(Photo: Utah Athletics/Ben Haslem)
Nothing was more of an impact on the college lacrosse offseason than the NCAA Transfer Portal.
While transfers have always been pretty regular in college lacrosse, the portal turned things up a notch. The NCAA’s Transfer Portal allows players to enter their name and test the waters without permission from their current program. The portal has made transferring much easier for the athlete.
Throughout the 2020 season, Lacrosse Bucket will track transfers performances week to week and examine some of the top performers.
Chris Gray, A, North Carolina: One of the biggest transfers of the offseason, the former Boston U. Terrier made a huge splash in his debut in Chapel Hill, N.C. Gray helped lead the Tar Heels to a dominating 16-9 victory over Colgate. He ended the game with five points (4G/1A). Gray also recorded three ground balls and force two turnovers in the ride.
Colin Burke, A, Utah: After taking a redshirt year in 2019, the former Fairfield Stag made his debut with Utah on Saturday in their 16-10 win over Bellarmine. Burke led the way for Utah in the win, tallying six points (2G/4A). The fifth-year senior also recorded two ground balls and one caused turnover.
Chris Brandau, G, Maryland: When this season is all said and done with, the Terps might have won the Transfer Portal, having three transfers see the field on Saturday, including two defensive starters. As one of those two starters on the back end for the Terps in their 23-12 win over High Point, Brandau put on a stellar performance. The former Georgetown net-minder made 15 saves off of 42 shots in 58:19 minutes of play to record a .577 save percentage. He was also credited with an assist, as well.
Nick Grill, D, Mayland: The second transfer to get a starting nod for the Terrapins’ defense this weekend was former Marquette Golden Eagle Nick Grill. The defenseman made his presence known on the back end against High Point, causing two turnovers and scooping up two ground balls.
Stephen Russo, G, Rutgers: One of two transfer goalies on the Scarlet Knights’ roster, the former Cleveland State Viking got the starting nod in Rutgers’ season-opening 20-9 win against Quinnipiac. Russo made 12 saves off of 31 shots for a .571 save percentage in the victory.