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ESPN Boston's boys lacrosse Top 25

5/14/2015

Top 25 MIAA boys lacrosse poll, as selected by our panel of staff writers, correspondents and area coaches (updated 5/14/15).

1. Duxbury (12-1): It's not quite the tournament yet, but the next week or so will carry that kind of intensity as the Dragons face off against the next two ranked teams in the poll including ...

2. Lincoln-Sudbury (12-1): ... the Warriors in a potential preview of this year's Division 1 championship game.

3. Medfield (13-2): These Warriors will also get their shot at No. 1, when they host Duxbury Friday night, sandwiched in between a string of high profile games concluding with a de facto TVL championship game against Dover-Sherborn on Tuesday.

4. Needham (13-1): The Rockets hope to close out an unbeaten Bay State slate with tilts against fellow Top 25 foes Newton North and Wellesley in the next week.

5. Xaverian (10-6): The Hawks wrapped up the Catholic Conference title last weekend with a win over St. John's Prep.

6. BC High (13-2): Unfortunately, for the Eagles, their two losses on the year both came against league foes, meaning they'll finish second in the Catholic Conference.

7. Dover-Sherborn (12-2): Despite a tough outing in the teams' first go-round, the Raiders could claim a share of the Tri-Valley League title with a win against Medfield on home turf Tuesday.

8. Cohasset (13-3): The Skippers started fast but weren't able to close in a loss against No. 3 Medfield on Tuesday. They have no time for let-down with another Top 10 challenge against BC High next week.

9. Longmeadow (10-3): Despite a loss to New Hampshire power Pinkerton, the Lancers keep pace with a huge Western Mass. win over previously unbeaten Westfield - a Bombers team they very well might see again later this postseason.

10. Concord-Carlisle (10-3): The Patriots are steadily rising through the poll, having put together a 6-game winning streak. They could rise much higher if they're able to nip No. 2 L-S on Saturday.

11. Acton-Boxborough (11-4): The Colonials weren't able to close out a season sweep against the aforementioned Patriots and slide back a few spots this week, as a result.

12. Hingham (11-6): The Harbormen will have to wait another year for an elusive win over Duxbury, after dropping a 14-8 decision to the Dragons. They close out their regular-season schedule with five straight games against teams hailing from the South Shore.

13. Billerica (15-3): The Indians suffered a setback in what could be viewed as a Division 1 North finals matchup against L-S. But they earned a clutch 13-12 win over North Andover in overtime on Wednesday, avenging an overtime loss in the teams' prior meeting this year.

14. Catholic Memorial (9-7): The Knights will look to stop a 2-game losing skid after losses to a pair of Top 25-ranked squads in BC High and D-S.

15. Franklin (13-2): Following the Panthers' loss to BC High, they've gone about effectively closing out the Hockomock League championship with four straight in-conference wins.

16. Wayland (11-3): The Warriors too had the chance to earn a season sweep over Concord-Carlisle, but were denied in a 13-9 loss. They have another shot at an upset against L-S on Thursday.

17. Westfield (7-0): The Bombers saw their designs on a perfect regular season go by the boards, but they'll have another shot at Longmeadow in their last date on May 26.

18. Reading (14-0): We might be a little tardy welcoming the Rockets into the poll, but as the last remaining unbeaten side in Eastern Mass., it's certainly due.

19. Marshfield (11-3): The Rams fell short of nabbing a Top 25 upset in a 10-7 loss to BC High, but they'll have on last chance against South Shore rival Hingham in their late date of the regular season.

20. Westwood (12-4): The Wolverines make their debut in the poll this week on the strength of their losses, which have all come against either No. 3 Medfield or No. 9 D-S.

21. North Andover (13-4): The Scarlet Knights will look to avenge one of their losses on the year with a rematch against Central Catholic on Monday.

22. Wellesley (8-6): Near the midway point of the season, it looked as though the Raiders' ship might sink, but they've managed to keep in postseason contention despite a rash of injuries to some key starters. They could be a dangerous early-round matchup in D1 South.

23. Newton North (8-5): The Tigers face one of their tallest challenges of the year Thursday with a visit from Needham in a Bay State crossover game.

24. Algonquin (11-4): The Tomahawks make their return to the poll for the first time in more than a calendar year with a hard-fought overtime win over previously-ranked Shrewsbury.

25. Westborough (8-3): The Rangers round out the cast of Central Mass. entrants in this week's poll, following a 4-game winning streak after their last loss to Algonquin. They'll have another crack at the Tomahawks on May 26.

Last 10 Out: Andover (10-5), Archbishop Williams (12-5), Braintree (9-5), Central Catholic (11-7), King Philip (13-4), Malden Catholic (7-7), Norwell (10-5), St. John's of Shrewsbury (10-4), Scituate (11-5), Shrewsbury (12-5).