By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/16/11
The District 1 tournament begins Tuesday for a field that has not been this balanced for years. Meanwhile, the Catholic League/District 12 playoffs begin this week and action continues in the Pennsylvania State Independent School Athletic Association tournament.
This week’s rankings:
1, Downingtown East (17-1) – The top-seeded and Ches-Mont League champion Cougars host Upper Perkiomen of the Pioneer Athletic Conference. Prev: No. 1
2, Springfield-Delco (16-2) – The fifth-seeded and Central League quad-champion Cougars host Wissahickon of the Suburban One American Conference. Prev: No. 2
3. Garnet Valley (16-2) – The third-seeded and Central League quad-champion Jaguars host Springfield-Montco of the Bicentennial League. Prev: No. 3
4, Harriton (16-2) – The fourth-seeded and Central League quad-champion Rams host Phoenixville of the PAC-10. Prev: No. 4
5, Great Valley (17-1) – The second-seeded and Ches-Mont runner-up Patriots host Cheltenham of the Suburban One American. Prev: No. 6
6, Archbishop Carroll (14-3) – The top-seeded Patriots play a Catholic League semifinal game Thursday against a team to be determined at Neumann University. Prev: No. 8
7, Episcopal Academy (12-4) – First-place EA hosts Baldwin School in a key Inter-Ac League game Tuesday, host Hill School Wednesday in the semifinals of the state Independent school tourney and then hosts second-place Notre Dame for the chance to win a seventh straight league crown on Friday. Prev: No. 7
8, Radnor (13-5) – The sixth-seeded and Central League quad-champion Red Raiders host Pennsbury of the Suburban One National Conference. Prev: No. 5
9, Notre Dame (12-3) – The Irish must win Friday at Episcopal Academy to have a chance at a piece of the Inter-Ac championship. Prev: No. 9
10. North Penn (17-1) – The eighth-seeded and Suburban One Continental Conference champion Maidens host West Chester East of the Ches-Mont. Prev: No. 10
Honorable Mention: Boyertown (16-4), Conestoga 11-6), Council Rock North (13-2), Haverford High (11-7), Hatboro-Horsham (15-2), Strath Haven (11-6), Merion Mercy (14-4), Upper Dublin (14-4), Villa Maria Academy (14-3).