St. Margaret’s Episcopal School and Foothill will start out 2016 right where they ended up in 2015, ranked No. 4 and 5 in the West according to the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse West Regional Expert’s Poll. Torrey Pines, the only other Southern California team to make the list, is No. 6.
2016 starts with at Top 5 that is identical to last year’s season ending poll. The three SoCal teams trail No. 1 St. Ignatius, No. 2 Cherry Creek (CO), and No. 3 Regis Jesuit (CO). Torrey Pines takes the place of Corona del Mar in the No. 6 spot. Mountain Vista (CO), Mercer Island (WA), West Linn (OR), and Brighton (UT) complete the Top 10.
St. Margaret’s finished 2015 as the Southern Section champions with a 21-3 record. Foothill finished with a 20-2 record after bowing out to JSerra in the South Division semi-finals.
The pre-season ranking sets the stage for some intriguing matchups this season. Foothill gets a chance to turn the tables on St. Margaret’s when the two teams meet in the Orange County Invitational on March 5. St. Margaret’s goes back to back against No. 3 Regis Jesuit on April 6 and No. 6 Torrey Pines on April 13. Foothill takes on No. 10 Brighton (UT) on March 12, No. 1 St. Ignatius on April 8, and Torrey Pines on April 29.