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Syracuse Lacrosse: Preseason All-ACC Team and ACC Preseason Coaches’ Poll released

The Syracuse Orange were ranked third in the ACC Preseason Coaches’ Poll with three players making the Preseason All-ACC Team

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On Tuesday, the ACC released the Preseason Coaches’ Poll and Preseason All-ACC Team. As expected, SU was voted into the third position in the poll. As for the All-ACC Team, three Syracuse players got the nod: Sergio Salcido, Nick Mellen, and Ben Williams.

Nick Mellen, who is currently recovering from an injury, is expected to be ready for the season opener against Siena and is the only sophomore on the All-ACC Team. Williams was sort of a no brainer as the F/O specialist. There is certainly a case to be made for Nick Mariano to have made the list over Michael Tagliaferri. Here’s the side by side:

Tagliaferri vs. Mariano Side-by-Side

Statistic Tagliaferri Mariano
Statistic Tagliaferri Mariano
Goals 27 35
Assists 9 11
Points 36 46
Shooting % 0.26 0.315
Shots on Goal % 0.49 0.568
Man-Up Goals 2 6
Groundballs 7 15
Caused Turnovers 0 3

Call it a snub if you want, Mariano beats Tagliaferri in every category.

ACC Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches Poll

1. North Carolina Tar Heels (23)

2. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (21)

3. Syracuse Orange (16)

4. Duke Blue Devils (9)

5. Virginia Cavaliers (6)

Preseason All-ACC Team

Justin Guterding, Jr. – A – Duke

Luke Goldstock, Sr. – A – North Carolina

Mikey Wynne, Jr. – A – Notre Dame

Michael Tagliaferri, Sr. – M – North Carolina

Sergio Perkovic, Sr. – M – Notre Dame

Sergio Salcido, Sr. – M – Syracuse

Austin Pifani, Sr. – D – North Carolina

Garrett Epple, Sr. – D – Notre Dame

Nick Mellen, So. – D – Syracuse

Shane Doss, Sr. – G – Notre Dame

Ben Williams, Sr. – F/O – Syracuse

Michael Howard, Sr. – LSM – Virginia

Tate Jozokos, Sr. – SSM – North Caroli