By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/7/12
The final week of the regular season for the PIAA has arrived.
With the season winding down, championships are being decided and teams are jockeying for higher seedings. Brackets will be released next weekend.
This week’s rankings:
1, Moorestown (16-0) – The Quakers downed Harriton, 18-8, giving them a second win over Central League foes (Strath Haven was the first). they host Ridgewood Tuesday ina rematch of the Tournament of Champions finals last year that Ridgewood won, 10-9. Prev: No. 1
2, Great Valley (16-0) – The Patriots made the Ches-Mont League first-place showdown with Henderson a rout quickly and triumphed, 18-5. They can finish an undefeated regular season by downing Sun Valley and Kennett this week. Prev: No. 2
3, Garnet Valley (16-1) – The Jaguars clinched the Central League championship and can finish it out undefeated by downing host Conestoga on Tuesday. Prev: No. 3
4, Radnor (12-3) – The Red Raiders have won six straight and are peaking at the right time. They can wrap up the No. 2 seed in the Central League by defeating Penncrest Tuesday. Today they host Archbishop Carroll and Notre Dame on Thursday. Prev: No. 5
5, Shawnee (9-1) – The Renegades dropped an 18-11 decision to powerful Ridgewood. Prev: No. 4
6, Harriton (13-3) – The Rams can claim the third seed in the Central League with road wins over Upper Darby (Tuesday) and Haverford High (Thursday). Prev: No. 6
7, Springfield-Delco (12-3) – The Cougars can finish 8-3 in the Central League with a win Tuesday over Lower Merion. Prev: No. 7
8, Upper Dublin (14-1) – The Cardinals clinched their fifth straight Suburban One American Conference title Friday when they routed Wissahickon, 17-2. They have not lost a conference game since May 4, 2007 (to Cheltenham). This week they face several major out-of-league tests, playing at Conestoga today and hosting Springfield-Delco Friday. Prev: No. 8
9, Conestoga (10-6) – The Pioneers host No. 8 Upper Dublin today in a rare Central League-Suburban One game that will tell us something about the strength of the leagues. Then Tuesday they have the task of being the last Central League team to get a crack at Garnet Valley. Prev: No. 9
10 (TIE), Council Rock North (13-2) – The Indians clinched the Suburban One National Conference championship last week, giving them two in a row and two straight outright. Prev: No. 10
10 (TIE), Strath Haven (8-7) – The Panthers enter the rankings for the first time this year after a very nice stretch of four wins in five games, including s victory over Conestoga. Strath Haven has also played one of the toughest non-league slates; they held their own against Moorestown and Manheim Township. Best yet? The Panthers host fellow No. 10 CR North on Thursday. Prev: NR.
Honorable mention: Archbishop Carroll (9-7), Boyertown (14-4), Council Rock North (13-2), Episcopal Academy (10-5), Germantown Friends (14-0), Hatboro-Horsham (10-2), Haverford High (11-5), Henderson (14-2), Lenape (9-1), Merion Mercy (14-2), Notre Dame Academy (11-2), Strath Haven (6-6), Washington Township (10-2).