By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/12/10
Haverford School did nothing to tarnish its hold on the No. 1 spot in the Phillylacrosse.com Boys’ Rankings. Despite several key injuries, the Fords (7-2) outscored Hill Academy of Ontario, Canada, 14-7, and Texas power Highland Park, 11-3, to win an invitational that started Saturday at the New Meadowlands before the Big City Classic and concluded Sunday at Lawrenceville School.
The other big mover this week was St. Joseph’s Prep, which earned key wins over Episcopal Academy (5-4 on Tuesday in double overtime) and Malvern Prep (7-5 Saturday at Evanfest). In between, the Hawks dropped a respectable 6-3 decision to New Jersey power Summit.
Here are the Phillylacrosse.com Boys’ Rankings:
1. Haverford School (7-2) – The Fords took the big stage at the Big City Classic and pummeled powerful Hill Academy before using a strong defense and goaltending to stymie Highland Park. They host undefeated Germantown Academy Tuesday in their Inter-Ac League opener and meet New Jersey power Chatham in the “Checking for Cancer” Invitational at Haverford Saturday. (Prev: 1).
2. Conestoga (5-1) – The Pioneers had all they could handle Saturday in a 5-4 win over Emmaus after using a strong final three periods to overcome Garnet Valley last Tuesday. They play at Upper Darby Tuesday and host Lower Merion Thursday before taking on Darien (CT) in the “Checking for Cancer” Invite Saturday. (Prev: 2).
3. La Salle (5-1) – The Explorers swept through three games last week, but have a challenging week as they host Episcopal Academy Tuesday and then meet Georgetown Prep Saturday at the “Checking for Cancer” Invitational. (Prev: 3)
4. Springfield-Delco (5-1) –. The Cougars avenged two losses to Downingtown East Saturday with a 9-4 win over the rival Cougars. They play at Harriton Tuesday and host Strath Haven Thursday as they gear for a Central League showdown April 20 against Conestoga. (Prev: 4).
5. Emmaus (3-3) – The Green Hornets had their chance to slay a big name, but fell to No. 4 Springfield-Delco, 8-7, on Thursday. They play at William Allen Wednesday in a Lehigh Valley game and then gear for Saturday’s clash at Conestoga. (Prev: 4)
6. St. Joseph’s Prep (2-2) – The Prep did not play its best game against La Salle, though, the Explorers had a lot to do with that. The Hawks host EA Tuesday and then play New Jersey power Summit Wednesday in a game tentatively scheduled for Franklin Field (8 p.m.). Then they play Malvern Prep Saturday in the close to a big week. (Prev: 9).
7. Garnet Valley (4-1) – The Jaguars put a scare into Conestoga for a period Tuesday before losing, but have established themselves as a legitimate Central League contender. They host Strath Haven Tuesday and play at Radnor Thursday in key league games. (Prev: NR).
8. Episcopal Academy (7-1) – The Churchmen rebounded from their heartbreaking double overtime loss to St, Joe’s Prep Tuesday by whipping Peddie School (N.J.), 12-3 Saturday. They face a huge test Tuesday at La Salle and host Malvern Prep Friday night in their Inter-Ac opener. (Prev: 7).
9. Malvern Prep (5-2) – The Friars dropped a tough 7-5 decision to St. Joe’s Prep Saturday at Evanfest, but seek to rebound Tuesday in their Inter-Ac opener at Penn Charter before playing at EA Friday night. (Prev: 6).
10. Germantown Academy (4-0) – The Patriots get the nod for the 10th spot over Pennsbury by virtue of their one-goal win over Abington. We find out exactly where the Pats stand Tuesday when they play their Inter-Ac opener at Haverford School. They play at Penn Charter Thursday. (Prev: NR).
Teams to Watch (alphabetic order): Abington (2-1), Central Bucks East (3-1), Hatboro-Horsham (4-1), Pennsbury (6-0), Ridley (6-1), Salesianum School (2-1), Spring-Ford (6-0).
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