The Globe Top 20 for girls lacrosse didn't feature too much movement during a stagnant week, but did welcome No. 17 Medfield, No. 19 Hingham and No. 20 Marblehead to the rankings.
The notable climbing squads are No. 5 Acton-Boxboro (up from No. 8), No. 15 Sandwich (No. 18 a week ago) and No. 16 Andover (No. 20 last week). Each squad enjoyed a strong week, highlighted by Sandwich's big wins over Falmouth and Notre Dame.
Among the Top 5, the team to watch in the coming days is Framingham. The Flyers's unforgiving schedule has them playing No. 14 Needham, No. 7 Walpole, No. 16 Andover and an 11-5 Braintree squad this week. A strong week could vault them to the second spot, but a poor showing could knock them out of the Top 10.
After a misstep earlier in the month against rival St. Johnís Prep took a chink out of the Dragonsí armor, it seemed like the boys from Duxbury might lose their perennial Eastern Mass supremacy -- or at least the top spot of the Globe Top 20. After a solid win against Billerica this past week, Duxbury has re-earned the top spot.
Hingham handed Division 3 powerhouse Cohasset just its second loss of the season to earn itself a rise in the rankings and drop the Skippers down a few spots.
Reading continued its downward slide without the aid of star senior attackman Pat DeBenedetto, who was sidelined early this month with a broken wrist. If the Rockets donít stabilize, they may soon find themselves outside the Top 20.
After a good start to their season, BC High slumped following a drubbing at the hands of Duxbury. After a tight overtime loss to St. Johnís Prep and a strong win over Division 1 power Marshfield, the Eagles seem to be back on track.
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- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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