2022 is a season of significant change for the Syracuse Orange men’s lacrosse program.
As head coach Gary Walk takes over at his alma mater, he and his staff will have many questions to answer in the field. While much is currently unknown about how this year’s squad will play, what is known is that Coach Gait has a strong core to build around.
This core received praise in January on Thursday as four Syracuse players were named to Inside Lacrosse’s preseason All-American team.
Junior red shirt Tucker Dordevic earned third-team honors, while senior Brendan’s Curry, senior red shirt Brett Kennedy and second Owen Hiltz were all named selections with honorable mention.
Maryland led all teams in the country with eight overall selections, while Georgetown led the way with three first teams.
As for the ACC, Notre Dame and Duke tied for the lead with six each, while Virginia and North Carolina came in with five each. So the Orange has the fewest preseason All-American selections in the conference, but the overall numbers are very tight for all five schools.
Dordevic, Curry and Kennedy represent the veteran core of this Syracuse team. Dordevic and Curry are in their fifth year on the program, while Kennedy is in his sixth. All three are captains of this year’s team (with Owen Seebold), and all have been given the difficult task of leading this team in the midst of a transition between coaching staffs and systems. No doubt their collective experience and leadership will be needed to help guide Orange through an arduous schedule.
As a sophomore, Hiltz is the youngest of the bunch, but he came on the scene like a man on fire last year. He tallied 48 points (29.19) to finish with the eighth most productive freshman season in program history. Hiltz’s stick skills are downright sublime, and I can’t wait to see what he does under Gait’s tutelage.
The Gary Gait era opens in just a few weeks on Saturday, February 12 at 12:30 p.m. at the Dome against Sainte-Croix. Mark those calendars, Orange fans!