The Starting Lineup
(Position: athlete, year, high school (city, state), college commitment)
G: Meganne Weissenfels, Sr., Coronado (Calif.), undecided
G: Hannah Sieger, Sr., Rancho Bernardo (San Diego), Virginia Tech
D: Molly Erdle, Sr., Mullen (Denver), Boston College
D: Stephanie Guerra, Jr., Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, Colo.), Robert Morris
M: Madison Khanna, Sr., Mullen (Denver), Johns Hopkins
M: Emma Lazaroff, Sr., Centarus (Lafayette, Colo.), Duke
M: Michaela Michael, Jr., Menlo School (Atherton, Calif.), USC
M: Lizza Strazza, Sr., Kent Denver (Englewood, Colo.), Florida
A: Samantha Collins, Sr., Pinnacle (Phoenix), Ohio State
A: Kylie Drexel, Jr., Davis (Calif.), USC
A: Lucy Mower, Sr., Kent Denver (Englewood, Colo.), Vermont
A: Courtney Valdez, Sr., Foothill (Santa Ana, Calif.), Oregon
Sizing Up The Region
Arizona: Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.) returns sophomore Scarlett Sulliman, who scored a crucial goal in the state championship game and helped the Firebirds to their second straight Division I state championship. Horizon (Scottsdale, Ariz.) returns five starters from it’s 12-2 team and should boast a strong defense with sophomore Sydney Duke and goalie Tori Hawk. Notre Dame Prep (Scottsdale, Ariz.) looks to defend its Division II championship. The Saints may be one of the best turnaround stories in high school lacrosse. After winning two games in its first four years as a program, coach Laraine Pizzi has led the team to 23 wins over the last two seasons.
Utah: Alta (Sandy, Utah) has won three straight state championships and returns six starters from last year’s team. The sideline will look different this year as Jeff Gorringe takes over as head coach.
Washington: Bainbridge Island (Wash.) returns six starters from last year’s undefeated Division I state championship team. Junior goalie Maddie Stevenson is a three-year starter and is receiving heavy interest from several Division I programs. Ballard (Seattle) returns six starters and should be strong in the midfield with juniors Jessica Bryan, Julia Hanson and Sophie Mora. Bellevue East (Bellevue, Wash.) returns 10 starters from last year’s Division II state championship team. The 2012 team is expected to have a potent attack with the return of its top three goal scorers. Bellevue returns four players who were first Team all-state: Elena Becker, Kayla Miller, Camille Sullivan and Sophie Wolz. Evergreen (Vancouver, Wash.) enters its second season as a varsity program and returns five starters. Senior Jocelyn Cole returns to the midfield. Issaquah (Wash.) finished 7-5-1 last season and returns eight starters, including its entire defense. Lakeside (Seattle) returns six starters, including seniors Sarah Drucker (attack) and Emily Kim (defense). Lake Sammamish (Redmond, Wash.) returns 10 starters from last year’s 3-1 team. Offense should be a team strength with senior attackers Allison Clement and Zoe Escard. Roosevelt (Seattle) returns seven starters, including senior Meredith Harris.
Games To Watch
March 26: Cherry Creek (Colo.) at Menlo School (Calif.)
March 30: Alta (Utah) at Air Academy (Colo.)
April 10: Carondelet (Calif.) vs. Cherry Creek (Colo.)
Underclassmen To Watch
Attack: Haley Mincin, Jr., Issaquah (Wash.); Annie Schindler, Soph., J.K. Mullen (Colo.).
Midfield: Camille Doan, Soph., Torrey Pines (Calif.); Kacey McKinnnon, Soph., Torrey Pines (Calif.); Kayla Miller, Jr., Bellevue East (Wash.); Emily Mincin, Jr., Issaquah (Wash.); Ella Stapp, Jr., J.K. Mullen (Colo.); Camille Sullivan, Soph., Bellevue East (Wash.).
Defense: Elena Becker, Jr., Bellevue East (Wash.); Sydney Duke, Soph., Horizon (Ariz.).
Goalie: Tori Hawk, Soph., Horizon (Ariz.); Hannah Rubin, Jr., Menlo School (Calif.); Maddi Stevenson, Jr., Bainbridge Island (Wash.); Laura Voss, Jr., Issaquah (Wash.).
How This Region Affects The FAB 50
Two teams from the west finished last season in the POWERADE FAB 50: Cherry Creek and St. Ignatius Prep. Colorado should earn at least one bid during the early part of the season from voters, but whether that will be Cherry Creek or one of the other viable contenders from The Centennial State will likely depend on Creek’s early games against some of the top teams from California.
Speaking of California, the Golden State was up in the air for much of the season as teams continually beat up on one another. In the end, St. Ignatius finished 2011 as the No. 1 team by ESPNHS, but 2012 could once again come down to the end of the season.