By Chris Goldberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 3/3/17
The Preseason TopLaxRecruits New England Girls’ Rankings for 2017 (records from last year):
1. Darien (CT) 21-1-1
The Blue Wave has won four straight Large school state titles and seven in eight years. This year’s team is loaded with senior talent.
2. Westwood (MA) 24-1
The Wolverines won the Massachusetts Division I state title last year.
3. Wilton (CT) 10-10
The Warriors return a very strong nucleus from a team that has fallen to Darien in the state finals the past two years.
4. Needham (MA) 20-3
The Rockets fell to Westwood in the South Division I final.
5. Notre Dame (MA) 19-4
The Cougars fell to Needham in overtime in the South Division 1 semifinals.
6. Longmeadow (MA) 19-4
The defending Central/West champion Lancers will again be a Division contender.
7. Moses Brown (RI) 16-1
The Quakers are the defending Rhode Island Division I state champs.
8. Norwell (MA) 23-3
The Clippers are the two-time defending Massachusetts Division II state champs.
9. Loomis-Chaffee (CT) 17-0
The Pelicans won the Founders League and Western New England championships in 2016.
10. Pinkerton (NH) 17-3
The Astros won the NH Division I state title.
Others to Watch: Acton-Boxborough (MA) 15-7; Barrington (RI) 15-2; Bishop Guertin (NH) 17-3; Canton (CT) 17-3; Cohasset (MA) 16-4; Conard (CT) 15-3; Daniel Hand (CT) 18-3; Fairfield Warde (CT) 14-6-1; Franklin (MA) 19-5; Glastonbury (CT) 11-7; Greenwich (CT) 14-7; Greenwich Academy (CT) 13-2; Joel Barlow (CT) 19-3; Lincoln-Sudbury (MA) 15-4; New Canaan (CT) 19-4; North Andover (MA) 22-4; Old Lyme (CT) 17-2; Ridgefield (CT) 16-3-1; Souhegan (NH) 16-4; Walpole (MA) 20-4; Williston Northampton (MA) 15-1, Wilton (CT) 10-9.