By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/2/08
Ridley’s victory over Downingtown East Tuesday set off several major changes in the third Phillylacrosse.com Scholastic Boys Top 10 Poll:
1. Haverford School (4-1) – The Fords hope to bounce back from an 11-8 defeat to national power Gilman School Thurday when they play at New Jersey prep power Lawrenceville School. They are still ranked 19th in the country by Inside Lacrosse. Last week: No. 1.
2. La Salle (8-1) – The Explorers routed No. 9 Episcopal Academy, 12-3, Tuesday as Randy Forster scored four goals and Westy Hopkins added three. They have a Catholic League hookup today at Archbishop Ryan. Finally got ranked by Inside Lacrosse this week, at No. 25. Last week: No. 3.
3. Malvern Prep (5-1) – The Friars rebounded from their loss to McDonogh (Md.) with a 19-5 spanking of Central Bucks East Tuesday. They host The Hill School Friday. Ranked 20th by Inside Lacrosse. Last week: No. 2.
4. Garnet Valley (3-0) – The Jaguars ripped Kennett, 10-1, Tuesday as Mike Montella scored five goals. They host Haverford Thursday. Last week: No. 5
5. Conestoga (2-0) – The Pioneers have allowed only two goals in wins over Bayard Rustin (10-1) and Hempfield (6-1). They open Central League play Thursday at Upper Darby. Last week: No. 6
6. Ridley (6-0) – The Green Raiders showed they are back to make a run at the Central League crown with impressive wins over former No. 6 Great Valley, 13-6, and former No. 4 Downingtown East, 9-6, on Tuesday. Sean Kane scored three goals and Dan Stranix added two against the Cougars and Ridley held an 8-2 lead after three periods. They open league play Friday at Radnor. Last week: unranked.
7. Penn Charter (5-2) – The Quakers toppled New Jersey’s Moorestown, 8-6, Tuesday. They host Downingtown East Friday. Last week: No. 7
8. Downingtown East (2-3) – The Cougars are suffering early-season growing pains against a formidable schedule. Things don’t get much easier Friday when they travel to PC to meet the Quakers. Last week: No. 4.
9. Germantown Academy (3-0) – The Patriots downed Lower Merion, 12-9, Tuesday as Reed Marko had four goals and Craig Burnett added two goals and three assists. They host St. Joseph’s Prep Saturday. Last week: No. 9
10. Episcopal Academy (5-3) – The Churchmen were handled by No. 2 La Salle, 12-3. They are at No. 5 Conestoga Saturday. Last week: No. 10.
Under consideration: Springfield-Delco, Lower Merion, Penncrest, Central Bucks East, St. Joseph’s Prep, Hatboro-Horsham.