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South Shore high school girls lacrosse top 10 rankings

There is a ton of depth on the South Shore for high school lacrosse.

In Tuesday’s MIAA power rankings, seven local schools ranked in the top 10 of their respective divisions. So when the tournament starts in a few weeks, there will be plenty of state title contenders.

There aren’t many changes from our first list, but two teams have emerged from the bubble and into the top 10.

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Record as of Thursday morning and previous rankings in brackets.

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10. South Shore Tech (13-0, bubble)

The Vikings had a solid season last spring, but reached a whole new level in 2024. Peyton Mathisen recently became the program’s first 100-goal scorer. Circle the May 16 game against Upper Cape Tech. The Rams are 10-3 this spring and the Vikings prevailed 9-8 in the teams’ first meeting on May 4.

9. Brain Tree (8-4, 7)

The Wamps have already matched their win total from a season ago. At number 12 in the Div. 1 power rankings, Braintree flies under the radar, but this is a team that can make noise in the postseason.

8. Scituate (7-5, bell)

Each season, the Sailors seem to start slowly (albeit against tough competition) before finding form. Scituate appears to be gaining steam with a five-game winning streak that ended Wednesday against Duxbury.

7. Hanover (9-3, 8)

The Hawks are currently No. 2 in the Div. 3 power rankings. Hanover is in the middle of a brutal three-game stretch that started with losses to Cohasset and Hingham and concluded Tuesday against Duxbury. The Hawks close the season against Scituate and Sandwich. These two matchups will reveal a lot about Hanover’s hopes for the tournament.

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6. Norwel (8-5, 4)

The Clippers have struggled at times this season, but their record is not an accurate representation of how good this team is. Norwell has suffered three one-goal losses and has only lost to teams with state title aspirations. A win over Foxboro on May 3 could be a turning point for Norwell. The Clippers always seem to peak at the perfect time.

5. Weymouth (9-5, 5)

Playing a tough schedule has led to a little more inconsistency for the Wildcats this spring, but it will test them for the state tournament. Thursday’s game against Walpole (No. 2 in Div. 2) was another chance to compete against one of the state’s best teams.

4. Duxbury (10-3, 6)

The Dragons posted a solid win over Scituate on Tuesday, 15-7. Duxbury also has notable wins over Norwell, Westwood and Marshfield. The Dragons end the season with a busy stretch of five games in ten days.

3. Cohaset (8-3, 3)

The Skippers have lost three of their last five games, but all three of those teams are in the top five of the state tournament rankings in upper divisions (Notre Dame Academy, Hingham and Medfield). Cohasset will be one of the favorites in Div. 4, but before the playoffs there are big South Shore League games coming up against fellow Div. 4 contenders in Sandwich (May 13) and Norwell (May 20).

2. Hingham (12-2, 2)

The Harborwomen have defeated virtually everyone on this list (Scituate, Norwell, Duxbury, Cohasset, Hanover and Marshfield) except No. 1 NDA. Hingham is a legitimate contender in Div. 2. The Havenvrouwen have won 10 times in a row since the start with a 1-2 score.

1. Notre Dame Academy (14-1, 1)

The Cougars have dropped a game (to out-of-state foe Sacred Heart-Greenwich) since our first set of rankings. NDA, currently number 1 in Div. 2 picked up its best win of the year, defeating Central Catholic (No. 1 in Div. 1) 11-8 on Sunday. Dept. 2 is filled with more contenders than last year, but NDA has not lost to an enemy from the state since May 23, 2022.