Michael Sowers Withdraws From Princeton, Coming Back in 2021

Princeton attackman Michael Sowers has withdrawn from school and plans to comeback next season, according to a report from the Athletic’s Dana O’Neil

News of Sowers’ decision comes just one day after the NCAA granted a blanket waiver for spring sport athletes, which grants them an extra year of eligibility. However, the Ivy League does not allow graduate students to compete in college athletics. And while it was reported that the conference support the blanket waiver, they have yet to announce any changes to their rules. 

Sowers is not the first Ivy League lacrosse player to take this route. In 2012, Rob Pannell withdrew from Cornell after getting injured and returned for his fifth and final season with the Big Red in 2013. 

At the time the 2020 season was cancelled, Princeton was ranked number three in the nation and Sowers appeared to be the front runner for the Tewaaraton Award. The attackman tallied 47 points (16G/31A) and ranked first in DI in points per game in DI. He is the all-time leading scorer at Princeton with 302 career points. 

2 thoughts on “Michael Sowers Withdraws From Princeton, Coming Back in 2021

  1. This is a special one time situation never to happen again (hopefully). Consider the positive life lessons initiated by the seniors and others on the teams. It’s a real life application of “Education through Athletics”. Unless you reconsider and let them play, I suggest you come up with a new slogan for Princeton Athletics since PU Athletics leadership doesn’t seem to believe in this one.


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