Lacrosse the Internet: December 11, 2013

Some preseason All-America picks, words about Syracuse's schedule, and more.

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A Full Pint

2014 Face-Off Yearbook DI All-Americans
Inside Lacrosse released Face-Off Yearbook's preseason All-Americans and one thing is clear: The annual wants you to keep an eye on a lot of guys. 45 cats earned first-, second-, or third-team honors while another 43 were bestowed honorable mention distinction. That's . . . that's almost a Tewaaraton Watch List-caliber blunderbuss (but at least Face-Off Yearbook works in reality and tiers its recognition). I'm not sure about the amount of hang-wringing that has accompanied the announcement, but if it's more than minor I'd be shocked -- it's a preseason list; ease off on the angry-grams.

That aside, some thoughts on the lists:

  • I'd probably have Bucknell's David Dickson on one of the three teams. His performance in 2013 merited higher inclusion on a 2014 preseason run. The junior is a horse and an outside player of the year candidate.
  • When push comes to shove, the debate as to whether Brendan Fowler or Kevin Massa should be the first-team face-off specialist likely turns on which player you believe is more valuable to his team. In the end, they're probably co-first team players until the season begins.
  • I have zero issues with the first team defensive unit. Colgate's Bobby Lawrence -- the Rattlesnake -- gets deserved third-team honors. I think Brandon Mullins would have been on one of the first through third teams if he wasn't coming off of an injury. I would switch the team placements of Amato and Poillon. There are a lot of deserving guys on those defensive lists (including Maxx Meyer and Chris Hipps, who were put in the honorable mention bucket).
  • Solid love for Ben McIntosh from Drexel. The midfielder landed on the second team, right where he belongs. He's poised for an important season for the Dragons.
  • Team breakdown (players included on first through third teams): Maryland, Virginia (4); Denver, Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame (3); Albany, Johns Hopkins, Lehigh, Loyola, Ohio State, and Yale (2); Army, Bryant, Bucknell, Colgate, Cornell, Drexel, Navy, Penn State, Princeton, St. John's, Syracuse, Towson, Villanova (1). 40 percent of the players listed on the first through third team will play in the ACC this coming season.

Flights

Men's Lacrosse Names Three Captains For Upcoming Season
UMass men's lacrosse announced Reed Goodhue, Ryan Izzo and Connor Mooney as team captains on Monday afternoon.

Men's Lacrosse Updates: Captains, JHU Change, Schrieber To Coach Uganda
Is there anything Tom Schreiber can't do? (Answer: Be strawberry jelly.)

Rutgers Men’s Lacrosse Participates in Big Chill 5k
You know what I did on Sunday, November 8th? Nothing. It was miserable outside and there was popcorn to be eaten.

Syracuse men's lacrosse partial schedule includes game in Atlanta, road match-up with Duke
I know that Syracuse fans aren't thrilled with the St. John's game happening in Atlanta, but them's the breaks of being the Orange.

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