2016 All-ACC Men’s Lacrosse Team Announced

Regular season co-champs North Carolina and Notre Dame lead the way with five selections each

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Nine student-athletes on the Tewaaraton Award Watch List highlight this year’s All-Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Team, as announced today by the league office. The team was determined by a vote of the ACC’s five head coaches. 

North Carolina and Notre Dame, which shared the regular season title, each have five student-athletes named to the All-ACC Team. Syracuse has four members on the team, followed by Duke with three and Virginia with one. 

Stephen Kelly, Jake Matthai, Austin Pifani, Steve Pontrello and Mike Tagliaferri represent North Carolina, while Notre Dame placed Shane Doss Matt Kavanagh, Matt Landis, Sergio Perkovic and John Sexton on the All-ACC Team. 

Syracuse’s selections include Dylan Donahue, Nick Mariano, Brandon Mullins and Sergio Salcido. Deemer Class, Justin Guterding and Myles Jones represent Duke, and Michael Howard is Virginia’s selection on this year’s All-ACC Team.

Four members of the All-ACC Team are three-time selections: Duke’s Class and Jones, Notre Dame’s Kavanagh and Syracuse’s Mullins. Notre Dame’s Landis and Perkovic, and Syracuse’s Donahue are repeat honorees. 

Offensively, Duke Guterding leads the league with 4.20 points per game, followed by teammate Myles Jones with 4.07 points per game. Jones recently became the first midfielder in Division I lacrosse history to record 100 career assists and 100 career goals. Class leads the league with 2.80 goals per game, followed by North Carolina’s Pontrello with 2.77 goals per game, while the Orange’s Dylan Donahue leads the league with 2.25 assists per game and stands third with 4.00 points per game. 

North Carolina faceoff specialist Kelly owns a .595 faceoff percentage and has won 184 faceoffs this season heading into the ACC Championship. 

Notre Dame’s Doss has been solid in the net for the Fighting Irish with a 7.43 goals against average over 646:16 in net and leads the league with 9.55 saves per game. Teammate Landis has been integral on defense for the Irish helping it to own the nation’s fifth best scoring defense holding its opponents to 7.55 goals per game. 

The ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship will be played this weekend at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Georgia. The top-seeded Tar Heels will face No. 4 seed Syracuse at 6 p.m., and No. 2 seed Notre Dame will play No. 3 seed Duke at 8:30 p.m. The semifinal winners will meet on Sunday at Noon for the ACC Championship and the league’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. Virginia will meet No. 2 Brown in the ACC-Brown Classic on Saturday at 7 p.m. 

ESPNU will broadcast the Friday evening semifinals and Sunday’s championship game. The semifinals and championship games will also be available on the WatchESPN app.

Individual awards, including Offensive Player, Defensive Player, Coach and Freshman of the Year, will be voted on by the league's head coaches following the ACC Championship.

All-ACC Men’s Lacrosse Team
A - Justin Guterding, So., Duke 
A - Steve Pontrello, Sr., North Carolina *
A - Matt Kavanagh, Sr., Notre Dame * 
A - Dylan Donahue, Sr., Syracuse *
M - Deemer Class, Sr., Duke *
M - Myles Jones, Sr., M, Duke *
M - Mike Tagliaferri, Jr., North Carolina
M - Sergio Perkovic, Jr., Notre Dame *
M - Sergio Salcido, Jr., Syracuse
M - Nick Mariano, Jr., Syracuse
SSM - Jake Matthai, Sr., North Carolina
LSM - Michael Howard, Jr., Virginia
LSM - John Sexton, So., Notre Dame
D - Austin Pifani, Jr., North Carolina *
D - Matt Landis, Sr., Notre Dame *           
D - Brandon Mullins, Sr., Syracuse *
G - Shane Doss, Jr., Notre Dame
F/O - Stephen Kelly, Jr., North Carolina

*2016 Tewaaraton Award Candidates