By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/4/08
The season concluded Tuesday as Radnor completed a perfect 23-0 season and Springfield-Delco won its fifth district crown in six years. The final Phillylacrosse.com Scholastic Girls Top 10 Poll:
1. Radnor (23-0) – The Red Raiders, who won their first District One Class AAA crown since 2003, had one of the best teams in the history of the state. Is anyone going to argue that? Last week: No. 1.
2. Bayard Rustin (17-3) – It was a perfect match when the school was formed two years ago; a brand new program with some talent and a savvy veteran coach like Dale Watkins. The results were a 36-6 record, an appearance in the 2007 Final Four and this year’s second-place finish to Radnor. Last week: No. 2.
3. Springfield-Delco (19-3) – The Cougars lost most of their team from a 21-0 squad in 2007. No big deal – they won their third straight Class AA championship and fifth in six years. Last week: No. 3.
4. Great Valley (19-4) – The Patriots, who settled for being No. 2 both in their league (behind Rustin) and the district (behind Springfield-Delco) are pretty good for a second-place team: Last week: No. 4.
5. Strath Haven (18-4) – The Panthers return Emily Garrity and just about everybody else from a team that has made the Class AA Final Four the past two years. They should be a force next year in the chase for an official state title. Last week: No. 5.
6. Archbishop Carroll (15-4) – The Patriots, after winning eight straight Catholic League titles, now move into the PIAA and can vie for a state title. Watch out! Last week: No. 7.
7. Downingtown West (20-3) – The Whippets closed their season with a disappointing 19-10 loss to Bayard Rustin in the district semis. But do not forget they went undefeated in winning the Ches-Mont National Conference. Last week: No. 6.
8. Boyertown (19-4) – The Bears, champions of the Pioneer Athletic Conference for the fifth straight year, were overmatched in the district semis by Radnor. OK, who wasn’t? Last week: No. 8.
9. Abington (18-2) – The tough news: both of the Ghosts’ losses were by one goal. The better news: they lose only three seniors (but yes, very strong players) and should be a power again next year. Last week: No. 9.
10. Unionville (12-8) – The Indians beat No. 3 Springfield and No. 4 Great Valley, among others – not too shabby. Last week: unranked.
The Rest of the Top 25: 11. Villa Maria Academy (19-3); 12, Episcopal Academy (16-4); 13. Ridley (13-8); 14. North Penn (14-6); 15. Downingtown East (16-5); 16. Conestoga (13-7); 17. Upper Dublin (15-5); 18. Germantown Academy (12-8); 19. Archbishop Wood (16-3); 20. Baldwin (13-6); 21. Notre Dame (14-6); 22. Penn Charter (10-6); 23. Avon Grove (11-8); 24. Spring-Ford (13-7). 25. Council Rock North (11-7).