The USILA announced their Division I All-America lists today. A total of 88 players earned honors this year, which is eight fewer players than in 2014 but is still somewhere in the vicinity of three percent of Division I's players noted as putting in exceptional efforts this season. Here's how the first team selections look:
|Attack||Matt Kavanagh||Notre Dame|
|Midfield||Sergio Perkovic||Notre Dame|
|Midfield||Chad Tutton||North Carolina|
|LSM||Ryan Kilpatrick||North Carolina|
|Defense||Matt Landis||Notre Dame|
Some brief thoughts on the first team:
- If it was up to me, I probably would have put Kip Orban on the first team instead of Chad Tutton. I also probably would have flipped Ryan Kilpatrick and Larken Kemp. Otherwise, there probably isn't a lot of beef with the first team list (save for the fact that four attackmen and four midfielders were included instead of three).
- Notre Dame led the way with three first team All-America selections and five schools -- Duke, Syracuse, Denver, Maryland, and North Carolina -- offered two selections to the unit. The ACC owned nine of the 15 selections with no other conference earning more than two selections.
- Seven players -- Connor Cannizzaro, Trevor Baptiste, Casey Ikeda, Kyle Bernlohr, Matt Kavanagh, Sergio Perkovic, and Matt Landis -- will participate in Championship Weekend in Philadelphia. Every player selected to the first team helped his team to the NCAA Tournament this season.
Here are the rest of the teams:
|Attack||Jimmy Bitter||North Carolina|
|Attack||Ryan Brown||Johns Hopkins|
|Attack||Joey Sankey||North Carolina|
|SSDM||Jack Near||Notre Dame|
|Defense||Austin Pifani||North Carolina|
|Attack||Jesse King||Ohio State|
|Attack||Mike Rooney||Stony Brook|
|Midfield||Joel Tinney||Johns Hopkins|
|LSM||Michael Pellegrino||Johns Hopkins|
|SSDM||Tate Jozokos||North Carolina|
|Defense||Jake Bailey||North Carolina|
|Defense||Robby Haus||Ohio State|
Matt Donovan (Cornell); Conor Doyle (Notre Dmae); Connor Fields (Albany); Luke Goldstock (North Carolina); Dan Lomas (High Point); Mike MacDonald (Princeton); Conrad Oberbeck (Yale); T.J. Sanders (Penn State); Randy Staats (Syracuse); Wells Stanwick (Johns Hopkins); Dan Taylor (Lehigh); Ryan Walsh (Colgate).
Erik Adamson (Denver); Michael Begley (Marist); Craig Berge (Georgetown); Matt Clarkson (Colgate); Greg Coholan (Virginia); Hakeem Lecky (Syracuse); Nick Ossello (Notre Dame); Challen Rogers (Stony Brook); Henry Schoonmaker (Syracuse); Brian Sherlock (Loyola).
Patrick Eaker (Marist); Peter Macartney (Syracuse).
Chris Cook (Cornell).
Charlie Raffa (Maryland).
Carson Cannon (Denver); Garrett Epple (Notre Dame); Patrick Frazier (Loyola); Matt McMahon (Pennsylvania); Jojo Ostrander (Towson); Davi Sacco (Virginia); Austin Schultz (Army); Sean Young (Syracuse).
Tom Carey (Ohio State); Jack Kelly (Brown); Sam Somers (Army); Bobby Wardwell (Syracuse).
Some brief thoughts on the second, third, and honorable mention teams:
There are 21 players on the third team list, including five attackmen, four offensive midfielders, two short-stick defensive midfielders, five defensemen, and two goalies. This needs to stop. I understand the importance of making a delineated team, but there are eight fewer third team All-Americans that first and second team All-Americans combined. If there are ties, go to an extra round of voting to break the deadlock and shift players into the honorable mention pool for consideration.
The attack candidates were really, really strong this season. It's amazing that Dan Taylor found himself on the honorable mention list and Dylan Molloy and Mike Rooney were third team selections despite incredible seasons.
Erik Adamson was a very productive player for Denver this season and probably has a case for team inclusion over Joe LoCascio, Ryan Tucker, or Joel Tinney. He may have had his vote split between teammate Zach Miller.
There were 38 honorable mention selections this season. Knock of 13 players -- basically another All-American team -- and the pool of players comes to 25, a very manageable number in the context of 13-player first, second, and third teams. Again: The recognition is understandable, but the total number of players earning the highest honors in college lacrosse is still unwieldy.