PrepsNow top 15 area rankings: girls lacrosse

Cardinal Gibbons celebrates after the final whistle. The Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders played the Charlotte Catholic Cougars in a girls lacrosse game that counted for the NCHSAA championship at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. on May 19, 2018. Fabian Radulescu newsobserver.com
Cardinal Gibbons celebrates after the final whistle. The Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders played the Charlotte Catholic Cougars in a girls lacrosse game that counted for the NCHSAA championship at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. on May 19, 2018. Fabian Radulescu newsobserver.com

For the fourth straight season, Cardinal Gibbons ends the year atop the PrepsNow area girls lacrosse rankings. The Crusaders won their third straight NCHSAA title and made it to the championship game for the fourth straight year.

At No. 2 is Apex, whose only area loss came to Gibbons. Ravenscroft, an NCISAA semifinalist, is third.

East Chapel Hill, which lost only one game to an in-state opponent, was fourth and Panther Creek fifth to round out the top five.

Thirteen teams from last season’s final top 15 are back this year, with Apex Friendship and Wake Forest the newcomers. Both are making their first appearance in the final PrepsNow girls lacrosse rankings.

Gibbons, East Chapel Hill and Apex are the only three teams to be in every final PrepsNow ranking since it started in 2012 with just a top-six.

PrepsNow Area Top 15

School

Rec.

LW

1. Cardinal Gibbons

18-4

1

2. Apex

18-2

2

3. Ravenscroft

16-3

3

4. East Chapel Hill

14-3

5

5. Panther Creek

17-2

4

6. Broughton

11-6

6

7. Chapel Hill

10-5

7

8. Middle Creek

13-4

8

9. Apex Friendship

11-5

9

10. Green Hope

10-5

10

11. Millbrook

9-6

11

12. Pinecrest

9-7

12

13. Durham Academy

8-9

13

14. Saint Mary’s

10-6

14

15. Wake Forest

9-6

15

Falling out: none.

Eligible counties: Chatham, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Greene, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, Nash, Orange, Person, Pitt, Vance, Wake, Warren, Wayne and Wilson.