In the backdrop of this week's Globe Top 20 for boys lacrosse, the Division 1 race is heating up just in time for the tournament, as St. Johnís Prep handed Billerica just their second loss of the season with a 15-10 win on Friday.
A few strong wins, including one over high-ranked Walpole, are giving Wellesley some momentum going into the post-season.
Belmont defeated ailing Reading 11-5 last week and decimated Cambridge on their home turf to make their re-entry into the Top 20.
Marshfield put up a good fight in a loss against top-ranked Duxbury early in the week to demonstrate its mettle against tough competition.
This week's Globe Top 20 showed a bit of movement from No. 4 down to No. 20. The top three teams (Westwood, Wellesley and Framingham) didn't budge following strong weeks. But with unbeatens No. 1 Westwood playing No. 2 Wellesley on Tuesday, the final Top 20 will likely feature the winner as No. 1 with Framingham sliding into the No. 2 slot.
Elsewhere in the Top 20, Norwell moves up from No. 8 to No. 4 following a strong week, and No. 5 Winchester moves up a slot. Franklin also moved up from No. 9 to No. 6 after they clinched their first Hockomock League title in the program's 10-year history.
Hopkinton fell a bit from No. 4 to No. 9 following a 20-11 drubbing at the hands of Westwood, while Walpole also dropped from No. 7 to No. 10 after losing to Wellesley and Framingham.
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- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Div. 4 football
- Greg Joyce | @GJoyce9 | Div. 5 football
- Lorenzo Recupero | @LorenzoRecupero | Div. 6 football
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls volleyball
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