Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/4/11
Breaking down today’s Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) boys’ quarterfinal matchups:
Conestoga (District 1, No. 1) vs.Hempfield (3-2), at Spring-Ford, 3 p.m.
The District 1 champion and defending state champion Pioneers (22-1) tackle the District 3 runner-up Black Knights (21-3).
Conestoga advanced by routing Cumberland Valley, 15-2, while Hempfield blitzed Delaware Valley, 19-3.
Hempfield’s losses there year came to Manheim Township (twice, 18-12 and 17-16 in overtime) and Ephrata (6-5). The Black Knights have not played a team from District 1, 11 or 12 this year. They fell to Seneca Valley of District 7 in the first round of states last year.
Conestoga, the Central League champ, is ranked No. 1 in the PIAA in the PA Media Rankings, No. 3 by MaxPreps, No.6 by ESPN RISE and No. 7 by Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse.
Allentown Central Catholic (11-1) vs. Central Bucks East (1-2) at Gov. Mifflin H.S., Shillington, 4 p.m.
This matchup features a rematch of the first game of the season when Allentown Central Catholic (19-4) earned a 10-8 win over the Patriots (21-2). The Patriots then reeled off 20 straight games, won the Suburban One Continental Conference crown and reached the District 1 finals where they fell to Conestoga.
CB East advanced to the PIAA quarterfinals by rallying past Ridley, 6-5.
Allentown Central Catholic is making its first trip top states after winning its first District 11 championship. The Patriots advanced with a 13-7 triumph over Wyomissing.
St. Joseph’s Prep (12-1) vs. Manheim Township (3-1), at Spring-Ford, 11 a.m.
Two highly-ranked district champions meet in this intriguing battle.
St. Joe’s Prep (17-4), which advanced by rallying past Pennsbury, 10-7, is making its first PIAA appearance. The Hawks won the District 12 title by earning an 8-6 win over La Salle, a team that had made state finals appearances in each of the first two seasons of the PIAA tourney.
The Prep is ranked No. 4 in the PA Media Rankings in the PIAA and No. 33 in the ESPN RISE Fab 50 – two spots behind Manheim Township.
The Lancaster-Lebanon champion Blue Streaks (22-1) are a legitimate force who advanced by toppling Downingtown West, 9-7. Their lone loss this season was a 12-11 defeat to Baltimore-area power St. Mary’s and they have one other win against a District 1 squad, 17-12 over Hatboro-Horsham.
Coached for former UMBC standout Kyle Wimer, the Blue Streaks have won 21 games in a row.
Mount Lebanon (7-1) vs. Sewickley Academy (7-2) at Hampton H.S., 3 p.m.
This is a matchup of the top two teams in the district.
Mount Lebanon (17-3), which toppled Sewickley, 10-8, in the District 7 finals last week, opened with a 14-13 overtime win over North Allegheny.
Sewickley (16-5) opened with a 14-4 rout of State College.