Top Positional Units in 2020: Defense

(Photo Courtesy of Army 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 defensive units from what we had of this past season, based on their production. 


In the shortened 2020 season, the Georgetown Hoyas had one of the best defenses in the nation. Led by the two-headed monster of Gibson Smith (7CT/24GB) and James Donaldson (5CT/5GB), who was just a freshman, the Hoyas allowed just 6.33 goals per game, which is the least of any team in DI. Additionally, goalie Owen McElroy led the nation in save percentage (6.30). 


Traditionally known for having staunch defenses, the Black Knights upheld that standart this season. Behind the impressive play of goalie Wyatt Schupler, who ranked fourth in the nation in save percentage (.617) and defensemen Marcus Hudgins (20CT/26GB) and Tom Rigney (5CT/23GB), the Black Knights allowed just 7.25 goals per game, which ranks second-best in the nation. 

Holy Cross

Led by the three-headed monster of Chris Conlin (20CT/27GB), Philip Turner (15CT/13GB), and Sean New (11CT/17GB), the Holy Cross Crusaders had one of the most fiercest defenses in the nation. Conlin was the nation’s leader in caused turnovers and Turner was the fifth ranked. The Crusaders allowed 10.57 goals per game, which is good for a top-25 scoring defense. 


With junior defenseman Emmett Jennings (12CT/20GB) leading the charge, the Providence Friars were the third-best scoring defense in the nation in 2020, allowing just 8.00 goals per game. The Friars also saw Rob Stovel (6CT/16GB), and LSM Mike O’Grady (5CT/14GB) also proved to be forces on the back end, and came up big for the Friars. 


Travis Taralico (15CT/23GB) and LSM Hunter Newman (12CT/25GB) led the way for a Bison defense that ended the season as the 16th-ranked scoring defense in the nation. Bucknell also saw major contributions from Bryant Boswell (10CT/7GB) and Conor Shears (8CT/16GB) during the shortened 2020 season. 


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