(Photo Courtesy of Johns Hopkins 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.
Here’s some of the top transfer performances from week three of the 2021 season:
Connor Kirst, M, Rutgers: The Big Ten season got underway this past weekend and no team stole the headlines like Rutgers, as they beat Penn State 11-9. Villanova grad transfer Connor Kirst was a major factor in the Scarlet Knights’ victory, tallying seven points (3G/4A) in the victory.
Colin Kirst, G, Rutgers: Just like his older brother, Colin Kirst, who transferred in from Lehigh over the summer, went off in his debut with the Scarlet Knights. Starting in cage, Kirst anchored a Scarlet Knights defense that accomplished a goal nobody has since 2018: holding Penn State to single digits. He ended the day with 15 saves and a .625% save percentage.
Kevin Rogers, M, High Point: Rogers had another stellar performance this past week, tallying five points (3G/2A) in the Panthers’ 17-15 loss at North Carolina.
Michael Sowers, A, Duke: Michael Sowers continues to put up Michael Sowers with the Duke Blue Devils. In their 19-7 blowout victory over Towson on Saturday, Sowers put up six points (2G/4A) to lead the Blue Devils’ offense.
Josh Kirson, G, Johns Hopkins: Kirson made his Hopkins debut against his former team, Ohio State, on Saturday and got absolutely peppered. Kirson faced 27 shots and made 13 saves with a 48% save percentage, being one of the most consistent pieces of the Hopkins defense despite falling 14-8.