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On Thursday night, former Ohio State attackman Gerard Kane announced that he would be transferring to Hofstra. The freshman put his name in the Transfer Portal back in February.
He announced his decision via Instagram.
A native of Suwanee, Ga., Kane reclassified from the class of 2019 to 2020 and spent a postgrad year at The Hill Academy (Ont.) last season following a decorated career at Lambert (Ga.), where he helped lead the Longhorns to the 2018 GHSA state title and 2019 state title game appearance. He was named an All-American and First Team All-State as a senior in 2019. Kane previously verbaled to Hartford and High Point before signing with Ohio State in the fall of 2018.
The lefty goal scorer was rated as a four-star and ranked as the No. 99 player in the 2020 class by Inside Lacrosse.
At Hofstra, Kane will walk into a situation where he likely has an opportunity to start the moment he touches down in Hempstead, despite not having played against another color jersey in a serious, competitive setting since the spring of 2020. The Pride graduates their top three point-getters in Ryan Tierney, who has broken the all-time Hofstra goals record and the all-time CAA points record this season and will likely end his fifth and final season of college lacrosse as the CAA’s all-time points leader, Alex Concannon, and Justin Lynskey. Concannon and Lynskey are both grad transfers while Tierney came back for an extra season.
Midfielder Riley Forte is a senior but does have that extra year of eligibility left, in addition to redshirting his first two seasons due to injury.
Midfielder James Philbin could also possibly come back for a fifth season if he wants it. Sophomore midfielder Justin Sykes is the only underclassmen who has started for the Pride on offense this season. Sophomore attackman Sam Lutfi hasn’t started but has gotten a ton of playing time.
If Kane truly does live up the hype at the college level, plugging him into this new-ish-looking Hofstra offense next season could be pretty exciting.