Nike/US Lacrosse 2014 HS Preview: South Region Boys
|Chad Toliver of McCallie (Tenn.) is one of the preseason favorites for the South Region's Player of the Year honor. (Cecil Copeland)|
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 List's for boys (Wednesday) and girls (Thursday) across the country.
South Region Boys' Preseason Top 10
1. Lake Highland Prep (Fla.)
The Highlanders unseated St. Andrew's in the state final last year and remain a threat with players like Max Parker and Adam Sawicki.
2. St. Andrew's (Fla.)
The Scots lost a lot of firepower with their seven departed starters but should once again reload for a run at a ninth title in 11 years.
3. Episcopal Dallas (Texas)
A battle-tested group returns with some added motivation after a state semifinal loss in overtime to now-rebuilding St. Mark's.
4. Highland Park (Texas)
The 2012 state champion Fighting Scots once again should be a contender with players like Harvard-bound midfielder Robert Mencke.
5. Centennial (Ga.)
The Knights return 17 players (eight starters) from their first state title season, including three All-Americans.
6. The Woodlands (Texas)
The Highlanders graduated just three starters and added some out-of-state competition to the schedule to better prepare for the postseason.
7. Ponte Vedra (Fla.)
The Sharks are coming off a third consecutive Final Four and have a strong enough feeder system to replace some of the graduated talent.
8. McCallie (Tenn.)
A challenging schedule should pay off for the Toronado, which brings more depth and athleticism than last year's state semifinalist squad.
9. Milton (Ga.)
The Eagles are hungry after an early playoff exit last year, and they've got the personnel to bounce back, including McCallie transfer Chad Toliver.
10. Charlotte Latin (N.C.)
The defending private-school champions are led by a trio of Division I commits and are the team to watch from the Carolinas.
Player of Year Watch List
D Jake Bargas, St. Andrew's (Fla.)
M Lee Belland, Dallas Jesuit (Texas)
G Tate Boyce, McCallie (Tenn.)
M Tim Gehlbach, Lake Brantley (Fla.)
M Revin Koss, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.)
M Robert Mencke, Highland Park (Texas)
M Sam Romano, Episcopal Dallas (Texas)
G Adam Sawicki, Lake Highland Prep (Fla.)
A Nathan Solomon, Centennial (Ga.)
M Chad Toliver, Milton (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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