The Sun's preseason All-America team

February 25, 2000|By Gary Lambrecht

Attack

Ryan Powell, Syracuse: The nation's premier offensive force is headed for his fourth consecutive honor. His passing is as good as his shooting.

Dan Denihan, Johns Hopkins: The heart of an outstanding team will carry the Jays through the rough times.

Conor Gill, Virginia: The Most Valuable Player of last year's final four could be the team MVP of this year's repeat champions.

Midfield

Josh Sims, Princeton: No one in the country controls the offensive flow and gets teammates involved more efficiently.

A.J. Haugen, Johns Hopkins: The best dodging middie in the land will score like an attackman at times.

Jay Jalbert, Virginia: One of the quickest big men in the game, he'll make teammates like Conor Gill look that much better.

Long-stick midfielder

Brian Spallina, Hofstra: A dogged pursuer of ground balls, he is the best in transition at his position.

Short-stick defenders

Jeff Shirk, Maryland: Whether he is on the man-down unit, facing off or running over you in a normal defensive alignment, there is no drop-off in his game. Maybe the best one ever to play for Dick Edell.

Peter Haas, Loyola: He has played on every midfield line in four tremendous years. He could suit the Greyhounds best at this, his original, spot.

Close defense

Ryan Curtis, Virginia: He shuts down the opponent's top scorer with regularity; not the biggest, just the best.

Marshall Abrams, Syracuse: He might be the best pure take-away artist in the game.

Stephen Card, Duke: At 6 feet 2, 215 pounds, he combines intimidating physical play with superb stickwork.

Goalkeeper

Mickey Jarboe, Navy: The top goalie in the country a year ago, he dazzles with clearing passes that are unmatched.

Faceoff

Matt Bailer, Princeton: He will help the Tigers' young offense grow up in a hurry.

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