(Photo courtesy of Hofstra 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 nine of the 2021 season:
Michael McCormick, Attack, Vermont: In a 16-5 win over UMass Lowell, McCormick put up five goals and one assist for six points.
Justin Lynskey, Attack, Hofstra: The Holy Cross transfer had another solid day for the Pride, putting up five points on three goals and two assists to help lead Hofstra past UMass.
David Lipka, Midfield, Notre Dame: In a game where the Irish midfield took over the contest fro stretches, the former Syracuse Orange was very much a contributor. Lipka tallied a hat trick to help lead the Irish past Duke. It was his best game as a member of the Irish.
Connor Kirst, Midfield, Rutgers: Kirst continued his run as one of the figureheads of the Scarlet Knights’ offense on Saturday, tallying four goals and three points for seven points in their win over Penn State.
Kyle Thorton, Defense, Notre Dame: Once again, the Penn grad transfer was a huge pat of the Irish’s impressive defensive effort on Saturday. Thorton racked up two ground balls and two caused turnovers in the Irish’s win ver Duke.
Colin Kirst, Goalie, Rutgers: In the Scarlet Knights’ lowest margin of victory of the season, the Lehigh grad transfers racked up 15 saves to help lead Rutgers to victory, 10-9, over Ohio State to sweep the season series.