Top 25 MIAA boys lacrosse poll, as selected by our panel of staff writers, correspondents and area coaches (updated 6/23/15).
1. Lincoln-Sudbury (20-1): The Warriors ended their 21-year championship drought with a commanding 12-4 win over Duxbury in the Division 1 championship game, capping a season in which they did not lose an in-state contest.
2. Medfield (21-2): The Warriors capped their second straight Division 2 state championship season with a 16-12 win over Longmeadow, avoiding the Lancers' second-half charge. Medfield also did not lose a game in-state this year.
3. Duxbury (19-4): While the Warriors ended their streak without a title, the Dragons have now gone three years without a Division 1 title - practically unprecedented in program history.
4. Catholic Memorial (14-8): The Knights bowed out in the Division 1 South final, falling to Duxbury after a sluggish start. But they have plenty to look forward to with another season with physical midfielder Frank Cosolito.
5. Franklin (17-4): There are many ways to measure the Panthers' historic season, which included a quarter-final win over Xaverian before coming to an end against CM. They graduate All-Americans Jack Vail and Alec Borkowski, but we have a feeling the program will remain strong in the coming years.
6. Longmeadow (22-4): The Lancers made a valiant effort to get back into the game in the second half of their Div. 2 state final with Medfield, but the Warriors' hot start was too much to overcome. There might not have been a better player in the state this postseason than Max Stukalin.
7. Dover-Sherborn (20-3): The Raiders have won three of the last four Division 3 state titles, running away with a 14-2 win over Central/West champion Grafton. They could be in store for more to come with All-American attack Bailey Laidman back for another two years.
8. Hingham (19-7): The Harbormen gave champion Medfield the toughest challenge in D2, playing the Warriors to a 13-10 final in the Eastern Mass. final with All-American goaltender Jack Santilli frustrating shooters.
9. BC High (18-3): The Eagles didn't have enough to get past Duxbury in a Division 1 South semifinal. While they'll miss second-team All-American Sam Friedman, the Eagles attack will remain robust with A.J. Kucinski back in the fold, along with LSM Oskar Djusberg.
10. Xaverian (13-7): The Catholic Conference regular-season champions bowed out to Franklin in the D1 South quarterfinals, but will return All-American goaltender Michael Toomey next year.
11. Needham (18-2): Ironically, the Rockets suffered their first loss of the season against an in-state opponent in the D1 South quarterfinals against CM.
12. Cohasset (18-5): After claiming the state title in 2014, the Skippers were unable to get past nemesis D-S in the D3 EMass final, after meeting for a third straight postseason.
13. Billerica (19-5): The Indians marched all the way to the D1 North final, where they fell to eventual state champion L-S, behind All-American midfielder Jeff Trainor and second-team goaltender Tyler Canto.
14. St. John's of Shrewsbury (15-6): The Pioneers were within a goal of the Central/West district final in an overtime loss to eventual state runner-up Longmeadow.
15. Wayland (15-5): Give credit to the Warriors who turned what could have been a laugher by Medfield into a 17-14 decision in the D2 Central/East semifinals.
16. Westwood (17-5): The Wolverines are one of three teams (along with Duxbury and Dover-Sherborn) that can count each one of its losses against a state champion, all coming against TVL foes D-S and Medfield, which defeated them in the D2 Central/East district final.
17. Concord-Carlisle (14-5): The Patriots fell short against the aforementioned Wolverines in an 11-9 loss in the D2 Central/East semifinals.
18. Andover (15-8): The Golden Warriors made a Division 1 North semifinals appearance before falling to MVC rival Billerica, 14-5.
19. Wellesley (11-9): Despite fighting off injuries throughout the season, the Raiders were a tough out against Xaverian in the D1 South first-round game. But the Raiders were in the minds of all three winning state championship teams, who all flew their "Jolly Roger" logo flag during Friday night's games in honor of late Penn State goaltender Connor Darcey.
20. Acton-Boxborough (14-5): One season after capturing the state title, the Colonials met an early exit from the D1 North tournament, falling to Andover in the quarterfinals.
21. Algonquin (16-6): The Tomahawks made a run to the D2 Central/West district title game before bowing out to state runner-up Longmeadow.
22. Reading (20-1): The Rockets finished the regular season undefeated but were in the crosshairs of eventual state champion L-S in the D1 North semifinals.
23. Westfield (17-3): The Bombers made a Division 2 Central/West semifinals appearance before being ousted by Algonquin.
24. North Andover (16-6): The Scarlet Knights were unable to get past Reading in the D1 North quarterfinals.
25. Bridgewater-Raynham (14-6): The Trojans won a playoff game against Braintree before bowing out to BC High in a D1 South quarterfinal.
Last 10 Out: Beverly (17-7), Braintree (13-6), King Philip (14-8), Lexington (10-10), Malden Catholic (12-8), Marshfield (12-5), Nantucket (18-4), Newton North (12-7), Scituate (15-8), Shrewsbury (16-6).