ACC MLAX: 2015 Inside Lacrosse Preseason Rankings and All-America Team Released

All five ACC teams ranked in the Top 10

GREENSBORO – Inside Lacrosse has released its Preseason Top 20 and Preseason All-America Team in advance of the 2015 season. The ACC leads all leagues with five teams ranked in the top 10 of the preseason poll and 23 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 has four and Virginia has three. 

Fourteen of the ACC’s 23 Preseason All-Americans were named to the USILA All-America Team last season, 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
1 Denver
2 Notre Dame
3 Duke
4 Syracuse
5 Johns Hopkins
6 North Carolina
7 Loyola
8 Cornell
 9 Maryland
10 Virginia
11 Harvard
12 Penn 
13 Albany
14 Bryant
15 Lehigh
16 Drexel
17 Yale
18 Army
19 Towson
20 Princeton

2015 Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America Teams
First Team 
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

Second Team 
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 
Third Team 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

Honorable Mention
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 G
arrett Epple, So., D, Notre Dame
Kieran Burke, Jr., G, North Carolina