Nike/US Lacrosse West Region Preseason Girls' Top 10
|Oregon-bound US Lacrosse
All-American attacker Kiki Gibson leads the top-ranked Mavericks,
who carry a 20-game winning streak into 2013.
© Robert Benson
1. La Costa Canyon (Calif.)
The Mavericks are looking for their sixth San Diego Section Division I championship after topping Poway last year. They enter the season on a 20-game winning streak, led by All-American attacker Kiki Gibson (Oregon).
2. Air Academy (Colo.)
Aiming for their third state title in five years, the Kadets have pushed past Cherry Creek and Kent Denver in the Colorado hierarchy. Air Academy avenged its regular season loss to Cherry Creek in the championship game.
3. Coronado (Calif.)
The Islanders have won two straight San Diego Section Division II championships, beating Canyon Crest 15-3 in last year's title game. Kate Pederson (USC), a US Lacrosse All-American midfielder, will lead a talented returning squad.
4. Carondelet (Calif.)
The Cougars won the Northern California Section Division I championship with a 21-12 victory over Amador Valley. All-Americans Kerianne Hunt (Brown) and Erin Jeffery (Hofstra) will lead an explosive attack.
5. Cherry Creek (Colo.)
The Bruins fell short of winning a third straight state title after falling to Air Academy. Cherry Creek has appeared in every championship game since Colorado started sanctioning girls' lacrosse in 1998.
6. Kent Denver (Colo.)
The Sun Devils will look to build on last season's run so the state semifinals, where they suffered a heartbreaking 13-12 loss to eventual champion Air Academy. All-American attacker Catherine Ellis will keep Kent Denver in the hunt once again.
7. Los Alamitos (Calif.)
The Griffins have won four straight Southern Section titles after knocking off Palos Verdes in the 2012 final. Two All-Americans — attacker Julie Crowell (Cal) and midfielder Haley Fessenden (Navy) — will lead the charge for a fifth.
8. Centaurus (Colo.)
The Warriors fell in the state semifinals for the second consecutive year when Cherry Creek bounced them. Junior Sarah Brown (Colorado) leads a talented attack.
9. Menlo School (Calif.)
The Knights ended the season on a 13-game winning streak en route to their fourth consecutive West Bay Athletic League title with a 21-6 victory over Burlingame. Alexandra Kim, a US Lacrosse All-American, anchors the midfield.
10. Marin Catholic (Calif.)
The Wildcats won the NorCal Section Division II title after falling short in the final in 2011. Junior KC Hill (UC Davis) has emerged as one of the region's top offensive players.
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