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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.
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