By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/10/10
The season has arrived! On Friday Philly boys’ lacrosse gets underway in style as Haverford School travels to St. Paul’s for a Philly-Baltimore grudge match and Penn Charter hosts Baltimore power Loyola-Blakefield.
Here is the year’s first Phillylacrosse.com Boys’ Rankings (last year’s records in parenthesis).
1 Haverford School (20-4) – The Fords are ranked No. 1 in two national polls and feature a top-rated national schedule. Still, the most important task is winning the Inter-Ac League, which is stronger than ever.
2. Conestoga (24-2) – The Pioneers aim for a second straight PIAA championship despite heavy graduation.
3. La Salle (21-3) – The Explorers, who have been to the state finals three straight years, are a top contender once again
4. St. Joseph’s Prep (12-8) – Is this the year the Hawks end La Salle’s seven-year strangle-hold on the Catholic League title and get their shot at a state crown?
5. Malvern Prep (13-8) – The Friars shocked everyone by sweeping Haverford School twice last year, so don’t count them out of the Inter-Ac title chase.
6. Garnet Valley (17-6) – The Jaguars should be Conestoga’s top competitor in the Central League.
7. Episcopal Academy (16-6) – The Churchmen are sometimes the forgotten team in the Inter-Ac, but have shown the ability to beat top-rated teams.
8. Germantown Academy (9-8) – The Patriots had victories over five District 1 playoff teams last year and return a number of key players.
9. Central Bucks East (16-5) – The Patriots are the early favorite in the Suburban One Continental Conference
10. Penn Charter (10-10) – The Quakers are yet another Inter-Ac team that boasts a national schedule and plenty of returning talent.
Under consideration: Abington, Avon Grove, Bishop Shanahan, Downingtown West, Great Valley, Hatboro-Horsham, Owen J. Roberts, Penncrest, Pennsbury, Radnor, Ridley, Spring-Ford, Strath Haven.