1. Haverford School (7-1-1) Last Week: 1
The Fords narrowly survived the opening test of the Inter-AC slate against Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. They may not get through that deep league unscathed, but they can maintain a reputation as one of the area’s best teams.
2. Upper Darby (7-3-0) Last Week: No. 4
As my notebook detailed, the Royals have risen to the occasion against some of the Central League’s best. A loss against Bonner-Prendergast is odd and makes you wonder if Upper Darby is letdown prone.
3. Radnor (6-1-2) Last Week: No. 5
The fact that Chris Martin is scoring goals by the bucket load and Wesley Dickson is among the county’s best keepers allays fears that the Red Raiders are one-dimensional and gets them the nod ahead of Strath Haven.
4. Strath Haven (6-4-1) Last Week: No. 4
Speaking of the Panthers, they’re having a bit of trouble finding goals of late. Some new combinations in a 2-0 win over Bishop Shanahan yielded goals from John Feruzzi and Connor Coan … and perhaps some answers going forward.
5. Springfield (5-2-1) Last Week: No. 3
Having Dave Sousa between the sticks gives the Cougars a chance against anyone. If ever they could get a run of goals from a striker like Jesse Stewart or Nick Jannelli, they could be very dangerous.
6. Episcopal Academy (3-3-3) Last Week: No. 7
A draw against a solid Penn Charter team is a good start to the Inter-Ac slate. Wills Singley has settled into the starting goalkeeping role splendidly, and the goals are coming.
7. Penn Wood (6-2-0) Last Week: No. 6
The Patriots had an easy go of things last week with just a win over Chichester in the league and a thrashing of Boys Latin. We’ll see if that pays off this week against Glen Mills and Interboro.
Also in the conversation: Penncrest, Bonner-Prendergast, Sun Valley.