Tuesday, May 9, 2017

MIAA Top 25 Boys Lacrosse Poll: 5/9/17

Walpole may no longer be undefeated, but don't sleep on the Rebels in Division 2 Central/East.
Our rankings of the best teams in the state during the 2017 lacrosse season, as selected by our panel of staff writers and correspondents. (Updated 5/9)

1. Lincoln-Sudbury (9-1; Last Ranking - 1): While they dropped an out-of-state contest to Summit (N.J.) for a second consecutive year, the Warriors reasserted their dominance in Mass. with a 15-3 drubbing of Longmeadow.

2. Duxbury (9-2; Last Ranking - 10): Quite a week for the Dragons, as they took down Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) and earned huge wins over Patriot League rival Hingham and Division 2 power Medfield.

3. Hingham (11-3; Last Ranking - 3): Harbormen wound up on the wrong side of a thriller against Duxbury, but bounced back with a huge 13-12 win at Glastonbury (C.T.) in overtime.

4. Wakefield (11-0; Last Ranking - 5): The lone undefeated team left in Divisions 1 or 2, Wakefield will almost assuredly enter the D2 North bracket as the top seed.

5. Needham (10-2; Last Ranking - 12): Rockets continue to roll over the competition in the Bay State Conference and could be a power for years to come with an excellent young core.

6. BC High (9-3; Last Ranking - 7): Eagles have weathered the storm with Will Bowen out due to a knee injury and could be even stronger if he returns to the lineup before the postseason.

7. Medfield (8-3; Last Ranking - 2): Losing two of three is uncharted territory for the three-time defending D2 state champs, but the Warriors will almost certainly right the ship before tourney time.

8. Newton North (11-1; Last Ranking - 8): Bryce and Hunter Adam were electric once again with 10 combined goals during a 12-8 win over Wellesley, as the Tigers remained undefeated in BSC play.

9. Dover-Sherborn (10-3; Last Ranking - 9): Now that Bailey Laidman and Jack Mahoney are both healthy, the Raiders possess one of the most lethal attacking duos in the state.

10. Cohasset (11-2; Last Ranking - 11): Skippers are rolling right now with eight straight wins and they’ll test their mettle against red-hot Duxbury on Tuesday night.

11. Walpole (11-1; Last Ranking - 4): The Rebels have won a number of close games this year, only dropping a 9-6 thriller to rival Needham in the rain last Tuesday.

12. Reading (9-3; Last Ranking - 6): Kevin and Mike Tobin are on fire for the Rockets, but they’ll need more balance if they want to make a deep run in the postseason this year.

13. Andover (11-2; Last Ranking - 13): The Golden Warriors left Reading disappointed after an 8-7 loss. They’ll look to take out their frustrations at upstart Chelmsford this Wednesday.

14. Franklin (11-2; Last Ranking - 17): Panthers have won five straight with a 62 to 7 goal differential over their last four. Rutgers-bound attack Eric Civetti is lighting up the Hockomock League.

15. Xaverian (6-6; Last Ranking - 16): Despite dealing with a laundry list of injuries, the Hawks are still competing in the very tough Catholic Conference.

16. Chelmsford (12-2; Last Ranking - NA): For the first time in program history, the Lions swept MVC power Billerica, as they edged the Indians, 11-10, in a thrilling tilt at UMass-Lowell last Saturday.

17. Falmouth (10-1; Last Ranking - 18): Clippers have won 10 in a row since dropping their opener at Franklin.

18. St. John’s (Shrewsbury) (10-2; Last Ranking - 17): Pioneers suffered a narrow loss to Grafton, but have rattled off four straight wins since.

19. Acton-Boxboro (10-2; Last Ranking - 24): Colonials scored a huge 9-8 win over Reading last Saturday. Now they’ll look to shock the state in a meeting with Lincoln-Sudbury this Tuesday.

20. Nipmuc Regional (9-0; Last Ranking - 25): The only other undefeated team in the state aside from Wakefield, the Warriors took down Groton-Dunstable last Saturday to add to their impressive resume.

21. Grafton (11-2; Last Ranking - NA): The Warriors are peaking once again with key wins over St. John’s (Shrewsbury) and Tantasqua over the last two weeks.

22. Wellesley (8-4; Last Ranking - NA): Raiders quickly bounced back from a loss to Newton North with a key win over Melrose.

23. Longmeadow (9-3; Last Ranking - 21): While the Lancers couldn’t compete against Lincoln-Sudbury, they continue to dominate the competition out west.

24. Minnechaug (11-2; Last Ranking - NA): The Falcons are playing a tough schedule, but have still managed to win plenty of close games this season.

25. Melrose (8-4; Last Ranking – NA): They couldn’t quite hang with Reading or Wellesley, but the Raiders took down Winchester in a key Middlesex League tilt on Monday. Up next is undefeated Wakefield.

Last 10 out:  Billerica (8-5), Burlington (9-3), Catholic Memorial (7-8), Concord-Carlisle (8-5), Groton-Dunstable (11-2), Foxborough (10-3), Mansfield (9-3), Hanover (6-3), Ipswich (8-2), North Andover (7-4), Winchester (8-5)

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