I didn’t blog the last Super 7 because it was, what, four days after the previous one just because of how we were putting out outlooks. Here’s what it was in last Friday’s edition of the Daily Times.
1. Episcopal Academy (5-3)
2. The Haverford School (5-3)
3. Garnet Valley (5-2)
4. Radnor (5-2)
5. Ridley (5-1)
6. Penncrest (4-1)
7. Springfield (3-3)
I’m back to blogging this one, though, so that’s what I’ll be referring to when I mention the team’s movement up or down in the rankings. Because notebooks are taken care of early, this does not reflect games played Thursday, as you’ll notice in the 5-6 spots, but the records are updated with yesterday’s games.
Email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter is @MattChandik. Here we go…
1. Episcopal Academy (8-3, 3-0) Last week: No. 1.
The Churchmen had a really, really good week. Like, about as good as it gets. Beating Springside Chestnut Hill was expected, but EA also had to fend off a strong Conestoga team in a closer-than-expected game. Colin Reder and Robbie Zonino apparently put on a show between the pipes and Reder got the win with his 10-save effort. The biggest win, though, was an 8-7 come-from-behind overtime win over Malvern Prep. Ian Strain has on fire all year and he had the game-tying and game-winning goals over the Friars. Not bad. If EA can get past a good Penn Charter team today, it would add just a little bit more zest to its Tuesday’s showdown with…
2. The Haverford School (8-3, 3-0) Last week: No. 2.
Yep, the Fords. They are really, really, really good. Haverford School wasn’t a very good host at its Checking For Cancer tournament as they took out insidelacrosse.com’s then-No. 3 Salisbury (Conn.), 13-11. Peter Blynn was on fire with two goals and three assists. A 20-6 blowout of Springside Chestnut Hill wasn’t surprising for the win itself, rather for the 20-spot that featured eight combined goals from the McBride – Gavin, Tucker and Shane – brothers. The Fords take on Malvern Prep today, which should be a dandy.
3. Radnor (8-2, 5-1) Last week: No. 4.
As you may have heard, the Red Raiders ripped rival Conestoga, 10-3, for their first win over the Pioneers since 2003. Jake Shapiro had a monster 14-for-16 day at the faceoff X, which was, obviously, pretty big. for Radnor. That came on the heels of an impressive 8-6 win over Ridley. Peter Donato had two goals and two assists to lead the way. I know the Red Raiders have a win over EA already, but head-to-head only takes you so far when everyone’s beating each other in the county.
4. Ridley (8-2, 5-1) Last week: No. 5.
The Radnor loss was tough for the Green Raiders, but beating Penncrest by a touchdown after being down early was a good sign for Kevin Ellers‘ group. The defense is earning praise league-wide, especially senior defenseman Nick Eufrasio, and Matt Borchert led the offensive charge against the Lions with four goals. Huge game against Garnet Valley next Tuesday.
5. Springfield (5-4, 4-2) Last week: No. 7.
Like I said, done before the Cougars’ 10-6 loss to Garnet Valley last night, so this obviously changes. But even with that loss, Springfield did get a really nice comeback win over Penncrest. Down 8-3 and then 9-6 with three minutes to go, they battled back with Steve Halko tying the game and Vince Marra winning it in overtime. Lucas Spence has been nothing short of fantastic. Thursday’s game vs. Ridley will be telling for the Cougars.
6. Garnet Valley (7-3, 5-1) Last week: No. 3.
You’ll go insane if you try to figure out this team for too long. I already have. How does a team beat Radnor and Penncrest, but lose to Haverford? Beats me. The win over Springfield was big for positioning, though, and the Jaguars got it thanks to four points from Robert Raucci and two goals apiece from Vail Urso, Dylan Lee and Brandon Dowd. Tuesday’s date with Ridley looms, as does a marquee nonleague game at the Katie Samson Festival against St. Augustine Prep (N.J.).
7. Penncrest (5-3, 3-3) Last week: No. 6.
Not the best of weeks for the Lions. They gave away a huge lead to Springfield, something that the Cougars took full advantage of, then fell apart against Ridley. A win over rapidly-improving Lower Merion was nice, though. Liam O’Donnell played some LSM in that win over the Aces and stood out, as did Christian Mayer. Dylan Protesto‘s offensive game is picking up with six goals in his last three games.
Dropped out: None. Also considered: None.
Stats leaderboard to be posted either today or tomorrow.
– MATT CHANDIK