It was a tough week atop the rankings as seven top 10 teams took hits during the week. But despite the losses, some teams had big enough wins to stay firm in place or climb up a notch or two in the Globe's boys soccer Top 20 rankings.
Sandwich and Lincoln-Sudbury came out unscathed and will remain in the top two slots, with Canton getting the bump up to number three after being the only other team to survive the week.
The Bay State Conference teams continue to beat up on each other, leaving a slew of teams strewn across the pack, with Walpole creeping up on the pack and Needham popping in at No. 19.
Concord-Carlisle suffered two defeats during the week, which dropped them down to No. 7, allowing Winchester, Lexington and Medford to vault up even though all three suffered defeats during the week.
Dover-Sherborn and Cardinal Spellman move into the top 10 this week after avoiding the loss bug.
The bottom half of the rankings stay relatively the same with everyone shuffling up one to make room for Needham and this weeks other new entry Westford, which had a huge a win over Concord-Carlisle to help their case.
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