We've also rolled out the first-ever Boston.com boys' lacrosse Top 20. We'll update the rankings each Monday for both boys' and girls' lacrosse, the same day the Globe provides its updated softball and baseball polls.
Below, Crowe provides a little analysis on the boys' first rankings of the season:
1. Duxbury -- 96-4 last four seasons; until they get knocked off the pedestal they'll be on top.
2. Lincoln-Sudbury -- Jason Orlando.
3. Billerica -- Depth, depth, depth; Entire defense and all attacks are back.
4. Xaverian -- Questions on defense after losing Zack Cantin and goalie Alex Kajencki.
5. Lexington -- Physical defense and talented junior class.
6. Malden Catholic -- Another talented core for Rick Mazzei.
7. Beverly -- 17 seniors...play tough nonleague schedule...have won 88 straight Northeastern Conference games.
8. Medfield -- Best team in D2...hands down.
9. Cohasset -- Best defense in the state?
10. St. John's Prep -- Ho-hum, just another Catholic Conference powerhouse.
11. Scituate -- The "Tiger" defense (a matchup zone) works every time.
12. Winchester -- The offense is there, but who replaces Ryan Riedl?
13. Peabody -- Could win Greater Boston League outright this year if Arlington starts slow.
14. Waltham -- Hawks are rebuilt after losing 23 seniors in 2005.
15. Hingham -- Who steps up in the absence of two-time All-America defenseman Chris Ryan?
16. Wellesley -- Can the defense rebound after losing four key players?
17. Wayland -- Who will step up at the midfield spot?
18. Arlington -- Lost all-time saves leader and 13 other players. How will the newcomers jell?
19. Hamilton-Wenham -- Lost 10 key seniors.
20. Hanover -- Lot of hockey players on this squad.