2018 Bostonlax.net Week 1 Poll

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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.

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Rank Team Record Last week’s poll ranking Quick Thoughts
1 St. Sebastian’s 6-0 1
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.
2 Belmont Hill 1-1 2
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.
3 Lincoln-Sudbury 1-1 3
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.
5 BC High 2-0 5
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.
14 Longmeadow 1-1 16
Longmeadow dropped a 2-OT thriller to Duxbury and picked up a win against Pope Francis. A big Tuesday game against Minnechaug looms.
15 Concord-Carlisle 0-0 18
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.
18 Winchester 2-0 NR
The Sachems made the polls biggest leap, having held their opponents, Beverly and Wakefield, to just five combined goals to start the season.
19 Billerica 3-0 NR
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.
24 Wakefield 2-1 15
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)
 Team  Record  Last Week
Acton-Boxboro 1-1 24
Chelmsford 2-0 NR
Cohasset 1-2 19
Foxboro 2-0 NR
Groton-Dunstable 2-0 NR
Hamilton-Wenham 1-0 NR
Nipmuc 4-0 NR
North Andover 2-0 NR
St. John’s Prep 1-2 NR
Scituate 2-0 NR
Tabor 2-1 NR
Westwood 1-1 25
Westfield 0-0 NR