Nike/US Lacrosse 2014 HS Preview: South Region Girls
|Milton (Ga.) graduated a ton of talent, but don't count the Eagles out in the south, where they are pursuing a fifth straight state title. (John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com)|
Lacrosse Magazine's Nike/US Lacrosse High School Preview features the preseason national Top 25 for both boys' and girls' (released Tuesday) and preseason regional Top 10s and Player of the Year Watch Lists for boys (Wednesday) and girls (Thursday) across the country.
South Region Girls' Preseason Top 10
1. Milton (Ga.)
The Eagles graduated seven players to Division I programs but still have another eight on the roster as they go for a fifth straight state title.
2. Vero Beach (Fla.)
The winners of eight consecutive Florida state finals lost just three starters and return plenty of tested talent like two-time All-American Katy Pridemore.
3. St. John's (Texas)
Coming off their first perfect season against Texas competition, the Mavericks have a lot to live up to as they seek the program's ninth state title.
4. Hutchison School (Tenn.)
The Sting won their last 20 games to end the 2013 season with a three-peat state title and have reloaded behind an especially strong senior class.
5. Benjamin (Fla.)
The Buccaneers graduated just three seniors from a loaded squad whose only losses were to Vero Beach. Top scorers Maria Dattolo and Hayley Ciklin both return.
6. Lassiter (Ga.)
The Trojans gave Milton a scare in the 2013 state semifinals and return the bulk of their lineup from that game.
7. Barron Collier (Fla.)
With a depleted roster, the Cougars could have a hard time repeating last year's breakout success but will rebuild behind UNC signee Olivia Ferrucci.
8. Lamar (Texas)
The improved Redskins were the closest to knocking off St. John's last year during a three-point loss in the city tournament semifinals.
9. Walton (Ga.)
The Raiders split games with Lassiter last year and should remain strong while returning top players such as sophomore attacker Erin McBride.
10. East Chapel Hill (N.C.)
The state championship Wildcats have to replace the state-record 128 goals lost in the graduation of Sydney Holman, but return several underclassmen.
Player of Year Watch List
A Hayley Ciklin, Benjamin (Fla.)
M Eden Epner, St. John's (Texas)
M Olivia Ferrucci, Barron Collier (Fla.)
A Loring Gearhardt, Hutchison (Tenn.)
D Lyndsey Lafitte, Lamar (Texas)
M Mackenzie Lech, Milton (Ga.)
A Erin McBride, Walton (Ga.)
M Katy Pridemore, Vero Beach (Fla.)
M Shelby Scanlin, Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.)
M Cydney Tutchton, Lassiter (Ga.)
A version of these regional breakdowns appears along with additional feature content in the March 2014 issue of Lacrosse Magazine. Join US Lacrosse today to start your subscription.
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