(Records are reflected through Apr. 12)
1. Lincoln-Sudbury (2-1; Last Week – 1) Despite a loss to nationally ranked Manhasset (N.Y.), the Warriors retain the top overall spot after an impressive bounce-back win over Longmeadow with Eric Holden, Connor McCarthy and Harlan Smart leading the charge. The treacherous schedule continues with Mercer Island (Wash.) on Wednesday.
2. Medfield (3-0; Last Week – 2) The Warriors coasted through the first two weeks of the season with ease, disposing of Tri-Valley League foes Hopkinton and Ashland. Medfield also mixed in a solid out-of-state win over Shenendehowa (N.Y.) with a nine-goal victory despite the absence of Boston University commit John MacLean.
3. Duxbury (1-0; Last Week – 3) The younger Dragons shouldered the load in a dominant victory over Pacific Northwest powerhouse Mercer Island (Wash.) on Monday. Duxbury has a pair of Patriot League games before a difficult stretch with Pittsford (N.Y.), Xaverian and Billerica next week.
4. Xaverian (2-0; Last Week – 4) With poles Conor Sullivan and Jack Toomey, Xaverian has one of the best defenses in the state, and that was on full display in Tuesday night’s 12-9 win over BC High. The Hawks will need similar defensive performances with Medfield and Duxbury coming up on the schedule.
5. Dover-Sherborn (3-0; Last Week – 6) The Raiders kicked off the season with a statement win over Catholic Memorial, before edging upset-minded Westwood. D-S will go as far as Bailey Laidman can carry them this season, which may be another Div. 3 Championship.
6. Hingham (3-0; Last Week – 7) One of Hingham’s biggest early-season questions was answered in Sunday’s win over St. John’s Prep, as Perry Harris has emerged as the unquestioned starting goaltender. With Hingham’s red-hot offense, they make for a lethal tandem.
7. Reading (4-0; Last Week – 11) There’s no question about it, the Rockets are the real deal this season. Reading kicked off the season with wins over Acton-Boxboro, Billerica and Burlington before avoiding an upset from Wakefield on Tuesday. At the center of their lethal offense is senior attacker Dan Cozzi, who has been impressive early.
8. Needham (2-0; Last Week – 9) The Rockets picked up a pair of Bay State Conference victories over Wellesley and Framingham to open up the season, and will look to strengthen that stranglehold Thursday against an undefeated Natick team before turning the page to a lengthy non-conference run.
9. Billerica (3-1; Last Week – 8) The Indians fell short in a big early-season tilt with Reading, but quickly righted the ship with wins over Haverhill and Central Catholic. The Div. 1 North hopefuls have a difficult stretch looming on the horizon that will surely test goaltender Tyler Canto.
10. BC High (1-1; Last week - 5) It has been a rocky start for the Eagles and their offense. BC High overcome a four-goal deficit in a season-opening victory over Franklin before running into the buzz saw that is Xaverian on Tuesday. Still plenty of room for optimism with AJ Kucinski, Jamie Kowilick and Ryan Couzzo on the attack.
11. Cohasset (3-1; Last Week – 10) The Skippers followed up a disappointing overtime loss to Newton North with three straights victories, including a win over Catholic Memorial. Tough draw opening up with the Tigers, but Danny Axelson appears to have found the complimentary pieces to get Cohasset’s offense back on track.
12. Franklin (2-1; Last Week – 14) The Panthers had BC High on the ropes early last week, but a frantic Eagles rally dealt Franklin its first loss of the season. Still, the Panthers appear to be in it for the long haul, and get another crack at a statement victory Friday at Cohasset.
13. Longmeadow (2-2; Last Week – 12) After two blowout victories to begin the season, the Lancers fell short against Glastonbury (Conn.) and top-seeded Lincoln-Sudbury to even out their record. For a team gunning for a state championship, files those under the “quality loss” column.
14. Westwood (3-1; Last Week – 17) The Wolverines took Dover-Sherborn to the brink last week, ultimately falling by a single tally. Circle the May 10 meeting between the two as a must-see.
15. Beverly (3-0; Last Week – 19) The Panthers are showing early that D2 North still runs through them, as they’ve already comfortably knocked off Malden Catholic and Marblehead, two of the teams from the last season’s final four.
16. Wayland (3-0; Last Week – 20) Jimmy and Mike Lampert are putting up goals at an unprecedented clip for the Warriors, as Wayland coasted to a 3-0 start to the season. But we’ll get a true gauge on this team following this week, with upcoming contests against Lincoln-Sudbury and Needham.
17. Concord-Carlisle (2-0; Last Week – 18) After a near two-week lull in the schedule, the Patriots came away with a hard-fought victory over Westford Academy on Tuesday. After an explosive offensive output in the season-opener, C-C showed it has what it takes on the defensive end as well, edging out a 5-4 victory.
18. Westfield (2-0; Last Week – 21) A quiet week for the Bombers, who picked up a lone victory over Valley Central (N.Y.) over the weekend, but that gives them plenty of time to rest up for a big tilt with No. 13 Longmeadow on Friday.
19. Andover (2-0; Last Week – 22) The Golden Warriors picked up two lopsided victories to open up the season, and will look keep that going against MVC opponents Haverhill and Methuen this week before a tilt with rival North Andover.
20. Wellesley (1-2; Last Week – 15) The Raiders dropped a heartbreaker to Walpole on Tuesday, surrendering the game-tying goal in the final seconds, before falling in double-overtime. Wellesley has a tune-up with Weymouth before kicking off the Coaches Cup with Lincoln-Sudbury.
21. Newton North (2-0; Last Week – NR) The Tigers turned some heads with an overtime victory over Cohasset to kick off the season, a game in which they never trailed, before taking down Walpole, also in overtime. Bryce Adam is a name worth keeping an eye on.
22. Grafton (3-0; Last Week – 25) The reigning Div. 3 finalists are making quick work of the opposition west of I-495 with wins over Nipmuc, Amherst-Pelham and Northbridge, further cementing that this team has its eyes set on a return trip to the Div. 3 title game.
23. Acton-Boxborough (0-2; Last Week – 16) The Colonials drew murderers’ row to open the season, falling to Reading and Glastonbury (Conn.) to open the season, and are now staring at dates with Concord-Carlisle and Needham this week.
24. Hanover (0-0; Last Week – 24) Perhaps the biggest casualty of mother nature in the opening two weeks of April, the Indians are still waiting hit the field for the first time, which they will do Wednesday vs. No. 3 Duxbury.
25. Catholic Memorial (0-2; Last Week – 13) A disappointing start to the season for the reigning Div. 1 South finalists, as the Knights dropped a pair against Div. 3 juggernauts Dover-Sherborn and Cohasset. Still, with a solid senior core anchored by Frank Cosolito, this may be a brief hiccup.
Last 10 out: Algonquin (2-0), Falmouth (2-0), Foxboro (2-0), King Philip (2-0), Ipswich (3-0), Malden Catholic (3-1), North Andover (2-0), St. John’s of Shrewsbury (2-0), Westborough (2-1), Winchester (4-0).