By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/11/15
Agnes Irwin moved up two spots and joined Conestoga as the No. 1 team in the Phillylacrosse.com Rankings.
The Rationale: The top four teams in the rankings – Agnes Irwin (18-1), Conestoga (17-1), Radnor (16-1) and Moorestown (15-3)- are all among Top 20 teams in the nation and little separates them. Agnes Irwin was moved up with Conestoga based on its 8-7 win Wednesday at Moorestown, and hold on first place in the Inter-Ac League. AIS already has a 16-8 win over Conestoga early in the year and has won 10 straight since its 7-6 loss to Episcopal Academy. Conestoga remains in No. 1 based on its 17-game win streak and undefeated trek through the Central League, as well as its win over Episcopal.
This week’s Phillylacrosse.com Rankings:
1 (tie). Agnes Irwin (18-1) Prev: No. 3 The Owls need to defeat Notre Dame Tuesday and Baldwin Thursday to clinch the Inter-Ac title outright.
1. (tie) Conestoga (17-1) Prev: No. 1 The Pioneers won their first Central League crown since 2006 and host Pennsbury in the first round of the District 1 tourney as the top seed.
3. Radnor (16-1) Prev: No. 2The Raiders are seeded second and host West Chester East in the first round of the District 1 tourney.
4. Moorestown (15-3) Prev: No. 4 The Quakers suffered a 14-11 loss to Suffern to close their regular season. They remain a major contender to win a fourth straight Tournament of Champions NJ title.
5. Episcopal Academy (17-4) Prev: No. 5 EA downed Lancaster=-Lebanon League champion Manheim Township, 14-4 on Saturday.
6. Harriton (15-3) Prev: No. 8 The third-seeded Rams host Bayard Rustin in the first round of District 1 play on Tuesday.
7. Archbishop Carroll (15-1) Prev: No. 6 The Patriots earned the top seed in the Catholic League playoffs and are the favorite to win their 15th straight crown.
8. Lenape (15-1) Prev: No. 7 The Indians host Shawnee Monday in their regular-season finale.
9. Springfield-Delco (14-4) Prev: No. 9 The Cougars host Boyertown in the first round of district on Tuesday
10. Great Valley (15-3) Prev: No. 11 The Ches-Mont champion Patriots, seeded fourth, host Perkiomen Valley in the first round of districts on Tuesday
11. Garnet Valley (10-8) Prev: No. 10 The seventh-seeded Jaguars host North Penn in the first round of districts on Tuesday
12. Academy of Notre Dame (12-4) Prev: No. 12 The Fighting Irish host Agnes Irwin on Tuesday.
13. Unionville (14-3) Prev: No. 13 The sixth-seeded Indians host Phoenixville in the first round of districts on Tuesday
14. Cape Henlopen (11-4) Prev: No. 14 The Vikings are the favorite again to win a Delaware state championship.
15. Owen J. Roberts (19-1) Prev: No. 15 The fifth-seeded Wildcats won their first PAC-10 title since 2001 and host Downingtown West in the first round of districts on Tuesday.
Under considerationBishop Shanahan (13-4), Clearview Regional (11-6), Downingtown East (11-5), Friends’ Central (13-4), Haverford High (11-6), Lancaster Catholic (15-3), Manheim Township (13-6), Methacton (14-4), Seneca (11-5), Shawnee (10-4), Souderton (15-3), Southern Lehigh (18-0), Strath Haven (11-4).