After what felt like weeks of delays due to weather, all the Independent Schools League teams have finally taken the field. Some are ahead of others, but each is starting to learn what it’s made of.
With games kicking up a notch in the next week, the first rankings from New England Lacrosse Journal examine who might be the teams to watch going forward.
1. St. Sebastian’s
Sebs has torn through its early season scheule for a 6-0 start. Two of those include wins over ISL squads in Nobles and Roxbury Latin. There’s tons of talent on the Sebs roster, and after an 18-3 campaign last season, they want to replicate that. So far this season, the Arrows have yet to allow a double-digit goals against game.
2. Governor’s Academy
The Govs bring back a tremendous amount of talent from last season and only got better with the addition of Nathan Lalibertie. Their lone loss came out of state to IMG Academy, but when the Byfield squad could get on the field locally, it was a 15-2 win over St. George’s in an impressive defensive display.
3. Belmont Hill
Behind Danny Hincks in net, there’s plenty of expectations for Belmont Hill this season. So far, they’ve gotten shut down by a power down south in Avon Old Farms before putting up 17 tallies on Thayer Academy.
4. Rivers School
Other than a blip on the radar against Brewster, the Rivers School hasn’t allowed more than seven goals in a game. They are 4-0 in those contests, shutting down the likes of Milton, Phillips, Proctoer, and Loomis Chafee.
Three straight losses to the start the year isn’t what Nobles wanted, but they sandwiched two solid victories in the middle. Holding down Brewster and Loomis Chafee, the Nobles defense was on full display. Their only ISL loss came to St. Sebastian’s, who hasn’t lost all year.
6. Roxbury Latin
The Foxes lost just four times all of last season and are 0-2 to begin the 2018 campaign. Both have come in conference, and it won’t get any easier with Belmont Hill up next. Early in the season, Roxbury Latin has to have some urgency.
The first win for the Middlesex School came in league play, a 10-6 victory over St. Mark’s. Before that, it was two road defeats to non-ISL opponents. In a deep league, Middlesex can tend to get overlooked, but they ended last season strong an are looking to get closer to the top.
8. Thayer Academy
The Tigers were solid in game one against St. Paul’s but dropped off considerably in two tough losses. Thayer is looking to get over .500 this season, and has Nobles on Wednesday for its second ISL contest.
Brooks suffered an overtime loss in game No. 1 against Tabor Academy. The Bishops season started a little bit after the other schools, so in some ways, they are still playing catch up. The schedule gets tougher three games in against Rivers.
10. Tabor Academy
After a rough go of it last year, the SeaWolves have already won half the amount of games they did a season ago. Tabor defeated Dexter before pulling out an OT win over Brooks to begin the season on a high note.