By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/4/12
Moorestown remained perfect last week and begins its quest for a New Jersey Tournament of Champions title. Meanwhile, in the PIAA, three Central League teams have reached the semifinals and for third time in the history of the four-year tourney two teams from the Central League could easily meet for the state title in Hershey on Saturday.
This week’s rankings:
1, Moorestown (24-0) – The Quakers defeated Mendham, 13-8, to win the NJSIAA Group 3 championship. They will play a first-round Tournament of Champions contest Tuesday vs. Group 2 champion Chatham at Monmouth University at 5 p.m.. Prev: No. 1
2, Radnor (21-4) – The Red Raiders face Garnet Valley Tuesday in the PIAA semifinals, tentatively at Haverford High at 4 p.m. This is a rematch of the District 1 semis, which Radnor won, 13-12. Garnet Valley won the first game, 11-8. Wow, what a matchup! Prev: No. 2
3, Garnet Valley (22-3) – The defending state champions have bounced back quite well from two straight District 1 losses, with clutch victories over Manheim Township and Harriton. They get their chance to avenge a District 1 semifinal loss to Radnor on Tuesday against the Red Raiders. Prev: No. 5
4. Strath Haven (16-9) – The Panthers pulled out a second straight one-goal win in states, toppling Conestoga, 8-7, after edging Archbishop Carroll, 9-8. They are the story of the post-season, coming out of the rugged Central League as the No. 5 seed to put themselves in a great position to make it to the PIAA finals for the second time. They face Penn Manor on Tuesday. Prev: No. 10
5, Harriton (20-5) – The Rams had a tough second-round draw in states and suffered a heartbreaking 12-11 loss to Garnet Valley. They lose only a few seniors and will be a force next year. Prev: No. 4
6, Conestoga (16-9) – The Pioneers’ late-season surge came to a heartbreaking end Saturday in an 8-7 loss to Strath Haven in the PIAA quarterfinals. Prev: No. 3
7, Great Valley (22-2) – The Patriots were undefeated Ches-Mont League champions. Prev: No. 6
8, Shawnee (17-3) – The Renegades were defeated by Moorestown, 19-8, in the South Jersey Group III title game. Their only losses this year were to Moorestown (twice) and Ridgewood (two-time defending state champion). Prev: No. 7
9, Episcopal Academy (16-6) – The Churchwomen tied for their eighth straight Inter-Ac championship (with Notre Dame) and then avenged a 18-11 loss to the Fighting Irish by handing them a 9-7 loss in the PA Independent Schools tourney. Prev: No. 8
10, Notre Dame (20-3) – The Fighting Irish won a share of their first Inter-Ac League title with Episcopal Academy Prev: No. 9
Honorable mention: Archbishop Carroll (13-9), Boyertown (17-5), Clearview Regional (17-5), Council Rock North (15-4), Friends’ Central (17-4), Henderson (17-3), Hatboro-Horsham (19-5), Merion Mercy (17-3), Springfield-Delco (17-6), Upper Dublin (16-4).