Welcome to our Week 1 Top 25 poll of the 2018 boys lacrosse season.
You can refer to last week’s Pre/Opening -Season Poll here.
Each week Bostonlax.net will bring the MIAA and ISL together in a unique poll, featuring the top public and ISL private school teams in Massachusetts. Our polls are a combined opinion of members of the media, scouts, and selected high school coaches.
These polls will be released on Sundays and Mondays throughout the regular season, with a final poll released after the post-season, MIAA tournament concludes.
|Rank||Team||Record||Last week’s poll ranking||Quick Thoughts|
At 6-0, St. Sebastian continues to hold down the top spot in our poll, with wins over IMG, Nobles, and New Hampton on their early-season resume.
Belmont Hill picked up their first ISL win of the season over Thayer on Saturday. They have a big week ahead, including a must-watch match-up with No. 4 Gov’s on Saturday. Bostonlax.net will be there with coverage.
L-S split with St. John’s Prep and Ward Melville and they have a big one with Xaverian on the slate for Friday, after an out-of-state home game vs. Mercer Island (WA).
|4||Governor’s||1-1||4||Gov’s exploded with a dominating win over St. George’s on Saturday and they have a big one with Belmont Hil this upcoming Saturday.|
BC High is 2-0 with wins over Franklin and Needham. Their loaded schedule keeps going this week with games against Xaverian, St. John’s Prep and Medfield.
|6||Hingham||3-0||6||Hingham picked up wins over CM and St. John’s Prep and have three games this week before a big week at the Coaches Cup.|
|7||Rivers||4-1||7||Rivers has started strong in 2018, with solid depth all over the field, led by a veteran attack and midfield group.|
|8||Duxbury||2-0||9||Duxbury is fast out of the gates with wins over Cohasset and Longmeadow. Strong defense and midfield play is leading the way early.|
|9||Nobles||2-4||8||A close battle with St. Sebastian’s has Nobles confident and ready to move forward with their ISL season.|
|10||Medfield||1-0||10||Medfield is 1-0, after defeating Norton on Monday night to open their season. A big week awaits against Hopkinton and BC High.|
|11||Xaverian||2-0||11||Xaverian opens their season at 2-0 and the athletic Hawks prepare to tackle a monster week vs. BC High and L-S.|
|12||Franklin||2-1||12||Franklin dropped their opener to BC High and followed it up with two back-to-back wins.|
|13||Needham||1-1||13||Needham defeated Walpole by one goal and dropped their most recent contest against BC High.|
Longmeadow dropped a 2-OT thriller to Duxbury and picked up a win against Pope Francis. A big Tuesday game against Minnechaug looms.
After getting washed out, and despite not starting their season until tomorrow vs. Weston, C-C moves up three slots, due to the losses of teams ahead of them.
|16||Middlesex||1-1||20||Middlesex picked up their first win over St. Mark’s and travel to Tabor on Wednesday for ISL game 2.|
|17||Hopkinton||2-0||21||The Hillers are 2-0 and have a big TVL match-up with Medfield on Wednesday.|
The Sachems made the polls biggest leap, having held their opponents, Beverly and Wakefield, to just five combined goals to start the season.
One of the best starts to the year of any team in D2, Billerica has a big match-up on Tuesday vs. rival Chelmsford and BostonLax.net will be there.
|20||Newton North||2-0||NR||Two wins over Cohasset and Westwood vault the Tigers into the Top 20 this week|
|21||Melrose||2-0||NR||Two big wins over Lexington and A-B vault Melrose up from unranked to No. 21 in our Week 1 poll.|
|22||Dover-Sherborn||0-0||23||D-S opens their season on Tuesday as they battle Catholic Memorial before a big week next week at the Coaches Cup.|
|23||Reading||2-1||14||A one-goal loss to Billerica and two consecutive wins start the Rockets season. A Tuesday battle with Wakefield is on the menu and could be a big indicator of early-season Middlesex prowess.|
Wakefield drops with the loss to Winchester and the loss of attack Anthony Forziati for the season with an injury. Don’t expect them to stay here long, however.
|25||Walpole||0-2||17||Walpole is a tough team to bounce from the Top 25, despite starting 0-2. Their losses are narrow defeats to Xaverian and Needham.|
|*all games & records are updated as of release time w/ credit to feeds|
(first group out alphabetical)
|St. John’s Prep||1-2||NR|