(Photo Courtesy of High Point 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 last 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.
Dylan Pallonetti, A, Stony Brook: Perhaps nobody has had a better debut this season than redshirt freshman Maryland transfer Dylan Pallonetti on Saturday in Stony Brook’s dominating 20-8 victory over Sacred Heart. Pallonetti ended the game with six goals and one assist for seven points in his Seawolves debut. His six goals are the program record for goals in a collegiate debut.
Kevin Rogers, M, High Point: The former DIII All-American and 2020 Inside Lacrosse DIII Player of The Year at Lynchburg had himself one heck of a DI debut in High Point’s 21-15 victory over Robert Morris. Rogers finished the game second on the team in points with six (4G/2A).
Jack Zullo, G, Saint Joseph’s: In his debut as a Hawk, Zullo had one heck of an outing. The Notre Dame transfer was absolutely peppered in Saint Joseph’s season-opener against Towson, facing 42 shots (20 on goal) from the Tigers. He ended the day with 12 saves and a 60% save percentage
Michael Sowers, A, Duke: In the Blue Devils’ 17-8 drubbing of Mercer, Sowers led the Duke offense with six points (4G/2A). This performance came after being held to just three assists the game prior against Robert Morris.
Jackson Morrill, A, Denver: The former Yale Bulldog had another strong performance, tallying six points (2G/4A) for the Pioneers in their 15-6 defeat of the Air Force Falcons.