Blue Devils Lacrosse Preseason Favorite

Blue Devils Lacrosse

Blue Devils lacrosse is the preseason favorite to take the conference. So say ACC coaches in recent balloting. The final tally of votes indicates they’ll face more than a minor challenge as well. Notre Dame, Virginia and Syracuse all have Duke in their sights this year. If that view is extended into the big picture it becomes clearer as to why. All five ACC teams (North Carolina is 5) are in the top 15 of the USILA Pre-Season Poll. In other words, expect another battle for supremacy among conference men’s lacrosse teams this season.

Last year, Notre Dame came away with the ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship title. Four teams, Notre Dame, Duke, Syracuse and Virginia earned berths in the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils were seeded No. 4, Irish, No. 7 and Orange, No. 8. The Cavaliers were unseeded.

After first round action only 1 of 4 teams advanced. That’s something that each of these teams wants to remedy this season.

Duke began their NCAA Tournament journey with a 14-11 win over unseeded Villanova. Their next win came in the quarterfinals against No. 5 seed Johns Hopkins, 14-9. The quarterfinal win set up a showdown in the semifinals against No. 1 seed Maryland. Duke rolled the Terps, 13-8 and advanced to the national championship game. The Blue Devils squared off against No. 3 seed Yale for the bragging rights but came up short, 13-11.

The two teams begin their year at the top of the USILA rankings. In lacrosse, payback can be sweet. If Duke wants another shot at Yale this year they’ll have to hope it comes in the NCAA Tournament. In the meantime, the ACC schedule will provide more than enough competition. All from top echelon teams hoping to spoil that reunion.

Blue Devils Lacrosse

Blue Devils Lacrosse

2019 Preseason Coaches Poll – (Votes)

  1. Duke (21)
  2. Notre Dame (17)
  3. Virginia (16)
  4. Syracuse (14)
  5. North Carolina (7)

Preseason All-ACC Team

  • Joe Robertson, Duke
  • Stephen Rehfuss, Syracuse
  • Michael Kraus, Virginia
  • Brad Smith, Duke
  • Bryan Costabile, Notre Dame
  • Dox Aitken, Virginia
  • Cade Van Raaporst, Duke
  • JT Giles-Harris, Duke
  • Nick Mellen, Syracuse
  • Alex Rode, Virginia
  • Justin Schwenk, Virginia
  • Jack Rowlett, North Carolina
  • Drew Schantz, Notre Dame
  • Peter Dearth, Syracuse

Blue Devils Lacrosse

Blue Devils Lacrosse

USILA Coaches Pre-Season Poll – ACC Teams

  • #2 Duke
  • #6 Virginia
  • #10 Notre Dame
  • #11 Syracuse
  • #13 North Carolina

Opening action for ACC men’s lacrosse begins on Saturday, February 2. North Carolina plays Mercer in Atlanta while Duke travels to Greenville, SC to take on Furman.

ACC Men’s Lacrosse – Games To Watch In February

  • Saturday, February 9
  • #6 Virginia @ #4 Loyola
  • Saturday, February 16
  • #8 Denver @ #2 Duke
  • #16 Albany @ #11 Syracuse
  • Saturday, February 23
  • #6 Virginia @ #17 Princeton
  • #7 Johns Hopkins @ #13 North Carolina

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