By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/8/12
The boys’ lacrosse season has arrived.
Friday at 4 p.m. in Towson, Md., the Penn Charter Quakers will face off against Loyola Blakefield, a team expected to challenge in the powerful MIAA.
The early-season slate continues Tuesday when Haverford School, last year’s national champion in all polls, hosts MIAA power St. Paul’s.
This year the Phillylacrosse.com Rankings will include teams from South Jersey and Northern Delaware as we expand our coverage throughout the tri-state area.
On Friday the first edition of the PA Media Lacrosse Rankings are unveiled.
Preseason Phillylacrosse.com Boys’ Rankings
1, Haverford School (23-0 last year) – The Fords lost a senior class for the ages, but return a standout senior group and plenty of big-game experience.
2, Conestoga (25-1) – The two-time state champions also graduated a standout senior class, but remain the team to beat in the PIAA.
3, Malvern Prep (14-6) – The Friars boast one of the top defenses anywhere and should challenge for the Inter-Ac League and Invitational championships.
4, Lawrenceville School (18-3) – The Big Red are loaded with talent and look to avenge a heartbreaking loss in the Inter-Ac Invitational semis when they meet host Haverford School April 14 at the Checking for Cancer Invitational.
5, La Salle (14-6) – After failing to make the state finals for the first time in four years, the Explorers are aiming for a return to Hershey.
6, St. Augustine Prep (17-5) – The Hermits are playing a national schedule this year and appear to have the talent to make their mark in New Jersey, and beyond.
7, Central Bucks East (22-3) – The Patriots will seek to make another run at a PIAA championship after placing second in District 1 and reaching the state semifinals last year.
8, Episcopal Academy (6-11) – The Churchmen figure to rebound strong from a disappointing 2011 season.
9, Salesianum School (16-1) – The defending Delaware state champion Sals will find out quickly where they stand on the national stage when they travel to MIAA power Calvert Hall on March 25. They also have dates this year at No. 3 Malvern Prep and No. 10 Penn Charter.
10, Garnet Valley (15-5) – Can the Jaguars make a run at a Central League and District 1 championship?
Honorable Mention: Abington (15-7), Downingtown East (13-6), Downingtown West (20-3),, Germantown Academy (14-5), Great Valley (15-5), Hill School (8-8), Moorestown (13-8), Penn Charter (12-11), Pennsbury (15-9), Radnor (12-8), Ridley (19-5), Shawnee (17-5), St. Joseph’s Prep (19-5).