Top 25 MIAA girls lacrosse poll, as selected by our panel of staff writers, correspondents and area coaches (updated April 27, 2015).
1. Needham (9-0): After surviving an overtime scare from Hingham on Tuesday, the Rockets pulled off a Houdini-esque escape from North Andover the very next night, rallying from a two-goal deficit with less than three minutes to go. This is a team that refuses to lose.
2. Westwood (10-0): This was supposed to be the week that exposed the cracks-if any-this very young Wolverines team may have had. Instead, they passed every test with flying colors, making one wonder if this team will ever lose again.
3. Concord-Carlisle (8-0): The Patriots flexed their offensive prowess over the first couple weeks of the season. But against a pretty good Algonquin side on Thursday, the team showed it could play defense too, toughing out an 8-6 victory.
4. Notre Dame Hingham (7-2): Sure, the Cougars dropped their second game in three tries at Connecticut powerhouse Darien on Thursday. But considering the Blue Wave are ranked No. 9 in the country, the fact that Notre Dame came within three points should be chalked up as a moral victory.
5. Franklin (8-2): After a crushing defeat at Concord-Carlisle, the Panthers have seemingly found their rhythm, putting together a trio of convincing victories last week. That includes knocking off previously undefeated Bishop Feehan on the road.
6. North Andover (8-2): A pair of one-goal losses against top-ranked foes at home will surely frustrate the Scarlet Knights. However, with Lauren Hiller between the pipes, this is a squad that could beat any team on any given day.
7. Medfield (6-1-1): Although they have played incredibly well, the Warriors are still searching for that signature victory of the season. With Westwood bringing its 35-game winning streak into town, Tuesday night could very well be that game.
8. Longmeadow (5-3): If it weren't for the Frank family, there might be no team in Massachusetts that could match wits with the Western Mass powerhouse. The mother-daughter tandem is responsible for each of the Lancers' only five losses to in-state opponents since 2012, including a pair from last week.
9. Duxbury (6-2): The Dragons reentered the Top 10 following a solid week that featured two victories over ranked opponents.
10. Andover (6-1): A controversial finish spoiled the Golden Warriors run at a perfect season. Can the team focus that frustration on taking out rival North Andover on Friday?
11. Norwell (3-2): Following an off-week, the Clippers will return to action against stiff competition. A trip to Medfield on Saturday could help jumpstart the team's stretch run.
12. Acton-Boxboro (7-2): The Colonials regained some of that early season swagger, putting together a string of three-straight victories. A showdown with Weston looms on Friday.
13. Minnechaug (3-2): The Falcons will hope a five day rest will be enough to put a halt to an eight-game losing streak to Longmeadow, when the two Western Mass powers clash on Monday.
14. Walpole (5-1): The Rebels rebounded after dropping its first game of the season, dominating King Philip on both sides of the ball.
15. Bishop Feehan (5-1): A loss to Franklin should serve as an eye-opening result for the Shamrocks. A quick turnaround will be necessary as three consecutive road contests await.
16. Billerica (7-0): Any doubts about the Indians fast start were put to rest when the team topped previously-ranked Beverly on Thursday.
17. Wayland (3-3): The Warriors will get a momentary respite, with their next three opponents carrying a combined 5-12 record. However, the team would be wise to use that stretch to build momentum as Wayland boasts one of the tougher second-half schedules in the state.
18. Newburyport (4-2): After dropping two of its first three games, the Clippers have looked more like the squad that took home the Division II title a year ago, winning each of their last three in convincing fashion.
19. Dover-Sherborn (8-2-1): The Raiders might be one of the hottest teams in the state, stringing together an impressive undefeated stretch of six games.
20. Winchester (6-4): It was another bad week for the Sachems, who have now lost three of their last four games. If the team doesn't turn it around soon, things could go from bad to worse.
21. Foxborough (7-3-1): The loss to Medfield provided the Warriors with a good measuring stick. Monday presents an opportunity to grow even further, as Foxborough makes the trek to take on No. 5 Franklin.
22. Westford Academy (5-4): Although the Grey Ghosts snapped a disastrous four-game stretch with a victory at Groton-Dunstable, this is a team that needs to work out the kinks if it wants to remain a contender in the DCL.
23. Wellesley (6-0): The lone newcomer in this week's poll, the Raiders will get the chance to prove they belong with back-to-back contests against solid opponents in Norwood and Braintree.
24. Bromfield (3-1): Weather and scheduling have prevented the Trojans from developing any sort of a rhythm. However, with six games in an eight-day span, the team will have ample opportunity to get some momentum going.
25. Lincoln-Sudbury (3-4-1): The Warriors' youth has shown during their three-game skid. But sometimes losing provides the most opportunity to grow.
Last 10 out: Algonquin (4-2), Beverly (6-2), Cohasset (4-1), East Longmeadow (6-2), Marblehead (6-1-1), Masconomet (4-2-1), Watertown (8-1), Wellesley (6-0), Westborough (6-0), Woburn (5-1-2)