The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association released its All-Americans list on Wednesday. The Syracuse Orange picked up two first team honors on this year’s list, and two of four first-team non-specialty midfield available positions. Sergio Salcido and Nick Mariano were both named to the first team as midfielders. Salcido holds the third position at Syracuse for assists in a season for his 2017 campaign along with 51 points this past year. Going even further the Floridian had two game winning goals in the regular season against the Virginia Cavaliers and North Carolina Tar Heels.
Mariano, meanwhile, is one of only a few former Orange players to lead a Syracuse team in goals in back-to-back season with 34 tallies this year. The graduating senior had the game winning goals against the Albany Great Danes, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and Hobart Statesmen. In addition he picked up 16 assists to finish one point behind Salcido with 50 points.
Scott Firman grabbed the nod on the second team as a defenseman. The senior long-pole picked up 32 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers on the year as SU’s top defenseman. Firman was an All-ACC player and an absolute rock on defense this year guarding opponent’s top attackman each game.
Finally, Paolo Ciferri was one of five honorable mention short stick midfielders on the USILA’s rankings. Additionally the redshirt senior had four goals, an assist, and 14 groundballs.
Were there any Syracuse snubs? I know that some of y’all certainly thought so with Firman as a second teamer and not on the first team. Personally, I’m fine with him on the second team but given his performance this season there is certainly an argument to be made. Also of note, Ben Williams didn’t make the list. I think that’s ok, especially when you consider how Williams finished out the year going 11-21 in the Tournament and 1-12 in the first round.