You may have seen the Super 7 with our feature on the early-season success of Ridley provided by Dillon Friday in Monday’s paper. Here’s a little more about the reasoning behind the rankings. (Records through Dec. 8)
1. Springfield (5-1-0)
I don’t think the Cougars have even begun to get going yet, though they did do a nice job in a 5-1 win over Cardinal O’Hara a couple of weeks back. The Ryan Brawley-Tyler Riddle-Kyle Riddle line is humming along, of course, but the most important thing is that they’ve gotten back-to-back strong outings, against O’Hara and Haverford, from All-Delco Bryan Biehl.
2. Garnet Valley (6-0-1)
The Jaguars have scored 56 goals in seven games. That’s eight per. For some context: That’s a lot of goals. We’ll see how that offense holds up when the Jags get tested – like this Friday against Springfield – but it’s passed with flying colors so far.
3. Radnor (4-0-0)
It might be concerning that Oliver Brotman has almost a third of the Raiders’ goals (seven of 22) and 40 percent of their points (10 of 40). But the All-Delco center is just good, and he has a sense of the moment. In four wins, he’s got two game-winning goals and set up Eric Gorson’s game-winner over Strath Haven last time out.
4. Ridley (6-1-0)
The Green Raiders sit atop the Central League, and while I don’t know if they’re going to stay there, there is this fact: Last season, the five former Central B teams other than Lower Merion went 3-26-1 against Central A opposition. Ridley has three wins already this season against former Central A teams. A team like the Green Raiders, anchored by a skilled goalie in Brendahn Brawley and solid defensemen like Sean Dolan and Matthew Huhn, could sustain success this season.
5. Haverford (5-3-1)
Joey Harant didn’t get off to the best of starts this season. But his 34-save outing in a 4-2 loss to Springfield was a big performance. If he can continue to be solid while the offense comes around, it bodes well for the Fords.
6. Cardinal O’Hara (2-6-0)
In replacing two-time All-Delco Jeff Beck this season, you had the feeling that defense would have to be at the heart of the Lions approach. Goaltender Wayne Shambo has struggled a bit (4.30 GAA, .857 save percentage), and the offensive issues are evident when you consider that two of the Lions top three scorers are defensemen (Dan McCrossan and Andrew Beck).
7. Episcopal Academy (3-1-0)
The season-opening win over Radnor is interesting, as is the 13-8 loss to Hun School in a game that resembled an Inter-Ac football score. We’ll see how the Churchmen progress, but the 1-2 scoring punch of Drew DeBacco and Grant Regillo is as good as any in the county.