Welcome to our first weekly poll (Week One) of the 2017 boys lacrosse season.
As always, our Boston Lax poll includes all MIAA teams along with teams from the ISL.
After releasing our Pre-season Poll last week, we saw a little shakeup in the top 10 this week and we had one new team enter our Top 25 (Walpole).
Boston Lax Top 25 Poll
- Belmont Hill (1-1) Last Week – 1
After a tough season-opening loss to undefeated Avon Old Fams (5-0), Belmont Hill responded strong with a convincing 15-9 win over previously-ranked Thayer Academy on Saturday afternoon. This Saturday’s tilt with Governor’s Academy should be one of the best games of the early season.
- St. Sebastian’s (5-1) Last Week – 2
The Arrows have reeled off five straight since their season-opening loss to IMG Academy (Fla.) on March 23, the latest a convincing 15-7 win over Nobles on Saturday afternoon.
- Lincoln-Sudbury (2-0) Last Week – 3
Defending MIAA Division 1 state champs have picked up where they left off last June, kicking off their 2017 title defense with routs of Westford Academy (12-2) and St. John’s Prep (16-8).
- Governor’s (2-0) Last Week – 4
Governors haven’t gotten much challenge yet, allowing a combined seven goals in routs of Tabor Academy and St. George’s. But Saturday’s visit to Belmont Hill will be appointment viewing.
- BC High (2-0) Last Week – 6
With Will Bowen leading the back line, the Eagles should have one of the state’s best defenses, and it showed in Saturday’s 11-5 win over Longmeadow. Senior attack Pat Bulger is off two a great start, with seven goals in the first two games.
- Medfield (2-0) Last Week – 8
Warriors’ Saturday afternoon win over Upstate New York power Shenendehowa, led by five goals from senior middie Jack Cahill, will go down as one of the better out-of-state wins by a Massachusetts team all season long. And they could score another good one this Saturday with Ridgefield (Conn.) on tap.
- Hingham (1-0) Last Week – 7
Harbormen kicked their season off with a win over Catholic Conference mainstay St. John’s Prep. Saturday’s tilt with Simsbury (Conn.) should be an enticing one.
- Reading (2-0) Last Week – 10
Jack Geiger’s game-winner with 20 seconds left, capping a five-goal day in an 8-7 thriller over Billerica at UMass-Lowell, kicked the season off right for the Division 1 darkhorses.
- Rivers (3-1) Last Week – 9
Red Wings have been living on the edge to start the 2017 season, with two of their four contests so far decided by one goal.
- Noble and Greenough (3-2) Last Week – 5
Wins over Loomis Chafee (Conn.) and Brewster Academy (N.H.) have the Bulldogs on a good path to start the season, but a 15-7 loss to St. Sebastian’s over the weekend brought them back down a few slots.
- Duxbury (1-0) Last Week – 12
Is this the year the Dragons get back to their historic elite status? Their first true test comes this weekend in the form of familiar Long Island foe Garden City.
- Middlesex (1-0) Last Week – 15
Saturday’s trip to Dedham to face Nobles should be one of the Zebras’ best tests of the first half of the season.
- Needham (1-1) Last Week – 11
After dropping a tough one to D1 state finalist BC High to open the season, Rockets quickly got back on track with a convincing win over Framingham. April 18’s out-of-state contest with Bishop Guertin (N.H.) should be another great barometer.
- Roxbury Latin (2-1) Last Week – 16
Foxes showed plenty of mettle in their 11-10 season-opening loss to St. Sebastian’s. Can they pull off an upset Wednesday over No. 1 Belmont Hill?
- Marshfield (2-0) Last Week – 21
Rams haven’t been challenged so far, allowing just seven goals total in routs of Atlantic Coast League foes Sandwich and Nauset. But a Tuesday visit from Acton-Boxborough should tell us a lot more about this team’s ceiling.
- Franklin (2-0) Last Week – 22
Panthers survived a 7-6 thriller over North Attleboro, but Monday’s visit from BC High should provide one of the tallest tasks of Franklin’s non-league slate.
- Billerica (2-1) Last Week – 20
Indians responded forcefully from the season-opening loss to Reading with dominant wins over Westford Academy and Lexington.
- Dover-Sherborn (3-1) Last Week – 13
North Carolina commit Bailey Laidman is off to a dominant start to the season for the Raiders, who bounced back from a season-opening loss to Catholic Memorial to win three straight.
- Walpole (2-0) Last Week NR
Rebels are one of the biggest revelations of the opening leg of the season, starting their 2017 campaign with wins over D1 stalwarts Xaverian and Wellesley.
- Xaverian (1-1) Last Week – 14
Led by Sean Sperzel, Hawks bounced back from 7-5 loss to Walpole with 11 goals in a win over Catholic Memorial. Wednesday’s tilt with L-S should tell us a lot more about what kind of ceiling this team could have.
- Catholic Memorial (2-1) Last Week – 24
Knights have a brutal schedule this week, taking on Cohasset, Cheshire (Conn.) and archrival BC High over a span of four days. If they survive that, they’ll be in great shape.
- Newton North (1-1) Last Week – 17
Bryce Adam and Will Thompson catalyzed a high-scoring Saturday for the Tigers as they rolled to a 16-10 victory. With a favorable schedule over the next few weeks, North could climb quickly in this poll.
- Longmeadow (0-1) Last Week – 19
Lancers have some work to do after season-opening loss to BC High. But a visit next week from Glastonbury (Conn.) should be another good barometer in the early-goings of the season.
- Concord-Carlisle (1-0) Last Week – 25
Patriots chipped away enough at Littleton’s superb goalie Brandon Witherell to beat the Tigers, 9-8. Saturday’s tilt with rival Acton-Boxborough should be enticing.
- Cohasset (1-1) Last Week – 23
Skippers get benefit of doubt in loss to Newton North, but can quickly make a big statement Monday against Catholic Memorial.
Next 10 Up: Andover (2-0), Minnechaug (3-0), Falmouth (2-1), St. John’s Shrewsbury (1-0), Thayer (0-2), Winchester (2-0), Mansfield (2-0), Wakefield (2-0), Westwood (2-1), Wellesley (1-1).