echelon ISL squads.
9 Duxbury 17-6 3/31 Home vs. Cohasset Duxbury returns a veteran midfield group, led by Charlie Gans and Joe Gooley, and despite some key losses, the Dragons are one of the best programs at regrouping each year.
10 Medfield 15-7 4/14 Home BC High Medfield lost an incredible amount of talent as well but is another storied program who boasts young talent, led by defender John Schofield and attackman Jack McCordic, and should be there at the end in D2.
11 Xaverian 9-11 4/13 Away vs. L-S Xaverian always sports one of the state’s toughest schedules and this year is no different. Led by attackman Drew Lee and a strong defense, with some veteran talent all over the field, X should rebound well in 2018.
12 Needham 18-4 4/7 Home vs. BC High Jason Child is one of the State’s most dangerous attackmen and combined with young standouts at midfield and on defense, Needham will be in the hunt throughout.
13 Franklin 16-5 4/3 Away at BC High Franklin is another team who returns talented players at every position on the field, led by All-American attack Eric Civetti.
14 Cohasset 17-7 3/31 Away vs. Duxbury Cohasset returns a strong group of talented players, led by Will Thomas and Kyle McFetdridge, and Noah Froio, along with goalie Mason Fitzgerald. Coho should be there in the end in D3 this season.
15 Reading 16-4 4/17 Away at BC High

 

Jack Geiger and Michael Tobin return to give the Rockets two of the State’s best and most seasoned players.
16 Wakefield 20-1 4/10 Away at Reading Wakefield’s storybook season was cut short by Beverly last season, but attackman Anthony Forziati returns to lead the Warriors to keep the train moving forward this year.
17 Longmeadow 21-4 4/7 Away at Duxbury The best in the West return a skilled group, led by Spencer Robbins and Jack Barron. The Lancers should challenge again to be one of the best programs in D2.
18 Walpole 19-2 4/24 Away at L-S Walpole graduated some key cogs but return attackman Conor Foley and a tough and battle-tested group who should compete in D2 C/E in 2018.
19 Concord-Carlisle 13-9 4/17 vs. Hingham (Coaches Cup week) C-C boasts a strong defense, led by goalie Ben Kacher and defenseman Mason Dorr, to go with some exciting young offensive players.
20 Middlesex 9-6 4/28 Away at Rivers Middlesex is now under the tutelage of HC Doug Worthen, a longtime assistant, and former Zebra. Middlesex has a young and hungry roster, led by goalie Michael Allieri. The Zebras should be ready to battle in the ISL in 2018.
21 Hopkinton 14-5 4/11 Away at Medfield One of the Tri Valley’s top teams in 2017, the Hillers boast returning All-American middie Will Abbott and attack DJ Sloan, along with a balanced roster, ready to rival anyone in D2.
22 Roxbury Latin 12-4 4/3 Away at Seb’s One of the top defenses in the ISL, Roxbury Latin, led by a talented sophomore pole group, featuring Charlie Weitzel, was one of the hottest teams down the stretch in 2017 and should compete again this year amongst the ISL elite.
23 Dover-Sherborn 17-5 4/6 Away at Medfield D-S graduated a ton of talent, but the Raiders return some hungry and young players, led by middie Jack Dillon, who will be ready to take on a much larger role in 2018.
24 Acton-Boxboro 16-5 4/21 Home vs. Wakefield A-B always seems to be there when it counts and this year should be no different for the Colonials. Talented sophomore Eric Raguin leads a Colonial group who always compete for D1 supremacy each season.
25 Westwood 13-8 4/27 Away at Dover-Sherborn One of the hottest teams down the stretch in 2017, look for Westwood to compete with everyone, in not only the Tri-Valley League but in D2 this year. Attackmen Jake Antonucci is one of the state’s best and he returns for his senior year for the Wolverines.
Next group up (alphabetical)
Andover 16-5
Billerica 13-10
Catholic Memorial 9-11
Chelmsford 14-5
Foxboro 11-9
Grafton 22-3
Hamilton-Wenham 17-2
Hanover 16-5
Ipswich 20-2
Marshfield 13-7
Newton North 16-5
St. John’s Prep 8-10
St. John’s Shrewsbury 17-4
Westfield 14-6
Winchester 13-7