After consecutive losses this week, Austin Prep, Walpole and Winthrop/Lynn have been dropped from the Globe Top 20.
Austin Prep lost to No. 18 Archbishop Williams and Shrewsbury, both by 2-1 margins. The Cougars (6-5-3) face defending Division 1 state champion Arlington Catholic this week, a team the squad tied on Jan. 12. If the Cougars can prove they can compete, they'll be bumped back into the standings.
Despite a win on Saturday over Framingham, Walpole also had two losses to Canton, 4-3, and Weymouth 2-1. The Rebels (8-4-1) are likely to end up back in the Top 20 as the squad is on the brink of qualifying for the postseason. Their biggest matchup this week is against No. 7 Wellesley. We'll see if they can make an impact.
The Winthrop/Lynn co-op hasn't had much luck this week, starting with a 0-0 stalemate against Watertown/Melrose. The squad tied Cambridge/Somerville, 2-2, and fell to No. 3 St. Mary's in a 6-0 shutout Saturday.
These three empty seats gave way to new additions Billerica, Braintree and Winchester.
Billerica has qualified for the tournament and has scored against prominent powerhouses like Arlington Catholic and No. 1 Woburn. The Indians (9-3-1) took No. 13 Acton-Boxboro out of its system in a 2-1 win. The Indians also took out No. 17 Lincoln-Sudbury 2-0 the week prior.
Braintree tied No. 7 Wellesley this past week, 1-1 and has a challenging week ahead with matchups against No. 14 Fontbonne and No. 5 Hingham.
Winchester is the last squad to enter the rankings. The Sachems (9-5) had a big 12-3 win over Central Catholic, and shut out Wilmington, 2-0, qualifying the squad for postseason action. The girls have a tough road ahead against the likes of Reading, Woburn, Lexington and St. Mary's.
Top 20 matchups favored second-ranked Falmouth, who beat No. 10 Canton, 5-3. Third-ranked St. Mary's swept three squads -- Westford, Fonbonne and Winthrop/Lynn. No. 13 Acton-Boxboro took down No. 6 Reading 3-1 and No. 8 Arlington Catholic dropped to No. 5 Hingham 3-1 and later tied 1-1.
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