The 2016 version of Gary Gait's squad is shaping up to be just as good, if not better, than previous Syracuse Orange iterations.
On Wednesday, five of the eight head coaches in the Atlantic Coast Conference thought that Syracuse would end up on the top of the conference's totem pole by regular season's end. North Carolina, the team the Orange defeated in the ACC title game last year, received the three remaining first-place votes. The two ended up with 61 and 59 total points, respectively. Notre Dame came in third, Duke fourth, Boston College and Virginia tied for fifth, Louisville seventh, and Virginia Tech eighth.
Additionally, three Syracuse players were voted to the Preseason All-ACC Team: seniors Kayla Treanor, Halle Majorana, and Mallory Vehar. Treanor and Majorana finished the season 1-2 in team scoring and points last year. Treanor is a two-time defending recipient of the ACC Offensive Player of the Year Award with 60 goals and 31 assists in 2015, as well as the 2015 ACC Tournament MVP. Majorana was named to the All-ACC First Team and ACC All-Tournament Team after her three goals in the title game. Vehar was the team leader in caused turnovers last season with 27, a career high for her. She also joined Majorana as a member of the ACC All-Tournament Team.
The Orange will open their season on Sunday, February 14th when they host No. 13 Loyola at 12pm EST and Binghamton at 7:30pm EST in a double-header in the Dome.