By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/16/12
Garnet Valley nearly absorbed the biggest upset in years Saturday when it needed a late rally to defeat Avon Grove, 12-11 in overtime. The No. 2 Jags trailed by a surprising 8-3 score at halftime.
Radnor, meanwhile, rebounded well from its 11-8 loss to Garnet Valley Tuesday by winning two games Saturday over national powers, Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.) and Notre Dame Prep (Md.) at the St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes Spring Fling in Virginia.
This week’s rankings:
1, Moorestown (6-0) – The Quakers passed their first major test Saturday when they handled Washington Township, 14-6. They host Shawnee Saturday in another key game. Prev: No. 1
2, Garnet Valley (9-0) – Jags coach Kate Henwood said the near-loss to Avon Grove was necessary to wake her team up. Garnet Valley has two Central League tests this week; a home date with Haverford High Tuesday and a road game at No. 4 Harriton on Thursday. Prev: No. 2
3, Great Valley (7-0) – The Patriots’ attack has been unstoppable. They are averaging 17 goals a game. Prev: No. 3
4, Harriton (9-0) – The Rams have their toughest week yet; Tuesday at home vs. Conestoga and Thursday at home vs. No. 2 Garnet Valley. Prev: No. 4
5, Radnor (5-2) – The Red Raiders made a nice statement for Philly girls’ lacrosse Saturday by downing Rumson-Fair Haven, 10-9, and Notre Dame Prep, 13-8, at the St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes Spring Fling. They have a key date Thursday at home vs. Central League foe Conestoga. Prev: No. 5
6, Shawnee (4-0) – The Renegades have yet to be tested, but play Saturday at No. 1 Moorestown. Prev: No. 6
7, Springfield-Delco (6-1) – The Cougars had an impressive 16-7 win over Conestoga after nearly squandering a big lead vs. Strath Haven, 15-14. Prev: No. 7.
8, Notre Dame Academy (5-0) – The Fighting Irish have a key game today at Merion Mercy, a team that easily could be ranked. Prev: No. 10
9, Upper Dublin (6-1) – The Cardinals looked strong in a 12-7 victory over Boyertown. Prev: NR
10, Hatboro-Horsham (7-0) – The Hatters gained a key 10-9 victory over North Penn to take the first battle of the top teams in the Suburban One Continental Conference. Prev: NR
Honorable mention: Archbishop Carroll (4-5), Boyertown (6-3), Conestoga (4-2), Council Rock North (6-2), Episcopal Academy (4-2), Haverford High (8-1), Henderson (8-0), Merion Mercy (7-0), Mount St. Joseph (6-2).