(Photo Courtesy of Syracuse 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, which usually entails 5-8 players.
Here’s some of the top transfer performances from week six of the 2021 season:
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 Jacksonville. Sowers ended the game with seven points (1G/6A). He also had six points (4G/2A) in a midweek contest against High Point.
Jimmy Perkins, Attack, Robert Morris: Perkins, who is back where he started his career , has his best game of the season on Saturday in the Colonials’ 14-13 win over Air Force. Perkins ended the day with six points (4G/2A).
Mitch Wykoff, Defense, Syracuse: The Gettysburg transfer continued his impressive play for the Orange on Saturday, causing one turnover and scooping up three ground balls while being a force on the back end in their win over Stony Brook.
Eric Wenz, Defense, Ohio State: Tasked with covering Josh Zawada for the majority of the contest, Wenz showed exactly why he is the top defenseman for the Buckeyes. The Hofstra transfer ended the day with three ground balls and one caused turnover and helped limit Zawada to just one goal in the second half and three goals overall.
Liam Donnelly, Goalie, UAlbany: Despite the Danes’ comeback coming up short, Donnelly had another solid performance in cage on Saturday against Vermont. Donnelly ended the game with 14 saves and a 50% save percentage.