While the top remains mostly the same with Needham hanging strong to the No. 1 spot, there were some big changes in this week's Top 20, the final one of the regular season.
Concord-Carlisle had a rough second half of the season, finishing at 12-6. The Patriots lost to both Norwell and Framingham, teams that were at the bottom of the rankings and completely out of it, respectively.
The losses coupled with the overall record, drop the Patriots all the way down to the No. 19 slot. Norwell, which also beat Duxbury, jumps from No. 20 to No. 18, while Framingham makes its way into the line-up at No. 20.
The Ipswich Tigers also made a jump from the No. 16 slot to No. 10, finishing the season a strong 13-3.
Duxbury, which received a No. 1 seed the Division 2 South for the MIAA tournament, finishes at 13-4-2 in the No. 15 spot.
Westford also had a strong end to its season, finishing at 16-4 in the No. 8 spot.
The Andover Golden Warriors (17-3) finished the season on an eight-game winning streak, solidifying themselves in the No. 6 spot. They're three loses have kept them from breaking into the strong all-Division 1 Top 5, but come tournament time, Andover could upset one of the top seeds.
On the other end of the spectrum, Archbishop Williams finishes at 18-2, but the Bishops play a weaker schedule. Their record gained them a No. 9 seed in the South Division 2 bracket and a first round bye. But the Bishops will have to put on a strong performance to avoid an upset.
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