Preseason All-America lists don't, in the words of Big & Rich, put any bang in my ying yang (if it does for you, please see a licensed physician). Preseason polls -- ranking teams, college boy -- are more interesting than the abstract exercise of assigning tiers of ability to particular players. Basically, you can create a fairly reasonable preseason All-America list by looking at the prior season's year-end All-America list, include all players with eligibility in the current season, and elevate a handful of players that were on lower-tier All-American lists. People would still lose their freaking minds over the thing, but it doesn't seem as appealing as thinking about how teams -- the true objects of our affection -- will look from a preseason basis.
I could be alone in that thought, which is fine: The things that intrigue me may not create combustion in your brain. That's cool. You like a little ting in your tang tang (again, that sounds like a potentially fatal medical condition). I can understand that. Which is why Inside Lacrosse published its 2015 Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America lists. 45 players earned either first, second, or third team preseason honors, a number that aligns with the high volume of players that the USILA is naming to its All-America lists at the end of the year. (Seriously: The USILA is getting out of control with the number of players it names to its All-America teams. In 2014, 14 players made the first team, 14 players made the second team, and 17 players made the third team. How these lists aren't capped at 12 players (maybe even 13 if you want a special category for a short-stick defensive midfielder) is insane.) Here's what the first team looks like:
|Matt Kavanagh||Attack||Junior||Notre Dame|
|Kevin Massa||Face-Off Specialist||Senior||Bryant|
|Michael Pellegrino||Long-Stick Midfield||Senior||Johns Hopkins|
- Denver led the way with three first team selections, followed by Syracuse, Duke, and Bryant (each with two first team selections). 40 percent of the first team selections, however, came from schools that only put one player on the first team. From a conference perspective, the ACC dominated the first team with six of 15 total selections, comprising 40 percent of the preseason first team (the Big East was next closest with 20 percent of the first team comprised of league players. Somewhat surprisingly, the Big Ten put only two players on the first team -- Pellegrino (Hopkins) and Murray (Maryland). For a league with designs to challenge the ACC's perch atop the college lacrosse hierarchy, the league does not -- at least according to Face-Off Yearbook -- have the kind of depth in high-end talent as the ACC maintains.
- Here's a conference and team breakdown of the three preseason All-America teams:
2015 FACE-OFF YEARBOOK: FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD TEAM CONFERENCE AND PROGRAM BREAKDOWN CONFERENCE SELECTIONS PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL SELECTIONS ACC 16 36% Ivy 9 20% Big Ten 7 16% Big East 5 11% Patriot 4 9% NEC 2 4% America East 1 2% SoCon 1 2% TEAM SELECTIONS PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL SELECTIONS Denver 5 11% Syracuse 4 9% Maryland 4 9% Notre Dame 3 7% Duke 3 7% Cornell 3 7% Virginia 3 7% North Carolina 3 7% Harvard 3 7% Bryant 2 4% Army 2 4% Princeton 2 4% Albany 1 2% Johns Hopkins 1 2% Loyola 1 2% Ohio State 1 2% Rutgers 1 2% Yale 1 2% Lehigh 1 2% Bellarmine 1 2%
What do you guys think about the preseason lists? Like 'em? Hate 'em? Want to burn them on the sun? The comments are yours to unload.