Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/20/10
Haverford School moved up to No. 3, Conestoga to No. 5 and La Salle to No. 17 in this week’s LaxGuys’ National Rankings, courtesy of LaxPower. The forum for this poll on LaxPower can be found by clicking here.
1. Deerfield Academy (NE West) (7-0) (1) The Big Green continue to steamroll through their schedule. This past week, Deerfield beat Longmeadow and Taft School by a combined score of 37-11. The schedule doesn’t get much tougher this week, when the Big Green travels to Loomis Chaffee on Wednesday before hosting Phillips Andover on Saturday.
2. LaFayette (NY Sect 3) (4-0) (2) The Lancers dispatched of Tully, 11-4, in their only contest last week. LaFayette pulled away in the second half behind seven goals by the Thompson brothers. This week, they will face home games against Onondaga and Jordan-Elbridge before hosting unbeaten Skaneateles on Saturday in a game that will likely determine the top seed in the Section 3 Class C tournament.
3. Haverford School (PA IAC) (10-2) (5) The Fords dismantled the competition they faced last week and haven’t lost a game in nearly a month while beating several currently ranked teams. Haverford faces challenges this week against Malvern Prep, Episcopal Academy and Emmaus. Looking ahead, Haverford has a great chance on ending the regular season without another loss.
4. Boys’ Latin (MIAA) (10-1) (9) The Lakers had a very successful week in which they beat previously ranked St. Mary’s, 8-5, before downing then-12th ranked Calvert Hall, 15-11. The coming week does not allow BL to breathe, as they have bouts as they host Spalding on Tuesday and travel five minutes down the road to Loyola on Friday.
5. Conestoga (PA) (8-1) (6) The Pioneers dominated the competition this week, grabbing three wins, including a 10-6 victory over Darien (CT) at the ‘Checking for Cancer’ Invitational on Saturday afternoon. Senior attackman Matt Smith, bound for Lehigh, paced ‘Stoga with three goals to continue a huge season. Bolstered by a plethora of Division I talent, the defense is giving up just 4 goals per game so far this spring. They have a very important contest tomorrow at Springfield-Delco, followed by Harriton on Thursday and Malvern Prep on Saturday at a neutral site.
6. St. Paul’s (MIAA) (8-2) (7) The Crusaders picked up two victories over teams that gave them trouble in past years, 10-5 at home over Loyola Blakefield and 9-5 at Gilman. The defense, thought to be the weakness coming into the season, is allowing just 4.5 goals per game in conference play and is led by athletic junior goalkeeper Gunnar Waldt. St. Paul’s will have two away games this week, at Severn on Tuesday and at Calvert Hall on Friday afternoon.
7. Canandaigua Academy (NY Sect 5) (6-0) (8) The Braves crushed Hilton, 15-4, on Thursday before avenging one of their losses from last season, defeating Corning East at home, 11-9, on Saturday. Marist-bound midfielder Gannon Osborn scored three goals to help CA keep their long winning streak alive. This week, they will face a potential test from Webster Schroeder on Tuesday before traveling south to face unbeaten perennial power Penn Yan on Friday night.
8. Garden City (NY Sect 8) (5-1) (10) The Trojans blanked Carey, 12-0, on Wednesday before traveling to Haverford and picking apart Yorktown in a 14-3 victory on Saturday. Tom Gordon led the Garden City offense with four goals in their victory over the Huskers, against whom they improved to 3-5 all time. With only a one-goal loss at #6 St. Paul’s, Garden City has currently earned the position as the best team on Long Island. This week, they’ll travel to Great Neck South on Tuesday before the Nassau B game of the year against 8-1 Wantagh on Friday night.
9. West Islip (6-1) (NY Sect 11) (13) The Lions jumped out to an 11-2 halftime behind Nicky Galasso lead en-route to a 16-9 win at cross-town rival East Islip on Thursday, then got three goals from Towson-bound midfielder Andrew Hodgson in a 10-5 road victory against Ridgewood (NJ). West Islip will face three divisional games this week in a tough Suffolk Division I. They face Bay Shore at home on Monday, travel to a talented and formerly-ranked Smithtown West squad on Wednesday, and host Floyd on Friday.
10. Chaminade (NY CHSAA) (5-1) (18) The Flyers got three goals from junior attackman Matt Kavanagh and two goals and three assists from Princeton-bound attackman Will Himler in a 14-8 win over then-#4 archrival St. Anthony’s. It was their first win in their last three games against the Friars, and the win puts Chaminade in the driver’s seat for the CHSAA regular season title. This week, they travel to unbeaten #12 Manhasset, where many of their players are from, on Tuesday before a league game against Fordham Prep Thursday. They finish the week with a non-league contest on Saturday against struggling Yorktown.
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