(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, which usually entails 5-8 players.
Here’s some of the top transfer performances from week eleven of the 2021 season:
Kevin Rogers, Attack, High Point: The poster child of DIII transfers finding success in DI this season, Rogers continued to out up numbers for the Panthers on Saturday. Rogers tallied four goals to help lead High Point past Mercer, 16-10.
Justin Lynskey, Attack, Hofstra: Despite the Pride falling 14-13 in overtime to Delaware on Saturday, Sykes continued to be a crucial part of the Hofstra offense. The attackman ended the game with two goals for the Pride.
Dylan Pallonetti, Attack, Stony Brook: The former Maryland Terrapin put up one goal and three assists for four points in the Seawoves’ 22-8 blowout win over Binghamton to clinch a conference tournament spot on Friday night.
Connor Kirst, Midfield, Rutgers: Again, the Villanova grad transfers was a leader for the Scarlet Knights this week, helping them defeat Johns Hopkins 17-11.
Connor McCarthy, Midfield, North Carolina: For the second week in a row, the Princeton grad transfer played a big role the the Carolina’s midfield finding a ton of scoring success. McCarthy tied his season high with three goals in the Tar Heels’ 21-9 blowout win over Syracuse.
Eric Wenz, Defense, Ohio State: Despite the loss, Wenz continued to be a leader on the back end for the Buckeyes against Maryland on Sunday. The Hofstra transfer grabbed a season-high five ground balls in the contest.
Mike Adler, Goalie, Duke: In the Blue Devils’ Thursday night victory over the Virginia Cavaliers, the Saint Joseph’s grad transfer continued to shine, making 16 saves in the 13-12 overtime win.
Colin Kirst, Goalie, Rutgers: Kirst continued his successful season with the Scarlet Knights, making 15 saves in their win over Johns Hopkins on Saturday.