Boston High School: Powerade FAB 50

Duxbury No. 14 in final FAB 50 lax poll

June, 27, 2012
ESPNHS released its final Powerade FAB 50 boys' lacrosse poll today and MIAA Division 1 state champion Duxbury closed out the year in the top 20.

After starting the season just outside the top 10, the Dragons wound up at No. 14 in the poll, the lone Massachusetts entrant, after claiming their ninth state title in the last decade.

Here's what the lacrosse rankings crew, headed up by the impeccable Mike Loveday and Tom Peace, had to say on Duxbury's season:
"The Dragons finished 2012 as the Division I state champions after defeating Needham 10-8. Duxbury played a tough schedule this season and posted two wins over Top 25 teams. Eight players from the senior class are heading to play D-I lacrosse, including the Boston Herald's Co-Players of the Year Max Randall and James Burke. Two juniors, C.J. Loconte and Jay Walsh, have already committed to play D-I and will return in 2013."

Even though they were unable to crack the final poll, the Massachusetts Div. 1 runner-up Needham Rockets were the only other Bay State side receiving votes.

Also representing New England in the poll was Darien, Conn., which finished at No. 21. The Green Wave defeated New Canaan, 11-5, to claim the Class M championship. New Canaan also recieved votes in the final poll.

Milford softball cracks final FAB 50 poll

June, 26, 2012
After claiming its first MIAA Division 1 state championship, Milford softball worked its way into the final ESPNHS Powerade FAB 50 rankings for the season.

The Scarlet Hawks, who completed a perfect 25-0 season behind ESPN Boston Miss Softball Shannon Smith, finished the season ranked No. 47.

Here's what the rankings crew had to say:

"Junior pitcher Shannon Smith, who has committed to Kentucky, struck out 22 batters last weekend when the Scarlet Hawks edged Malden (Mass.) 1-0 in nine innings to win the Division I state title. Smith was the team's batting leader as well, but the game-winning RBI single in the final came from freshman Taylor LeBrun."

Notre Dame (H) moves up in girls lax 'FAB 50'

June, 5, 2012
ESPNHS updated its girls lacrosse "FAB 50" national poll this morning, and once again a Massachusetts squad is the only New England school represented on the list.

Notre Dame of Hingham moves up one spot to No. 42 in this week's poll, and has stayed on the list for three weeks. The Cougars have a big matchup today, facing defending Division 1 state champion Westwood in a D1 South semifinal. Notre Dame is coached by Meredith Frank, while her mother Leslie is the legendary Westwood coach.

Needham also received votes this week.

To see the complete poll, CLICK HERE.

Notre Dame (H) returns to girls lax 'FAB 50'

May, 29, 2012
ESPNHS updated its national girls lacrosse "FAB 50" poll today, and Notre Dame of Hingham makes is the lone New England school represented.

The Cougars moves up one spot from last week, to No. 43. They are the No. 2 overall seed in Division 1 South at 19-1, and are expected to contend for the sectional title and beyond.

Needham, which has previously been ranked in the poll, was the only other New England school to receive votes.

To see the complete poll, CLICK HERE.

ESPNHS boys' lacrosse FAB 50 update

May, 23, 2012
The rankings crew at ESPNHS released the latest boys' lacrosse FAB 50 poll this morning and here's the skinny.

Massachusetts No. 1 Duxbury shifted up two spots to No. 17, after the Dragons outscored their three opponents from last week by a 42-9 margin. No. 11 Darien (Conn.) sits just outside the top 10 as the only other New England-based team represented.

However, MIAA No. 2 Concord-Carlisle received votes from the national panel as the Patriots ran their record to 15-0.

Greenwich (Conn.) remains in girls lax FAB 50

May, 15, 2012
ESPNHS has updated its national "FAB 50" girls lacrosse poll, and for the first time all season there is no representation from Massachusetts on the list.

Greenwich (Conn.) hangs on at No. 45, falling seven spots from last week, and is the only New England team on the poll. Receiving votes were Lincoln-Sudbury, New Canaan (Conn.), Notre Dame of Hingham, and Needham.

To view the poll, CLICK HERE.
Duxbury boys' lacrosse moved back into the top 20 range of the latest ESPNHS FAB 50 national poll.

The Dragons moved up five spots following their riveting last-minute win over New York power Niskayuna on Saturday to land at No. 18 this week.

Also representing New England this week was Darien, Conn., which hopped up four spots to No. 11 in the latest poll, as well as Fairfield Prep (Conn.). The Jesuits knocked off last week's national No. 1 Chaminade to make their debut at No. 23. Fairfield's lone loss of the season came against No. 33 Delbarton (N.J.).

Greenwich (Conn.) hangs on in girls lax FAB 50

May, 8, 2012
ESPNHS updated its weekly "FAB 50" girls lacrosse poll, and for the first time all season long there are no Massachusetts teams represented.

Notre Dame of Hingham (previously No. 45) and Lincoln-Sudbury (48) both dropped out of the poll. Elsewhere, Connecticut power Greenwich hangs on in the poll at No. 45, down seven spots from last week's position. L-S, Notre Dame, Needham, and New Canaan (Conn.) all received votes this week.

To see the entire poll, CLICK HERE.

DUXBURY, Mass. -- Duxbury had a sterling opportunity to notch the game-winning goal in the final minute of their stalemate against New York state power Niskayuna on Saturday.

The Dragons went on the man-up inside of a minute remaining, looking for the go-ahead. The Silver Warriors held, but not for good, as Sam Sweet netted the game-winner with 13 seconds to play for an 8-7 Duxbury win.

