(Photo Courtesy of Notre Dame Athletics)
The 2021 season is in the books by nearly two weeks. And while this past season was like any other, we still witnessed players across the landscape put together breakout seasons. Over the next week, Lacrosse Bucket will be highlighting some of the players who broke out at each position during the 2021 season.
Here is a look at some of this season’s breakout players on the offensive end of the field:
Pat Kavanagh, Attack, Notre Dame
During the shortened 2020 season as a freshman, Kavanagh had a solid season. But in 2021 as a sophomore he exploded onto the national stage and became somewhat of a walking human highlight reel. He led the Irish with 64 points off 26 goals and 38 assists and was named a Tewaaraton finalist.
Nick Dupuis, Attack, UMBC
After a freshman campaign in which he played in only four of the Retrievers’ six games, Dupuis put together an absolute stellar sophomore campaign in 2021. Starting in 10 of 11 contests, Dupuis put up a team-high 39 points (23G/16A) and earned First-Team All-America East honors.
Matt Stagnitta, Attack, Jacksonville
A grad transfer from Johns Hopkins, Stagnitta had the best season of his college career with the Dolphins in 2021. The attackman started all 14 games for Jacksonville and ended the season as the team’s second-leading scorer with 43 points off 23 goals and 20 assists.
Tyler Bradbury, Attack, Utah
After not registering a point during the shortened 2020 season, Bradbury started in all nine of the Utes’ contests this past season and tallied 39 points off 14 goals and 25 assists to lead Utah in both points and assists.
Vito Musso, Attack, Marist
Of the teams who played a full season, Marist played the fewest games of them all. However, the senior Musso still managed to put together the best season of his career with 15 points (14G/1A) in just four games.
Brian Minicus, A/M, Colgate
After hovering in the teens as far as points go during his freshman season in 2019 and the shortened 2020 season, Minicus exploded for a team-high 40 points off 15 goals and 25 assists during the 2021 season.
Evan James, Midfield, Loyola
Starting and appearing in all but one of the Greyhounds’ contests this past season, James took his game to the next level after being a second line midfielder as a freshman in 2020. James was Loyola’s third-leading scorer with 44 points off 32 goals and 12 assists.
Graham Bundy Jr., Midfield, Georgetown
Bundy arrived at Georgetown with a lot of hype and despite an injury-riddled, shortened freshman campaign in 2020 he had a solid season. But as a sophomore in 2020 Bundy turned it up a notch, ending the year as the Hoyas’ third-leading scorer with 48 points off 36 goals and 12 assists as the leader of a strong midfield unit.
Patrick Skalniak, Midfield, Navy
Skalniak had a decent freshman season in 2020 with the Midshipmen, but in his first full season as a sophomore in 2021 he asserted himself as one of Navy’s top scorers. He ended the season as Navy’s second-leading scorer with 24 points off 12 goals and 12 assists.
Mike McCannell, Midfield, Stony Brook
After three solid seasons with the Seawolves, McCannell put together the best season of his college career as a senior in 2021 as he tallied 38 points off 19 goals and 19 assists as Stony Brook’s third-leading point-getter.