(Photo Courtesy of Duke Athletics)
Nothing was more of an impact on the college lacrosse offseason than the NCAA Transfer Portal.
While transfers have always been pretty regular in college lacrosse, the portal turned things up a notch. The NCAA’s Transfer Portal allows players to enter their name and test the waters without permission from their current program. The portal has made transferring much easier for the athlete and with the extra eligibility given to spring sport athletes lasts season, portal season was wilder than ever.
Throughout the 2021 season, Lacrosse Bucket will track the performance of transfers from week to week and examine some of the top performers.
Michael Sowers, A, Duke: The biggest story of the offseason was Michael Sowers grad transferring from Princeton to Duke. And Sowers’ debut weekend with the Blue Devils went just as well as you would expect from Princeton’s all-time leading scorer and Tewaaraton favorite. Sowers put up four points (3G/1A) in the Blue Devils’ win over Denver on Friday night and three assists in their Sunday win over Robert Morris.
Charlie Bertrand, M, Virginia: The Cavaliers weren’t as active in the transfer market as some of their ACC counterparts, but they did pickup a big time addition in Charlie Bertrand. The former Merrimack standout and two-time DII Player of the Year came out starting at midfield in Virginia’s opener against Towson. Bertrand had himself one heck of a debut, tallying six points (4G/2A) and helping lead the Cavaliers to a 20-11 win.
Jackson Morrill, A, Denver: Along with the rest of the Denver offense, the Yale grad transfer didn’t have too special of a day against Utah last week. However, Morrill really stepped up and found his footing in the Pioneers’ two games this weekend, becoming the catalyst for this offense he we expected. Morrill recorded three goals in the Pioneers’ loss against Duke on Friday and two goals in their loss against North Carolina on Sunday.
Mike Adler, G, Duke: After getting pulled in the first quarter of the Blue Devils’ win against Denver on Friday, Adler was put in the opposite position on Sunday and permanently replaced Turner Uppgren in the second quarter. He ended the day with 11 saves and a 68% save percentage.