1. Coronado (Calif.) (12-2)
2. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) (19-1)
3. Arapahoe (Colo.) (12-3)
4. La Costa Canyon (Calif.) (10-3)
5. Corona Del Mar (Calif.) (17-0)
6. Mercer Island (Wash.) (11-4)
7. Oregon Episcopal (Ore.) (9-0)
8. Mullen (Colo.) (10-2)
9. Heritage (Colo.) (12-1)
10. Kent Denver (Colo.) (10-2)
No. 1 Coronado (Calif.) (12-2)
The Islanders are the only San Diego “Big Four” team that has not yet won a CIF title. Coronado has eight returning starters who want to avenge the loss in last season’s championship game. The Islanders planted themselves in the driver’s seat after dealing St. Ignatius Prep their first in-state loss in three years. Coronado looks to get over the hump and win a title, in what would likely be a rematch between the state’s two top teams.
No. 2 St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.) (19-1)
The only blemish on the Wildcats 2009 record is a 7-6 loss to Coronado. Many didn’t think the Wildcats would have another dominant season after graduating four U.S. Lacrosse All-Americans, four NCAA Division I recruits. However, this year’s team has five NCAA Division I recruits in middie Carlton Fisher, attackmen Billy Mattimore and Will Fredericks, defenseman Kevin Downs and attackman-middie Nick Miller. New coach Chris Packard has St. Ignatius Prep primed for another title run, after being California’s top-ranked team for two straight seasons.
No. 4 La Costa Canyon (Calif.) (10-3)
The Mavericks’ have won three of the last four CIF-San Diego Section titles, including last season. They have been to the championship game six straight seasons and they have been tops in the North County Conference for five consecutive years. LCC is led by Duke-bound senior long-stick middie Spencer Peterson, Queens University-bound senior attackman-middie T.C. Whaley, Stevens Tech-bound senior defenseman Cameron Revere and Lynchburg-bound senior attackman Joey Van Buskirk. Don’t let the Mavericks three losses fool you, this team believes it should win another CIF title, and has the talent to repeat.
No. 5 Corona Del Mar (Calif.) (17-0)
Corona del Mar has a relentless offense, led by the dominating Lehigh-bound senior middie Noah Molnar and junior attackman Ryan Mix. Although the Sea King’s schedule hasn’t tested them much, they will be have to be ready for prime time when they face St. Ignatius Prep at the end of their regular season.
Outside Looking In: De La Salle (Calif.) (12-3)
De La Salle has reached the NCS championship game for three straight seasons, and won the title in 2007. The Spartans are led by two NCAA Division I recruits in Penn-bound middie Nick Richards and Bryant-bound defenseman Zach Nichelman. De La Salle may be a dark horse to win it all, but their pride and tradition could bring them back to the top.