Welcome to our sixth weekly poll (Week Six) of the 2017 boy’s lacrosse season.
As always, our Boston Lax poll includes all MIAA teams along with teams from the ISL.
Belmont Hill picked up the most impressive wins of the week, while BC High was our week’s biggest mover. The Eagles look to be hitting their stride at the right time of year. Hopkinton and St. John’s Shrewsbury are our new entries into the Top 25, with Hopkinton making their first appearance and St. John’s of Shrewsbury re-entering after a big win over Xaverian.
- St. Sebastian’s (14-2) Last Week – 1
John Piatelli was masterful in Arrows’ defeat of Governor’s Academy over the weekend, finishing the day with six goals –including four in the first quarter. As St. Seb’s begins to separate itself from the pack in the ISL, so too is its most prolific scorer in the Bruce Lerch Award race.
2. Belmont Hill (10-2) Last Week – 2
Led by a huge night from Brian Antonelli (2-5-7), Hillies were able to solve Rivers’ outstanding goalie Ben Churchill after some early struggles for a 15-8 win, their fifth straight. Since the April 26 loss to St. Sebastian’s, Belmont Hill has been allowing just 4.6 goals per game, among the best in the state over that time.
3. Lincoln-Sudbury (12-1) Last Week – 3
In what some were dubbing a D1 state final preview, Warriors made surprisingly quick waste of red-hot Duxbury over the weekend, jumping out to an 8-0 lead in a 9-1 rout, led by a monster day from Hayden Frey (3-3-6) and a head-standing performance in net from Trevor Van Leer (11 saves). Will anybody trip up L-S over the next month?
4. Rivers (11-3) Last Week – 4
Red Wings’ four-game win streak came to a halt Friday night against Belmont Hill, but there’s little time to dwell with a crucial last week and half of the ISL schedule, starting with Roxbury Latin on Monday and followed by Groton and Nobles over the next nine days.
5. Noble & Greenough (12-3) Last Week – 5
A silver lining: In the Belmont Hill loss Wednesday, which halted an eight-game win streak, Bulldogs held the Hillies to their lowest goal total in over a month. Wednesday’s trip to Byfield to take on Governor’s Academy should be appointment viewing, before next week’s big tilt with Rivers.
6. Governor’s (10-3) Last Week – 7
Governors’ six-game win streak marked by dominant defense came to a halt at the hands of St. Sebastian’s over the weekend at Harvard Stadium, overcoming a slow first quarter to give the Arrows everything they could handle. Wednesday’s visit from Nobles should be one of the most action-packed games this week.l
7. Duxbury (9-2) Last Week – 6
Dragons don’t have a lot of time to dwell on last weekend’s rout at the hands of L-S. They finish the regular season with a trio of intriguing non-league matchups, starting with Billerica on Wednesday and finishing with Longmeadow and Bishop Guertin (N.H.).
8. Hingham (13-3) Last Week – 8
Harbormen ripped it up last week, trouncing Plymouth South (18-1), Hanover (15-3) and Barnstable (19-3) in succession. Tuesday’s battle with Cohasset and Saturday’s tussle with Needham should provide two more quality warmups before the D2 state tournament starts.
9. Wakefield (13-0) Last Week –10
Warriors up one spot after avoiding upset bid from Melrose last week, prevailing in overtime to keep their unbeaten campaign intact. Barring something wild, you can pencil in Wakefield for a top seed in D2 North at this point, though Burlington and Beverly could trip them up this week.
10. BC High (12-3) Last Week – 16
Eagles make biggest jump this week after knocking off Bishop Guertin (N.H.) on Saturday. Consider that before Saturday’s game, Guertin was a perfect 3-0 against Bay State competition, with another matchup still to come in Duxbury.
11. Needham (13-2) Last Week – 11
No movement this week for the Rockets, who had an easy time with Dedham and Brookline, routing them by a combined 34-4 aggregate. Tough stretch to end the season for Needham, starting with Newton North on Wednesday and followed by Hingham and Acton-Boxborough.
