By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/6/11
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) semifinals will feature a grudge match between the top two Ches-Mont League teams when champion Downingtown East meets Great Valley Tuesday at Harriton at 4 p.m.
Garnet Valley takes aim on a state championship berth when it meets District 3’s Penn Manor at Gov. Mifflin at 1 p.m.
This week’s rankings:
1, Downingtown East (24-1) – The Cougars had little trouble dispatching of District 3’s Cocalico, 19-4, and must face an old foe in Great Valley Tuesday in the semis at Harriton (4 p.m.) Downingtown East won the first contest with the Patriots, 9-7. Prev: No. 1
2. Garnet Valley (22-3) – The Jaguars looked like a well-oiled machine in downing Archbishop Carroll, 15-10, in the state quarterfinals Saturday. They meet Penn Manor, a 21-17 winner over Sewickley Academy, in the semis Tuesday at Gov. Mifflin, in Shillington, at 1 p.m. Prev: No. 2
3, Great Valley (21-3) – The Patriots claimed their second straight overtime win in the PIAA tourney with Saturday’s stunning 11-10 win over Springfied-Delco. They get their second shot at Downingtown East on Tuesday. Prev: No. 6
4, Episcopal Academy (17-4) – EA finished as the undefeated champion of the Inter-Ac League and the winner of the Pennsylvania Independent school tournament. Prev: No. 5
5, Springfield-Delco (21-4) – The Cougars made a great comeback to take a late lead in their quarterfinal contest with Great Valley only to suffer a heartbreaking loss in overtime. They were quad-champions of the Central League. Prev: No. 3
6, Archbishop Carroll (18-4) – The Patriots, winners of 11 straight Catholic League championship, were eliminated in the second round of the PIAA for the third straight year. Prev: No. 4
7, Harriton (20-3) – The Rams placed fifth in District 1 and shared a piece of their first Central League title with three other teams. Prev: No. 7
8. Boyertown (19-6) – The Bears placed sixth in District 1 and won their eighth straight Pioneer Athletic Conference title. Prev: No. 8
9, Notre Dame (14-4) – The Irish placed second in the Inter-Ac League. Prev: No. 9
10, Upper Dublin (17-7) – The Cardinals advanced to the PIAA tourney for the first time this year and won their fourth straight Suburban One American Conference championship. Prev: No. 10
Honorable Mention: Archbishop Wood (13-6), Conestoga (12-7), Council Rock North (15-5), Haverford High (12-8), Hatboro-Horsham (16-3), Merion Mercy (15-5), North Penn (18-2), Radnor (14-6), Strath Haven (12-7), Villa Maria Academy (15-4)