Despite losing in the Division 1 state final on penalties, the Somerville boys' were the best boys' soccer team in the state throughout the entire season.
The Highlanders defeated then-undefeated Needham and Silver Lake to capture the Division 1 Eastern Mass. crown. Along with having far more opportunities to put away the state title game in regulation, the Highlanders’ top scorer – senior Thayrone Miranda – played through the entire season with a knee injury. If Miranda had been healthy, it is very likely that Somerville would have taken the state crown.
Masconomet has the edge over Needham in the final Top 20 – both teams lost just once, to Somerville, but Masconomet won 23 of its 25 games en route to the Division 2 state title. The Rockets, on the other hand, tied six times.
Madison Park finish the season at No. 12 after losing in double-overtime to St. John’s Prep in the Division 1 North semifinal. Prep finishes ahead of rival BC High with the Catholic Conference title, but was dismantled by Somerville in the Division 1 North title game. Walpole enters the Top 20, despite a 13-8-2 record. The Rebels won four straight games in the tournament and played a tough regular season schedule in the Bay State conference.
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- Jake Fischer | @GlobeFischer | Boys basketball
- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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