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Top 25 MIAA girls lacrosse poll, as selected by our panel of staff writers, correspondents and area coaches (updated June 29, 2015):
1. Longmeadow (22-3): The Lancers closed out the season in style, winning 12 in a row. The cherry on top: knocking off Westwood in the Div. I state final, earning the program its first title since 2004.
2. Westwood (24-1): Sure, 48-1 doesn't have quite the same ring as 49-0. However, the team's unusually high expectations year-in and year-out takes away from the masterful job Leslie Frank accomplished this season with a squad that lost several seniors from a year ago.
3. Notre Dame (Hingham) (21-4): The Cougars may be kicking themselves this offseason for coughing up a second-half lead to Westwood in the South sectional final. Still, the team should be proud of its 2015 campaign, which includes victories over both champions in Div. I (Longmeadow) and Div. II (Norwell).
4. Concord-Carlisle (19-2-1): After several years of "close, but no cigar", the Patriots broke through and earned the program's first-ever sectional title. With Paul Morrison at the helm, this is a team that will only get better in years to come.
5. Needham (21-2): After racing out to a 15-0 start, the Rockets truly began to believe this might be their year. Although the season may have ended a little sooner than the team might have hoped, the return of playmaker Kailey Conry (70 goals, 97 assists) and stud goalkeeper Liz Vallatini will ensure the confidence carries over to 2016.
6. North Andover (18-6): Overcoming an uncharacteristic late-season slide, the Scarlet Knights put it together in the postseason, clinching a second straight berth into the state semifinal. There's no doubt this team deserves to be in the conversation among the state's elite.
7. Norwell (18-5): A tough-as-nails regular season schedule paid dividends in the tournament. No opponent came within five goals of the Clippers, as the team added yet another Div. II state title to the trophy cabinent-the program's sixth in 11 years.
8. Medfield (17-4-1): After falling in the sectional final in 2014, the Warriors' one-upped that result with a trip to the state semifinal this past season. Could a berth in the state title game be next for Medfield?
9. Wellesley (17-2-1): Following an 8-7-3 record in 2014, the Raiders burst onto the scene as one of the biggest surprises in girls' lacrosse this past season. Look for head coach Michelle Cook to build off of this success heading into her sophomore season.
10. Billerica (19-2): It was a historical season for the Indians, who claimed their first Merrimack Valley Conference title since 2004. What this team was able to accomplish with just 13 girls on the roster speaks volumes about the talent of both the players and the coaching staff.
11. Minnechaug (14-5): How close were the Falcons to toppling Longmeadow this season? In three matchups with the Lancers, Minnechaug lost all three by a combined six goals.
12. Cohasset (15-4): In just her third season as head coach, Kully Reardon has successfully restored pride to the Skippers program.
13. Franklin (15-5): Although the team fell short of equaling last year's semifinal run, the Panthers should hold their head up high after another solid campaign. Specifically, the team should be proud of a defense that held all but five opponents to under 10 goals, including seven to five or fewer.
14. Acton-Boxborough (14-3-1): Other than Lincoln-Sudbury-two losses and one tie-only Concord-Carlisle can claim a victory against the Colonials. Still, unless the team can figure out a solution to its Warriors' problem, all that success is all for naught.
15. Masconomet (15-5-1): After a tough start to the season, the Chieftains put it together to close out the year 13-3. With several young starters on the roster, look for this team to continue to grow.
16. Duxbury (16-6): The Dragons have proved they have no difficulties racking up the wins, putting together four consecutive 15-win seasons. However, the team has struggled to prove it can play against the state's elite, going 3-19-1 against Top 10 opponents during that span.
17. Lincoln-Sudbury (10-7-3): It's hard to imagine that the Warriors only clinched a tournament berth in its second-to-last game. Returning several starters from a squad that reached the East sectional final this season-knocking off No. 2 A-B and No. 3 Franklin in the process-L-S is a team to watch in 2016.
18. Walpole (15-6): The Rebels will look to build following their trip to the sectional final.
19. Dover-Sherborn (16-5-1): A poor showing against Walpole in the sectional semis will leave a sour taste in the Raiders' mouths this offseason. However, following the best season in program history, the future is bright for D-S.
20. Andover (15-6): A third-place finish in the MVL should only fuel the Golden Warriors heading into 2016.
21. Groton-Dunstable (15-7): The Crusaders' Cinderella run fell just 25 minutes short. Quite a run for a team that began the season just 6-5.
22. Algonquin (14-5-1): All five of the T-Hawks' losses came by three or fewer goals.
23. Bromfield (18-2-1): The eyes of the entire state will be on Sophia Turchetta next season, as she looks to chase the national scoring record.
24. Framingham (16-7): This past season was a step in the right direction, as the Flyers' look to claw back towards supremacy.
25. Ipswich (13-6): The Tigers were just an overtime period away from becoming the story of the tournament, falling to Groton-Dunstable in the state semifinal.
Last 10 Out: Agawam (13-7), Austin Prep (21-2), Bishop Feehan (18-2), Hingham (12-8-2), Marblehead (14-5-1), Natick (14-7), Northampton (13-5), Watertown (14-4-1), Westborough (13-5), Woburn (12-5-3).