(Records updated as of April 26)
1. Lincoln-Sudbury (7-1; Last week – 1) The Warriors shredded the competition in the eighth annual Coaches Cup Challenge last week, outscoring the opposition 48-14 and taking home the hardware for the second consecutive year. Is there anyone in the state that can take down L-S? Billerica will make their case on Wednesday.
2. Medfield (8-1; Last week – 2) How do the Warriors follow up a loss to Ridgefield (Conn.) that snapped their 21-game win steak? By muscling out a comeback, overtime victory over Tri-Valley League rival Dover-Sherborn in an early game-of-the-year candidate. It was Kevin McCordic’s turn to shine, scoring seven goals in the win.
3. Duxbury (5-2; Last week – 5) Bobby Maimaron’s late-game heroics clinched a statement overtime win over Billerica on Saturday afternoon, healing the wounds from a tough loss to Xaverian last week. Still, the loss of Shane Sullivan could loom large.
4. Reading (7-0; Last week – 4) A quiet week for the Rockets who haven’t played since last Wednesday in a thumping of Central Catholic. Reading turns its attention to Middlesex League play this week, including a big tilt with Melrose next Tuesday.
5. BC High (6-1; Last week - 6) AJ Kucinski’s offense is heating up. Following a comeback victory over St. John’s of Shrewsbury, the attack shredded Central Catholic and Malden Catholic for 32 goals as BC High has now won its last five games.
6. Xaverian (5-3; Last week – 3) The injuries are beginning to mount for the Hawks, which played a roll in losses to Medfield and Needham a week ago. But Xaverian had enough in the tank to topple a red-hot Catholic Memorial team on Tuesday, edging out a 7-6 victory to remain perfect in the Catholic Conference.
7. Concord-Carlisle (5-1; Last week – 10) Outside of last week’s Coaches Challenge Cup semifinal loss to L-S, the Patriots have yielded just 23 goals in five games. In a loaded Division 2 Central/East bracket, that defense will go a long way. But lets not look too far down the road, C-C hopes to silence a hot Weston team on Wednesday.
8. Beverly (9-0; Last week – 12) Defense has been the foundation of the Panthers success this season, and that unit took center stage this week as Beverly took the Creators Crosse Championship with an 8-7 victory over Walpole. Sam Abate netted the game-winner at the buzzer. The Panthers look to be the first team to double-digit wins, and get that opportunity Thursday at Hamilton-Wenham.
9. Dover-Sherborn (6-2; Last week – 8) It has been nearly a season since an in-state team took Medfield took the brink, but the Raiders did just that on Tuesday evening despite falling in overtime. Since a loss to Concord-Carlisle in the Coaches Cup, the Raiders offense has been sharp, 41 goals the last three games. D-S at Medfield on May 18th, book it.
10. Needham (6-2; Last week – 16) Up and down we continue to go. There may be no tougher team to gauge this season than the Rockets. Needham followed up back-to-back loses to Acton-Boxboro and Bishop Guertin with wins over Wayland and a shocker over Xaverian. Luckily for the Rockets, that roller coaster is on the swing back up.
11. Hingham (7-3; Last week – 11) It wasn’t the performance the Harbormen were looking for in the Coaches Cup -- sporting a 1-2 record in the three-day tournament -- but Hingham did rifle off back-to-back wins over Barnstable and Whitman-Hanson to get back into the win column.
12. Billerica (4-4; Last week – 7) Is it time to hit the panic button in Billerica? Far from it, but a three-game losing skid entering Wednesday’s big contest with Lincoln-Sudbury isn’t ideal either. To be fair, this is a treacherous stretch for the Indians.
13. Longmeadow (5-3; Last week – 14) It is the calm before the storm for the Lancers. Longmeadow has played just one game since it’s shocking loss Minnechaug last week, but the added rest may be exactly what is needed with an impending trip to Duxbury this Friday.
14. Winchester (7-2; Last week – 20) The Sachems made their first ever appearance in the Coaches Challenge Cup Championship game where they fell L-S, but even in that loss, there were plenty of positives to take away. The young Winchester from a season ago has made strides forward this year.
15. Cohasset (7-3; Last week – 9) Following a big time victory over Div. 3 contender Grafton, the Skippers have had a bit of a power outage. Cohasset dropped back-to-back games against Weston and Hull, scoring 13 goals in the process. The loss to the Pirates was Cohasset’s first South Shore League loss since 2012.
16. Catholic Memorial (6-3; Last week – 23) We won’t let a one-goal loss to Xaverian spoil an otherwise impressive week for the Knights. CM looked its best in that loss, taking a leading into the fourth quarter, in addition to a Chowder Cup Championship and win over Westwood this week. Those two early-season losses are long forgotten in the rearview mirror.
17. Westwood (5-2; Last week – 13) The Wolverines didn’t get the big-ticket victory they were looking for against Catholic Memorial this week, but do get another crack at a statement win on Thursday against Medfield.
18. Franklin (6-3; Last week – 17) Since a loss to a red-hot Beverly squad in the Creators Crosse semifinals last Thursday, the Panthers have taken out their frustrations on St. John’s Prep and Taunton, outscoring the pair by a combined 30-2.
19. Minnechaug (7-0; Last week – 25) The Falcons continue to make believers each time they step onto the field. Minnechaug followed up last week’s impressive victory over Longmeadow with a thumping of Algonquin on the road. There is more room on the Falcons bandwagon if they pull off wins against Marshfield and Westfield this week.
20. Andover (6-2; Last week – 15) The Golden Warriors beat up on rival North Andover to open the Coaches Cup, before closing out the tournament with losses to Winchester and Concord-Carlisle. Still, Andover should be a contender in the Div. 1 North.
21. Grafton (6-1; Last week – 19) Even with an overtime loss to Cohasset this past week, there may be more belief that the Warriors are a legitimate threat to the Div. 3 title. Lets see if Grafton can gain some traction against Westboro on Saturday.
22. Westfield (5-1; Last week – 22) It was a quiet week in Westfield, where the Bombers handily took care of Brattleboro Union (VT), but with Algonquin and Minnechaug on the docket this week, the extra time off comes at a monumental time.
23. Westborough (6-1; Last week – 24) The Rangers ripped off their fifth consecutive win on Tuesday, dropping Nashoba on the road. That streak will be put on the line Saturday at Grafton.
24. Algonquin (6-1; Last week – 21) In a bit of a surprise, the Tomahawks were yet another team in the trailblazing path of Minnechaug this past week, but righted the ship against Wachusett. Mike Martens and Algonquin looks to build another win streak, but must go through Westfield first.
25. Weston (6-1; Last Week – NR) The Wildcats put themselves on the map this week with a victory over Cohasset in the championship game of their host tournament. Now they have a chance to make some believers against Concord-Carlisle on Wednesday.
Last 10 out: Acton-Boxborough (5-4), Bishop Feehan (7-1), Falmouth (8-0), Ipswich (7-0), Melrose (8-2), Mount Greylock (7-0), Newton North (6-1), St. John’s (Shrewsbury) (5-2), Wakefield (7-1), Wayland (3-2).