By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/19/10
There were several changes this week in the Top 10 as Garnet Valley bounced back from an overtime loss to Radnor by handling Emmaus Saturday night. At the top, Haverford School, Conestoga, La Salle and Springfield-Delco kept rolling.
This week’s biggest game is the Central League showdown Tuesday night at Springfield-Delco between the Cougars and Conestoga. Here are this week’s Phillylacrosse.com Boys’ Rankings:
1. Haverford School (10-2) – The Fords had another excellent week with big wins over Inter-Ac League foe and No. 10 Germantown Academy (13-3) and Chatham (14-7) at the “Checking for Cancer” invitational. They gear for another big week as they host Malvern Prep and travel to Episcopal Academy Thursday in key league games and meet Emmaus at Katie Samson. (Prev: 1).
2. Conestoga (8-1) – The Pioneers went well over six periods without allowing a goal until a small defensive letdown in their 10-6 win over Darien (CT) at the “Checking for Cancer” invite. They travel to Springfeld-Delco Tuesday night in a game that ultimately may decide the Central League title again and then host Harriton Thursday before meeting Inter-Ac power Malvern Prep Saturday at Katie Samson (Prev: 2).
3. La Salle (7-1) – The Explorers enjoyed a banner week as they edged Episcopal Academy, 5-4, and toppled Georgetown Prep, 10-8, at the “Checking for Cancer” invitational. They play at father Judge Friday and then face a dangerous Lower Merion at Katie Samson (Prev: 3).
4. Springfield-Delco (7-1) – The Cougars get their shot at Conestoga Tuesday night at home and then have two other key games, Thursday at Penncrest and Saturday vs. St. Joseph’s Prep at Katie Samson. (Prev: 4).
5. St. Joseph’s Prep (4-4) – The Hawks – who have one of the top non-league schedules anywhere – were slated to play Long Island power St. Anthony’s Sunday, but it was postponed to a later date. They also dropped a one-goal contest to South Jersey power St. Augustine Prep and this week meet Springfield-Delco at Katie Samson (Prev: 6).
6. Episcopal Academy (8-2) – The Churchmen looked impressive and had their chances in their 5-4 loss Tuesday at La Salle and bounced back nicely with a 7-5 conquest of Malvern Prep Friday. They have another big week, hosting Penn Charter Tuesday and No. 1 Haverford School Thursday before facing Lawrenceville School (N.J.) Saturday at Katie Samson (Prev: 8).
7. Garnet Valley (6-2) – The Jaguars made a major score Saturday night by toppling Emmaus, 15-8 in a brilliant effort. They host Penncrest Tuesday and play at Haverford High Thursday. (Prev: 7).
8. Pennsbury (8-0) – The Falcons have two Suburban One National Conference games (at Council Rock South Tuesday and home vs. Council Rock North Wednesday) to prepare for their showdown against Abington Friday at home (Prev: NR).
9. Emmaus (4-4) – The Green Hornets look to regroup after their loss to Garnet Valley with home Lehigh Valley games against Parkland (Wednesday) and William Allen (Friday) before their game against No. 1 Haverford School at Katie Samson (Prev: 5).
10. Germantown Academy (5-1) – The Patriots rebounded from a 13-3 loss to No. 1 Haverford School by downing Penn Charter 10-7. They host Academy of the New Church today and play at Malvern Prep Thursday before meeting host Radnor at Katie Samson (Prev: 10).
Under Consideration (Alphabetic order): Abington (5-1), Central Bucks East (6-1) Downingtown West (8-1), Malvern Prep (5-4), Penn Charter (6-3), Penncrest (6-2), Radnor (6-2), Ridley (8-1), Spring-Ford (9-0).