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PIAA champ La Salle finishes 8th in final UA/Inside Lacrosse Power Rankings: Conestoga is 19th

Thursday, 18th June 2009

Categories Boy's/Men's, High School, Rankings, posted 6/18/09

    La Salle, which won the first Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic (PIAA) boys’ lacrosse championship, finished eighth in the final Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse High School Power Rankings released this morning.

    The Explorers (21-4) started the season as the No. 2 team, but dropped their opener to Conestoga and then fell to eventual National champion Gilman (8-7) and No. 4 Calvert Hall (11-10) in heartbreaking overtime games in which La Salle held late leads.

    The Explorers then won 20 of its final 21 games – falling only to No. 13 Georgetown Prepp in double overtime (7-6) – along the way. La Salle capped the season by toppling Conestoga, 7-3, in the PIAA title game.

     La Salle’s other big wins came over No. 22 West Genesee (7-3), Inter-Ac League co-champions Malvern Prep (4-3 in overtime) and Haverford School (10-3) and St. Joseph’s Prep (twice, the second time in the District 12 title game).

    Central League and District 1 champion Conestoga, meanwhile, finished No. 19 in the Power Rankings with a record of 24-2. The Pioneers remained in the Top 25 all season after their win over La Salle.

    Gilman opened the season ranked No. 1 and regained the top spot by winning the MIAA A Conference championship, Gilman had one of the nation’s most difficult schedules, a slate that included the teams that finished Nos. 4, 5, 8 and 13 in the final Power Rankings. Additionally, the Greyhounds were paced by their record five Under Armour All-Americans — midfielders Jack Doyle (Harvard) and Greg McBride (North Carolina), attackmen Marcus Holman (North Carolina) and Dave Emala (Georgetown) and defenseman Harry Prevas (Virginina).

    The final Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Rankings:

1. Gilman (Md.) (15-1)

Previous: 1. Won MIAA A championship.

2. West Islip (N.Y.) (22-1)

Previous: 5. Won NYSPHSAA Class A championship.

3. Manhasset (N.Y.) (20-1)

Previous: 11. Won NYSPHSAA Class C championship.

4. Calvert Hall (Md.) (14-4)

Previous: 6. Lost in the MIAA A championship.

5. St. Mary’s Annapolis (Md.) (15-2)

Previous: 2. Lost in the MIAA A semifinals.

6. St. Anthony’s (N.Y) (16-2)

Previous: 16. Won NYCHSAA championship.

7. Summit (N.J.) (22-1)

Previous: 17. Won New Jersey Tournament of Champions.

8. La Salle (Pa.) (21-4)  

Previous: 15. Won PIAA championship.  

9. LaFayette (N.Y.) (23-1)

Previous: 3. Lost in NYSPHSAA Class C championship.

10. Deerfield (Mass.) (15-1)

Previous: 9. Tied for the New England West Division I lacrosse league title.

11. Saint Andrew’s (Fla.) (24-0)

Previous: 10. Won FHSAA State Championship.

12. Canandaigua (N.Y.) (22-2)

Previous: Unranked. Won NYSPHSAA Class B championship.

13. Georgetown Prep (Md.) (20-3)

Previous: 12. Won the IAC championship.

14. Orchard Park (N.Y.) (21-2)

Previous: Unranked. Lost in NYSPHSAA Class A championship.

15. Yorktown (N.Y.) (18-3)

Previous: 8. Lost in NYSPHSAA Class A semifinals.

16. Ithaca (N.Y.) (18-3)

Previous: Unranked. Lost in NYSPHSAA Class A semifinals.

17. Delbarton (N.J.) (19-3)

Previous: 4. Lost in New Jersey Tournament of Champions final.

18. Highland Park (Texas) (18-1)

Previous: 20. Won THSLL state championship.


19. Conestoga (Pa.) (24-2)  

Previous: 13. Lost in PIAA championship.  

20. Niskayuna (N.Y.) (24-1)

Previous: 14. Lost in NYSPHSAA Class B championship.

21. Salisbury School (Conn.) (13-1)

Previous: 24. Tied for the New England West Division I lacrosse league title.

22. West Genesee (N.Y.) (20-2)

Previous: 7. Lost in the Section 3 final.


23.Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) (15-3)

Previous: 19. Lost in the Section 8 final.

24. Coronado (Calif.) (21-2)

Previous: Unranked. Won CIF South championship.

25. Chaminade (N.Y.) (14-5)

Previous: 21. Lost in the NYCHSAA championship.

Dropped Out

Corning East (N.Y.) (18-2)

Previous: 18. Lost in the Section 4 final.

Ward Melville (N.Y.) (16-4)

Previous: 22. Lost in the Section 11 final.

Loyola Blakefield (Md.) (11-7)

Previous: 23. Lost in the MIAA A semifinals.

Boys’ Latin (Md.) (14-4)

Previous: 25. Lost in the MIAA A quarterfinals.

Regional Rankings will be released Friday 

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