Breakout Players From 2020: Defense

(Photo Credit: Mandy Salvin/Syracuse.com)

The 2020 college lacrosse season is over just five weeks into the season due to the Coronavirus outbreak. But that doesn’t mean that we still don’t have great memories from this season, which now feels lost. 

Over the next few weeks, Lacrosse Bucket will be highlighting some of the greatest things from the 2020 college lacrosse season, including players, teams, and more. Here are some of the best breakout players from the 2020 season on the defensive side of the field. 

*Note: This list will not include freshmen. We will have a separate list looking at some of the best freshmen from this past season. Specialist (goalie, faceoff) will have their own list, as well.*

Anthony Tangredi, Defense, Lehigh

After being a key reserve for the Mountain Hawks in 2019 as a freshman, Tangredi stepped into a starting role in 2020 and thrived. The Smithtown, N.Y. native recorded 16 caused turnovers, 14 ground balls, scored one goal, and dished out an assist through six games this season. 

Marcus Hudgins, Defense, Army

The sophomore out of Syracuse, N.Y. had a sold freshman campaign as a reserve last season, but he shined as a starter during his sophomore season in 2020. Hudgins was a key piece of that very strong Black Knights defense. The sophomore recorded 20 caused turnovers, 26 ground balls, and dished out an assist. He was on track to either triple or double his ground ball numbers from 2019. 

Patrick Kennedy, Defense, Villanova

Kennedy was quietly one of the best defenders in college lacrosse this season. And the jump that he made from 2019 as a redshirt sophomore to 2020 as a redshirt junior was profound. The Long Valley, N.J. native recorded 33 ground balls, 15 caused turnovers, and scored on goal in just seven games this past season. He was number one defenseman in the Big East in both caused turnovers and ground balls, as well. 

Travis Talarico, Defense/LSM, Bucknell

After putting together a strong freshman campaign, the sophomore upped his play in 2020. The Oradell, N.J. native recorded 23 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers in six games. He was tied for third in the nation in caused turnovers and was on track to likely blow his numbers from his freshman season out of the water. 

Adrian Enchill, LSM, Brown

The Brown Bears had one of the best faceoff units in the nation this season and played in the middle of the field better than most teams, as well. Enchill was a big reason for the Bears’ success in the middle of the field. The junior out of Pittsfield, Mass. scooped up 17 ground balls, caused three turnovers, and dished out one assists in just five games. He looked to be on track to surpass his stats from the pervious two seasons. 

Chet Comizio, SSDM, Villanova

After playing second fiddle to his brother, TJ Comizio, as a freshman, Chet Comizio thrived in a larger role for the Wildcats in 2020. The Basking Ridge, N.J. native was a serious threat at the defensive midfield spot this past season and was already on his way to doubling his stats from 2019. Through seven games, Comizio recorded 14 ground balls, four caused turnovers, and tallied two points (1G/1A). 

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