(Photo Courtesy of Rutgers Athletics)
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: Gray continued his impressive start to the season with the Tar Heels on Saturday in their 17-10 win over Johns Hopkins. The Boston U. transfer recorded nine points (8G/1A) in the road victory, showing once again how much of a threat he can be on any given day.
Stephen Russo, G, Rutgers: After getting pulled in the Scarlet Knights’ blowout loss against Army in week two, Russo redeemed himself against Loyola. The New Jersey native made a season-high 16 saves against the Greyhounds to help the Scarlet Knights’ big second-half comeback. They still lost 11-10.
Colin Burke, A, Utah: In a 17-9 comeback victory over Furman, Burke tallied eight points (4G/4A). The point total is a career-high, surpassing his former career best of seven points which he set during his time at Fairfield.
Shaun Vines, LSM, Robert Morris: Despite the loss, the JuCo transfer from Hartford C.C. made an impact in their loss against Jacksonville on Saturday. Vines recorded three caused turnovers and scooped up four ground balls in the loss.
Ben Savick, G, Robert Morris: Another transfer making an impact on the back end for the Colonials, the Palm Beach Atlantic (DII) transfer made 16 saves in the loss to Jacksonville.
James Avanzato, A, Towson: The former Maryland Terrapin scored two goals in Towson’s 17-10 loss against Cornell on Sunday.