By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/21/08
On Friday the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (EPSLA) playoffs heat up with first-round play as 16 teams go for the final EPSLA crown and Keystone Cup title. The 10th Phillylacrosse.com Scholastic Boys Top 10 Poll:
1. Malvern Prep (18-2) – The Inter-Ac League champion Friars – winners of 10 straight – host Central Bucks East Friday in the first round of the EPSLA playoffs. They look like the team to beat. Last week: No. 1.
2. La Salle (26-2) – The Catholic League champion Explorers host Garnet Valley Friday in the first round. Last week: No. 2.
3. Haverford School (15-6) – The Fords, who have not scored more than eight goals in each of their last five games, host Radnor in the first round. Last week: No. 3.
4. Ridley (18-2) – The Central League champion Green Raiders host league rival Penncrest in the first round Friday. Last week: No. 4.
5. Germantown Academy (13-6) – The Patriots crushed Shipley, 13-2, in the pigtail round Tuesday and host Inter-Ac rival Penn Charter Friday. Last week: No. 5.
6. St. Joseph’s Prep (21-4) – The Hawks – who whipped Holy Ghost Prep, 14-4, Tuesday – need to defeat Conestoga Friday to force a possible rematch with Catholic League champion La Salle in the quarterfinals. Last week: No. 6.
7. Downingtown East (14-6) – The Suburban League champion Cougars routed Owen J. Roberts, 14-2, and host today’s Episcopal Academy-Unionville winner Friday. Last week: No. 7.
8. Springfield-Delco (15-5) – The Cougars downed Upper Dublin, 15-6, Tuesday and host Lower Merion in an intriguing game featuring two Central League teams that met just eight days ago (11-4 Springfield win). Last week: No. 8.
9. Lower Merion (17-4) – The Aces, who toppled Archbishop Wood, 17-7, get their shot again against Springfield-Delco Friday. Last week: No. 10.
10. Episcopal Academy (13-11) – The Churchmen have yielded only 24 goals in their past seven games and host Unionville today in a pigtail game postponed from Tuesday. Last week: unranked.
Under consideration: Conestoga, Penn Charter, Garnet Valley, Strath Haven, Radnor, Abington.