#LMRanks: Best Bets: First-Team All-Americans (MD1)
|Lyle Thompson, LM's Preseason Player of the Year, is one of two non-seniors to make the list. (Marc Piscotty)|
A wide array of teams are represented in Lacrosse Magazine's preseason listing of "Best Bets" for the 2014 NCAA Division I men's lacrosse All-American selections. Of 12 players selected, only two — Duke's Jordan Wolf (attack) and Brendan Fowler (faceoff) — are from the same collegiate roster.
Five of LM's selections were USILA first-team All-Americans a year ago, including Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Player of the Year Lyle Thompson (Albany). Princeton midfielder Tom Schreiber, Loyola defenseman Joe Fletcher, Penn State goalie Austin Kaut and Fowler also return as first-team selections this season.
Nine of the 11 players are seniors and seven were taken in the first round of January's Major League Lacrosse collegiate draft, including Schreiber first overall to the Ohio Machine. In addition, Fowler was the first faceoff man taken and Kaut the first goalie.
Thompson and North Carolina midfielder Chad Tutton are the
only juniors on the list. Fletcher is the only collegian still in
the running to make the final 23-player Team USA roster for the
2014 Federation of International (FIL) World Championship this
First-Team NCAA Division I Men's All-Americans
A - Lyle Thompson, Albany, Jr.
A - Jordan Wolf, Duke, Sr.
A - Kieran McArdle, St. John's, Sr.
M - Tom Schreiber, Princeton, Sr.
M - Chad Tutton, North Carolina, Jr.
M - Jeremy Noble, Denver, Sr.
FO - Brendan Fowler, Duke, Sr.
LSM - John LoCascio, Villanova, Sr.
D - Joe Fletcher, Loyola, Sr.
D - Mike Ehrhardt, Maryland, Sr.
D - Scott McWilliams, Virginia, Sr.
G - Austin Kaut, Penn State, Sr.
Lacrosse Magazine will continue its 2014 college lacrosse preview throughout January and into February, with team-by-team breakdowns of the top teams in NCAA Division I, II and III men's and women's lacrosse. Follow the countdown at LaxMagazine.com/LMRanks and on twitter at #LMRanks.