By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/28/11
The biggest news in the first full weekend of girls’ action was Archbishop Carroll’s near-miss in St. Petersburg, Fla., where the Patriots suffered a heartbreaking 10-9 loss to Florida powerhouse Vero Beach in the AmLax Challenge. Vero Beach was ranked 12th in the country by ESPN RISE, and has already played 10 games so there was no harm in losing for this poll’s sake.
This week’s poll:
1, Episcopal Academy (1-0) – EA looked strong in a 12-6 conquest of Delaware state champion Cape Henlopen, also ranked high in the ESPN RISE Fab 50. Next game is Wednesday at Unionville. Prev: No. 1.
2, Archbishop Carroll (1-1) – The Patriots move up a spot based on an impressive showing at AmLax, which also included a convincing 17-8 win over another Florida power, Lake Brantley. They open defense of their 10 Catholic League titles Wednesday at home against Boinner-Prendergast. Prev: No. 3
3, Downingtown East (0-0) – The Cougars open with a tough game Tuesday at Abington. Prev: No. 2.
4, Strath Haven (1-0) – The Panthers cruised in their opener (17-2 over Kennett) and face a stern test Tuesday against visiting Bishop Shanahan. Prev: No. 4
5, Radnor (0-0) – The Red Raiders open defense of their two PIAA titles Tuesday at home against Bayard Rustin, Prev: No. 5.
6, Springfield-Delco (1-0) – The Cougars host Haverford High in their Central League opener Thursday. Prev: No. 6.
7, Conestoga (0-0) – The Pioneers open Tuesday at Unionville. Prev: No. 7
8, Notre Dame (0-0) – The Irish open Thursday with a home date vs. Villa Maria Academy. Prev: No. 8.
9, North Penn (1-0) – The Maidens survived a test against Boyertown in their opener and open Suburban One Continental play Tuesday against Central Bucks East at home. Prev: No. 9.
10, Great Valley (1-0) – The Pats handled Phoenixville, 19-1, and face a nice test Tuesday at Boyertown. Prev: No. 10.
Under Consideration: Abington, Archbishop Wood, Bishop Shanahan, Boyertown, Council Rock North, Garnet Valley, Harriton, Merion Mercy, Methacton, Mount St. Joseph, Villa Maria Academy, Wissahickon.
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