Here's a look at our updated top 20 polls through games on Sunday, April 27. Below each poll you'll find our top 5 by division. Click HERE to jump to the girls' rankings.
1. Duxbury (7-2) -- Still undefeated in Massachusetts, still No. 1 in the polls.
2. Medfield (10-1) -- The Warriors are likewise undefeated in Massachusetts (their lone loss coming in an 8-7 defeat to Glastonbury (Conn.) on April 19). With quality wins over ranked opponents like Xaverian, Wellesley, and Dover-Sherborn, Medfield has earned this lofty spot.
3. Xaverian (8-2) -- Sure, the Hawks lost to BC High and Medfield, but in a wide-open Catholic Conference, they remain the team to beat.
4. St. John's Prep (8-1) -- The Eagles could have entrenched themselves at the top of the Catholic Conference with a win over Xaverian, but struggled mightily against the reigning conference champs.
5. BC High (8-2) -- It might not seem fair to have them rated ahead of a Malden Catholic team it lost to, but the Eagles have greater potential and bigger wins in the early season, though coach Kevin Bibeau is still striving for consistency in his team's efforts.
6. Lexington (7-2) -- The Minutemen are eager for that rematch with Reading (May 13) and sent a message with an 8-2 thumping of Andover last week.
7. Cohasset (7-2) -- Cohasset's losses have come against Duxbury and Scituate. In other words, No. 1 and No. 1 rival.
8. Scituate (7-3) -- Early season losses to Barnstable and Cohasset had us wondering if the Sailors had taken a big step backwards this spring, but recent wins over Cohasset and Catholic Memorial seem to suggest otherwise.
9. Walpole (8-0) -- Undefeated, but still largely untested. Tuesday's showdown with Wellesley will tell us more.
10. Wellesley (9-1) -- Phenomenal job so far by first-year coach Rocky Batty, whose team carries a seven-game winning streak into Tuesday's tilt with Walpole.
11. Malden Catholic (7-2) -- Like his coaching brethren at BC High, Malden Catholic coach Rick Mazzei would love some consistency from his troops. The Lancers do seem to bounce back well, beating Peabody after falling to Xaverian, then topping BC High two days after falling to Catholic Memorial.
12. Billerica (7-2) -- Duxbury probably isn't the team you want to see riding a two-game losing streak, but maybe that makes the Indians even more dangerous this evening at Bentley College.
13. Andover (7-3) -- Andover lost to Billerica, but beat the North Andover team that topped Billerica. Yeah, that's the 2008 season in a nutshell.
14. Reading (8-1) -- That lopsided loss to Billerica leaves us wondering just how good this team is, but the Rockets just keep taking care of business and did edge Lexington in the first meeting of the year.
15. Needham (8-2) -- The Rockets' only in-state loss came against Wellesley (they also fell to New Hampshire power Bishop Guertin). But like the other Bay State Conference entries, we're eager to see them against top area competition.
16. North Andover (8-2) -- Seems like the Scarlet Knights are relying on a familiar brand of defensive-minded play, which aided them against Billerica, but failed them against Andover.
17. Dover-Sherborn (7-3) -- The Raiders have proven they can hang with the best in Division 3 (an 11-9 loss to defending state champion Cohasset) and these Division 2 challenges (Walpole, Medfield) will only make them that much more dangerous in the postseason.
18. King Philip (11-0) -- The Warriors are not blowing quality teams out of the water, but getting the job done nevertheless. Can't argue with an undefeated record.
19. Arlington (8-1) -- An 18-8 thumping at the hands of middle-of-the-pack Braintree sticks out like a sore thumb on a schedule otherwise dotted with W's.
20. Falmouth (11-2) --Only MIAA loss came against Barnstable (also lost to Tabor) and the Clippers boast quality wins over teams like Wayland, Peabody, and Marshfield.
