Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/4/11
The Top 10 of the final LaxGuys’ Top 25 Rankings (LaxPower forums) for 2011 are below.
Inter-Ac League and Inter-Ac Invitational champion Haverford School (23-0) finished at No. 1 and Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association champ Conestoga was No. 4.
The entire Top 25 and full story can be found by clicking here and accessing the LaxPower forum.
1. Haverford School (PA) (23-0)
The Fords are the unanimous choice as the Lax Guys’ third annual national champion. Paced by the senior class and their superb chemistry, Haverford went undefeated through arguably the nation’s most challenging schedule, backing up their #1 preseason ranking. Led by stellar goalkeeping by Conor Kelly (Notre Dame) and the savvy play of Carl Walrath (Virginia), the Fords knocked off a handful of top ten teams on their way to a perfect season. The defense, boosted by Maryland-bound Goran Murray and junior Warner Bailey (Georgetown) improved as a unit as time went on and helped Haverford turn away powerful offenses late in the season. This Haverford team certainly warrants discussion for the best team to ever come from the state of Pennsylvania – right up there with the 2002 Ridley squad.
2. Jamesville-DeWitt (NY Sect 3) (22-0)
3. Deerfield (MA, NE West) (15-0)
4. Conestoga (PA) (25-1) –
The Pioneers started the season in excellent fashion, getting younger players to play beyond their age, helping the Pioneers knock off a formidable slate of teams. Keynote wins were accomplished when they knocked off Boys’ Latin at a neutral site, and from there, ‘Stoga didn’t have any issues into it ran into Haverford. The Fords handed them an 11-6 loss, however, the Pioneers reeled off ten consecutive wins to win the PIAA championship, with their final eight contests being decided by six or more goals. The young trio at attack of Tyler Brooke (Maryland), Connor Frisina (Delaware) and Bradlee Lord (Maryland), plus a dominant pole in between the lines in Brian Dailey (Duke), paved the way for ‘Stoga’s second straight state title run. An experienced group, including the attack unit, returns for 2012.
5. Gilman (MIAA) (13-5)
6. Calvert Hall (MIAA) (17-2)
7. Farmingdale (NY Sect 8) (17-4)
8. West Islip (NY Sect 11) (19-1)
9. St. Anthony’s (NY CHSAA) (14-3)
10. Garden City (NY Sect 8) (19-3)