The strike came better late than never for the Dragons (13-2) who used some nifty transition offense and a 25-11 ground ball advantage to beat the 10th-ranked team I the latest ESPNHS FAB 50 national poll.

“We had a set play set up and we have to keep it in the box because there was a stall warning that kind of screwed with it,” Sweet said. “Then, it got hectic.”

He added, “The penalty expired and I had a shorty on me, so I just took it to the net,” Sweet said.

Without the services of attack Paul Hellar (shoulder injury) through the second half, Duxbury spread out its offensive load. Sweet and fellow attack Seamus Connelly, along with long-stick midfielder James Burke had two goals each.

Burke was also a defensive catalyst, gathering a team-leading six ground balls.

“Duxbury’s a really good team, really athletic,” Niskayuna head coach Mike Vorgang said. “They want to pressure you all over the field and make you put the ball on the ground. They got us out of some of the things we wanted to do on offense, but we were resilient and came back.”

The Silver Warriors (11-1) came back to tie the score on three different occasions in the second half before Sweet’s winner.

“What it told me is that we were able to put together a full 48-minutes of good Duxbury lacrosse, which we’ve kind of been missing until now,” Duxbury head coach Chris Sweet said. “In practice, we went back to basics, passing and catching, and scooping ground balls.”

The teams played a riveting fourth quarter, as the teams traded tallies.

Each time Niskayuna knotted the score up in the period, the Dragons responded within 20 seconds in both instances.

While the Silver Warriors showed glimpses of the offense which has averaged nearly 20 goals per game in the Empire State’s uber-competitive B division, Duxbury’s short-handed attack was ready to counter.

“It’s shows that we can keep our composure, which is huge heading into the playoffs because you’ve got to be able to work through adversity,” Sam Sweet said. “That’s what we were able to do. That’s huge.”

While Hellar’s injury is a situation worth watching, what was impressive is that the Dragons didn’t seem to miss a beat without him in the second.

“He creates so much out there,” Chris Sweet said of Hellar. “I don’t think he’s going to be out too long, hopefully he bounces back quickly. It was an adjustment, but the guys that were out there, stepped up. They kept cool and, again, they didn’t try to do too much. They made plays when they needed to.”

Duxbury falls in latest FAB 50 poll

May, 2, 2012
MIAA top boys' lacrosse team Duxbury fell back a few spots in the latest ESPNHS FAB poll.

The Dragons moved from No. 19 to 23, following their loss to New York power Garden City, which claimed the No. 2 spot in the poll.

Duxbury will have a chance to move up with another big out-of-state contest, as the Dragons welcome No. 10 Niskayuna (N.Y.) on Saturday.

New England's other FAB 50 entrant, Darien, Conn. fell from No. 5 to 15 after a loss to Yorktown (N.Y.).

Notre Dame (H) debuts in girls lacrosse FAB 50

May, 1, 2012
ESPNHS updated its national "FAB 50" girls lacrosse poll this morning, which you can view by clicking here.

Notre Dame of Hingham took the top spot in ESPN Boston's MIAA Top 25 poll yesterday. And today, they make their debut in the FAB 50 as the highest-ranked team from Massachusetts this week. The Cougars come in at No. 45, while Lincoln-Sudbury -- the team they beat to get here -- dropped 12 spots to No. 37.

Greenwich (Conn.) is the only other New England team represented on the poll, making its debut at No. 38.

Also receiving votes were Needham, New Canaan (Conn.), and Westwood, the latter of whom dropped out of the poll from No. 48.

Duxbury slides in latest FAB 50

April, 25, 2012
The rankings crew over ESPNHS relased this week's edition of the boys' lacrosse FAB 50 poll.

Again, MIAA No. 1 Duxbury is the only Bay State team represented, but the Dragons slid back to No. 19 after suffering their second loss to New York power Garden City.

Elsewhere, New England's only other entrant to the poll, Darien, Conn., maintained its stranglehold on the 5th overall ranking.

L-S, Andover in latest girls lacrosse FAB 50

April, 24, 2012
ESPNHS has updated its national girls lacrosse "FAB 50" poll this morning, which you can view by clicking here.

Lincoln-Sudbury, the No. 1 team in ESPN Boston's statewide MIAA poll, moves up one spot in the national poll, to No. 37. Meanwhile, Westwood returns to the national poll at No. 48, after a two-week absence.

Dropping out of the poll locally were Andover (46) and Needham (50), as well as Connecticut power Darien (26). The other Connecticut team on the poll, Wilton, also moved up one spot to No. 46.

Duxbury climbs in boys' lax FAB 50

April, 18, 2012
The latest ESPNHS FAB 50 boys' lacrosse has been released.

Duxbury made a run to the No. 14 spot this week after taking a 10-8 win over reigning New York state champion Jamesville-DeWitt.

The highestest ranking New England team remains Darien, Conn., which slipped into the top five, moving up two spots from No. 7 this week.

MIAA No. 3 team Hingham was the only other Bay State team receiving votes this week.

Needham debuts in girls lacrosse FAB 50

April, 17, 2012
ESPNHS updated its national "FAB 50" girls lacrosse poll this morning, which you can find here, and for the first time this season Needham makes an appearance on the countdown.

The Rockets, off to a 4-1 start and so far unbeaten in-state, debut in the poll this week at No. 50. Needham's lone loss of the season came last Thursday to Long Island power Cold Spring Harbor.

Lincoln-Sudbury also jumps up 11 spots, to No. 38, while Andover drops four spots to No. 46. Also in the poll are Connecticut powers Darien (26) and Wilton (47). Teams receiving votes included Westwood, with eight points.