The top 5 by division:
3. St. John's Prep
4. BC High
On the fringe: Malden Catholic, Billerica, Andover, Needham
5. North Andover
On the fringe: King Philip, Arlington, Falmouth, Franklin
4. Austin Prep
On the fringe: Ipswich, Lynnfield
1. Westwood (8-0-1) -- The Wolverines should probably be 9-0 if they hadn't let a win over Framingham slip away. We wouldn't be surprised to see a high-stakes rematch in June.
2. Wellesley (7-0-1) -- The Raiders haven't slipped up on the heels of their win over Framingham.
3. Framingham (8-1-1) -- After having their 52-game winning streak snapped, the Flyers have defeated No. 4 Lincoln-Sudbury and No. 7 Andover and tied No. 1 Westwood. That's bouncing back strong.
4. Lincoln-Sudbury (9-1) --Take away the Framingham loss and no team has come within six goals of the Warriors this spring (a 14-8 loss to King Philip being the closest game). Weston provides a nice test on May 2.
5. Winchester (7-0-2) -- The Sachems emerged from a killer week at 3-0-1 with wins over Hopkinton, King Philip, and Westborough, while tying defending Division 2 champion Duxbury. So much for a "vacation" week.
6. Duxbury (4-1-1) -- The Green Dragons only loss remains a season-opening defeat at the hands of top-ranked Westwood. No shame there. Thin start to the season means schedule really ramps up now.
7. Andover (7-2) -- In games against non-2007 state finalists, Andover is 7-0. The Warriors did fall to both Framingham and Longmeadow in back-to-back games this spring.
8. King Philip (9-2) -- Whodathunk offense would be the least of coach Mike Vitelli's worries this spring? The Warriors had won six in a row before a one-goal loss to Winchester (in which they nearly tied it at the horn).
9. Needham (6-2-1) -- The Rockets lost to two of the top three teams in the region (Framingham and Westwood), while tying the team in between those two (Wellesley). Needham has dominated its competition otherwise.
10. Reading (7-1-1) -- The Rockets lost a heartbreaker to Arlington, but the only other "blemish" is tying a rock-solid Winchester team. A meeting with undefeated North Andover is on tap Tuesday.
11. Lexington (5-2) -- The Minutemen are eager for another crack at Reading after a one-goal loss, but beat the Arlington team that topped the Rockets. Just shows how close these teams are.
12. Acton-Boxboro (7-1-1) -- The Colonials picked up a quality win by taking down Weston last week on the heels of their lone loss to Lincoln-Sudbury.
13. Hopkinton (7-2-1) -- The Hillers fell to Winchester, but rebounded with a nice win over Franklin. There's a chance to build some momentum here leading up to a rigorous stretch that includes games against Hingham, Westwood, Norwell, and Dover-Sherborn to close out the regular season.
14. Norwell (5-2) -- The Clippers have ripped off five consecutive wins since opening the season with consecutive defeats at the hands of Duxbury and Andover.
15. Weston (6-2) -- The Wildcats endured rough outings against Dual County League foes Lincoln-Sudbury and Acton-Boxboro, but should be well-prepped for the Division 2 tournament because of those sort of matchups.
16. North Andover (9-0) -- We're waiting to see how the Scarlet Knights perform against a top-flight contender, but that challenge could come as early as Tuesday against Reading.
17. Mascoomet (6-1) -- The Chieftains hung with Andover (a 19-14 loss) and have taken care of all other challenges.
18. Hingham (7-3) -- The Harbormen's three losses were to Duxbury, Norwell, and Shrewsbury, or three teams with a combined record of 14-5 in the early going.
19. Franklin (7-2) -- The Panthers endured losses to King Philip and Hopkinton, but have handled all other comers.
20. Sandwich (9-0) -- The Blue Knights make the turn with a perfect 9-0 mark, which includes wins over Martha's Vineyard and Falmouth.
The top 5 by division:
On the fringe: King Philip, Needham, Reading, Lexington, Acton-Boxboro
On the fringe: North Andover, Hingham, Franklin, Arlington, Ipswich
Here's how our friends at LaxPower view the rankings using their computer rankings:
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