(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 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 five of the 2021 season:
Jackson Morrill, Attack, Denver: In the Pioneers’ victory over St. John’s last week Morrill, again, was a leader on the offense end. The former Yale Bulldog ended the contest with seven points (3G/4A).
Michael Sowers, Attack, Duke: The fifth-year attackman did what he does and continued to tear it up as one of the leaders for the Blue Devils’ offense on Sunday in their victory over Richmond. Sowers ended the game with five points (3G/2A).
Michael McCormick, Attack, Vermont: The fifth-year Middlebury transfer put on a show last week, tallying nine points (8G/1A) in their two games. He had six goals against UMass Lowell and scored two goals and one assist against Syracuse.
Mitch Wykoff, Defense, Syracuse: The Gettysburg transfer continued his impressive play for the Orange on Saturday, causing two turnovers and scooping up two ground balls while being a force on the back end in their win over Vermont.
Kyle Gallagher, Faceoff, Notre Dame: In their second contest of the season, Gallagher continued to show why he is one of the best players at his position in the nation. The former Penn faceoff man went 9-for-11 (81%) at the dot in a win over Bellarmine on Saturday.
Mike Adler, Goalie, Duke: The fifth-year goalie recorded an impressive 15-save on Sunday to help lead the Duke Blue Devils to victory over Richmond. He ended the day with a 71% save percentage.
Liam Donnelly, Goalie, UAlbany: For the second week in a row, Donnelly had a solid performance in cage to anchor the Danes’ defense. Donnelly ended the game with 10 saves and a 63% save percentage.