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Phillylacrosse.com Boys’ Rankings: Conestoga and Central Bucks East gear for rematch in PIAA semifinals

Monday, 6th June 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Rankings  
 

By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/6/11

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) playoffs enter the semifinal round Tuesday as defending state champ Conestoga meets Central Bucks East, the team it defeated to win its third straight District 1 championship. In the bottom half of the bracket, St. Joseph’s Prep faces District 7 champ Mount Lebanon in the semifinals.

Here are this week’s Phillylacrosse.com Boys’ Rankings.

1. Haverford School (23-0) – The Fords are about to be anointed as National Champions after a perfect season. Prev: No. 1

2. Conestoga (23-1) – The Pioneers – who routed Hempfield, 16-2, in the quarterfinals – seek to play in the PIAA finals for the third straight year when they meet Central Bucks East Tuesday at Harriton at 2 p.m. Prev: No. 2.

3. Malvern Prep (14-6) – The Friars placed second in the Inter-Ac League and Inter-Ac Invitational. Prev: No. 3

4. Central Bucks East (22-2) – The Patriots avenged an early-season loss to Allentown Central Catholic and get a second shot at Conestoga Tuesday in the PIAA semifinals at Harriton at 2 p.m. Prev: No. 4

5. St. Joseph’s Prep (18-4) – The Hawks earned a stellar come-from-behind, overtime victory over Manheim Township to reach the PIAA semifinals. They now take on District 7 champion Mount Lebanon Tuesday at a site and time to be determined. Prev: No. 5

6. La Salle (14-6) – The Explorers fell to St. Joseph’s Prep in the Catholic League title game. Prev: No. 6

7. Downingtown West (20-3) – The Whippets finished third in District 1 and advanced to the PIAA tourney for the first time after winning their first outright Ches-Mont League championship. Prev: No. 7

8. Penn Charter (12-11) – The Quakers reached the semifinals of the Inter-Ac Invitational. Prev: No. 8

9. Germantown Academy (14-5) – The Patriots placed third in the Inter-Ac League. Prev: No. 9

10. Pennsbury (15-9) – The Falcons finished fourth in the District 1 championships and qualified for states for the PIAA tourney for the time. Prev: No. 10

Under Consideration: Abington (15-6), Allentown Central Catholic (19-5), Avon Grove (17-4), Downingtown East (13-6), Garnet Valley (15-5) Great Valley (15-5), Radnor (12-8), Ridley (19-4), Shipley School (16-3), Spring-Ford (20-4).

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READERS COMMENTS (1)

  1. LaxScout says:

    CB East’s lacrosse team may have done the one thing you don’t want to do.

    Woke up a sleeping bear in the District 1 final at Radnor.

    Conestoga threw the ball all over the field leading to nearly twenty first half turnovers in their first meeting that night.

    CB East’s players and supporters gained confidence that they could play with the top team in the state. The only problem was…the Patriots could manage just three goals off all those Pioneer miscues.

    Conestoga woke up at halftime…and breezed to victory.

    If CB East had seen the Pioneers this past Saturday, they would have seen a much different team than they faced a week and a half ago. They would have seen a team that justified to college coaches why they have all those Division 1 recruits.

    They made a pretty good Hempfield team look much inferior in pasting them 16-2.

    When ‘Stoga is on its game, they are very fast…with relentless pressure on both ends of the field. And if they pass and catch (like they know how)…the ball hits the back of the net…often.

    And on an expected hot day on Tuesday at 2pm, their depth will be a key factor as well. The Patriots better be prepared for a different team than they saw in district’s.

    Prediction: It is hard for me to imagine CB East scoring enough goals to beat the defending state champions.

    They will need at least nine goals to stay in the game. Their only chace is to see a repeat of the first half of the District 1 final…with hopes it lasts for 48 minutes. But not likely.

    Conestoga 12
    CB East 5

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