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Former Yale faceoff man TD Ierlan plans on playing his fifth and final year of college lacrosse at Denver. This news comes just a week after Ierlan entered the NCAA Transfer Portal amidst the status of the Ivy League playing a spring season still being up in the air while most other conference are moving ahead and playing this spring.
The news officially broke on the Post to Post Podcast this morning where Ierlan officially confirmed that he would be heading west and suiting up for the Pioneers this season, but he did mention that there were still some hoops to jump through before he is able to suit up in crimson and gold.
Following his decision to enter the transfer portal, all signs had indicated that Denver was the likely landing spot for Ierlan, where he joins two of his former Yale teammates in Jackson Morrill and Lucas Cotler. Ierlan even told US Lacrosse Magazine last week in an interview that playing with them again at Denver was “really intriguing.”
Ierlan comes to Denver as one of the most decorated faceoff men in the history of the game. The Victor,N.Y., native holds the NCAA record for faceoff wins and winning percentage in a game and season, as well as career faceoff percentage and ground balls in a career.
He helped lead UAlbany to an NCAA quarterfinal appearance in 2017 and the program’s first Championship Weekend Appearance in 2018 before transferring to Yale that summer. During his first season in New Haven, Ierlan helped lead Yale to their second straight Championship Weekend appearance and national title game appearance, where they fell to Virginia. Ierlan and the Bulldogs were 3-1 and aiming to get back to Championship Weekend before the 2020 season was cut short due to the Coronavirus Outbreak.
At Denver, Ierlan joins and further bolsters a team that is loaded and has Big East and national title aspirations coming into 2021. In addition to reunifying with former teammates Morrill and Cotler, Ierlan will join sophomore Alec Stathakis, who went 89-for-143 (62%) in six games last season, to create one of the most formidable faceoff units in the history of the sport.