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The 2021 season was a special season for Jon Torpey and the High Point Panthers as they won the SoCon and made their second NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.
While the Panthers were already poised to bring back a wealth of talent from last year’s squad in 2022, they are looking to be an even more talented and experienced group following Tuesday’s announcement of four players coming back for a fifth season. Headlining the group is all-time Panther great Asher Nolting.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Colorado native has led the Panthers’ in scoring each of his four seasons on campus, racking up a career total of 263 points off 112 goals and 151 assists and has twice been named the SoCon Player of The Year (2018, 2019). Nolting tallied 72 points (27G/45A) this past season.
Nolting returns to lead an offense that ranked 18th in the nation last season (13.36 goals per game) and returns two other top-five scorers from last season in attackman Brayden Mayea (37G/5A), who had one of the best freshman campaigns in DI, and midfielder Hunter Vines (14G/12).
In addition to Nolting, High Point also announced on Tuesday that midfielder Koby Russell (8G/2A) would also be returning along with starting defensemen Grant Ammann (33GB/12CT) and PJ Peters (15GB/5CT).
Jason Knox Enters The Transfer Portal
Hobart attackman Jason Knox has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal, according to a repot from Inside Lacrosse’s Ty Xanders.
This move comes after a 2021 season that saw the 6-foot-4 lefty, goal scoring machine play in five of the Statesmen’s 11 contests. Knox has put up a career total of 73 points off 62 goals and 11 assists, which includes an NEC Record 10-goal performance against Siena during the 2020 season.
In addition to Knox, former Stony Brook LSM/D Devin O’Leary informed Lacrosse Bucket on Tuesday that he had entered the Transfer Portal as a grad transfer. The Queensbury, N.Y., served as one of the Seawolves’ top LSMs during the 2021 season, ending the year fourth in both caused turnovers (10) and ground balls (31) while also having 2 goals and assists.
Former UAlbany attackman Tehoka Nanticoke also made headlines on Tuesday as he entered the portal.