By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/13/08
With most of the league races over, the Catholic League and Pioneer Athletic Conference playoffs still remain. The rankings were shaken up by North Penn’s upset over previously-undefeated Abington. The eighth Phillylacrosse.com Scholastic Girls Top 10 Poll:
1. Radnor (18-0) – The Red Raiders can close out a perfect Central League campaign by winning at Upper Darby today. The top seed in the District 1 Class AAA field is a near-lock. Last week: No. 1.
2. Great Valley (15-2) – The Patriots face a stern test Wednesday – Unionville – in their quest to stay tied with Bayard Rustin atop the Ches-Mont league American Conference. Last week: No. 2.
3. Bayard Rustin (12-2) – The Golden Knights won a key 11-4 decision over Unionville Thursday and can clinch a tie for the Ches-Mont American crown today with a win against Kennett. Last week: No. 3.
4. Springfield-Delco (13-3) – The Cougars can wrap up second place in the Central League by beating host Lower Merion today. They close their regular season with home dates against Suburban One American Conference champion Upper Dublin (Wednesday) and No. 7 Archbishop Carroll (Friday). Last week: No. 4.
5. Strath Haven (14-3) – The Panthers have looked impressive in a six-game win streak and finish their Central League slate today at home against Penncrest. Last week: No. 7.
6. Downingtown West (17-2) – The Whippets have won the Ches-Mont League National Conference crown and close their regular season today at Bishop Shanahan. Last week: No. 8.
7. Archbishop Carroll (12-4) – The Patriots were topped by undefeated New Jersey power Shawnee, 16-9, Thursday. They play No. 4 Springfield-Delco Friday and open Catholic League semifinal play Monday at St. Joseph’s University as the top seed in the Southern Division. Quarterfinal games will be played Thursday. Last week: No. 6.
8. Boyertown (15-3) – The Bears dropped a tough 6-5 decision to No. 2 Great Valley. Now, as the top seed and four-time defending champions, they gear for the Pioneer Athletic Conference semifinals Wednesday (6 p.m.) against either Pottstown or Phoenixville at Owen J. Roberts. Last week: No. 9.
9. Abington (17-1) – The Ghosts were shocked by North Penn, 13-12, Thursday in one of the season’s biggest upsets. They must defeat Pennridge today to tie the Maidens for the Suburban One National Conference title. Last week: No. 5
10. Episcopal Academy (13-4) – EA, which has won its last four games, still needs to win two of its last three Inter-Ac League games to clinch the crown. The key game is Thursday against visiting Baldwin, the team that handed EA a 17-16 defeat on April 29. Last week: unranked.
Under consideration: Villa Maria Academy, Downingtown East, North Penn, Unionville, Conestoga.