Xaverian checks in at No. 21 on the heels of a four-game winning streak following the Hawks' opening night loss to Reading. Medfield also makes its first-ever Top 25 appearance, slipping into the last spot. The Warriors have outscored opponents by a 41-3 margin while starting the season undefeated at 6-0-0.
Here's a look behind this week's poll:
(Note: Wednesday night's results are not reflected in this week's poll.)
LANCERS STILL ON TOP Despite some tense moments at last week's host Christie Serino Christmas Classic, Malden Catholic remained at No. 1, as the Lancers managed to emerge with three points (win over Hingham, tie against Austin Prep) at the tournament despite trailing in both games. MC also went on to tie BC High, 2-2, in its Catholic Conference opener on Wednesday.
MIDDLESEX LEAGUE TEAMS ON THE MOVE The two biggest movers of the week were No. 13 Wilmington and No. 14 Winchester, which both moved up five spots this week. The Wildcats have bounced back from an opening night loss to Woburn with five straight victories, while the Sachems remained unbeaten and took No. 6 Reading to the limit in a 2-2 tie.