Inside Lacrosse released its preseason All-American list on Tuesday. At first glance it is surprising that the Syracuse Orange only has three players listed, but when we really think about it, it's hard to come up with a fourth SU player that truly deserves a spot.
Senior attackman Dylan Donahue should be considered as one of the best attackmen in the country. IL has him as a second team All-American. Featured on the first team is: Connor Canizzaro (Denver), Ryan Brown (Johns Hopkins), Dylan Molloy (Brown), and Matt Kavanagh (Notre Dame). While there is certainly an argument for Donahue as a first teamer, I think the magazine got it right here.
As expected, Ben Williams made an appearance on the list. Williams is listed as a second-team All-American with Trevor Baptiste of the Denver Pioneers beating him out for first team. The pair were neck and neck all season for face-off winning percentage, but Baptiste finished .006 ahead of Williams. I don't think you can go wrong with either of these guys, and I believe they are pretty much interchangeable for the first and second team slots.
The final Syracuse player to make the list is senior defenseman Brandon Mullins. Mullins is about dependable as anyone in the country in terms of a shut-down, close defenseman. The ‘Cuse were questionable at defense for most of the year and on several occasions looked lost. Had the Orange played better as a unit, I think Mullins is a first team guy, but I can't argue with where he is slated.
Overall, the ACC featured 24 players on the list, including the honorable mention selections. UVA and Notre Dame led the conference with six selections apiece. The Duke Blue Devils put up five players and the North Carolina Tar Heels have four players named to the list.