By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/24/14
The Central League opens play Tuesday as the high school season kicks into gear – cold weather, or even snow, or not.
The most intriguing games are No. 2 Harriton at No. 6 Springfield-Delco and No. 3 Garnet Valley at No. 7 Strath Haven. Harriton, Springfield and Strath Haven are three of the four teams that shared the league title last year.
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2. Harriton (0-2) Prev: No. 2 – The Rams hope to profit from their two losses to mighty McDonogh School (MD) and host Vero Beach in a challenging Florida trip. They have little time to recover as they play Tuesday at Springfield-Delco.
3. Garnet Valley (1-0) Prev: No. 3- The Jaguars opened with a 16-12 win over Unionville and face a big Central League opener Tuesday at Strath Haven.
4. Radnor (1-0) Prev: No. 4 – The Red Raiders have a big Central League game Thursday at Garnet Valley.
5. Shawnee (0-0) Prev: No. 5 - The Renegades advanced to their First Tournament of Champions final last year when they fell to arch-rival Moorestown. They should again be one of the top challengers in New Jersey.
6. Springfield-Delco (2-0) Prev: No. 6 – The Cougars host Harriton Tuesday in an early Central League showdown.
7. Strath Haven (1-0) Prev: No. 7 – The Panthers host Garnet Valley Tuesday in another early Central League showdown.
8. Archbishop Carroll (2-0) Prev: No. 8 – The Patriots won twice in Florida, topping Ovieda (15-11) and Winter Springs (12-9).
9. Episcopal Academy (2-1) Prev: No. 10 – EA defeated Georgia powers Walton (13-12) and Lassiter (15-5) before bowing, 12-2, to nationally-ranked St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (VA) in a Florida trip to open the season.
10. Boyertown (0-0) Prev: No. 11- The Bears open PAC-10 and season play today against Owen J. Roberts.
11. Agnes Irwin (2-0) Prev: NR - The Owls defeated Friends’ Central (20-7) and Conestoga (18-14) to stamp themselves as a contender in the Inter-Ac League.
12. Cape Henlopen (1-0) Prev: No. 13 – The Vikings opened with a 7-6 win over Holy Cross (MD).
13. Unionville (0-1) Prev: No. 14 – The Indians gave No. 3 Garnet Valley a battle in falling, 16-12.
14. Germantown Academy (1-0) Prev: No. 15 – The Patriots opened with a 14-6 Inter-Ac League win over Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.
15. Great Valley (1-0) Prev: NR The Patriots face a big test Saturday when they play at Boyertown.
Under consideration Conestoga (0-1); Downingtown East (1-0); Friends’ Central (1-1), Hatboro-Horsham (0-1) Henderson (1-0), Manheim Township (0-1); Merion Mercy (1-0), Notre Dame (0-0)