Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Needham moves to No. 1 in boys' lax Top 25
By Scott Barboza
For the first time in the three years of our ESPN Boston MIAA boys' lacrosse Top 25 poll, a team other than Duxbury takes the No. 1 spot for the first time.
After interrupting the Dragons' 48-game winning streak against MIAA competition, Needham boosted to the poll position for the first time. It was Duxbury's first loss against an in-state opponent since the 2010 Division 1 championship game against St. John's Prep.
CHANGE AT THE TOP The last week was a perilous time for many of our Top 5 teams from last week. After watching its undefeated campaign unfurl against Duxbury, Lincoln-Sudbury finds itself saddled with a two-game losing streak, the result of another overtime loss to Concord-Carlisle.
Another Top 10 team also wasn't able to avoid the upset bug as Westford Academy, previously No. 8, slipped outside to No. 15 following three straight losses to Acton-Boxborough, St. John's Prep and Xaverian.
LANCERS TAKING OFF After making their return to the Top 25 poll for the first time since the 2011 season a few weeks ago, Longmeadow has taken off in the poll. The Lancers make their highest-ever showing in the poll, checking in at No. 6 following a 16-1 dismantling of perennial Division 2 favorite Medfield.
Longmeadow will also be featured in perhaps the game week, traveling to No. 7 St. John's (Shrewsbury) in what could prove to be a preview of the Central/Western Mass. final.
BREAKING AND ENTERING Three new teams populate the poll this week, with Grafton returning to the poll at No. 23.
Wayland, which produced an upset of its own knocking off Concord-Carlisle, make their first Top 25 showing since the 2011 season at No. 20. Westfield makes its first-ever poll appearance at No. 25 after the Bombers dispatched previously ranked South Hadley.