With the college lacrosse season just months away, Lacrosse Bucket is looking forward and examining some of the top positional units coming into the 2021 season.
Here is a look at some of the top midfield units in college lacrosse:
The Syracuse Orange finished the shortened 2020 season atop the polls, and much of that success was attributed to their increased success on offense. And it was their midfield unit that led the charge. That entire unit will be back in 2021. The Orange’s first midfield line of Jamie Trimboli (17G/3A) Brendan Curry (14G/3A) and Tucker Dordevic (10G/4A) accounted for over 40% of their offensive production last season. Primary reserves David Lipka and Jacob Buttermore have put up strong seasons in the past and should do much of the same this spring.
Over the summer, the Scarlet Knights dove into the transfer portal and grabbed a few key additions. Villanova grad transfer Connor Kirst, who has been one of the best offensive threats in the Big East over the past season, was one of those additions. He further deepens an already talented Scarlet Knights midfield unit. Additionally, Rutgers will return David Sprock (12G/5A) Tommy Coyne (4G/1A), and Brennan Kamish (5G/1A) at the midfield spot. This unit was already looking to keep growing and progressing into one of the best midfield units in the Big Ten this spring, and the addition of Kirst just makes this unit that much scarier.
With freshman Josh Zawada (16G/16A) leading the way, the Michigan Wolverines’ midfield unit saw an uptick in production last season. Their first line produced 45 percent of the Wolverines’ total offense during the shortened 2020 campaign. In addition to Zawada, Alex Buckanavage (11G/11A) and Jake Bonomi (5G/4A), who was also a freshman, contributed heavily. The Wolverine’s first line should continue their impressive play this spring and there are multiple reserves who could step up further.
While the Duke attack unit, which is headlined by Michael Sowers, will be the talking point of this Duke offense in 2021, their midfield unit produced very well and proved to be very deep last season. That doesn’t look like it will be changing this spring. Their starting line of Owen Caputo (12G/8A), Cameron Badour (8G/7A), and Nakeie Montgomery (9G/6A) combined for a total of 54 points last spring. All three will return, in addition to solid reserves such as Kevin Quigley and Garrett Leadmon.
Another offense in which the attack will be more of a highlight at times, the Denver Pioneers had one of the best midfield units in the nation last season and will again in 2021. Denver added Yale transfer Lucas Cotler, who amassed 79 points (55G/24A) during his time in New Haven. They will return Jackson Hannah (17G/10A), who led the Pioneers in points last season as a freshman, as well as Alex Simmons (8G/5A) and Ted Sullivan (6G/2A) who were starters and solid contributors.