12. Walpole (14-1) Last Week — 12
Rebels have won seven straight since April 25 loss to Needham, by an average margin of 8.7 goals. But that could come to a halt Tuesday with upset-minded Newton North on the docket.
13. Franklin (13-2) Last Week – 13
Panthers have won eight straight since the April 20 overtime loss to Walpole, running roughshod through their Hockomock League counterparts. But Monday’s tilt with St. John’s of Shrewsbury will tell us how serious to take Franklin in the D1 state tournament.
14. Newton North (13-1) Last Week – 14
How dominant have the Tigers been on their 13-game win streak? Headed into a huge week with Walpole and Needham on the docket, only Natick and King Philip have come within four goals of North since April 15.
15. Reading (11-3) Last Week – 15
No movement for Rockets this week after taking down Wilmington and Winchester in succession. They’ll end the season with tilts against Beverly and Concord-Carlisle, which could tell us more about how deep they can run in the D1 North tournament – or if they could even knock off L-S.
16. Medfield (9-4) Last Week – 9
Warriors are this week’s biggest drop, falling all the way out of the top 10 for the first time all spring, after surprise upset loss at the hands of Hopkinton that sent them on their first losing streak of the season. They get a change to quickly exact revenge on these same Hillers Monday, but the rest of the regular-season slate looks imposing, between Dover-Sherborn, Pinkerton Academy (N.H.) and the finale against BC High.
17. Falmouth (11-1) – Last Week — 17
Last Monday’s 17-8 win over Dartmouth marked just the second time since April 13 a team had come within 10 goals of the Clippers, who’ve now won 11 straight since their season-opening loss. Battles with Marshfield Tuesday, and Winchester next week, will be good barometers going into the D2 South tournament.
18. Dover-Sherborn (12-3) Last Week – 19
Raiders up one spot this week after wins over Westwood and Bridgewater-Raynham pushed their steak to five. A challenging three-game swing closes out their regular season, starting with Medfield Wednesday and concluding with Hopkinton and Franklin.
19. Roxbury Latin (9-4) Last Week – 20
Statistically speaking, Foxes have been playing some of the state’s best defense in recent weeks, allowing just 2.75 goals per game since their loss to Governor’s on April 29. But that could all change in a snap Monday when they pay a visit to Rivers.
20. Longmeadow (13-3) Last Week – 21
Strong week for Lancers, who beat Simsbury (Conn.) as they extended their win streak to four. Two more challenges are on the slate this week in St. John’s of Shrewsbury and Duxbury.
21. Hopkinton (11-2) – NR
Hillers make their season debut after one of the biggest upsets of the month of May, knocking off defending D2 state champ Medfield. Was it a fluke? We’ll find out very quickly, as the rematch is set for Monday afternoon.
22. Cohasset (12-3) – Last Week — 18
Skippers were outclassed in Tuesday’s 13-2 rout by Duxbury, but this Tuesday’s battle with Hingham should be another great warmup as they look like an odds-on favorite in D3 once again.
23. Andover (14-2) – Last Week – 23
No movement for Golden Warriors after narrowly avoiding an upset bid from North Andover to close the week out. Thursday’s battle with Pinkerton Academy (N.H.) should be a good tune-up before next week’s regular season finale against L-S.
24. St. John’s Shrewsbury (11-2) – Last Week – NR
Pioneers back in the poll after 10-6 win over Xaverian to finish out the week. How long they stay this time remains to be seen, with Franklin, Longmeadow and Algonquin all on tap this week.
25. Acton-Boxborough (10-3) – Last Week – 25
No movement this week for Colonials after their five-game win streak was thoroughly snapped at the hands of rival L-S. This week’s battle with Concord-Carlisle should be a good barometer headed into the D1 North tournament.
Next Up: Minnechaug (12-2), Middlesex (6-5), Grafton (13-2) Wayland (11-3), North Attleboro (11-2), Brooks (9-3), Nipmuc (11-1), Catholic Memorial (8-9), Concord-Carlisle (9-6), Wellesley (10-4), Chelmsford (13-3), Xaverian (6-9).