Inside Lacrosse has been putting out its list of midseason All-Americans since 2010, and this is the second year in that seven year span that the Syracuse Orange have not had a player on the first team. Three players did make the cut for the second team, however.
Dylan Donahue has 13 goals and 20 assists on the year, including a nine point game against Siena. The senior also has the second-longest active goal scoring streak in the nation. Donahue has been asked to play a very different role this season, and as more of a ball distributor he has the fourth most assists per game in the nation. As a major scoring threat, he demands a top defenseman which has opened things up for other Syracuse offensive player. Donahue was also named as a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. The Award seniors in each sport based on four criteria: community, classroom, character, and competition. He is one of ten division I men's lacrosse players nominated and you can vote for him here.
The emergence of midfielder Sergio Salcido has been a huge boost for the Orange this season. In his first two seasons at SU he compiled just five assists, but this year he has 14 goals and seven assists. Sergio is one of the more accurate shooters in division I with a .424 shooting percentage, good enough for 27th in the country. He's a dual threat player with a cannon from the outside and one of the fastest first steps in the country when he wants to dodge.
The final Syracuse player to make the second team midseason All-Americans list is Nick Mellen. It is so impressive how easily Mellen stepped into his role at SU. The West Genny grad was listed as the eighth best incoming defenseman in his class. At 5'9" and 177 pounds, Mellen is not your traditional, physical defender. Instead he uses his incredible athletic ability, quick feet, and excellent stick work to limit his offensive mark.
Syracuse will host the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday at 5 PM. The game will be broadcasted on ESPNU and can be heard on TK99. Of course you can also follow me @Orangelax for game updates.