This is one of a series of articles counting down the Top 20 Stories of Philly lacrosse for 2010
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/18/11
The Radnor girls’ lacrosse team continued its dominance in 2010.
The Red Raiders – the No. 3 Story of the Year in Philly lacrosse as named by Phillylacrosse.com – repeated as Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) champions and finished among the top 10 teams in every national poll.
Radnor went 26-1 in 2010, losing only an overtime game to Strath Haven. The loss – the first in the regular season for the Raiders after 52 straight wins – left Radnor, Strath Haven and Springfield-Delco as tri-champions of the Central League. But after that the Red Raiders swept their final 10 games.
Immediately after falling to Strath Haven, Radnor rallied from a 6-0 deficit and toppled Springfield-Delco, 8-7. The Raiders earned the top seed in the District 1 tourney and avenged a loss to Springfield-Delco in the 2009 title game by claiming an 8-6 victory over the Cougars. The game actually lasted two days since it was halted in the first half because of inclement weather a day earlier.
In the state finals, Radnor again had to beat the Cougars. This time the game was never close and the Raiders breezed, 14-7.
The victory, in essence, gave Radnor a third straight state crown. Two years earlier the Raiders had won the District 1 Class AAA crown, the final large school district title game one played before the sanctioning of a state playoff system by the PIAA.
The post-season brought Radnor many honors and more headlines. The Raiders finished as the No. 3 team in the nation according to Lacrosse Magazine, the No. 5 team according to LaxPower’s Coaches/Power Rankings and the No. 8 team according to ESPN RISEPOWERADE.
Radnor’s top player, senior Kelyn Freedman (signed with Georgetown), earned every possible honor. Freedman was named the MaxPreps Player of the Year, the Phillylacrosse.com Female Player of the Year, a US Lacrosse All-American for the third time, an Academic All-American, a member of the All-ESPN RISE Team, and an under Armour All-American.
Freedman also was named MVP while helping Team Philly win the Senior Division at the US Lacrosse National Tournament, and was MVP at the Vail Shootout in the U-19 scholastic division while playing for the Heather Leigh Albert squad that placed second. She also was named to the All-Star team at the inaugural US Lacrosse Champion Showcase at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., during the summer.
Lastly, long-time Radnor coach Phyllis Kilgour retired after an illustrious career. Kilgour won 574 games and coached for 44 years at Radnor schools where she led her Red Raiders to seven District 1 championships and the first two PIAA titles.