By Ashley Blanton
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 2/8/16
The TopLaxRecruits Preseason Western Girls’ Rankings:
1. Saint Ignatius Prep (CA) 17-3
The Wildcats went undefeated in California games last year and return several top Division I players.
2. Colorado Academy (CO) 16-3
The Mustangs won the Colorado state title and return a solid group of players.
3. Novato (CA) 22-3
The Hornets won the North Coast Section Division I and captured their first MCAL league championship.
4. La Costa Canyon (CA) 20-3
The Lady Mavericks won the San Diego championship. Despite losing some strong seniors the Mavericks will battle for another title.
5. San Ramon Valley (CA) 18-2
The Lady Wolves reached the North Coast Section Division I semifinals and appear ready to contend again.
6. Cherry Creek (CO) 16-3.
The Lady Bruins lost in the state finals but have many key returnees.
7. Granite Bay HS (CA) 18-2
The Grizzlies fell only to Novato last year in the California games and return strong with a young but talented team.
8. Amador Valley (CA) 15-9
The Dons, 22-1, in 2014, lost a lot of close games last year, but should again be a contender in North Coast Section Division I.
9. Lake Oswego (OR) 14-4
The Lakers fell short of the state title last year, but return experienced players and a starting goalie.
10. Mater Dei (CA) 15-4
The Monarchs have the talent to challenge in the South with Under Armour Underclass picks Grace Houser (Cal commit) and Kenzie Wallevand (Fresno State commit) leading the way.
Under consideration: Monte-Vista-Danville (CA) 19-3; Issaquah (WA) 13-0; Eastside Catholic (WA) 13-2; Beckman (CA) 14-5; Brighton (UT) 13-2; California High (CA) 17-6; Centaurus (CO) 13-6; Chaparral (AZ) 13-2; Denver East (CO) 13-5; Foothill Santa Ana (CA) 15-3; Menlo School (CA) 15-7; Monte Vista (CA) 19-3; Oak Park (CA) 17-5; Park City (UT) 15-0; Pinnacle (AZ) 14-2; Redondo Union (CA) 18-2; Torrey Pines (CA) 16-6; West Linn (OR) 15-1.