1. Lincoln-Sudbury (5-1; Last week – 1) Just another week of the Warriors flexing their offensive might, as L-S put up 56 goals in wins over Mercer Island (Wash.), Wayland and Wellesley. The Warriors seem to be improving with every game, which is a scary thought.
2. Medfield (6-0; Last week – 2) The Warriors domination of the Tri-Valley League was on full display this past week with identical 22-3 wins over Bellingham and Holliston to go along with a second-half surge in a 15-8 victory over Mercer Island (Wash.). Huge week coming up with road tilts at Xaverian and Dover-Sherborn and a home contest with Ridgefield (Conn.).
3. Xaverian (4-1; Last week – 4) Sean Sperzel had been relatively quiet this season until he exploded onto the scene with a seven-goal performance in a huge win over Duxbury this week. Even with the loss to LaSalle Academy (R.I.), the Hawks are on the move up. Xaverian looks to take down another top-three team with Medfield coming to the Hawk Bowl on Wednesday.
4. Reading (6-0; Last week – 7) It wasn’t just the wins over Watertown and Foxboro this past week that were impressive, but the dismantling of the opposition in back-to-back 15-1 victories. The Rockets continue to impress with a loaded attack featuring Dan Cozzi and Kevin Tobin.
5. Duxbury (3-2; Last week – 3) The Dragons fell victim to Sean Sperzel and Xaverian this past week, but even without Shane Sullivan and Harrison Piper, Duxbury is still a top-tier program. Just wait until they are at full-strength.
6. BC High (3-1; Last week - 10) The Eagles got back to their winning ways this past week with a Catholic Conference win over St. John’s Prep and New Hampshire power Souhegan. BC High gets back to business in the Catholic Conference with Central Catholic and Malden Catholic this week as the Eagles look to solidify the attack.
7. Billerica (4-2; Last week – 9) Even with an out of state loss to New York’s Massapequa, the Indians move up, but we will quickly get a gauge of Billerica with Pinkerton (N.H.), Duxbury and Lincoln-Sudbury on the docket this coming week.
8. Dover-Sherborn (4-1; Last week – 5) The almighty Raiders offense hit a roadblock against a defensive-minded Concord-Carlisle team in the opening round of the Coaches Cup on Tuesday. Bailey Laidman was held without a goal in the loss, but we may see the wrath of D-S in the consolation bracket.
9. Cohasset (5-1; Last week – 11) – Since a season-opening loss to Newton North, the Skippers have ripped off five straight wins, including an impressive victory over pesky Franklin squad on Friday. Two of the best in Div. 3 meet up this Thursday as the Skippers meet up with Grafton in Weston.
10. Concord-Carlisle (4-0; Last week – 17) The Patriots proved this week that they have it all, boasting a shutdown defensive unit bolstered by Patrick Crowley, and deep offense paced by Aidan Cyr and Ish Cisse. C-C was dominant in every facet of their game in an upset of Dover-Sherborn, setting up a beauty with Lincoln-Sudbury on Thursday in the Coaches Cup semifinal.
11. Hingham (4-2; Last week – 6) It is not a question of talent, because the Harbormen are loaded with top-tier players. But what Hingham is missing is a killer instinct, as was apparent in a loss to Winchester on Tuesday after a late two-goal lead evaporated.
12. Beverly (7-0; Last week – 15) The Panthers’ red-hot start to the season continues with four more wins this week, including a big-time victory over Winchester that looks more impressive each time the Sachems take the field. Beverly gets another big test with Franklin in the Creators Crosse semifinals on Thursday.
13. Westwood (4-1; Last week – 14) It was a quiet week for the Wolverines, who still had the time to put forth a dominant Tri-Valley League victory over Ashland. Westwood gets a crack at a revitalized Catholic Memorial squad this week.
14. Longmeadow (4-3; Last week – 13) The Lancers followed up a big victory over Westfield with a surprising loss to upstart Minnechaug. Still, with Max Stukalin on the roster, it is far too early to hit the panic button.
15. Andover (5-0; Last week – 19) Golden Warriors continue to impress this season with MVC wins over Haverhill and Methuen and a dominant showing over rival North Andover in the opening round of the Coaches Cup. But it has certainly set up for an interesting showdown with Winchester in the semifinals.
16. Needham (3-2; Last week – 8) Tough week for the Rockets, who fell to Acton-Boxboro and Bishop Guertin (N.H.) by a combined three goals. Needham has no time to dwell on the past with tough games with Wayland and Xaverian on the horizon.
17. Franklin (4-2; Last week – 12) Certainly no shame in taking a loss at No. 9 Cohasset this week, as the Panthers defensive unit thrived after a rocky first quarter. The Panthers hit the reset button with a dominant win over Masconomet, setting up for a big tilt with Beverly in the Creators Cross semifinals on Thursday.
18. Wayland (3-1; Last week – 16) The Warriors were just another team that Lincoln-Sudbury left in their wake of destruction this past week, but a victory over Needham on Thursday would go a long way in healing that wound.
19. Grafton (5-0; Last week – 22) With two more wins this week, the Warriors are tearing through their schedule in Central Mass. But with their first true test of the season against Cohasset on Thursday, we are going to learn a lot about Grafton in a hurry.
20. Winchester (5-1; Last week – NR) The Sachems trailed for nearly the entirety of their contest with Hingham on Tuesday, but a never say die attitude kept the door open long enough to Winchester to end the game on a 3-0 run and steal a win away from the Harbormen. It is grinds like that that go a long way in the postseason.
21. Algonquin (4-0; Last week – NR) Mike Martens continues to be a force at the face-off X, and that was on full display in an overtime victory over Acton-Boxboro on Tuesday. All of a sudden Saturday’s tilt with Minnechaug is looking like a can’t miss.
22. Westfield (4-1; Last week – 18) The Bombers were hoping to be the first Western Mass team to knock off Longmeadow this season, but when that idea was foiled, Westfield took out their frustrations with one-sided wins over Amherst-Pelham and South Hadley.
23. Catholic Memorial (3-2; Last week – 25) The Knights let out a collective sigh of relief this week after three consecutive wins offset an 0-2 start to the season. Catholic Memorial took down St. John’s Prep, Newton North and Braintree, setting up a Chowder Cup semifinal with Hanover on Thursday.
24. Westborough (4-1; Last week – NR) Defense has been the name of the game for the Rangers in the first quarter of the season, as they have kept the opposition under 10 goals in four of five games. Wins over Wachusett and St. John’s of Shrewsbury have Westborough looking good early.
25. Minnechaug (5-0; Last week – NR) Tuesday’s upset-filled schedule was punctuated by the Falcons’ shocking 11-9 victory over Longmeadow, as Minnechaug is showing that they are perhaps in fact, the real deal this season in Div. 3.
Last 10 out: Bishop Feehan (5-0), Falmouth (5-0), Foxborough (4-1), Ipswich (5-0), Melrose (6-1), Hanover (3-1), Newton North (3-1), St. John’s of Shrewsbury (4-1), Wakefield (4-1), Westford Academy (4-2).