Welcome to our fifth weekly poll (Week Five) of the 2017 boys lacrosse season.
As always, our Boston Lax poll includes all MIAA teams along with teams from the ISL.
What a wild week of action last week, as we saw an upset of No. 1, and a familiar powerhouse pick up two big in-state wins.
1. St. Sebastian’s (12-2) Last Week – 1
Arrows hang on to No. 1 spot in the land despite last weekend’s 12-11 upset at the hands of Rivers that snapped a 12-game win streak. That loss sets in motion a series of musical chairs atop the poll here that ought to be ironed out by next weekend, when St. Seb’s welcomes Governor’s Academy in another big-boy ISL tilt.
2. Belmont Hill (8-2) Last Week – 2
Hillies have been on full throttle since the loss to St. Sebastian’s last month, beating their last three ISL opponents by a combined 43-10. But there should be a different tune this week, with a tough two-game swing against top-five counterparts Nobles and Rivers.
3. Lincoln-Sudbury (9-1) Last Week – 3
A combined eight goals from Junior Almeida, Hayden Frey and Jack Sutherland allowed the Warriors to cruise to a 15-3 rout of Longmeadow in a Saturday matinee at Harvard Stadium. After a visit to surging Acton-Boxborough Tuesday, Warriors will close out week with another mega-tilt Saturday against perennial stalwart Duxbury – could it be a potential D1 state final preview for June?
4. Rivers (8-2) Last Week – 9
Hat tricks from Matt Paul, Peter Burnes and Charlie Lawrence, combined with terrific netminding from Ben Churchill and great faceoff battling from Aidan Van Duzer, delivered one of the year’s biggest wins in the ISL so far, as the Red Wings snuck by No. 1 St. Seb’s to earn one of their highest positionings in the history of BostonLax’s statewide poll this week. Can they go two-fer this week by taking down No. 2 Belmont Hill on Friday?
5. Noble & Greenough (11-2) Last Week – 6
Bulldogs have run their win streak to eight, but they had to fend off an upset bid from 2-7 St. Mark’s last weekend to get there. Wednesday’s visit from Belmont Hill is one of a number of appointment matchups across the Bay State this week.
6. Duxbury (9-2) Last Week – 8
Under the lights at home, Duxbury put the rest of the state on notice Saturday night with an 11-6 win over defending D2 state champion Medfield. Combined with Thursday’s Bobby Maimaron-led 8-6 thriller over red-hot Hingham in the Bruce Lerch Game of the Month, the Dragons are showing their fangs just as the contenders in D1 are starting to sort themselves out.
7. Governor’s (9-2) Last Week – 7
No movement for the Governors after a solid week of defense, doubling up Milton Academy and St. Mark’s, 10-5 each, in succession. This week gets much tougher, though, with a visit to St. Sebastian’s on Saturday to close it out.
8. Hingham (11-3) Last Week – 4
Harbormen struggled to slow a second-half Duxbury onslaught, and couldn’t solve Dragons goalie Henry Weld in the fourth, as they fell 8-6 in the Bruce Lerch Game of the Month. But within the D2 sphere, Hingham looks as good as anyone and should be a top seed come postseason.
9. Medfield (8-3) Last Week – 5
Saturday’s loss in Duxbury was an uncharacteristic second loss in three games for the Warriors juggernaut, but nobody’s panicking. Two enticing contenders are on tap this week in Beverly and upstart Hopkinton, before a rematch with Dover-Sherborn next week.
10. Wakefield (11-0) Last Week –10
Will the Warriors get a challenge on the rest of their regular-season schedule? Wakefield hasn’t won by less than six goals since its upset of Reading back on April 12. Melrose, Burlington and Beverly could be enticing upset candidates over the next 10 days.
11. Needham (10-2) Last Week – 12
A 12-10 win over St. John’s Prep Saturday made it seven straight wins for the Rockets, who have statistically been among the MIAA’s stingiest defenses. Another challenging battle awaits Monday afternoon in the form of Catholic Memorial.
12. Walpole (11-1) Last Week — 13
Rebels have been on a tear since the Needham loss on April 25, winning four straight by an aggregate of 51-9. Saturday’s tilt with King Philip should be a good warmup for next week’s huge tilt with Newton North.
