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Syracuse men’s soccer named Top 10 program of the last five seasons

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Coach McIntyre has some things going for him on the Hill.

NCAA SOCCER: DEC 11 Men’s College Cup - Clemson v Syracuse Photo by Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

We’ve touched a few times on how coach Ian McIntyre has led the Syracuse Orange Men’s Soccer team to national prominence over the last decade and helped make them an integral part of the ACC soccer scene. It seems like SoccerWire.com also agrees with us on this fact. They named the Syracuse squad as the No. 9 team in the country over the last five seasons, from 2015-2019.

The outlet utilized both the RPI and United Soccer Coaches Polls to create their rankings. Stanford came in at the top of the list, of course, racking up three College Cup titles in the last five years. As you can imagine, a good number of ACC schools made the list as well, including Wake Forest (No. 2), Notre Dame (No. 5), Virginia (No. 7), North Carolina (No. 8), Clemson (No. 10), Louisville (No. 11), Virginia Tech (No. 22) and Boston College (No. 24). With six teams in the top ten and nine in the Top 25, it’s definitely more proof that the ACC is a gauntlet when it comes to college soccer.

Over this span, Syracuse compiled a 49-21-21 (9-20-11) record, was a national semi-finalist in 2015, ACC champions in 2015, nine All-ACC players, one defensive player of the year in Miles Robinson (2016), and had two All-Americans in Julian Buescher (2015) and Miles Robinson (2016. Not a bad run at all.

That timeframe spans the post-Bono era at Syracuse, so while Alex Bono may have helped set the stage for this era, he doesn’t get included in the honors. Instead, when you’re looking at a keeper-centric view of things, this is actually all of the Hendrick Hilpert era. From his 2015 stint as a freshman keeper in a national semi-final, to the end of his career, Hilpert had a huge impact on the success of the program.

It was also privy to eleven draft picks in the MLS Superdraft, including a record six consecutive Generation Adidas players, a string of talent that is still continuing. Five of them are still with MLS clubs, as Miles Robinson is a locked in starter for Atlanta United and Mo Adams a consistent gameday selection, Tajon Buchanan in the 18 for the New England Revolution, Kamal Miller with Orlando City SC and Ryan Raposo featuring for the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Syracuse Men’s Soccer Draft Picks, 2015-2020

Year Player Team Position Draft Pick Generation Adidas
Year Player Team Position Draft Pick Generation Adidas
2020 Ryan Raposo Vancouver Whitecaps Forward 4 Yes
2020 Nyal Higgins Toronto FC Defender 19 No
2019 Tajon Buchanan New England Revolution Forward 9 Yes
2019 Kamal Miller Orlando City SC Defender 27 No
2018 Mo Adams Chicago Fire Midfield 10 Yes
2017 Miles Robinson Atlanta United Defender 2 Yes
2017 Liam Callahan Colorado Midfield 24 No
2017 Chris Nanco Philadelphia Forward 55 No
2017 Oyvind Alseth Toronto FC Midfield 65 No
2016 Julian Buescher DC United Midfield 11 Yes
2016 Ben Polk Portland Timbers Forward 20 No

When you break down how the past seasons have gone, it’s a well deserved ranking for the Orange, who look to keep the level up moving forward into this next decade. At present, the ACC is proposing a six game schedule for the conference teams in the 2020 season. We’ll keep you up to date as these proposals change with the Olympic sports moving forward.