1. Duxbury 22-2 1 2. Billerica 17-5 7 3. St. John's Prep 18-3 3 4. Medfield 21-4 2 5. Walpole 21-1 4 6. Xaverian 16-6 5 7. Andover 14-6 6 8. Scituate 16-6 15 9. Reading 18-4 12 10. Lexington 15-5 19 11. Marshfield 16-6 - 12. Winchester 16-6 - 13. Needham 16-7 16 14. Cohasset 13-5 20 15. Dover-Sherborn 15-6 14 16. North Andover 17-5 11 17. Barnstable 17-4 13 18. King Philip 20-2 17 19. Arlington 16-4 - 20. Lowell 14-7 10
Some quick thoughts: We're not sure you can really argue with the top 10 squads (though I'm sure we'll get some feedback). Billerica earned that No. 2 spot with its late-season play and by taking Duxbury to the wire in the championship game. St. John's Prep topped Medfield in overtime late in the regular season and that helped sort those two squads out. Some might argue that Scituate is a bit too high, but we think the Sailors earned a lofty spot with their late-season surge. All the teams in the back end of the top 20 really had their ups and downs during the season. Marshfield overcame some injuries to surge late, but we would have liked to have seen them against some other top competition. Some will argue that King Philip is too low, but that comes down to strength of schedule. We considered a pack of teams for No. 20, including BC High and Waltham, but we'll give Lowell the nod considering that, of the Raiders' seven losses, three came against Top 10 squads and two came out of state. Lowell also smacked Reading during the regular season.
1. Westwood 24-0-1 1 2. Framingham 22-2-1 3 3. Wellesley 18-1-1 2 4. Lincoln-Sudbury 21-2-0 4 5. Needham 19-4-1 7 6. Winchester 20-1-2 5 7. King Philip 17-3-0 6 8. Andover 17-6-0 8 9. Acton-Boxboro 18-3-1 9 10. Norwell 16-9-0 19 11. North Andover 20-2-1 11 12. Reading 14-5-2 14 13. Lexington 18-4-0 15 14. Duxbury 14-5-2 12 15. Masconomet 14-4-0 13 16. Weston 13-7-0 -- 17. Hingham 13-6-0 20 18. Georgetown 13-6-0 -- 19. Sandwich 20-1-1 16 20. Notre Dame 15-4-1 18
Some quick thoughts: We can hear the groans in Wellesley already. Yes, the Raiders defeated Framingham in a head-to-head battle back on April 7. But that was more than two months ago. If the teams met again later in the season, we believe the Flyers likely would have returned the favor. From what we saw, Westwood and Framingham were simply a cut above. Division 1, as a whole, however, was absolutely loaded and we reflected that in the top 5. Winchester, King Philip, and Andover sorted themselves out from regular-season play. Georgetown was tough to figure out. The Royals stormed to the Division 2 North final, but had also endured some questionable losses during the regular season, like a 13-8 defeat at the hands of a Manchester Essex squad that finished 6-8.
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