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Limestone senior attackman Larson Sundown has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal following the 2020 season being cut short and the NCAA allowing spring sport athletes to have an extra year of eligibility.
Matt Kinnear of Inside Lacrosse originally reported the news on Friday afternoon. Sundown later confirmed to Lacrosse Bucket that he was in the transfer portal. He also made it known that he is in the portal as an undergraduate student due to him taking some time off school in the fall of 2017.
Sundown told Lacrosse Bucket that entering the transfer portal was a tough decision and that the biggest factor was what his fellow Limestone seniors, who he said have welcomed him like a brother, were doing.
“I was fortunate enough to come to limestone and be brought in like a brother by this class. They were all instrumental in me fitting in at limestone both on and off the field,” said Sundown.” Returning to Limestone isn’t out of the picture but my family and I felt it wasn’t a bad idea to express options during this time,”
Sundown, a Basom, N.Y. native, arrived at Limestone in the spring of 2018 after playing his first two years of college lacrosse at NJCAA powerhouse Onondaga Community College, where he helped lead the Lazers to an NJCAA national championship in 2016.
After redshirting at Limestone in 2018, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound attackman tallied 110 points (70G/40A) in 2019, shattering the Limestone single-season points record while helping lead Limestone to an NCAA DII national championship appearance. He was also named a First Team USILA All-American, Conference Carolinas First Team All-Conference, and the Conference Carolinas Player of the Year in 2019.
During the shortened 2020 season, Sundown tallied 39 points (20G/19A). The Saints were 4-1 at the time the season was cancelled.
“I was lucky enough to play two and half years with some of my lifelong friends. My time at limestone has been nothing short of amazing, and I’m beyond thankful for everything they have done for me as a student-athlete and more importantly a person,” Sundown said.
In the 2019 WLA Draft, Sundown was selected 13th overall by the Victoria Shamrocks and made a Mann Cup run with the team last summer. He put up 38 points (16G/22A) in 14 games with the Shamrocks during 2019. Sundown was listed as a top NLL prospect by Stephen Stamp back in October.
Sundown said that while he does have aspirations to play pro lacrosse, it was an easy decision to return for one final year of college lacrosse.
“After the season abruptly ended, myself and a few other teammates who also aspire to get drafted and play professionally thought about that very seriously. Ultimately, for us the bottom line was that you only get four years of college lacrosse, you can play professionally for a long time after school is done.” Sundown said.
Sundown stated that he has drawn interest from schools in DI and DII. But he is keeping all of his options open at the this time, which also includes a possible return to Limestone.
“Any competitive player wants to play at the highest level and if any opportunity arises where I can fit in at a division 1 school and contribute towards the teams’ success I’d take it into consideration. Sundown said. “I would just like to go to a school where I can finish my degree and contribute towards the teams’ success.”