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H.S. Boys' Rankings Countdown: Nos. 11-15
by Paul Ohanian |
Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff
No. 15 Conestoga assembled separate 12-game winning streaks, but lost to No. 12 La Salle in the first sanctioned Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) state title game.
© Kevin P. Tucker
2009 Lacrosse Magazine High School Rankings
15. Conestoga (Pa.)
The Pioneers (24-2) enjoyed a pair of 12-game winning streaks sandwiched around their only loss of the regular season, and recorded a two-game sweep over many of the strongest teams in the state. Unfortunately, the only series split came with La Salle, which defeated Conestoga in the state final after the Pioneers had won the first meeting between the teams. Attackman Paul Mita (Villanova) was a catalyst for the offense all season.
14. South River (Md.)
The Seahawks (18-1) capped a memorable season by winning their first Maryland 4A-3A championship. Senior midfielder Matt Gregoire sparked the victory over Urbana in the state final with five goals and an assist, while Sam McKelvey (UMBC) was a defensive anchor all season. South River’s only blemish came late in the year against traditional private school power Landon before the Seahawks regrouped for the postseason.
13. Orchard Park (N.Y.)
Playing for his dad, Jeff Tundo (Ohio State)
won a state football title in the fall and nearly closed out the
spring with a matching trophy. It wasn’t meant to be however
as Tundo and his teammates lost to West Islip in the New York Class
A final and finished 21-2 overall. Tundo led Western New York in
scoring in both football and lacrosse (144 points).
12. La Salle College (Pa.)
Last year, the Explorers won the Keystone Cup and the unofficial Pennsylvania championship. This year, they made it official. La Salle (21-4) won the inaugural PIAA title by defeating Conestoga 7-3 in the state final and avenging its only in-state loss of the year. La Salle’s other three losses all came in overtime against Gilman, Calvert Hall and Georgetown Prep. The trio of Randy Forster (Penn State), Tucker Durkin (Johns Hopkins) and goalie Niko Amato (Maryland) anchored a strong senior class.
11. Georgetown Prep (Md.)
Paced by a talented roster yielding at least eight players moving to Division I colleges next year, the Hoyas once again proved themselves to be among the nation’s best. Their only losses came against Gilman, Delbarton and rival Landon. GP (20-3) avenged that loss by beating the Bears in the IAC championship game. Goalie John Kemp (Notre Dame) was named The Washington Post’s Player of the Year, and was joined on the All-Metro first team by attackman Brian Casey (Georgetown).
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