Notre Dame senior attackman Ryder Garnsey was poised to have a great senior season and end his bumpy Notre Dame career on a high note. Especially after the hiring of Neil Hutchison as the Irish’s new offensive coordinator over the summer as many thought that Notre Dame might have an offense that allows Garnsey to play like we all know he can.
All those expectations and that hype of Garnsey ending his Notre Dame career on a high note were washed down the drain on Monday afternoon as we learned Garnsey would be academically ineligible for the 2019 season. College Crosse’s Chris Jastrzembszki originally reported the news on Monday afternoon.
Garnsey has been one of Notre Dame’s leaders on offense since he stepped foot in South Bend as a freshman. Last season Garnsey led the Irish with 43 points (29G/14A). The Irish were knocked out of the 2018 NCAA tournament in the first round by Denver.
With Garnsey’s career in South Bend ending earlier than planned he leaves the Irish with a career total of 125 points (76G/29A).
Notre Dame’s top returning scorer is now midfielder Bryan Costabile with 34 points (30G/4A). Following Costabile is Brendan Gleason who tallied 33 points (19G/14A) last season for the Irish. Notre Dame will have to look to Gleason and Brian Willetts for leadership at the attack position as the only two returning starters now.
The good news is that we will most likely see Garnsey on the field this summer with either the PLL or the MLL. Nobody would be surprised if Garnsey was quickly picked up and added to the pool of players in the PLL for this coming season or entered the PLL or MLL draft.