Top Freshmen From 2020: Specialist

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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 games, plays, teams, and more. Here are some of the best freshmen from the 2020 season at the specialist positions. 

Matt Knote, Goalie, UMass

Even in a shortened, the freshman showed why he can be the future in goal for the Minutemen. Knote made 81 saves with a .526 save percentage in seven games, which included an impressive 16-save performance against Ohio State and a 10-save performance in UMass’ upset win over then top-ranked Yale. 

Otto Bergmann, Goalie, Canisius

The freshman out of Detroit, Mich. got the staring nod in the Griffins’ second game of the season and never looked back as he put together one heck of a freshman campaign. In four starts, Bergmann made 75 saves with a .528 save percentage. He made a season and career-high 23 saves against Hartford. 

Liam Enteneman, Goalie, Notre Dame

Ranked as the No. 1 goalie in the 2019 class by Inside Lacrosse, Enteneman lived up to the hype in a shortened first year in South Bend, Ind. The freshman started each of the Fighting Irish’s five games this past season, recording 48 saves with a .511 save percentage. 

Matt Gunty, Faceoff, Brown

No freshman faceoff man had more success last season than Gunty. The Bethesda, Md. native went 46-for-68 at the faceoff dot and posted a win percentage of .676. He also scooped up 9 ground balls.

Alec Stathakis, Faceoff, Denver

The Culver Academy, Ind. product was expected to have an immediate impact at Denver and he has certainly proved that he can do just that. Stathakis went 89-for-143 at the faceoff dot this past season, posting a .622 win percentage. He also scored one goal for the Pioneers this past season. 

Angelo Petrakis, Faceoff, Cornell

Petrakis didn’t have a super fast start to his freshman season, seeing his minutes vary from game to game. But when he got his time to shine he used it well. The Massapequa, N.Y. native went 46-for-75 at the faceff dot for a .613 win percentage. He also scored what some would call the goal of the year, as he scored the game-winning goal in Cornell’s overtime victory over Penn State. 

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