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High school boys’ lacrosse notebook

Preparation pays off big-time for top-ranked Lincoln-Sudbury

Lincoln-Sudbury is 10-0 and sits atop the Globe’s Top 20 bloys’ lacrosse rankings.

But the seeds for a successful campaign were planted long before the season began, says coach Brian Vona.

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“The success of the season has come from the offseason,” said Vona. “The kids really worked hard and it’s paying off right now. People often just say that, but in our case it’s the truth.”

The Warriors, who already have wins over No. 3 Acton-Boxboro and No. 8 Westford, have plenty of testst to come, including Concord-Carlisle, St. John’s Prep, and a huge matchup Thursday with second-ranked Duxbury.

But first is a home matchup against No. 18 Billerica on Monday night.

“That’s a huge game for us. Our focus is on that right now,” said Vona.

With such an imposing stretch on the horizon, it’s important for the team to remain focused.

“We literally don’t think past Monday,” Vona said. “We don’t look past Billerica, you can’t look at it at that way, you have to look at it one game at time.”

The Warriors have used a balanced approach to build their 10-0 record.

“We’ve really have so many people contribute,” said Vona. “It’s 15 to 16 players that contribute every game.”

The defense has really stepped up its play as well.

“Our defense has played so well; we give up favorable shots, low-scoring opportunities,” Vona said.

One key contributor on the defensive side is junior midfielder Greg Roder, who also excels at faceoffs. H’s helped on the defensive end by John Sexton, a junior who will be going to Notre Dame and Eamon Hunter, a sophomore defenseman who has committed to Boston University.

But it’s the senior class that Vona has been counting on the most, led by Dan Delaney and Henry Guild.

“This is our largest senior class I’ve ever had,” said Vona. “There are 16 seniors on this team. They’ve been great. Terrific leaders, good group of kids.””

Games of the week

Billerica at Lincoln-Sudbury, Monday, 6:30 — The Indians are 9-4, having won three in a row, and they look to test the unbeaten.

Westford at Acton-Boxboro, Thursday, 4 — The Grey Ghosts will look to take down the Colonials after suffering an 18-13 loss at home against them earlier in the season.

Duxbury at Lincoln-Sudbury, Thursday, 5:30 — The top two teams square off in what is sure to be a classic.

Hingham at Cohasset, Thursday, 6 — The 20th-ranked Skippers have won six in a row and look to continue their winning ways against the No. 9 Harbormen.

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