Nike/US Lacrosse South Region Preseason Boys' Top 10
|A fourth-year starter,
Georgetown-bound senior attackman Conor Whipple is one of seven
returning starters for No. 1 St. Andrew's (Fla.).
© Scott McCall
1. St. Andrew's (Fla.)
After getting upset by Lake Highland Prep in the 2011 state championship, the Scots bounced back for their 15th title in 18 years. They return seven starters, including All-American attackmen Conor Whipple (Georgetown) and Jake Levine.
2. Lake Highland (Fla.)
The Highlanders fell to St. Andrew's in the state final to finish 20-3. They return seven starters, including defenseman Casey Irish and attackman Clay Phillips — both bound for Boston University — and midfielder Devon Lewis (Georgetown).
3. Milton (Ga.)
The Eagles won their second 6A state title in three years during an 18-3 season that included two overtime losses and a loss to eventual 4A-A champion Lambert. Go-to midfielder Evans Lockwood scored the game winner in overtime of the state final.
4. Highland Park (Texas)
The Scots made an unlikely run to their sixth state title after finishing the regular season 7-7 and almost missing playoffs. Expect them to return to that late-season form behind Furman-bound Hilton Kennington and Bryce Green.
5. St. Mark's (Texas)
The Lions finished 17-4 despite a challenging schedule that ended with a loss to Highland Park in the state final. Senior Bear Goldstein (Princeton) is one of the top defensemen in the state.
6. Lambert (Ga.)
The two-time defending 4A-A state champs graduated 14 seniors, including Georgia Player of the Year Colin Massa and two other All-Americans, but still return all-state senior attackman Matt Geran and Furman commit Peyton Smith.
7. Ponte Vedra (Fla.)
The up-and-coming Sharks finished 17-3 in 2012. They lost to Lake Highland 12-10 in the state semifinals — much closer than the regular season game. They return seven starters but lost three All-Americans.
8. Lassiter (Ga.)
The Trojans lost three games by a combined five goals, including a 10-9 overtime loss to Milton in the state final. Lassiter will be strong on the back end with the return of two All-Americans: defenseman Cash Carlson and goalie Ryan Smith.
9. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.)
The Raiders have the misfortune of playing in the same region as St. Andrew's. Otherwise, they might be perennial final four contenders. St. Thomas returns All-Americans Fernando Milanes (Jacksonville) and Joey Dorn (Providence).
10. Louisville Trinity (Ky.)
The Shamrocks, who lost to rival Louisville St. Xavier in the state final, look to bounce back with six returning starters — including goalie Cody Tranbarger and attackman Davis Church.
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