By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/7/10
Is the Philadelphia area still the dominant force in Pennsylvania boys’ lacrosse?
We will find out tomorrow when Conestoga meets District 3 power Manheim Township (at Gov. Mifflin, 2 p.m.) and La Salle meets District 7 power Seneca Valley (at State College, 6 p.m.) in the semifinals of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) playoffs.
This week’s Phillylacrosse.com Boys’ Rankings:
1. Conestoga (22-2) – The Pioneers, who routed Emmaus, 15-5, in the PIAA quarterfinals, appear to be playing their best lacrosse at the right time. They play District 3’s Manheim Township Tuesday at Gov. Mifflin at 2 p.m. before heading to their graduation ceremony at Villanova. (Prev: 1)
2. Haverford School (20-4) – The Fords shared the Inter-Ac League championship with Malvern Prep and repeated as Inter-Ac Invitational champion. (Prev: 2)
3. La Salle (20-2) – The Explorers are one step away from playing for a second straight PIAA title and third straight state crown after an impressive 8-5 victory over Springfield-Delco. They meet District 7’s Seneca Valley Tuesday at State College at 6 p.m. in the semifinals. (Prev: 4).
4. Springfield-Delco (20-3) – The Cougars made several big comebacks in the playoffs, but were unable to overcome a five-goal deficit against La Salle. The Cougars won the Central League crown and placed second in District 1. (Prev: 3)
5. Episcopal Academy (16-6) – The Churchmen reached the finals of the Inter-Ac League Invitational and placed third in the league with a 5-3 mark. (Prev: 5)
6. St. Joseph’s Prep (12-8) – The Hawks fell to La Salle in the Catholic League finals. (Prev: 6)
7. Garnet Valley (17-6) – The Jaguars saw their season end in the first round of the PIAA playoffs Tuesday against Manheim Township, but they finished third in the Central League and third in District 1. (Prev: 7)
8. Abington (19-4) – The Ghosts, champions of the Suburban One National Conference, gave La Salle a major challenge in their 11-10 loss to the Explorers Tuesday in the first round of the PIAA tourney. (Prev: 8)
9. Malvern Prep (13-8) – The Friars tied with Haverford School for the Inter-Ac League title. (Prev: 9)
10. Emmaus (16-8) – The Hornets again defeated Lower Merion in the first round of the PIAA playoffs before running into red-hot Conestoga. (Prev: 10)
Under Consideration (alphabetic order): Central Bucks East (16-5), Downingtown West (17-3), Germantown Academy (9-8), Hatboro-Horsham (18-5), Lower Merion (14-10), Owen J. Roberts (16-6), Penn Charter (10-10), Penncrest (12-7), Pennsbury (17-3), Radnor (13-7), Ridley (13-7), Spring-Ford (19-3), Tower Hill (14-3).