Lincoln-Sudbury, Weston, and Acton-Boxboro can ponder the “what-ifs,” but all three teams fell one goal short of blowing this week’s Top 20 into a whirlwind.
No. 3 L-S gave up a late lead to No. 1 Duxbury while No. 2 Concord-Carlisle fended off both No. 8 A-B and No. 13 Weston in a pair of nail-biters to maintain its perfect record.
The Patriots have won three one-goal games against top-15 opponents this year, a product of what many coaches call “the most patient attack in the area.” They hardly give away costly turnovers and play a tight game of pass-and-catch while waiting for the perfect shot to open up. Check out this Thursday’s Globe West for a full feature on what makes C-C so good.
Meanwhile, No. 5 Wellesley needed a near-perfect game to sneak by the No. 7 Rockets of Needham. No. 9 Dover-Sherborn took out No. 10 Medfield to send the Warriors back five spots. Scituate makes its debut in the rankings this year at No. 18 after a double-overtime victory over No. 11 Catholic Memorial.
The biggest movement though comes from a pair of Dual County League foes in No. 5 Westford and No. 8 Acton-Boxboro. Westford moved up thanks to a convincing win over Weston, and even though A-B lost against C-C, the Colonials showed the athleticism and speed that has led some coaches to say A-B could be the premier DCL team by season’s end.
A once-crazy thought, perhaps, but there’s still a lot of season to be played.
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