GREENSBORO. N.C. – Inside Lacrosse released its Preseason Top-20 poll and All-America Teams in advance of the 2015 season on Wednesday.
The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) led all leagues with five teams ranked in the top 10 of the preseason poll along with 23 total preseason All-Americans.
In the poll, Notre Dame, the 2014 ACC Champion and NCAA runner-up, is the highest-ranking ACC team at No. 2, followed by 2014 NCAA champion Duke at No. 3, No. 4 Syracuse, No. 6 North Carolina and No. 10 Virginia.
The ACC’s 23 honorees on the Preseason All-America Team include a national-best six on the First Team, five on the second and third teams, and seven honorable mention selections.
North Carolina led all ACC schools with six All-Americans. Notre Dame and Syracuse each have five selections, Duke had four and Virginia had three.
Fourteen of the ACC’s 23 Preseason All-Americans were named to the USILA All-America Team last season, and include all six Preseason First Team honorees: Duke junior midfielders Deemer Class and Myles Jones, Notre Dame junior attackman Matt Kavanagh, Syracuse senior attackman Kevin Rice and junior defenseman Brandon Mullins, and Virginia junior defenseman Tanner Scales.
2015 Inside Lacrosse Preseason Top 20
2 Notre Dame
5 Johns Hopkins
6 North Carolina
2015 Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America Teams
Kevin Rice, Sr., A, Syracuse
Matt Kavanagh, Jr., A, Notre Dame
Myles Jones, Jr., M, Duke
Deemer Class, Jr., M, Duke
Tanner Scales, Jr., D, Virginia
Brandon Mullins, Jr., D, Syracuse
Randy Staats, Sr., A, Syracuse
Joey Sankey, Sr., A, North Carolina
Chad Tutton, Sr., M, North Carolina
Sergio Perkovic, So., M, Notre Dame
Austin Pifani, So., D, North Carolina
James Pannell, Jr., A, Virginia
Ryan Tucker, Sr., M, Virginia
Will Haus, Sr., M, Duke
Matt Landis, Jr., D, Notre Dame
Sean Young, Sr., D, Syracuse
Jimmy Bitter, Sr., A, North Carolina
Henry Schoonmaker, Sr., M, Syracuse
Jack Near, Sr., M, Notre Dame
Kyle Rowe, So., FO, Duke
Ryan Kilpatrick, Sr., LSM, North Carolina
Garrett Epple, So., D, Notre Dame
Kieran Burke, Jr., G, North Carolina