By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/4/11
It was a good week for Philly on a national scale as Conestoga defeated Boys’ Latin (Md.) and set up the possibility of us two Philadelphia teams being ranked in the top two or three in at least one national poll.
The Here is the year’s third Phillylacrosse.com Boys’ Rankings:
1. Haverford School (5-0) – The Fords, after several easier wins, begin the next meaty part of their schedule Tuesday when they open Inter-Ac League play at No. 7 Germantown Academy. They play at South Jersey power St. Augustine Prep Thursday and then host No. 4 St. Joseph’s Prep Saturday. Prev: No. 1
2. Conestoga (3-0) – The Pioneers gave Philly lacrosse a major boost by defeating Boys’ Latin on Tuesday. Their biggest game this week may be a home date with Ohio’s Worthington Kilbourne on Friday. Prev: No. 2.
3. Malvern Prep (3-1) – The Friars dive right into the Inter-Ac schedule this week by hosting Penn Charter on Tuesday and then playing at Episcopal Academy Friday before hosting Worthington-Kilbourne Saturday. Prev: No. 4.
4. St. Joseph’s Prep (2-1) – The Hawks earned two key wins over Inter-Ac squads last week: 13-12 over Penn Charter and 11-8 over Episcopal Academy. They face the ultimate test Saturday at Haverford School. Prev: No. 5.
5. Garnet Valley (3-0) – The Jaguars face a challenging week as they travel to Strath Haven Tuesday, host Radnor in another big Central League game Thursday and then play at No. 9 Avon Grove on Saturday. Prev: No. 6.
6. Episcopal Academy (3-1) – The Churchmen host a strong Brunswick School (Ct.) squad on Wednesday and then open Inter-Ac play Friday at home against Malvern Prep. Prev: No. 3.
7. Germantown Academy (4-0) – The Patriots have defeated four strong teams: Abington, Brunswick, Collegiate School (Va.) and Norfolk (Va.) to open the season. But the real measuring stick comes Tuesday in the form of Haverford School. Prev: No. 10.
8. Downingtown West (3-0) – The Whippets earned a hard-fought 7-5 win over Penncrest and now gear for Tuesday’s Ches-Mont League opener at home against Henderson. Prev: No. 10.
9, Avon Grove (4-0) – The Devils have a strong senior-laden team without a lot of big-name players. They scored a big 11-7 victory over Spring-Ford on Saturday after edging Great Valley in overtime on Thursday night. They get a major test Saturday when they host Garnet Valley. Prev: NR
10. La Salle (0-3) – Expect this team to come back from a tough start. They open Catholic League play today at home against Roman Catholic, and host Archbishop Carroll Wednesday before gearing for Friday afternoon’s special Travis Manion Foundation benefit game Friday against DeMatha (Md.) at Navy/Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis. Prev: No. 7.
Under Consideration: Allentown Central Catholic (3-0), Bishop Shanahan (2-0), Central Bucks East (3-1), Downingtown East (3-1), Great Valley (2-1), Penn Charter (4-2), Radnor (2-1), Ridley (3-0), Springfield-Delco (2-1), Spring-Ford 3-1), Strath Haven (3-0)