This is one of a series of articles counting down the Top 20 Stories of Philly lacrosse for 2010
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/19/11
The Conestoga boys’ lacrosse team had one goal in 2010 – to win the state championship game it had lost the year before to La Salle.
That goal was realized in June when the Pioneers defeated La Salle, 10-6, in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) title game for their first state lacrosse championship. Winning the crown earned Conestoga the No. 2 Story of the Year in Philly lacrosse as named by Phillylacrosse.com.
After the year the Pioneers finished No. 4 in the LaxGuys’ rankings, No. 5 in the LaxPower Coaches/Computer poll, No. 6 in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse poll, No. 8 in the ESPN POWERADE Top 50, and No. 1 in Pennsylvania.
There were some roadblocks for the Pioneers in 2010. They suffered a heartbreaking loss to then No.-2 rated Haverford School, 8-7, in a battle of the top Philly squads early in the year. The contest was named the Phillylacrosse.com Boys’ Game of the Year. The only other loss of the season came in April when Conestoga fell to Springfield-Delco, 4-3, in overtime. The defeat ultimately served as the Central League championship game as the Cougars dethroned Conestoga, which won the crown in 2009.
But in the District 1 championship game, the Pioneers avenged the defeat with an 8-4 triumph over Springfield-Delco.
The story for Conestoga all year was its deep and talented senior class. In all, an amazing total of 15 Pioneer seniors committed to play lacrosse for 2010-11.