ACC Men’s Lacrosse: Notre Dame picked first in ACC preseason poll

Chris Baird - TSN via Baird Photography

Chris Baird – TSN via Baird Photography

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Reigning ACC champion Notre Dame has been selected as the preseason favorite in the 2015 ACC Men’s Lacrosse preseason poll.

The announcement comes in conjunction with Inside Lacrosse’s release of its annual Face-Off Yearbook.

Head coach Kevin Corrigan’s Fighting Irish received 23 points in balloting among the ACC’s five head coaches.

Syracuse followed with 22 points and was selected second.

North Carolina (13), back-to-back NCAA Champion Duke (10) and Virginia (7) were selected fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Preseason All-ACC Team features 11 returning United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-Americans from all five member schools, with five selections from North Carolina, three honorees from Duke and two from Syracuse.

Notre Dame and Virginia each had one student-athlete selected to the team.

Twelve of the 13 student-athletes on the Preseason All-ACC Team were also named to Inside Lacrosse’s Face-Off Yearbook Division I All-America Team.

The First Team included Duke senior midfielder Deemer Class and junior midfielder Myles Jones, Notre Dame senior attackman Matt Kavanagh, Syracuse senior attackman Kevin Rice and red-shirt junior defenseman Brandon Mullins and Virginia junior defenseman Tanner Scales.

North Carolina sophomore defenseman Austin Pifani, senior attackman Joey Sankey and senior midfielder Chad Tutton were named to the second team.

Duke senior shortstick midfielder Will Haus was tabbed to the third team, while North Carolina senior longstick midfielder Ryan Kilpatrick and junior goalkeeper Kieran Burke earned honorable mention honors.

All five ACC teams are ranked in the top 10 in Inside Lacrosse’s Face-Off Yearbook Top 20 poll.

Notre Dame led the way at No. 2 followed by Duke (No. 3), Syracuse (No. 4), North Carolina (No. 6) and Virginia (No. 10).

The 2015 men’s lacrosse season gets underway in early February and will eventually culminate in the the ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship that will be played April 24-26 at PPL Park in Philadelphia, Pa.

The top four teams will play in the semifinals that are set for Fri., Apr. 24, in hopes of advancing to the championship on Sun., Apr. 26.

The fifth-place ACC team that does not qualify for the championship will play Penn at PPL Park on Sat., Apr. 25.

ACC Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches Poll and All-ACC Team

Coaches Poll

1. Notre Dame (3 first place votes, 23 points)

2. Syracuse (2 first place votes, 22 points)

3. North Carolina (13 points)

4. Duke (10 points)

5. Virginia (7 points)

Preseason All-ACC Team

Attack

Matt Kavanagh, Jr., A, Notre Dame

Kevin Rice, Sr., A, Syracuse

Joey Sankey, Sr., A, North Carolina

Midfield

Deemer Class, Jr., M, Duke

Myles Jones, Jr., M, Duke

Chad Tutton, Sr., M, North Carolina

Defense

Brandon Mullins, R-Jr., D, Syracuse

Austin Pifani, So., D, North Carolina

Tanner Scales, Jr., D, Virginia

Faceoff Specialist

Stephen Kelly, So., M, North Carolina

Goalkeeper

Kieran Burke, Jr., GK, North Carolina

Longstick Midfielder

Ryan Kilpatrick, Sr., LSM, North Carolina

Shortstick Midfielder

Will Haus, Sr., SSM, Duke