By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/17/12
The race for No. 1 is hotter than ever after Conestoga was bested by an impressive Garden City squad, 12-11, at Checking for Cancer and host Haverford School thumped Lawrenceville School, 10-3. The nod here goes to Haverford despite Conestoga holding on slightly to the No. 1 spot in the PA Media Rankings just released minutes before.
This week’s Phillylacrosse.com Rankings:
1, Haverford School (10-1) – The Fords have been at their best lately and it comes at a good time as they travel today to Malvern Prep and then Friday night to Episcopal Academy for their two biggest Inter-Ac League games thus far. Prev: No. 2
2, Conestoga (7-1) – The Pioneers are allowed to lose every once in a while, aren’t they? They had to make one too many comeback attempts in the loss to Garden City, which had a little too much firepower. The Pioneers host Radnor Thursday and Canada power Hill Academy on Saturday. Prev: No. 1
3, Episcopal Academy (10-1) – The Churchmen had a big week, with impressive wins over Malvern Prep (9-4) and Radnor (12-6). The stakes get higher this week as they host Penn Charter today and Haverford School Friday night. Prev: No. 5.
4. Downingtown West (10-0) – The Whippets won an amazing five games in a span of seven days, the biggest one an 8-7 overtime decision of Ridley. They play Thursday at Kennett. Prev: No. 8
5. St. Augustine Prep (5-2) – The Hermits scored a huge win for South Jersey lacrosse when they toppled La Salle, 11-10, in overtime Saturday at Checking for Cancer. They have another big test Saturday at Penn Charter. Prev: NR
6, La Salle (4-3) – The Explorers look to rebound from Saturday’s loss today when they host St. Joseph’s Prep in the annual Catholic League grudge match. They also host DeMatha (D.C.) in the annual Travis Manion-Brendan Looney Memorial Game at 2 p.m. Prev: No. 3
7, Salesianum School (5-1) – The Sals made a big statement for Delaware lacrosse by handing previously-undefeated Chatham (N.J.) a 10-9 overtime loss at Checking for Cancer. A date to circle on the calendar is April 24 when they travel to Malvern Prep. Prev: No. 10
8, Lawrenceville School (7-1) – The Big Red had hoped to give Haverford School a better game Saturday, but the Fords’ defense was air tight. They host Seton Hall Prep on Thursday. Prev: No. 4
9, Central Bucks East (8-0) – The Patriots did nothing wrong to drop down two spots, except some others beat nationally-ranked teams and jumped ahead. East tackles Souderton Wednesday on the road. Prev: No. 6
10, Henderson (8-1) – The Warriors have stamped themselves as a clear contender in the District 1 scene. They play at West Chester East tonight in a special event, the “Drew Bauer City Chammpionship Memorial Game’ in honor of the late youth coach and lacrosse player. Prev: NR
Honorable Mention: Downingtown East (5-3), Garnet Valley (7-1), Malvern Prep (3-5), Penn Charter (6-7), Pennsbury (6-1) Ridley (8-2), St. Joseph’s Prep (4-4).