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Virginia Tabbed No. 1 in ACC Preseason Poll; Five Cavaliers Named Preseason All-ACC


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia was voted No. 1 in the 2023 edition of the ACC men’s lacrosse preseason poll following a vote by the league’s five head coaches, the conference office announced Tuesday (Jan. 31).

Additionally, Connor Shellenberger (attack), Jeff Conner (midfield), Cole Kastner (defense), Cade Saustad (defense) and Petey LaSalla (faceoff) represented the Cavaliers on the Preseason All-ACC Team. Virginia’s five Preseason All-ACC selections led the conference. Kastner is the reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

The Cavaliers were also voted the nation’s No. 1 overall team in the both the Inside Lacrosse and Nike/USA Lacrosse Magazine preseason media polls.

Virginia kicks off its 2023 season on Feb. 11, when it hosts Michigan at Klöckner Stadium at 12 p.m.

2023 ACC Preseason Coaches Poll

  1. Virginia, 23
  2. Notre Dame, 21
  3. Duke, 14
  4. North Carolina, 9
  5. Syracuse, 8

2023 Preseason All-ACC Team                      

Pat Kavanagh, Sr., Notre Dame
Brennan O’Neill, Jr., Duke
Connor Shellenberger, R-Jr., Virginia 

Jeff Conner, Gr., Virginia
Eric Dobson, Jr., Notre Dame
Andrew McAdorey, So., Duke 

Kenny Brower, Sr., Duke
Cole Kastner, Jr., Virginia
Cade Saustad, R-Sr., Virginia 

Goalie: Liam Entenmann, Sr., Notre Dame
Face-off: Petey LaSalla, Gr., Virginia
Long-stick midfielder: Tyler Carpenter, Sr., Duke
Short-stick midfielder: Conner Maher, Gr., North Carolina

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