Phillylacrosse.com, posted 6/18/09
La Salle, which won the first Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic (PIAA) boys’ lacrosse championship, finished eighth in the final Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse High School Power Rankings released this morning.
The Explorers (21-4) started the season as the No. 2 team, but dropped their opener to Conestoga and then fell to eventual National champion Gilman (8-7) and No. 4 Calvert Hall (11-10) in heartbreaking overtime games in which La Salle held late leads.
The Explorers then won 20 of its final 21 games – falling only to No. 13 Georgetown Prepp in double overtime (7-6) – along the way. La Salle capped the season by toppling Conestoga, 7-3, in the PIAA title game.
La Salle’s other big wins came over No. 22 West Genesee (7-3), Inter-Ac League co-champions Malvern Prep (4-3 in overtime) and Haverford School (10-3) and St. Joseph’s Prep (twice, the second time in the District 12 title game).
Central League and District 1 champion Conestoga, meanwhile, finished No. 19 in the Power Rankings with a record of 24-2. The Pioneers remained in the Top 25 all season after their win over La Salle.
Gilman opened the season ranked No. 1 and regained the top spot by winning the MIAA A Conference championship, Gilman had one of the nation’s most difficult schedules, a slate that included the teams that finished Nos. 4, 5, 8 and 13 in the final Power Rankings. Additionally, the Greyhounds were paced by their record five Under Armour All-Americans — midfielders Jack Doyle (Harvard) and Greg McBride (North Carolina), attackmen Marcus Holman (North Carolina) and Dave Emala (Georgetown) and defenseman Harry Prevas (Virginina).
The final Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Rankings:
1. Gilman (Md.) (15-1)
Previous: 1. Won MIAA A championship.
2. West Islip (N.Y.) (22-1)
Previous: 5. Won NYSPHSAA Class A championship.
3. Manhasset (N.Y.) (20-1)
Previous: 11. Won NYSPHSAA Class C championship.
4. Calvert Hall (Md.) (14-4)
Previous: 6. Lost in the MIAA A championship.
Previous: 2. Lost in the MIAA A semifinals.
6. St. Anthony’s (N.Y) (16-2)
Previous: 16. Won NYCHSAA championship.
7. Summit (N.J.) (22-1)
Previous: 17. Won New Jersey Tournament of Champions.
8. La Salle (Pa.) (21-4)
Previous: 15. Won PIAA championship.
9. LaFayette (N.Y.) (23-1)
Previous: 3. Lost in NYSPHSAA Class C championship.
10. Deerfield (Mass.) (15-1)
Previous: 9. Tied for the New England West Division I lacrosse league title.
11. Saint Andrew’s (Fla.) (24-0)
Previous: 10. Won FHSAA State Championship.
12. Canandaigua (N.Y.) (22-2)
13. Georgetown Prep (Md.) (20-3)
Previous: 12. Won the IAC championship.
14. Orchard Park (N.Y.) (21-2)
Previous: Unranked. Lost in NYSPHSAA Class A championship.
15. Yorktown (N.Y.) (18-3)
Previous: 8. Lost in NYSPHSAA Class A semifinals.
16. Ithaca (N.Y.) (18-3)
Previous: Unranked. Lost in NYSPHSAA Class A semifinals.
17. Delbarton (N.J.) (19-3)
Previous: 4. Lost in New Jersey Tournament of Champions final.
Previous: 20. Won THSLL state championship.
19. Conestoga (Pa.) (24-2)
Previous: 13. Lost in PIAA championship.
20. Niskayuna (N.Y.) (24-1)
Previous: 14. Lost in NYSPHSAA Class B championship.
21. Salisbury School (Conn.) (13-1)
Previous: 24. Tied for the New England West Division I lacrosse league title.
22. West Genesee (N.Y.) (20-2)
Previous: 7. Lost in the Section 3 final.
23.Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) (15-3)
Previous: 19. Lost in the Section 8 final.
24. Coronado (Calif.) (21-2)
Previous: Unranked. Won CIF South championship.
25. Chaminade (N.Y.) (14-5)
Previous: 21. Lost in the NYCHSAA championship.
Corning East (N.Y.) (18-2)
Previous: 18. Lost in the Section 4 final.
Ward Melville (N.Y.) (16-4)
Previous: 22. Lost in the Section 11 final.
Loyola Blakefield (Md.) (11-7)
Previous: 23. Lost in the MIAA A semifinals.
Boys’ Latin (Md.) (14-4)
Previous: 25. Lost in the MIAA A quarterfinals.
Regional Rankings will be released Friday