By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/14/13
With the PIAA season only eight days away, here are the new Phillylacrosse.com Girls’ Rankings, expanded to the Top 15 teams and to include all of Delaware and Central PA to go with Philly, the Lehigh Valley and South Jersey.
Phillylacrosse.com Girls’ Rankings (last year’s records)
1. Moorestown (26-0) – The Quakers lost a lot from the No. 2 team in the country, but they are never rebuilding as much as reloading. The junior class is excellent so expect them to vie for another Tournament of Champions title.
2. Radnor (21-5) – The defending District 1 champion Red Raiders are a Central League favorite.
3. Strath Haven (17-10) – The Panthers were last year’s feel-good story in the post season when they reached the PIAA finals, and will again be a Central League power.
4. Conestoga (16-9) – The Pioneers were a District 1 finalist last year; they should challenge again for the title.
5. Harriton (20-5) – Armed with a number of top junior commits, the Rams are yet another Central League power capable of going far in the playoffs.
6. Shawnee (17-3) – The Renegades lost only to Moorestown (twice) and Ridgewood last year and will be a major challenger to the No. 1 Quakers this season.
7. Archbishop Carroll (13-9) – The Patriots have won 12 straight Catholic League championships, but are still searching for their first berth in a PIAA final.
8. Manheim Township (24-1) – The Blue Streaks graduated some standout players, but will again be the class of Lancaster County.
9. Springfield-Delco (17-6) – The Cougars look to challenge again for league, district and state honors after a tough finish in 2012.
10. Great Valley (22-2) – The Patriots are the favorite in the Ches-Mont League.
11. Garnet Valley (24-3) – The two-time defending state champion Jaguars are starting over with a new coach and a lot of new faces, but expect them to stay near the top.
12. Cape Henlopen (18-0) – The Vikings have won four straight Delaware state championships and a clear favorite to win a fifth.
13. Notre Dame Academy (20-3) – The Irish will again fight with Episcopal Academy for the Inter-Ac League crown.
14. Episcopal Academy (17-6) – EA has won or tied for the last eight Inter-Ac crowns.
15. Hatboro-Horsham (19-5) – The Hatters advanced to states last year and look to again be an elite team from the Suburban One.