Nike/US Lacrosse Midwest Regional Preseason Girls' Top 10
|Brenna Carberry (above) and
Isabelle Montagne give Lake Forest (Ill.) a talented 1-2 punch in
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1. Loyola (Ill.)
The Ramblers must defend their state title without Meredith Abrahamson manning draw controls. The good news is that Anna Schueler (Michigan), who scored five goals in the final, is back to lead Loyola's attack.
2. New Trier (Ill.)
The Trevians retain their biggest weapon from last year. Kelsey Murray (Stanford), who notched a hat trick in the state final, returns for her senior season. New Trier fares well out of state, but it must get over the Loyola hump.
3. Lake Forest (Ill.)
The Scouts are powerful on both sides of the ball with Isabelle Montagne (Duke) on defense and Brenna Carberry on offense. Both were among ESPN's top 50 juniors in 2012, making Lake Forest the only Midwest team with two.
4. Culver (Ind.)
Colorado-bound center Annie Morsches (60 goals, 49 assists and 54 draw controls) and Elon-bound attacker Olivia Rabbitt (52 goals, 27 assists) return. Culver went 20-3 in 2012, with two losses to Carmel.
5. East Grand Rapids (Mich.)
Coming off a perfect 28-0 season, the Pioneers are loaded again. They lost just two seniors. Claire Ludlow, who scored four goals in the state championship game, is the top returner.
6. Upper Arlington (Ohio)
The Golden Bears won 16 of their last 17 games and return sisters Syd Farwick and Sam Farwick. The Kennesaw State-bound stars combined for 66 goals. Molly Plasket, who had 15 goals as a freshman, has breakout potential.
7. Blake (Minn.)
Blake captured its third consecutive state title behind the stellar play of Meghan Bauer, who is now at Harvard. Replacing her will be key. The Bears avenged a 14-8 loss to previously undefeated Eden Prairie in the 2012 final.
8. Medina (Ohio)
The Bees scored 14-plus goals in 10 of their last 14 games and avenged a loss to Upper Arlington to win the state title. Sierra Thomas returns after notching the winning goal against Upper Arlington, as Medina eyes its fourth straight state title.
9. Sycamore (Ohio)
Two of the Aviators' three losses were in close games against Medina. They were on the winning end of one-goal games against Mason. It could go either way with Sycamore, which last won a state title in 2009.
10. Mason (Ohio)
Half of the Comets' losses in 2012 came by one goal. They also played nine of 11 games on the road at one point. Despite the obstacles, they finished 7-2 down the stretch.
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