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Consistent contenders: Cape Cod and Islands high school boys lacrosse rankings

The high school boys lacrosse regular season is coming to an end as teams battle for playoff positioning.

Falmouth and Sandwich, who face each other Friday, will look to go back to the state championship game for the second consecutive season.

In the latest Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association power rankings, there are 11 teams that would be in the postseason. In Division 3, Falmouth (2) and Nauset (6) are both ranked in the top 10, while Nantucket (1) and Sandwich (3) are also ranked in the top 10 in Division 4.

Presenting the latest Cape Cod and Islands high school boys lacrosse rankings:

*Records, as of May 21, and previous ranking are in parenthesis.

Nolan Devito of Barnstable passes pressured by Colby O'keefe of Nantucket.
Nolan Devito of Barnstable passes pressured by Colby O'keefe of Nantucket.

1. Nantucket (14-1, 1)

The Whalers still hold down the top spot as they still have not lost a game since the last rankings as they ride a 12-game win streak. They have allowed the least total goals, with 63, and have only allowed more than six goals in a game once. On the flip side, the offense is just as effective as they have scored double digit goals in 10 games. They are also beating teams by an average of nine goals per game.

This list is not the only rankings the Whalers are at the top of as they are currently ranked first in Division 4. They made it to the Elite Eight the last two seasons as the sixth (2023) and eighth seed (2022), but this year they could make a deep run with their consistent play. They also are unbeaten at home (5-0), which will be a plus as the top seed in the playoffs.

2. Falmouth (15-3, 2)

The Clippers had their best season in program history with their first State Finals appearance, and may be even better this season. They handed the team above them their only loss of the season, but that's not the only top team they have defeated. They also have wins over Cohasset (fifth, Div. 4), Westwood (10th, Div.2), Nauset (sixth, Div. 3) twice, and Norwell (second, Div. 4).

Of course losing is not a good thing, but the Clippers' three defeats are not bad losses to me. All of the teams they fell to are ranked in the top three with Marshfield (second, Div.2), Boston College High (third, Div. 1), and Nantucket. They are one of the three Cape teams with over 200 goals (215), and the defense has only allowed doubles digits once in their wins. They are gearing up for another deep playoff run as they have won seven of their last eight games.

Avery Richardson of Sandwich turns for a shot on the Falmouth Academy goal past Drew Reeves of FA in this file photo from June 8, 2022.
Avery Richardson of Sandwich turns for a shot on the Falmouth Academy goal past Drew Reeves of FA in this file photo from June 8, 2022.

3. Sandwich (13-3, 3)

The Blue Knights have the second best defense as they have only allowed 80 total goals. They have only allowed double digit goals in one game, which was against Mansfield (seventh, Div. 2). Like Falmouth, the Blue Knights' other two losses are to top teams in Nauset and Marshfield. They have also picked up some wins over top teams like Scituate (third, Div. 3), Norwell, Abington (ninth, Div. 4), and Cohasset, who they lost to in the state championship last season.

Sandwich knows how to turn the offense on, and when they do, it usually results in a win. In games where they scored double digits, they beat their opponents by an average of 11 goals per game. The Blue Knights are looking to make their third straight finals. They are finishing the regular season strong with nine wins over their last 10 games.

Logan Poulin of Nauset moves toward the Marblehead goal defended by Zander Danforth in North Eastham on June 12, 2023.
Logan Poulin of Nauset moves toward the Marblehead goal defended by Zander Danforth in North Eastham on June 12, 2023.

4. Nauset (8-9, 4)

The Warriors will stay in the fourth spot, despite their record being below .500 because of the teams they beat and because of the teams they lost to. In addition to a win over Sandwich, they also beat Canton (18th, Div. 2), Central Catholic (15th, Div. 1), Barnstable (24th, Div. 1), and Hanover (15th, Div. 3). The losses are to some of the best the state has to offer as they fell to Falmouth twice, Nantucket twice, Bridgewater-Raynham (15th, Div. 2), Scituate, Billerica (sixth, Div. 2), Marshfield and Mansfield.

After a slide where they lost six of seven games, they won two of their last four games. They made it to the Elite Eight in Div. 2 as the second seed and will now look to make another run this season in Div. 3.

Tamer Khalil of Monomoy moves past Keller Feronti (22) and Hogan Anderson of Sturgis East on April 12 in Harwich.
Tamer Khalil of Monomoy moves past Keller Feronti (22) and Hogan Anderson of Sturgis East on April 12 in Harwich.

5. Monomoy (14-3, 5)

The Sharks have the third most goals with 211. They have scored double digits in 12 of their 14 wins. They beat some good Cape and Islands teams in Cape Cod Academy (31, Div. 3), Bourne (25th, Div. 4) twice, and Martha's Vineyard (27th, Div. 3), who they lost to. The Sharks won five of their last six, with the only loss to Bishop Stang (11th, Div. 3). They have scored at least 14 goals in each of those wins over that stretch and have beaten teams by an average of just under 13 goals per game. The offense continues to be led by multiple players including Tamer Khalil, Jackson Rocco, Jed Zimmerman, Aidan Stone, Joey McKeen, Noah Metters and Owen Ramler. Monomoy has had an early exit the last two postseasons, but will look to make a run this year with depth on both sides.

Honorable Mention

Bourne (11-6)

The Canalmen have the most goals with 216. They scored double digits in 10 of their 11 wins, which included at least 20 goals in three of their first four wins. Bourne had two close wins (one point) over Old Rochester (24th, Div. 3) and Seekonk (24th, Div. 4).

Barnstable (4-13)

I said this in the last rankings, but the Red Hawks' record does not define this team at all. Three of the four of their wins have been against top 32 teams in Silver Lake (29th, Div. 2), Martha's Vineyard (27th, Div. 3), and Whitman-Hanson Reg. (27th, Div. 2). The losses have been to the toughest competition on Cape and in the state. They have dropped games to Plymouth South (16th, Div. 2), Cohasset, Nantucket twice, Falmouth twice, Nauset twice, Scituate and Bridgewater-Raynham (15th, Div. 2).

Contact Courtney Jacobs at cjacobs@capecodonline.com. Follow him on X/Twitter: @CJ_Journalist.

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