Nike/US Lacrosse 2014 HS Preview: West Region Girls
|Cherry Creek (Colo.) and Colby Goettelman hope to make noise as the top team in Colorado and No. 3 in the region as the year starts up. (Andy Lewis)|
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.
West Region Girls' Preseason Top 10
1. Amador Valley (Calif.)
Amador Valley has evolved into one of the top programs on the entire West Coast and will make another strong run for the North Coast Section Division I championship. Midfielder Jackie Gibert is a player to watch.
2. Carondelet (Calif.)
The Cougars won the North Coast Section Division I title with a 9-7 victory over Amador Valley, but lost some key players to graduation. Do they have enough depth?
3. Cherry Creek (Colo.)
The Bruins have advanced to all 16 state championship games since the sport was sanctioned in Colorado, winning 10 titles, including last year. They're led by Boston College-bound Colby Goettelman (pictured).
4. Torrey Pines (Calif.)
Several West Region coaches regarded the Falcons as among the most talented teams in the region, starting with Montserrat Quintana and Alexandra Rasmussen.
5. La Costa Canyon (Calif.)
The Mavericks got hot late with 12 straight wins to end the season and the San Diego Section Open Division championship. Midfielder Genesis Lucero (Stanford) leads another formidable La Costa Canyon team.
6. Centaurus (Colo.)
The Warriors are looking to build off of one of the most successful seasons in program history. They fell short in the 2013 state final against Cherry Creek, but should remain in the top echelon of the West.
7. Sacred Heart Prep (Calif.)
Sacred Heart Prep had a breakthrough 2013 season, when it was co-champ of the West Bay Athletic League Foothill Division. Midfielder Brigid White headlines a solid corps of returnees.
8. Air Academy (Colo.)
The Kadets will compete for a state title in Colorado after advancing to the semifinals last season. Madeleine Jahelka (California) headlines the team.
9. Los Alamitos (Calif.)
The Griffins went unbeaten in California and won their fifth straight US Lacrosse Southern Section South Division title with a 15-12 victory over Beckham and then beat Agoura in the Southern Section final. They have enough depth to repeat.
10. Coronado (Calif.)
Midfielder Hannah Downey is one of the top players in the region for a team that fell just short in the San Diego Section Open Division final.
Player of Year Watch List
M Hannah Downey, Coronado (Calif.)
M Jackie Gilbert, Amador Valley (Calif.)
D Hannah Hyatt, Park City (Utah)
M Gabbi Klein, Monte Vista (Calif.)
M Kendra Lanuza, Chatfield (Colo.)
M Genesis Lucero, La Costa Canyon (Calif.)
M Shelby Parks, Denver East (Colo.)
M Montserrat Quintana, Torrey Pines (Calif.)
M Alexandra Rasmussen, Torrey Pines (Calif.)
A Caroline Ricci, La Costa Canyon (Calif.)
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.