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Syracuse Men's Lacrosse: Orange Voted Third in ACC Preseason Coaches Poll

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... which is not a bad thing at all in the gauntlet of the ACC.

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The preseason coaches poll has been released for ACC men's lacrosse, and your Syracuse Orange were voted third in the five-team league. SU was tied with Virginia, gaining 13 total votes. Notre Dame -- which made last year's Final Four -- was first with 25 votes. Duke finished second with 15. North Carolina had nine votes in the fifth spot.

It's a testament to the year-in and year-out strength of the conference, as all five have national title aspirations and could end up finishing first.

Syracuse also saw three players named to the preseason All-ACC squad. Redshirt senior Dylan Donahue got the nod at attack, and fellow redshirt senior Brandon Mullins was picked as a defenseman. Junior Ben Williams was the All-ACC team's top faceoff specialist, something that would've stunned most Orange fans just a couple seasons ago when the team struggled mightily from the dot (and ultimately saw that as its undoing in the national final against Duke).

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While this is coming out in December, we've still got another month and a half or so until the Orange begin their season. Syracuse has not won a national championship now since 2009, the longest drought for the program since 1971-1983, when the NCAA first started awarding men's lacrosse titles.