By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/18/14
The Quakers won their second straight Tournament of Champions title last year and enter the 2014 season with 51 straight wins. The Rams are the defending PIAA champions and return enough starters to stamp themselves as the favorites to repeat. They also will make a debut Friday in style as they take on the nation’s No. 1 team, McDonogh School (MD), in Vero Beach, FL.
1. Moorestown (25-0 last year) – The Quakers won their 12th Tournament of Champions title in 14 years last year and are the clear favorite to repeat.
2. Harriton (25-2) – The Rams lost only two starters. We’ll know a lot about their standing on the national scene this weekend when they play the nation’s top-ranked team, McDonogh School (Friday) and Florida power Vero Beach (Saturday).
3. Garnet Valley (16-6) – The Jaguars advanced to the district quarterfinals last year and should be one of the top challengers to Harriton in the Central League, district and state playoffs.
4. Radnor (20-5) – The Red Raiders won a share of the Central League title and reached the PIAA finals for the third time in five years last year. They will again be a league, district and state contender.
5. Shawnee (19-3) – 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 (20-5) – The Cougars won a share of the Central League championship last year. They are perennial contenders.
7. Strath Haven (18-5) – The Panthers claimed a share of the Central League championship and are expected to be another Central League contender.
8. Archbishop Carroll (16-6) – The Patriots won their 13th straight Catholic League crown last year, and are always searching to make their mark at the state level.
9. Manheim Township (22-5) – The District 3 champion Blue Streaks reached the state semifinals last year and lost just one starter. This could be a team that makes some waves; we’ll find out quickly since the Streaks open Friday at Strath Haven.
10. Episcopal Academy (16-4) – EA won its ninth straight Inter-Ac League championship and its third straight PA Independent Schools tourney in 2013. It’s again a league favorite.
11. Boyertown (20-5) – The Bears, winners of 10 straight Pioneer Athletic Conference titles, are once again the league favorite.
12. Conestoga (17-7) – The Pioneers, who qualified for the state tourney for the second straight year, are young but should be a factor as their youth matures.
13. Cape Henlopen (17-1) – The Vikings won their fifth straight Delaware state championship. We would love to see some matchups with PA powers.
14. Unionville (12-7) – The Indians should be a major challenger to the 2-year throne held by Great Valley as Ches-Mont League champion.
15. Germantown Academy (18-4) – The Patriots should be a challenger in the Inter-Ac League.
Under consideration Agnes Irwin (13-9) Friends’ Central (19-3), Great Valley (18-4), Hatboro-Horsham (16-3) Henderson (15-4), Merion Mercy (15-4), Notre Dame (13-9),