All-Delco is out today, which means if you’ve picked up the paper, you know the Super 7. But in case you didn’t, here it is.
1. Notre Dame (22-1-0) Inter-Ac and PAISAA tournament champion
The Irish had a dream season, losing only once and making up for it by beating Episcopal Academy twice and having the Churchwomen tie Agnes Irwin to give Notre Dame the Inter-Ac outright. Moira Putsch capped a legendary career with an 83-point season and her second straight Player of the Year nod. Kirsten Mansfield joined her on the All-Delco team and she, Taylor Leonhardt (24 points), Quinn Maguire (39 points) and goalie Gabby Carlini (11 shutouts) prove that the cupboard isn’t bare next year. At 22-1 with two wins over No. 2, the Irish definitely proved their worth as Delco’s top team.
2. Episcopal Academy (19-2-1) Inter-Ac and PAISAA tournament runner-up
EA had its chance at winning the Inter-Ac outright, then a split, but a loss to Notre Dame and a tie with Agnes Irwin denied the Churchwomen a title. Despite that, EA still had a fantastic season and is loaded next year as All-Delcos Margaux Paolino (36 points) and Christy Palazzese (16 points) headline a strong team. Defender Maddie Bacskai (15 points), who was firmly in the All-Delco mix until she suffered a devastating knee injury, will be back, but two-time All-Delco goalie Gianna Pileggi (89.1 percent save percentage, 11 shutouts) will be gone, as will Lexie Curry (33 points). How does EA replace that production?
3. Agnes Irwin (18-4-1) Inter-Ac 3rd place, PAISAA tournament semifinalist
Arguably the most pleasant surprise of the season, the Owls were a force to be reckoned with, thanks in no small part to All-Delco sisters Sophia (58 points) and Julianna Tornetta (40 points). AIS scored nonleague wins over Catholic League powers Archbishop Carroll and Cardinal O’Hara, too, showing that it’ll be a force to be reckoned with. Laura Donald was a defensive standout after transferring in from the Hill School, while Lucy Maguire quietly racked up 25 points. There’s a very real chance that the Owls could break up the Notre Dame-Episcopal Academy hierarchy next year, especially with the Tornettas as a foundation.
4. Cardinal O’Hara (16-6-0) Catholic League and District 12 Class AAA champions, PIAA Class AAA tournament qualifier
I considered keeping the Lions ahead of Agnes Irwin despite the loss to the Owls since O’Hara was missing its entire back line in that game, but the Owls’ tie with EA gave them a slight edge. Regardless, Grace Boston (58 points) and Marissa Cicione (44 points) repeated on their All-Delco selections, while Gabby Rowe controlled things defensively. It was surprising to see the Lions get shut out in the state tournament, but they ran into a hot goalie and couldn’t bounce back from an early deficit. O’Hara gets hit hard by graduation, but the likes of Jess Randazzo (21 points), Sarah Quintus (eight points, game-winning goal in the PCL title game) and Makayla Gallen (12 points) return, so the defending PCL champions will have talent to defend their crown with.
5. Archbishop Carroll (14-8-0) Catholic League runnerup, District 12 Class AA champion, PIAA Class AA tournament quarterfinalist
The Patriots nearly made it four straight PCL titles before falling in overtime to O’Hara, but they ultimately made it a round further in the state tournament, albeit at a lower level. Becca Zamojcin (eight points) grabbed her first All-Delco nod by being a defensive wall in front of first-year starting goalie Kerri Mountz (82.5 percent save percentage, eight shutouts). Offensively, the Patriots spread the wealth with Meredith Campbell leading the way with 22 points. Keara McNulty (nine points) and Sam Swart (20 points) also had a big impacts.
6. Garnet Valley (15-5-0) Central League runnerup, District One second round
She doesn’t get a ton of recognition, but Dana Davis was the Jaguars’ most consistent scorer down the stretch. Davis recorded 19 of her team-best 26 points in Garnet Valley’s final 11 games and had the OT winner in a first-round win over Avon Grove. Jessika Daniels (three game-winning goals) was one of the most improved players in Delco and parlayed that into an All-Delco nod, while Katie Keyser (16 points) was a dynamic scoring threat. The return of Alison Amen, a quietly excellent defender, and goalie Hailey Valerio (83.9 percent save percentage, five shutouts) means that the Jaguars’ defense will be stout next year.