Cate has been ranked between No. 6 and No.8 in the US Lacrosse/MaxLaxLA coaches poll since the preseason, but after beating Thacher to improve to 9-0, the Rams finally moved into the Top 5. Cate received one first-place vote and moved ahead of Agoura and into the No. 5 spot.
Chaminade, Oak Park, Redondo Union and Palos Verdes remained the first four teams in the poll.
Others moving up included Newbury Park and Crescenta Valley, who each moved up one spot — Newbury to No. 9 and CV to No. 10. West Ranch also moved up one, from No. 16 to No. 15.
Marlborough, which won its third in a row last week after a 2-4 start — improving to 5-4 on the season — made its debut in the poll at No. 20. Oaks Christian (2-9) dropped out.
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Also receiving Top 20 votes: Westridge (4-2); Oaks Christian (2-9); Santa Barbara (4-2); Valencia (4-3).