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Syracuse Lacrosse: Orange Picked 8th in IL Preseason Rankings

The Syracuse Orange have been selected at the eighth position in this year's Inside Lacrosse Preseason Rankings. SU is ranked behind every ACC team as well as Denver, Maryland, and Johns Hopkins.

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Inside Lacrosse released its preseason rankings on Monday. The magazine put the Orange in the number eight spot, a fairly significant placement if we consider that the team is ranked behind the other four ACC programs. IL ranks Notre Dame as the number one team in the country, and I have to agree that the Fighting Irish are the heavy favorites to win the National Championship this year.

The strength of the Orange begins at the face-off x with the return of Ben Williams, a player set to break every face-off record in the Syracuse record books by his senior year. Warren Hill is coming off of a fantastic fallball season, and looks to fill the hole in net left by Bobby Wardwell. At close defense, the Orange will return shut down defender Brandon Mullins, and the hope is that newcomer Nick Mellen will rise to the occasion and become the number two long-pole. There is some flux at the midfield and attack positions, and the ‘Cuse could see a rotation of attackmen alongside Dylan Donahue.

Overall, I do not think that the Orange have been slighted by their placement in the preseason ranking. There are certainly several questions that have to be answered.

1.     Notre Dame Fighting Irish

2.     Denver Pioneers

3.     Duke Blue Devils

4.     Maryland Terrapins

5.     North Carolina Tar Heels

6.     Johns Hopkins Blue Jays

7.     Virginia Cavaliers

8.     Syracuse Orange

9.     Brown Bears

10.  Yale Bulldogs

11.  Albany Great Danes

12.  Loyola Greyhounds

13.  Ohio State Buckeyes

14.  Harvard Crimson

15.  Cornell Big Red

16.  Marquette Golden Eagles

17.  Villanova Wildcats

18.  Georgetown Hoyas

19.  Towson Tigers

20.  Colgate Raiders

Notable Absences: Princeton Tigers, Penn Quakers, Bryant Bulldogs, Fairfield Stags, Hofstra Pride, Drexel Dragons, Navy Midshipmen

Ranked Teams by Conference: ACC (5/5), Big East (4/6), Ivy (4/7), Big Ten (3/6), Patriot (2/9), America East (1/7), Colonial (1/6), Metro Atlantic (0/7), SoCon (0/8), Independent (0/2), Northeast (0/7)