Two local PIAA boys' lacrosse teams remain undefeated halfway through the regular season: Pennsbury (8-0) of the Suburban One League and Spring-Ford (9-0) of the Pioneer Athletic Conference.

Though the bulk of District One's power historically resides in the Central League, the Falcons and Rams have forced opponents to take notice with the district's postseason tournament scheduled to begin in less than one month, on May 18.

"It's tremendous these teams are undefeated and doing as well as they are," said Philadelphia Lacrosse Association president Danny Altschuler. "It speaks to the growth of the game in nontraditional areas. They're showing how, through tremendous youth programs, they've continued to develop to the point where they're competing with and doing very well against the areas considered to be more of a hotbed, so to speak."

Pennsbury, coached by Jamie Huber, has outscored opponents by an average of 13.75 goals to 3.88 and is ranked No. 8 in the Pennsylvania media rankings on

The Falcons earned an important 10-7 nonleague win at Penncrest of the Central League on April 1. Senior attackman Kenneth Warren has committed to Manhattan.

Spring-Ford has two standout junior attackmen, Drew Thomas and Brian Bock. Thomas has team highs in goals (29) and assists (16). Bock is second in both categories, with 20 goals and 11 assists.

Junior goalie Jared Novia has made 82 saves.

The Rams are 3-0 nonleague this season, defeating Lower Merion and Marple Newtown of the Central League and scoring three goals in the final 1 minute, 30 seconds to beat Avon Grove of the Ches-Mont.

Marple Newtown is winless, and Lower Merion has a 2-6 record, but the Aces have more talent than their record indicates, and Avon Grove sits at 6-2.

"We try to schedule the best competition that we're able to," Spring-Ford seventh-year coach Kevin Donnelly said. "We only have an allowance of four out-of-league opponents, so we try to schedule ourselves against the better conferences. . . . For the most part, those teams have been on the winning end of their conferences in the last couple years."

On Monday afternoon, Spring-Ford hosts Owen J. Roberts, which has defeated the Rams the last two seasons for the Pac-10 championship.

Inter-Ac tidbits. The Haverford School, 10-2 and ranked No. 1 in the Pennsylvania media rankings, carries a nine-game winning streak into Tuesday's home game against Inter-Ac foe Malvern Prep.

The Fords are averaging 15 goals over their last five games.

On April 10 and 11, they went 2-0 to win the Konica Minolta Big City Classic. Their first victory, over Ontario's Hill Academy, 21-14, was at New Meadowlands Stadum in East Rutherford, N.J.

The Fords are 2-0 in the Inter-Ac league, good for first place in the early going. Episcopal Academy is 1-0. Germantown Academy is 1-1, with a 10-7 win over Penn Charter (1-1). Chestnut Hill is 0-1 and Malvern Prep is 0-2.