Welcome to our Week 2 Top 25 poll and our NEW MIAA Top 25 and ISL Top 16 polls for the 2018 boys lacrosse season.
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 Top 25 poll is a combined opinion of members of the media, scouts, and selected high school coaches.
You asked and we responded! We are also now including an expanded MIAA Top 25 Poll below, along with a Top 16 Poll of the ISL teams. While always deferring to the ISLsport.org standings, we rank the ISL teams, taking into consideration nonleague games, how teams are performing at the poll release date, and lastly, how teams are matching up in head-to-head contests.
These polls will continue to be released on Sundays and Mondays throughout the regular season, with a final poll released after the post-season, MIAA tournament concludes.
You can view our polls from previous weeks here:
|Rank||Team||Record||Last week’s poll ranking||Quick Thoughts|
St. George’s and Tabor await the undefeated Arrows this week. Seb’s defeated Lawrence Academy and Groton, albeit by smaller than anticipated margins.
Wins over Mercer Island (WA) and Xaverian push L-S up a spot to No. 2 this week. The Coaches Challenge Cup awaits this week, with some big potential matchups on the horizon.
|3||Governor’s||3-1||4||A narrow and impressive 12-11 win over No. 2 Belmont Hill on Saturday bumps Gov’s up a spot to No. 3 this week.|
|4||Hingham||6-0||6||Undefeated Hingham heads into the Coaches Challenge Cup week playing some of the best lacrosse in the state.|
A one-goal loss to Governor’s slides BH down a few spots, but they have chance to move right back up with some big games over the next two weeks.
|6||Rivers||4-1||7||Rivers continues to pile up wins, as they defeated Thayer and St. Mark’s last week. Brooks awaits on Wednesday.|
|7||Duxbury||5-0||8||Duxbury continues to climb the rankings, and this week should tell us a lot , as they begin tonight at Xaverian.|
|8||Nobles||4-4||9||Nobles moves back up after convincing wins over Thayer and previously ranked Middlesex. One of teh most balanced teams in the State, Nobles looks to be hitting their stride.|
After defeating BC High and losing to L-S, Xaverian tackles a monster week with Duxbury and Medfield on the early side of the week and Needham to conclude it.
BC High took a tough 8-3 loss to Xaverian to begin last week, but rebounded with a one-goal win over Medfield. Another big week awaits, beginning with Reading.
|11||Franklin||5-1||12||A nice 9-7 win over Newton North and Franklin gains some much-needed momentum heading into the Creator’s Crosse on Thursday.|
A loss to BC High and wins over Weymouth and Milton set the Rockets up for a big week against Bishop Guertin (NH), Melrose and Xaverian.
Wins over Minnechaug and South Hadley have the Lancers moving back up. A Friday night match-up against Billerica at Bentley looms.
Moving up one spot, Concord-Carlisle heads into a first-round Coaches Cup game against Hingham on Tuesday playing their typical staunch defense.
A win over Medfield and a loss to Wayland and Hopkinton moves up two spots. Marshfield and Minnechaug await this week.
Tough narrow losses over Hopkinton and BC High drops Medfield to 16, but the chance to rebound is always there with their play-anyone schedule.
|17||Winchester||4-0||18||Winchester is up one spot and the Coaches Cup awaits with undefeated Wellesley up first on Tuesday.|
WIns over MVC rivals Chelmsford and Central Catholic move Billerica up one spot. Haverhill and Longmeadow are on this week’s docket.
Melrose remains undefeated with wins over Woburn and Arlington. Beverly, Needham and Central Catholic await this week.
|20||Newton North||4-1||20||A close loss to Franklin and win over Brookline lock Newton North into the 20 spot again this week.|
|21||Dover-Sherborn||3-0||22||WIns over CM, Hanover, and Dedham get D-S started on the right foot. Coaches Cup time for another top 25 team.|
|22||Reading||4-1||23||Wins over Wakefield and Wilmington set up a big week against BC High and Westford Academy.|
Convincing wins over Weymouth and Milton move Walpole back up a spot. The Creator’s Crosse awaits at St. John’s Prep on Thursday.
Wellesley is off to a 4-0 start to the season and they match-up with Winchester on Tuesday in the open ground of the Coaches Challenge Cup.
|25||Wayland||3-1||NR||After an opening game loss to Wellesley, Wayland has run off three-in-a-row, including an 11-7 win over Hopkinton.|
(first group out alphabetical)
|St. John’s Prep||2-3||NR|
|Our New MIAA Top 25 and ISL Top 16 Polls|
|15||Newton North||15||St. George’s|
|24||St. John’s Prep|
|25||Cohasset||* Teams in Bold are also represented in our Overall MIAA/ISL Combined Top 25 Poll above.|