13. Franklin (10-2) Last Week – 14
Panthers’ 10-4 win over rival King Philip last week showed us there won’t be any letdown games in Franklin as the D1 playoff picture begins to take shape. Algonquin could be a trap game this weekend as the Panthers get ready for next Monday’s battle with St. John’s of Shrewsbury.
14. Newton North (11-1) Last Week – 15
Tigers have now won 11 straight since their season-opening loss, including a 12-8 win over Wellesley speared by brothers Bryce and Hunter Adam, and a 17-10 defeat of Marblehead. Can Braintree play spoiler this weekend before North’s big matchup with Walpole next week?
15. Reading (9-3) Last Week – 11
Rockets drop four spots this week after their five-game win streak was snapped at the hands of Acton-Boxborough, but things should pick up quickly again with Wilmington and Winchester on tap this week.
16. BC High (9-3) Last Week – 16
Eagles picked things up quickly after the surprise loss to Xaverian last month, beating out St. John’s Prep and then shutting out Malden Catholic. After a second tilt with rival Catholic Memorial on Tuesday, they’ll look to avenge that loss to the Hawks Thursday that could put them on the inside track for a Catholic Conference title.
17. Falmouth (10-1) – Last Week — 18
A win over Marshfield this week for the season sweep of their ACL rivals would put the Clippers on the inside track for a top seed in D2 South. They’ve yet to get challenged much lately, winning their last six games by an aggregate of 87-15.
18. Cohasset (11-2) – Last Week — 19
Routs of Bridgewater-Raynham and Middleborough last week made it eight straight wins for the Skippers, who will look to extend it to nine Tuesday afternoon when Duxbury visits. Next week’s tilt with Hingham should be another appointment matchup, too.
19. Dover-Sherborn (10-3) Last Week – 20
Raiders looked solid in wins over Medway and Ashland last week. Tilts with Bridgewater-Raynham and Westwood this week could be a solid tuneup for next week’s rematch with Medfield.
20. Roxbury Latin (7-4) Last Week – 21
Stalwart week of defense for the Foxes, who allowed a combined four goals in wins over Milton Academy and Brooks, the former a 9-1 defeat of the previously-ranked Mustangs. This should be an interesting week, with Middlesex on tap before Monday’s tilt with Rivers.
21. Longmeadow (9-3) Last Week – 17
Lancers are just 1-3 against opponents outside the MIAA West district after Saturday’s drubbing at the hands of Lincoln-Sudbury at Harvard Stadium. They’ve been dominating their own sphere as usual, but a few matchups left with Simsbury (Conn.), St. John’s of Shrewsbury and Duxbury could be the spark they need just before the start of playoffs.
22. Xaverian (6-6) – Last week – 23
Don’t look now, but the Hawks are surging since April 22’s loss to Needham dropped them to 2-5. An 18-8 loss to Bishop Guertin (N.H.) over the weekend halted their four-game win streak, but they’ve been allowing just 6.6 goals per game since that loss to the Rockets.
23. Andover (11-2) – Last Week – 22
Golden Warriors drop one spot following last week’s 8-7 loss to Reading, but they rebounded from that forcefully by closing the week with a 19-2 win over Haverhill. A trip to surging Chelmsford Wednesday should be a good challenge.
24. Acton-Boxborough (10-2) – Last Week – NR
Colonials newest entrant in the poll this week following 9-8 thriller over Reading on Saturday. They’ve had some mystifying close calls during their five-game win streak, but there’s no denying the offense’s production, averaging 13 goals per game since their last loss on April 22.
25. Chelmsford (12-1) – Last Week – NR
Historic week for the Lions, who make their season debut after thrilling 11-10 win over archrival Billerica on Saturday. Lone blemish is a 4OT loss to Hamilton-Wenham on April 22, but otherwise this has been an impressive offense, averaging 12.8 goals per game.
Next Up: Minnechaug (11-2), Billerica (8-5), Middlesex (5-4), St. John’s Shrewsbury (10-2), Grafton (11-2) Ipswich (7-1), Wayland (8-3), Hopkinton (9-2), North Attleboro (8-2), Brooks (6-2), Nipmuc (9-0), Catholic Memorial (7-7), Milton Academy (5-6), Concord-Carlisle (8-5), Foxboro (10-2), Wellesley (8-4)