(Photo Courtesy of Yale Athletics)
The 2020 college lacrosse season is over just five weeks into the season due to the Coronavirus outbreak. But there were still games played this past season, which now feels lost.
Lacrosse Bucket has been highlighting some of the greatest things from the 2020 college lacrosse season. Here is a look at some of the top attack units from what we had of this past season, based on their production.
Perhaps no team leaned more on their attack for offensive production this past season than Yale. The Bulldogs’ starting attack of Matt Gaudet (18G/2A), Jackson Morrill (7G/8A), and Matt Brandau (10G/6A) accounted for 35 of the team’s 57 goals and 16 of the team’s 31 assist, which means roughly 73% of the Bulldogs’ offense came from their starting attack line. Thomas Bragg, who served, essentially, as Yale’s fourth attackman, also contributed heavily to the Bulldogs’ offense.
Penn State Nittany Lions
The Nittany Lions’ attack unit was one of the most talked-about heading into the season with their entire starting line returning after a historic 2019 campaign. And the fiery attack of Penn State certainly lived up to the hype in 2020. With Grant Ament (13G/32A) quarterbacking the offense, Mac O’Keefe (28G/8A) as their primary goal scorer, and Dylan Foulds (12G/4A) also contributing heavily as a shooter, the Penn State starting attack accounted for nearly 68% of the team’s overall offense.
The Georgetown Hoyas were 6-0 when the season was cut short, and the stellar play of their attack unit may have just had something to do with that. The Hoyas starting attack line contributed to over 50% of the Hoyas’ offensive production this past season, which saw them average 16.5 goals and 9.8 assists per game. Jake Carraway (23G/11A) led the way while Dylan Watson (23G/2A) and Robert Clark (9G/15A) also contributed heavily.
North Carolina Tar Heels
Chris Gray transferring in from Boston U. gave the Tar Heels a lot of buzz pre-season, and many expected him to immediately improve the younger North Carolina offense and be the quarterback attackman they needed. And he did just that. Gray led the nation in points with 48 (27G/21A). The rest of that Tar Heel attack: Nicky Soloman (13G/16A) and Alex Trippi (10G/7A) seemed to gel well with Gray, and also produced a ton in the best offense, statistically, in DI.
After winning a national title in 2019, expectations were high for the Cavaliers’ electric offense in 2020, especially at the attack spot. Matt Moore (19G/16A) and Michael Kraus (14G/12A) led the way for one of the most productive attack units in the country this past season. Ian Laviano (11G/3A) and Payton Cormier (12G/7A), who also played a bit of midfield, also contributed heavily. Just those four contributed 68% of the Cavaliers’ offense in 2020.
Lehigh Mountain Hawks
The Mountain Hawks leaned fairly heavily on their attack for offensive production this past season, as their starting attack line produced 50% of their overall offense. Tommy Schelling (22G/11A) led the way and Andrew Petit (17G/9A), and Christian Mulé (16G/5A) also shined.
Army Black Knights
A program historically known for its staunch defense, the Army Black Knights have had an offensive resurgence over the past few seasons with a stellar attack unit at the head of it all. In 2020, the Black Knights’ starting attack of Brendan Nichtern (19G/27A), Miles Silva (22G/1A), and Sean O’Brien (16G/3A) accounted for roughly 42% of their total offensive production.
Led by Will Yorke (25G/6A), the Bucknell attack unit turned out to be one of the best in the country in 2020. Alston Terry (12G/14A) and Tommy Spoko (16G/5A) also turned on the jets when needed and provided huge sparks for the offense.
The Hobart Statesmen were the second highest-scoring offense in the country last season, and the majority of that production came from their stellar attack unit. Eric Holden (20G/8A) led the way as their primary offensive threat, while Jason Knox (18G/3A), and Ryan Archer (7G/11A) were just as dangerous in their own right.
Cornell Big Red
Another Upstate New York offensive juggernaut, the Big Red’s starting attack line, which was led by Jeff Teat (12G/15A), accounted for nearly 48% of their offensive production this past season. John Piatelli (20G/3A) and Michael Long (11G/8A) were both very viable offensive weapons around Teat, which made for one ferocious starting attack line.