The “season outlook” – that’s what we’re calling our print season preview – will be out tomorrow, so this Super 7 runs with that. For team-by-team previews/outlooks, check each team’s page. I’m still working on them, as they’re hard to do when you’re trying to get everything together, but I’ll have them soon enough.
Anyway, email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter is @MattChandik. Let’s go.
1. Springfield (6-0, 2-0) Last week: No. 4.
I tried to stress this early, but for good measure, here goes. There’s going to be a lot – a lot – of movement in the Super 7 this year and that’s evident with a new top dog. Hard to argue with the Cougars at the top, though, after they beat a pair of Central League contenders in Harriton (11-8) and Strath Haven (11-10. Emily Santana had the winner against the Panthers, while she and two-time All-Delco Alex Poplawski fired home a hat trick against the Rams. The Central League gauntlet doesn’t stop, though, especially with Conestoga tomorrow.
2. Radnor (4-1, 2-0) Last week: No. 2.
Big week for the Red Raiders, one in which they went 2-1, including an 8-7 double overtime win over Garnet Valley. Kate Stanley was the hero in that one with her OT goal, while defender Lyndsey Britton was all over the field with two goals and three ground balls and Abby Junior had three ground balls and three caused turnovers. Radnor bounced back from its first loss of the year, a 9-8 defeat against Georgetown Visitation (D.C.), to topple Rumson Fair-Haven (N.J.), 13-7. A Friday date with next door neighbor Archbishop Carroll is intriguing.
3. Strath Haven (4-1, 1-1) Last week: No. 1.
The previously top-ranked Panthers tumble two spots because of their loss to Springfield, but it’s a bunch of No. 1-worthy teams that I have to somehow separate. Getting back on track immediately with a win over Manheim Township was a nice touch, especially with Morgan Glassford and Kirsten Wilhelmsen doing what they usually do – scoring. Strath Haven has a stretch against some of the Central League teams that have struggled in the early going, but it can’t afford to trip up.
4. Garnet Valley (3-2, 0-2) Last week: No. 3.
Weird seeing a 2 in the loss column in league play, but the Jaguars just didn’t get the breaks they needed in one-goal losses to Strath Haven and Radnor. They’ll be back, though, and their offensive depth is starting to shine through. Freshman Emily Mathewson has been a pleasant surprise in the early going, while Julia McGrath erupted for a career-high five points in a 15-10 win over West Chester East.
5. Archbishop Carroll (2-3, 1-0) Last week: No. 5.
Looking a lot like 2012 all over again for the Patriots. They haven’t been able to close things out in nonleague games, albeit against tough teams, but whacked St. Hubert in their first league game. Taryn Deck is off to a blazing start for Carroll as she netted hat tricks in games against both Milton (Ga.) and St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.), while Margaret Filippelli had two goals and two helpers against Milton. Catholic League games with Cardinal O’Hara and Archbishop Ryan precede a battle with next door neighbor Radnor this Friday.
6. Episcopal Academy (2-2, 2-0) Last week: No. 6.
The Churchmen got on the board with a pair of wins against rival Agnes Irwin and Downingtown East. The Owls are much improved, but EA was able to hold them off thanks to three goals from both Lynda Michaels and Lily Crager, plus nine saves from Lindsey Reder. Meghan Hubley caused six (!!!) turnovers, too. MC Curran then took over with four goals and two assists against the Cougars, while Michaels had five points. Friday’s game against Germantown Academy is intriguing.
7. Agnes Irwin (2-2, 0-2) Last week: Not ranked.
Seems odd to bump the Owls up after two losses, but I was more curious about how they’d hold up against EA than anything. AIS lost, but a year ago, they lost by an average of 9.5 goals to the Churchmen. Jen Duckenfield is putting an awful lot of trust in her young players, some as young as eighth grade, and it’s going to pay off in spades when they fully develop. Until then, though, they’re still going to be a pain for teams to deal with. Hannah Keating is one of those freshmen, and she had a hat trick against EA. Laura Pansini, another freshman, scored twice.
Dropped out: Notre Dame. Also considered in alphabetical order: Haverford, Notre Dame.
Stats, including the first batch of county leaders, will be posted late tonight when I finally catch up with everything. There will also be a Player of the Week post and the Week That Was.
– MATT CHANDIK