By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/21/11
Rarely has there been a season where so many teams enter the year with aspirations of being a state champion or a No. 1 team in th Philly girls’ lacrosse scene.
This season there are no clear-cut favorites for the district or state titles or the Inter-Ac League. One reason is that two-time No. 1 Radnor has lost most of its starting lineup and many of the top teams have new coaches.
So, here are the preseason Phillylacrosse.com rankings (with last year’s records):
1, Episcopal Academy (16-5) – EA aims for its seventh straight Inter-Ac championship with several top Division I talents and a new coach.
2, Downingtown East (19-6) – Armed with a number of Division I recruits, the Cougars could be the class of the Ches-Mont League and a legitimate state contender.
3, Archbishop Carroll (15-6) – The Patriots have won 10 straight Catholic League crowns, but want a state title.
4, Strath Haven (18-4) – The Panthers, who also have a new coach, are one of many teams that make the Central League a powerhouse once again.
5, Radnor (26-1) – The Red Raiders, who have gone 75-2 in the past three seasons, lost nearly all their starters and legendary coach, Phyllis Kilgour. But don’t fret for them – or overlook them.
6, Springfield-Delco (23-3) – Springfield-Delco No. 6? I am sure the Cougars – perennial state contenders and Central League power – will paste this article on the wall as motivation.
7, Conestoga (13-10) – The Pioneers also have the potential to win a Central League, District 1 or state title.
8, Notre Dame (14-5) – The Irish remain a formidable challenger to Episcopal Academy in the Inter-Ac.
9, North Penn (19-4) – The Maidens have been the top team in the Suburban One League for the past few years and should again be a District 1 challenger.
10, Great Valley (21-3) – The Pats will be a Ches-Mont contender.
Under Consideration: Abington, Archbishop Wood, Bishop Shanahan, Boyertown, Council Rock North, Downingtown West, Friends’ Central, Garnet Valley, Harriton, Merion Mercy, Methacton, Mount St. Joseph, Souderton, Unionville, Upper Dublin, Villa Maria Academy, Wissahickon.
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