Former Hampton Faceoff Man Ian Groom Announces Transfer to Hartford

(Photo Courtesy of Hampton Athletics)

Former Hampton faceoff man Ian Groom has announced that he will be spending the remainder of his college lacrosse career at Hartford. Groom made the announcement via Instagram on Sunday night. 

Groom, a Washington, D.C, native and St. John’s College HS product, has been the Pirates’ primary faceoff man since his freshman campaign in 2019. He amassed a career total of 281 faceoff wins out of 429 attempts (65%) during his two seasons with the Pirates.

As a freshman in 2019, Groom 194-for-275 (70%) at the faceoff dot in 11 games, scooped up 103 ground balls, and caused two turnovers. Groom ended the 2019 season as third in the nation in faceoff percentage.

During the shortened 2020 season, He went 87-for-154 (56%) at the faceoff dot, scooped up 55 ground balls, and caused one turnover during the Pirates’ six games. 

At Hartford, Groom joins a Hawks’ team that ended the shortened 2020 season with a record of 3-3. The Hawks earned wins over Canisius, Manhattan, and Wagner. They suffered losses to Sacred Heart, St. John’s, and Marist. 

Groom is the second transfer at the faceoff dot for the Hawks in the past year, as Andrew Moynihan, who served as Hartford’s main faceoff man this past season, transferred in from DIII Wilkes University prior to the 2020 season. Groom should be able to compete for the top spot at the faceoff dot in 2021. 

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