By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/22/08
The fifth Phillylacrosse.com Scholastic Girls Top 10 Poll:
1. Radnor (9-0) – The Red Raiders continued to look strong in a 16-8 victory over No. 7 Episcopal Academy Friday. Now they gear for Wednesday’s makeup game at No. 4 Great Valley. Last week: No. 1
2. Bayard Rustin (6-1) – The Golden Knights lost their first game of the year Saturday to New York power West Genesee, 14-6. No shame there. They hold the spot based on the electrifying 11-10 overtime win over Great Valley and play Ches-Mont American games today at Unionville and Thursday at Kennett. Last week: No. 2.
3. Springfield-Delco (9-1) – The time has come for us to learn if the Cougars can maintain the lofty status they’ve held in recent years as one of the top two or three programs in the Philly area. Beginning today, they face No. 10 Strath Haven (home), Unionville (Friday), No. 9 Episcopal Academy (Saturday at the Katie Samson Festival), No. 1 Radnor (April 29) and Conestoga (May 1) in a grueling 10-day period. Last week: No. 4.
4. Great Valley (8-1) – The Patriots recovered nicely from the loss to Bayard Rustin by whipping West Chester East, 17-4, and Downingtown East, 14-4. After today’s home game with Kennett, they get their crack at No. 1 Radnor Wednesday at home. Last week: No. 3.
5. Abington (11-0) – The Ghosts keep rolling. They steamrolled previously-undefeated Upper Dublin, 16-6, Monday and still no one has gotten closer than 10 goals. They play at Neshaminy Thursday and then face perhaps their toughest test Saturday against Lawrenceville School (N.J.) at Katie Samson. Last week: No. 5.
6. Downingtown West (9-1) – The Whippets routed Unionville, 17-5, and have the early advantage in the Ches-Mont National race. They are at Avon Grove today and play at No. 10 Boyertown Saturday. Last week: No. 7.
7. Episcopal Academy (7-2) – EA held its own against No. 1 Radnor Friday after handling Agnes Irwin, 19-10. The Churchwomen host Springside today, Penn Charter Friday and then take on No. 4 Springfield-Delco Saturday at the Katie Samson Festival. Last week: No. 8.
8. Strath Haven (8-2) – The Panthers routed Haverford (20-7) and Lower Merion (20-2) last week in Central League games, and today they need to be at their best at No. 3 Springfield-Delco. Last week: No. 10.
9. Boyertown (8-1) – The Bears move into the poll again with a big 7-6 win over No. 10 Archbishop Carroll. After PAC-10 games against Pottstown (today) and Lansdale Catholic (Thursday), they face big tests against Conestoga (Friday) and Downingtown West (Saturday). Last week: unranked.
10. Archbishop Carroll (6-2) – The Patriots dropped after bowing to Boyertown, but they looked very strong over the weekend in New York when they nearly defeated unbeaten West Genesee (15-14 loss) and whipped Skaneateles (15-7). They play at Cardinal O’Hara Wednesday and then meet Ridley at Katie Samson. Last week: No. 6.
Under consideration: Downingtown East, Villa Maria Academy, Conestoga, Merion Mercy, Council Rock South.