As the 2019 NCAA season is set to get underway on Friday night one of the biggest storylines this season will be that of Yale faceoff man TD Ierlan. Ierlan transferred to Yale from Albany over the summer. With a .791 faceoff win percentage Ierlan led the country last season as he helped the Danes reach the NCAA semifinals for the first time in program history. Ierlan will now try to repeat that with the Yale Bulldogs this spring.
Ierlan’s move from Albany to Yale has been called by many the biggest transfer in college lacrosse history because of how much of an immediate impact his decision had on both Yale and Albany. That got me thinking about what have been some of the other biggest transfers in recent years if Ierlan’s was possibly the biggest to date.
Connor Cannizzaro – Maryland to Denver
In 2014 Connor Cannizzaro was tearing up the ACC as a freshman with Maryland. He would help lead Maryland to Championship Weekend where they would lose to Notre Dame. Cannizzaro tallied 34 points (26G,8A) and was named 2014 ACC freshman of the year. That would be the end of his career at Maryland as he headed west to Denver where he shined for three seasons, and got to play one year with his older brother Sean. During his three years at Denver Cannizzaro helped the Pioneers win the 2015 national championship, against Maryland, and would rack up a good amount of awards and honors, including being named a Tewaaraton Finalist in 2016. Cannizzaro’s career ended at Denver in 2017 with a career total of 225 points (145G,80A).
Dylan Maltz – Syracuse to Maryland
That 2017 Maryland national championship team was headlined by the “Run DMC” attack unit of Dylan Maltz, Matt Rambo, and Colin Heacock. That D in “Run DMC” arrived in College Park via transfer. Dylan Maltz followed the footsteps of his father and brother and headed to Syracuse where he played his freshman season with the Orange. Maltz only played in six games and tallied 4 points (3G, 1A). After his freshman season Maltz would head to College Park and joined the Maryland Terrapins. While at Maryland Maltz would help lead the Terrapins to three national championship games, including a national championship victory over Ohio State in 2017. As part of that historic attack unit at Maryland Maltz tallied a total of 89 points (69G, 20A).
Nick Mariano – UMass to Syracuse
After spending two seasons at UMass in 2014 and 2015 Mariano transferred to Syracuse where he continued to dominate. While at UMass Mariano led the Minutemen in scoring as both a freshman and sophomore, while also being named to the All-CAA 2nd team. and being named CAA Rookie of The Year as a freshman. Mariano was a key contributor at Syracuse as he helped lead the Orange to an ACC Championship in 2016 and to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2016 and 2017. Mariano ended his career at Syracuse with 96 points (69G, 27A).
Nicky Galasso – North Carolina to Syracuse
In 2011 Galasso led the Tar Heels offense as a freshman and was named ACC Freshman of the year, among other honors. North Carolina fell to Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament that year. As a sophomore in 2012 Galasso was battling a foot injury but still played in 13 games, but his production decreased as he only had 9 points (6G,3A). After that 2012 season at North Carolina Galasso would ship up to Syracuse where he took a medical redshirt in 2013. The midfielder’s comeback was slow as he only had 17 points (13G, 4A) in 2014. As a senior at Syracuse Galasso led the team as he tallied 45 points (36G, 9A). The Orange were upset by Bryant in the NCAA tournament first round, but Galasso ended the year with multiple honors.
Other Notable Transfers
Austin Shanks – Bellarmine to Ohio State
Shanks transferred to Ohio State after two seasons at Bellarmine. Shanks was one of the key pieces of that offense that helped lead Ohio State to the NCAA Championship game in 2017. Shanks ended his career at Ohio State with 50 points.
Jake Froccaro – Princeton to Villanova
After two seasons playing and a redshirt year at Princeton Jake Fraccaro transferred to Villanova where he teamed up with his younger brother Joey who was an incoming freshman at the time. Froccaro tallied 104 points (74G, 30A) during his two seasons at Villanova.
Pat Young – UMBC to Maryland
Midfielder Pat Young transferred to Maryland after three seasons at UMBC. Young was a key piece for Maryland as he helped lead them to the 2016 NCAA Championship game. Young ended his college career at Maryland with 21 points (15G, 6A) as a senior for the Terps.