South Jersey Girls' lacrosse preseason Top 10

1 Moorestown 20-4 last season

It's hard to bet against the area's most successful girls' lacrosse program. Moorestown is a perennially elite program, and that shouldn't change this year. Balance and veteran leadership should define the team. But the Quakers don't lack star power. Midfielder Quinn Nicolai is a Penn State recruit, an all-American, and one of the country's best high school players.

2Lenape 21-2

Last season, Lenape won a second straight South Jersey Group 4 championship with a core of young talent on offense and a veteran defense. The team must replace four starting defenders. But with experience under its belt, the offense looks ready for a monster season. Junior attack Gabby Fornia and junior midfielder Carlee Braverman are one of the state's most dangerous duos.

3 Shawnee 13-6

Shawnee must replace six starters, but the program is rock solid, and a down year is almost unthinkable. Senior attack Liza Barr, a Gettysburg recruit, leads the offense. Senior goalie Bianca Smith is a Boston University recruit - she earned a scholarship even though this is the first year she's had a starting role on her high school team. It's a shining example of the strength of the Renegades program.

4 Clearview 15-7

Replacing graduated superstar attacker Gianna Bowe won't be easy. But Clearview returns plenty of firepower and should still feature one of the area's top offenses. Senior Hannah Quast returns after netting 46 goals last year. Junior attack Kasey Diodati had a breakout season with 39 goals as a sophomore.

5 West Deptford 16-4

West Deptford returns one of South Jersey's most athletic and experienced teams. The Eagles feature 10 senior starters, nine of whom are future college athletes, including Sam Budd and Christine Petito, both Rutgers recruits who netted 54 goals each as juniors.

6 Bishop Eustace 14-5

The Crusaders return a trio of senior 100-goal scorers in Kristin Biche, a TCNJ recruit; Ally Criscuolo, a Catholic recruit; and Clare Monaghan, who is headed to Franklin and Marshall. Combined with a veteran defense, Bishop Eustace has as many weapons as any team in South Jersey.

7 Washington Township 6-12

The Minutemaids are a prime candidate to turn things around after a rare down season, albeit one in which most of its losses came against elite teams. The team pulled a major upset of Brick Memorial in the playoffs last season and returns plenty of talent, including midfielders Iris Schuck and Allie Gorman and defender Corrie Calandra. With a veteran coaching staff used to winning, expect a big improvement.

8 Rancocas Valley 16-7

Senior attack Peyton Sventy is one of the area's most dynamic goal scorers and will lead the Red Devils after netting 84 goals her junior season. Junior sisters MeKayla and Mekenzie Montgomery are also well on their way to joining the 100-goal club this season.

9 Eastern 11-8

Eastern is one of the area's youngest teams but could emerge as one of the best. Against a grueling Olympic Conference Schedule, Savannah Slack managed 30 goals last year as a freshman. Junior goalie Cooper Cowdin is the backbone of the team and a Central Connecticut recruit.

10 Holy Cross 21-3

Holy Cross returns plenty of talent from a team that won 21 games and advanced to the South Jersey Group 1 championship game. Brooke Caruso leads the Lancers after scoring 87 goals and collecting 31 assists as a sophomore

- Chris Melchiorre